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Lightheaded or feeling woozy? Trekking companies are convincing tourists it's an emergency and making tens of thousands off the insurance claims.

Karel Sabbe set a new record of 41 days, 7 hours, and 39 minutes. And he did it without much money or fanfare, proving that you just gotta run like hell.

A few strategies to keep you on the trail this summer

Avery Shawler left her Idaho apartment one morning in 2016 to hike a prominent peak. But the day outing quickly took a turn for the worse, and Shawler would end up needing a lot of luck—and all her backcountry skills—to make it home alive.

From day trips to five-month treks, hiking is more popular than ever. But as the old standbys become more congested each year, there’s a new crop of trails waiting to be explored. Here are ten of our favorites, plus fresh finds for bikers, paddlers, and equestrians.

How much food do you need to bring? What kind? How do you store it? We've got answers.

Up at 4 a.m., then run the equivalent of two marathons before dusk. Now repeat that for 45 days.

From filmmakers Heliconia, Epic Trails follows adventurer Eric Hanson as he hikes through one of New Zealand’s national parks. 

In wildlife management areas, hikers can glimpse animals in their natural, pristine habitat while getting off the beaten path

In Washington State, a group of researchers is mining social media posts and photos to identify overused trails and turn your next weekend adventure into a real escape

‘Hike the Line’ follows hikers Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch as they hike from California to the Gulf of Mexico.

After six months and 2,000 miles of hiking, Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch finally reached the Gulf of Mexico

Our columnist has eaten this simple meal on hundreds of trips. He's still not sick of it.

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Getting your nature fix doesn’t have to require living in a mountain town or driving countless hours to a trailhead

The Quiet Mountain follows two hikers Neeraj Mishra and Mohan Danu as they approach Nanda Devi, India’s second-highest peak.

A survey of backpackers' tactics on the 220-mile high-country route offers insights on what works and what doesn’t

Ultrarunner Harvey Lewis is vying to clutch the fastest known time for a supported run on the 2,190-mile thru-hike—and so far he's on pace

Wildfires are going to become bigger and more frequent in the future. If you find yourself caught in one, this is what you need to do.

Holly "Cargo" Harrison survived a heart attack and a grizzly bear attack and now holds one of the most substantial FKTs ever

A well-fitting hauler makes all the difference

Loved By All from Sherpas Cinema and Thule follows Apa Sherpa who is known for having summitted Everest a total of 21 times.

After thousands of trail miles, here's how our columnist makes sure he's prepared for whatever the terrain throws at him

Filmmaker Elia Saikaly has made a number of films chronicling his experiences on Everest, this is his latest Everest: The Summit Climb.

Military researchers have spent years calculating the energy cost of hauling a pack in various conditions. Here's how to use what they’ve found.

The last two tree sitters fighting the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline project in Jefferson National Forest surrendered to police. Will others take their place?

Here are my back-saving tips to do it right

Reporter Kathryn Miles and photographer Ian Tuttle caught up with some of the people hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year and asked them why they're hiking

Backpacking is one of our favorite ways to experience the outdoors, but embarking on your first trip can be intimidating.

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Don’t have time to hike the AT? Try one of these instead.

There are plenty of ways to lighten your load this season. These tips can help shave off the ounces before tackling a long trail.

One of the craziest speed records in ultrarunning takes athletes from the top of the canyon, down to the bottom, and then all the way back up again—twice.

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There is perhaps no better reward than reaching a remote and wild waterfall. Here are eight of the planet’s most breathtaking falls.

In 1965, mountaineer Jim Whittaker guided Senator Bobby Kennedy up his father’s namesake mountain, Mt. Kennedy.

In this clip from 'Coming to My Senses', Aaron Baker begins his 20-mile journey across Death Valley.

Decades of political infighting have stymied construction of the North Country Trail, which, if finished, would run for 4,600 miles. Now it looks like Congress may finally be ready to get its act together.

Last month, the university banned the Outing Club on the grounds that activities like backpacking and canoeing were too risky. But the students aren't about to disband without a fight.

While overcrowding plagues America's most popular trails, there are still places to find solitude

Four tips to help you spend less time futzing with gear and more time on the trail

An energized group of explorers are bringing the spirit of wilderness through hiking to American cities. Record-breaking distance trekker Liz Thomas and others are altering how we see urban spaces and inviting folks new to the outdoors along for the fun.

