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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.

Facing a failed marriage and an underwhelming job, Tonya Holt decided to sell her belongings, cancel her apartment lease, and set out on a six-month wilderness backpacking trip. Who she’ll be when she finishes, she isn’t sure.

Jim Tabor began stashing hand-carved spoons along the AT six years ago as souvenirs for through-hikers. His creations have come to symbolize the generosity of the tight-knit trail community.

Dale Sanders is an 81-year-old Kentucky-born retired civil servant who's leaving his wife and dog at home for the next five months to claim a record on the country’s most popular wilderness trail

Ever wonder what type of person takes six months off to hike the famous trail? Well, here's your answer. Presenting the average AT hiker, based on data from a 2016 survey.

This year, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy estimates that 3,400 individuals will attempt a thru-hike, making it one of the busiest years in the trail’s history. We met up with a few of these hopefuls as they set out.

Exploration of these mountains isn’t new, but it wasn’t until five years ago that the first traverse of the entire range was completed, by Chase Norton, then a PhD student at the University of Hawai’i.

At the cover shoot for the May issue of Outside, we asked 10 of the most influential women in the outdoor world a handful of questions about life, success, and happiness.

The author moved to the United States at eight years old and took her first camping trip soon after. The outdoors became an escape from the stressors of being a new American and a reminder that enjoying nature can be a privilege in itself.

Tried-and-true stuff that will let you go farther and stay out longer

As more hikers take on the 2,190-mile route each year, Lyme disease intensifies its spread across the eastern U.S.

Don't let rain or snow keep you inside. Tips from pros on how to make the most of the wet seasons.

A proposed 300-mile natural gas pipeline would cut a swath across the Appalachian Trail and could undermine protections for other National Scenic Trails across the country

Plenty of people are hesitant to camp solo, but for women, many of whom deal with catcalls during mundane morning jogs, it's harder to dismiss imagined sexual predators lurking in the woods. The author explores why she heads out alone anyway.

One of our most iconic wild places is under threat from mining and development interests. Two journalists hiked 800 miles to remind people why they should care.

Pro skier Kit DesLauriers had a goal; to ascend and then ski the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

16 lessons learned on the Pacific Crest Trail

Two thru-hikers have taken it upon themselves to pull the trash—thousands of pounds and counting—off the Pacific Crest and Appalachian trails

Outdoor tradition or dangerous, polluting, wasteful relic of the past?

The secret to ultimate fitness isn't all that complicated—just spend a month outside, hiking eight hours per day. Kyle Boelte breaks down how his body evolved into an efficient, fat-burning, testosterone-fueled machine over 29 days on the Colorado Trail.

An unknown hiker from Atlanta claims to have broken the Appalachian speed record. The question is: Can she prove it?

Belgian backpacker Louis-Philippe Loncke has taken down Death Valley and just abandoned his attempt to thru-hike Australia’s Simpson Desert. But he’s not done yet.

Twelve years after disappearing on a hike in western China, David Sneddon is being held captive to teach English in North Korea, according to a Japanese news report

Outsiders plying thru-hikers with sodas and chicken wings might appall purists, but trail magic is here to stay—and that's a very good thing

The 12-year-old Swedish trekking tradition comes to the United States with the goal of getting more novice backpackers into the wilderness

Should we continue blazing trails into wild places? Kenneth Brower doesn't think so.

Into the wild with Hollywood's homeless kids

No indulgent selfies or boring landscapes here. These Instagram accounts showcase the trail like you've never seen it before.

In Washington’s Enchantment Basin, you can have an epic poo with a view

Some argue that so-called trail angels, who hand out 
food and water (and beer!) 
to weary through-hikers, 
are cheapening what should be a life-altering experience

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The rules may be simple, but that doesn't make it easy

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The core of the 15-person crew that assisted Hamilton

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Hamilton’s footwear of choice needed to be lightweight, grippy, waterproof, and breathable

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Hamilton averaged nearly six peaks a day during the attempt

The number of thru-hikers on the trail has skyrocketed in the past five years. It may be time to think about how to control the crowds.

We caught up with Ace Kvale and Brendan Leonard at 5Point Film Festival to discuss their new film 'Ace and the Desert Dog'.

"You know, there was this whole other world. There was the outdoors. There was the wilderness."

"My cerebral palsy contributes to my unique cadence and my poor balance, but I refuse to let it define who I am."

Ever wonder what it's like to hike the ever-more crowded PCT? I'm about to find out.

EPA district administrator Jared Blumenfeld talks about why he’s escaping it all, and how to be a pescatarian on the 2,650-mile trail

GPS trackers and cell phones give us a false sense of security in the wilderness. And with more thru-hikers than ever set to take on the Appalachian Trail this year, we should be on alert.

In 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, Jennifer Pharr Davis hiked from Georgia to Maine—a total of 2,181 miles. That time stands as the women's record for fastest thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. In this short video from filmmaker Kerrin Sheldon, Davis talks about what the…

Whenever he needed to check his email, Mahabir Pun made a two-day trek from Nangi, a mountain village in western Nepal, to Pokhara, the nearest city with Internet access. In 2001, he sent an email to the BBC asking for ideas on how to connect his remote community to the web,…

Officials at Baxter State Park, at the north end of the AT, are concerned about an anticipated increase in the number of thru-hikers tramping through the park. Their solution? Hiker registration cards.

One of the hardest parts of the PCT is simply getting to the southern start, in the middle of the desert by the U.S.-Mexico border

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Completing the Appalachian Trail takes grit, patience, and sometimes a little help from the angels

No one has ever completed the 2,180-mile trail heading southbound and starting in December, but this full-time hiker is trying

The New Hampshire politician shares his state pride by tackling a legendary hiking challenge—over and over

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Helping out Appalachian Trail through-hikers has allowed "Ponytail Paul" Stiffler to finally find peace in his own life

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When Ponytail Paul headed out into the woods, he just wanted to help hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Instead, what he found set his world on fire. …