Are the US National Parks Becoming Less Safe?

Are Accidents and Fatalities in the US National Parks on the rise? A man was seriously injured on Thursday falling into a volcanic crater in Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano National Park. The man was apparently trying to get a better view of the caldera when he plunged 70 feet down to a lower ledge; initial reports …

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Is this the Best Trail in the Southern Appalachians?

Black Balsam via the Art Loeb Trail *We have added Black Balsam/Tennent Mountain via the Art Loeb Trail to our list of the best hikes in the Southern Appalachians. In fact, the Art Loeb Trail in it’s entirely may be the best multi-day trail in the South. This is just one (arguably the best) section …

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Looking to Get Off the Beaten Path? Try the Lone Star State

Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas Looking for a great American National Park experience? Our suggestion is to look off the beaten path. As far as the outdoor recreation community is concerned, that perfectly describes the dang ole Great State of Texas. No one thinks of Texas as being a hiking mecca. But …

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The UTMB gets underway!

The Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc Less than a month ago, Sylvia and I completed the Tour du Mont Blanc, Alpine Europe's premier walking route. It was an amazing journey. We thought it was pretty challenging, and are proud of our accomplishment.   However, this weekend another journey is about to start, one that puts …

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Sent To The Big House (Mountain)

Big House Mountain, VA *We have added the Big House Mountain hike in House Mountain Preserve to our list of the Best Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. It is a REALLY interesting hike in west-central Virginia. Note that there are several options to this hike and the one we ended up hiking was...somewhat on the …

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The Linville Gorge: A GoPro Blockbuster!

Video of the Table Rock and Chimneys Hike Now Online! Check out some of the gorgeous scenery of the Linville Gorge Wilderness -- in our opinion , the best place to hike in North Carolina -- on our new hiking video. This is at the top our list of Best Places to Hike in the Southern …

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