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

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

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

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

Everglades National Park is turning 85 years old in 2019. Here's how to make the most out of a visit to one of the wildest places in the U.S., from kayaking to birding to fishing and so much more.

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?

7 pieces that can take a beating and won't fail

As a child, Cody Sheehy made headlines when he vanished into the freezing wilderness of Northeast Oregon, making it out safely after 18 hours of determined slogging. Retracing his steps 32 years later, Sheehy says that getting lost was one of the best life lessons he ever had.

An ode to those who can't sit still

You don't need amazing trails to have an amazing day with little ones

The route patches together portions of five other thru-hikes and includes sections of trail-less meandering through the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. It's no wonder that only one person has ever completed it—yet.

From breastfeeding while walking (it's possible!) to bottle feeding and pumping on the trail, here are the best options for parents on the go.

Most sports aren't that complicated. You can usually boil them down into one simple rule. (OK, maybe two.)

Developers want rivers lined with high-rises and environmentalists want reintroduction of native grasses. A successful waterfront revitalization needs both.

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