A guide to one of the most unique slices now excluded from Bears Ears National Monument

The fight to keep a 300-mile pipeline out of Jefferson National Forest is heating up. The Forest Service has cut off all food and water supplies to the protesters, and supporters are becoming desperate to help.

With no official governing body, it’s up to athletes to prove their fastest-known-time claims. But as the stakes increase, substantiating these feats has become more complex than ever. For those who still intend to pursue an FKT, though, these guidelines will help.

The Seeker is a film that features hiker Atul Khandar taking a solo journey to Everest Base Camp.

Now you can be part of trail history by helping put signs up along America's often-overlooked (but perhaps most beautiful) thru-hike

No Man’s Land from filmmaker Davide Calafà documents a six-day backpacking journey through Iceland.

A group of hired caretakers, called ridgerunners, are working to protect America’s favorite wilderness footpath from the hordes of people who walk it each year

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Singing isn’t the only thing that’s more fun in the rain. Here are ten other activities that are better when wet.

If successful, he'd be the first to do so. Sure, he's had to bail twice, but that won't stop him from trying again and again.

These foundational principles are more than 50 years old. We have three suggested updates for 2018.

It's not just that she's fast—it's that she didn't train at all

From filmmaker Pete Mcbride, Dust in the Blood chronicles McBride’s attempt to thru-hike the Grand Canyon with writer Kevin Fedarko.

We asked a recent Appalachian Trail north-bounder to detail the most essential items during his 2,190-mile journey

The association that manages the West's premier national trail just paid $1.6 million to prevent a property owner from putting up a fence 150 miles shy of the Canadian border

Our 40 favorite wild places, big ideas, foolhardy exploits, stiff drinks, trusty tools, and history-making, crazy-ass mofos

Holly "Cargo" Harrison has finally reached the U.S. on a 15,000-mile hike through South and North America

Blake Crossland grew up frequenting Rocky Mountain National Park with his family, in fact, it's the place where his parents met. So to say he's deeply connected to this place is a bit of an understatement.

For more than two decades, Jeff Caldwell has lured in hikers, couchsurfers, and other women (and they're almost always women), enthralling them with his tales of adventure. Then he manufactures personal crises and exploits their sympathy to rip them off. Our writer corresponded with Caldwell while he was still on the run, and came away with an intimate look at the life of a serial scammer who's found his easy marks in the outdoor community.

Scientists investigate hip straps—the benefits aren’t as obvious as you think

Christian Thomas, a.k.a. Buddy Backpacker, finished the Continental Divide Trail on September 18, becoming the youngest person to complete all three of the nation's longest hiking trails

The shaggy animals can carry our heavy packs, but can they also carry our emotional burdens?

How an eventful anniversary trek on "the meanest 33 miles in history" saved a marriage

Here's some key equipment and planning advice from a first-timer who just completed the Appalachian Trail

Backpacking a trail of biblical proportions

The former fastest woman to hike the AT is stitching together ambitious routes right in the middle of urban civilization

Seven hikers have died on 14ers since May, an unusual string of fatalities that has Aspen officials wondering what measures they're obligated to put in place to keep people safe in the mountains

And the potentially catastrophic injuries he suffered make the time even more impressive

August’s full solar eclipse is the first visible from the United States since 1979. Traveling over 14 states on its way east, from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse passes over the southern end of the Appalachian Trail - a 2,200-mile wilderness hike that winds from Georgia to Maine.

Andrew “Bob” Harris recently became the first person with Down syndrome to climb the Grand Teton

Another controversial speed attempt on the country's most popular trail points to the need for a better system for verifying hikers' times

How one tragic evening revolutionized bear management in our national parks

Everything a first-timer needs to know before hitting the trails

We embrace the stereotype to salute the characters who add a little personality to all the backpacking trips we’ve ever taken

Beta on four of the newest long trails

Inspired by iconic American long trails, a new generation of pioneers are creating paths for hikers and bikers the world over

We wanted to see just how light we could make our summer backpacking setup—money and comfort be damned

The Great Eastern Trail spans nine states and 1,600 miles just west of the Appalachian Trail, but private landowners, meager funding, and sluggish construction are holding up the completion of America's next big wilderness route

If you want to make an adventure buddy, the first few weeks are critical

California's banner snowfall plus a record number of hikers have kept local search and rescue teams very, very busy

Sammy Hartley skis, climbs, bikes, and backpacks—and just spent five days hiking rim to rim

Part Burning Man, part Camino de Santiago, part Fringe Festival thrown in for good measure, Trail Days is 72 hours of hiking mayhem.