Emerging from Darkness
For one hiker, nature is the best place to confront her past and consider her future.
Flowing Into Silence
The natural world has a lot to say, if we're willing to listen.
When the Humans are Away
Montana’s remote Crazy Mountains are a playground for more than just hikers.
Chasing the Light
A photographer bushwhacks towards dawn in the Dolly Sods. Martin Radigan, as told to Kristin Smith
Broken and Alone
When his brother turned back a few miles into their overnight hike, Jacob Velarde decided to continue solo. Then, he fell.
A Land Away From Time
Channel Islands National Park is a window into California’s wild past.
An Unexpected Autumn Rainbow
These 10 hikes bring kaleidoscopic hues to overlooked places.
Smoke Eaters On The Front Lines
The new era of wildland firefighting is a war with no end in sight.
Improve Your Aerobic Fitness
Want to be more efficient on the trail? Start by developing your aerobic base (how well your body uses oxygen to burn fat), which allows you to do sustained cardio without gasping for breath. Hiking sometimes requires anaerobic fitness—short bursts of effort where your body produces energy without oxygen—but by and large, it’s an aerobic endeavor. During aerobic training, your heart rate should be elevated above resting, but not so high that you have to catch your breath.
IF THESE HILLS COULD TALK
Environmental activists are pursuing legal steps that would allow natural entities to sue in their own defense through a human spokesperson. But maybe it’s the conversation, and not the law, that matters most.
Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Stew
Charred pepper lends a punch of smoky flavor in this hearty, veggie-stuffed meal.
Kill a Plant.
Humans have unmatched power to alter natural landscapes. Let’s use it for good.
A father confronts his grief in the Adirondacks.
From The Ashes
Just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, a fire ecologist reckons with damage and recovery after last year's calamitous wildfires.
Thru-Hiking Back to Myself
Patricia Cameron set out to hike the 486-mile Colorado Trail to raise awareness for her nonprofit. She ended up finding out even more about her personal strengths.
These 10 hikers are making a big difference
Edgar McGregor - Climate Activist
Two years ago, Edgar McGregor, 20, decided he’d seen enough litter. The epiphany came as he hiked Eaton Canyon Trail in his favorite Los Angeles area park. As soon as he was out of the woods, he grabbed a 5-gallon bucket and started picking up trash. He’s now notched more than 650 near-consecutive days of service, picked up thousands of pounds of garbage, and earlier this year, finally declared Eaton clean (for the moment). His work garnered widespread praise, including a shout-out from youth climate activist Greta Thunberg. But McGregor is just getting started.
Stop and Smell the Wildflowers
Hiking is about living in the moment, not speed.
Unquarantine Your Muscles
Your body may have changed during a year of staying home. And even if your physical fitness has remained constant, your neurological connections may have weakened from a lack of stimuli. It’s time to shake off the sluggishness with this workout designed to get your body moving. Include it in your exercise routine every other week.
Kilimanjaro: But First, Soccer
Our writer sought meditation on Africa’s tallest peak. What she found was something even more meaningful: fun.
Samaritan Search and Rescue
In June of 2020, ultrarunner Jeremy Humphrey used his intimate knowledge of his local mountain range to rescue a missing hiker.
Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way
One hiker finds his limits in Mexico’s Tararecua Canyon.
Long Trail – Go Big
How I got my footing back as a 300-pound adventurer on the Long Trail.
Eye of the Storm
Foul-weather backcountry days have an allure all their own.
Falling Over a Cliff
Courtney Henderson, 19, and Gavin Caruso, 23, fell 50 feet during a storm in June of 2020. Only one survived.
Emily Ford – Thru-Hiker
Late last December, Emily Ford, 28, of Duluth, Minnesota, took her first steps on Wisconsin’s 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail with a borrowed sled dog named Diggins. “I was laid off from my job as head gardener at the Glensheen Mansion, and I took full advantage,” she says. Ten weeks later, she became the first woman and second person ever to thru-hike the IAT in winter.
America's Friendlist Summits
Some high points require expert skill, a bit of luck, and probably some suffering. Not these. Here are 15 peaks—high on views, low on effort—that don’t play hard to get.
Breathe, Repeat Hike
A pilgrim seeking peace and purpose on Spain’s famed Camino de Santiago finds much more.
The Last Best Place
Add your voice to the call to protect Montana’s Gallatin Range, a critical–but unprotected–habitat bordering Yellowstone National Park.
The Long Way Down
Active Pass member Robin Mino takes the rocky route on the descent from Huemul Pass to Lake Viedma in Patagonia.