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Whether you’re stuck in the city or counting down the days to a summer road trip, we have a few expert-approved tips for exploring nearby nature

Having a disability and staging epic adventures can go hand in hand. You just have to be willing to ask for a little help.

If you're just getting started on the trails, don't be overwhelmed. This 101 guide breaks down where to go, what to wear, and everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun out there.

When a group of friends decided to tackle Sentiero Italia, one of the world’s longest and forgotten trails, they had no idea that 1,500 others would join them along the way

Hiking can be a blast, but it won’t be if you're struggling every few feet. Here’s how to get ready for trekking, from easy day hikes to the longest thru-hikes in the world.

For journalist Neil King, there’s never been a better time to reflect on the nation’s fraught history

From a new route that provides access to some of British Columbia’s best surf spots to a 1,400-plus-mile path that will connect all of Italy’s national parks, these aren’t your average walking journeys

The gap between performance and style has never been wider—or has it?

Here are the products that got us over the 2020 finish line

Top trail runners mix running and walking on steep terrain, but even scientists aren't sure how we choose which is better

Over the past two decades, eBird has become the go-to online platform for scientists and hobbyists alike to upload and share bird observations. But it has also transformed the process and etiquette of birding.

The pandemic has led to an unexpected positive—people reclaiming streets in ways that have made urban America more bikeable, walkable, and enjoyable. Preserving that will take work, but it’s worth it.

The pandemic has robbed kids of vital socialization with friends—and put even more emphasis on the importance of spending time with them in nature. But what happens when your child is a nonstop yakker on the trail?

A new review sifts through the evidence for and against hiking with poles

Science says the HoverGlide reduces vertical forces by more than 80 percent. But what does it actually feel like?

The OluKai Pehuea work whether you're on the beach, in town, or on a cruiser bike

I've tested hundreds of them. These are the best daily drivers.

Many of us have long dismissed this gentle, approachable activity for more adrenaline-pumping forms of exercise. We've been missing out—big-time.

Five kicks that transition seamlessly from trail to town

'Volksmarches' are popular walking events that involve tea stops, prizes, and a noncompetitive spirit

All across the country, major cities are making it easier to access nature with vibrant greenways

'Why We Swim' and 'In Praise of Paths' are timely inquiries into human locomotion

You're contributing to America's addiction to speeding—and you're much more likely to kill someone

In an excerpt from his new book, 'In Praise of Walking,' Shane O'Mara delves into the science behind an activity that human beings often underestimate

The joy of being a masochistic oddball

Help keep trails open by not abusing them

I watched 40-plus hours of thru-hiking vlogs. These are the ones that are worth your time.

Walking away from the adventure of a lifetime is hard, but it makes coming back to it especially rewarding. Here, five thru-hikers share their stories of failing and coming back for more.

With 43,000 feet of elevation gain, 91 miles above 10,000 feet, and 63 summits, the route is not to be taken lightly. Brendan Leonard recounts one of his favorite adventures from the past decade.

Brisk walking—especially uphill, with a pack—may be your path to injury-resistant hamstrings.

With his leg stuck and temperatures dropping, one hiker thought he'd never get out of a remote Utah canyon alive

Doctors told Trey Cate he'd never walk again after Iraq. Now he's organizing the most ambitious thru-hike of the decade.

For decades, the Old Forge was the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The UK's remotest pub, it could only be reached via boat or a three-day walk through one of Britain's last true wildernesses, the Knoydart peninsula in Scotland. A dispute between some locals and a new owner threatened the legend—until they decided to open up a pub of their own.

Grammy nominee Mike Posner left behind his life in L.A. to go on a 2,851-mile journey in search of... something. Here's what he learned about grief, motivation, struggle, and authenticity.

'Let's Talk' follows tech-minimalism evangelist Chris Andrews on a journey by foot across the United States

You don't need mountain trails out your door to get your boots ready for a big hike

None would be where they are today without the influence of these people

After being raped in Mongolia in 2015, she's using her trek to advocate for women's safety

The gear and the skills you need to get home safely

She walks across entire continents. She has a Spidey sense for alligators and avalanches. And she is redefining what it means to be a modern-day explorer.

