The King of Canyons

Back in November we featured Big Bend National Park in Texas, which we nominated as the most underrated National Park in the entire system. It’s big, it’s wild, it’s scenic, and compared to other parks, it’s seldom visited. However, there are many other very underrated National Parks. In fact, we can easily make a case …

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Haleakala National Park

To Hike Beyond the Sunrise: Haleakala Volcano

Haleakala Volcano **December has been an incredible but very busy month for all of us...With the expected coming of Santa Claus, the arrival of the newest member of our Team, sled-dog Fitzroy, Sylvia having the busiest end of year in the history of her business and Site Editor Brian preparing for his CISSP exam, there …

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The Best Bad Advice On Hiking!

Want The Best Bad Advice On Hiking? It's All Too Easily Found   There Latin phrase that has been adopted for consumers…Caveat Emptor. Buyer Beware. Anyone know what the Latin phrase for ‘Surfer Beware’ is? It is a truism of the internet…if you search in any popular search engine for a greatest or best or …

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The Great Smoky Mountains: A Love(d to Death) Story

How (Not) to Enjoy Americas Most Visited National Park In our last post we visited Charlie’s Bunion, one of the most popular hikes in the most loved to death national park in America…Great Smoky Mountain National Park. GSMNP is a fantastic place, and Charlie’s Bunion sure is a great viewpoint. But this is definitely a …

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The Incredible Shrinking (and Late Arriving Fall) Color Show

Higher Temps and More Rain, Humidity Mean a Later Onset of Autumn How did this year’s fall color display in the Appalachian Mountains compare with those of years past? The short answer, at least when we were there to experience it, is…not that well. For the second straight year, fall colors came late to the …

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Where Was Our First Hike Together? Believe It Or Not…

Hemmed in Hollow, Arkansas Yep, dang ole' Arkansas *This post continues the mining of old photographs taken in the pre-digital era. We therefore apologize in advance that the quality of the pictures is not quite up to the usual standards. Also note that our description of the falls was accurate for the time we visited, …

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Standing Indian Loop Video

The Standing Indian Loop Hike via the AT In our newest video we hike the Standing Indian Loop in western NC...a very popular 3 day backpacking trip. It is one of the very few places where a long loop hike involving the AT is even possible without a great deal of logistical complication. It's also …

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