Dogs belong off-leash outdoors. But if you're going to take your dog off-leash, you need to be responsible.

When Baltimore Jack died near Franklin, North Carolina, the news shook the Appalachian Trail community. Jack had left behind the real world to live on the AT, thru-hiking it seven times and helping countless others to reach their goals. To some, his choice to live off the grid was irresponsible. Others celebrated that he'd managed to break the shackles of convention. A look back on the life of an AT antihero.

Cars may have driven us apart, but we’re natural allies. Here’s how to do your part to heal the divide.

Morgan's Diner doesn't charge a dime for a gourmet meal, but it'll still cost you

Before there was 'A Walk in the Woods' and 'Wild,' there was 'The Lord of the Rings'

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas, an Appalachian Trail record holder, created a 225-mile route through the Big Apple to help bring attention to the city's need for more playgrounds

New research suggests that the emotion has a singular ability to lower stress and improve our overall well-being. So how do we get more of it?

The 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail just might be the hardest hike you've never heard of

Or, the story of how I ate snacks and felt pain

David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc, on why exercise is 100 times better than medicine

Robert Macfarlane finds beauty in the dark recesses of the world—caves, subterranean rivers, even a hidden laboratory

Mary Davison didn't catch the thru-hiking bug until she was 60. Since then, she's completed the Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest trails, and is now adding the 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail to her list.

Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not happening

Seven supremely capable shoes for the pavement

Use the calculator below to try out a new equation developed by the military to estimate energy expenditure while hiking

We asked hikers for advice on how to readjust to life after the trail

From Yosemite to the Green Mountains, these are our favorite lodge-to-lodge treks this side of the pond

You can't walk in them, but you can fly in them

At the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon, Adam Gorlitsky will set out to become the first American paraplegic to walk 26.2 miles—and bust his British rival's 36-hour time in the process. But his real dream is to bring assisted mobility to people with disabilities.

In countless reviews, this tiny shield has proven itself to be as good as umbrellas twice its price. It truly is an ultralight umbrella, weighing just seven ounces, but still has a nearly 40-inch coverage when open. The coolest feature, though, is that you can attach the umbrella to your…

At 11.5 inches long and 15 ounces, this isn’t the smallest or lightest umbrella on the list, but it is one of the toughest. Thanks to nine extra ribs made from flexible fiberglass, the Repel can take a beating in a windstorm, and its Teflon coating helps bolster the waterproof…

The Eez-y keeps the rain off, but this umbrella also works as a legit parasol, with a UV-coated canopy that offers UPF 25 sun protection. We also like the vents in the material, which help move wind through the canopy instead of breaking it or folding it in half. It’s…

Made from a superlight 30-denier siliconized Cordura, this umbrella weighs in at a svelte 8.5 ounces and collapses to less than ten inches but still boasts a canopy size of 38 inches. The umbrella top is supported by an aluminum-grade shaft and a comfy rubber handle. It also comes with…

If you’re subjecting yourself to serious weather, consider the Blunt, which was built to stand up to 55-mile-per-hour winds, thanks to a tensioning system that helps distribute the force. The canopy offers 40 inches of protection, weighs 12.8 ounces, and closes up to 14 inches. It has a beautiful design…

The Montrail Enduro is customizable, thanks to a thermo-moldable top layer and thermoplastic shank, which contour to the shape of your foot over time. It has six millimeters of extra cushioning, an impact plate on the bottom, and a top layer designed to wick moisture away from your foot.

Because there’s no apology like a backhanded apology

Play hard, relax hard, look good

Mary Austin wrote about the Mojave as brilliantly as John Muir wrote about the Sierra. Why was she forgotten? 

A month on mPEAK, a performance-driven mindfulness program

Two hikers just set the only known times on the country's newest state-spanning trail system

Books, music, and pretty things to put on their walls

The former white-boy rapper and mega-successful serial entrepreneur has become a bestselling wellness author and Tony Robbins-style life coach. His latest venture, a highly social weekend of walking up mountains until you drop, called 29029, is pitched as a new breed of restorative endurance event. But is this just a brutal group hike with good marketing?

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