Gabby Salazar – Beyond the Edge

Tennessee Park Rangers Build Community with Rock Climbing

On the first Saturday of every month, something special happens at the Obed Wild and Scenic River in Eastern Tennessee. People of all ages gather to learn rock climbing as part of the Obed’s one-of-a-kind Coffee and Climb with a Ranger Program. The program was started by park rangers who wanted to expose visitors to…

Finding Fall Off the Beaten Path: East Coast Leaf-Peeping Spots

Where are the best places near your home to immerse yourself in autumn splendor? Here are some off-the-beaten-path favorites on the East Coast. The crunch of leaves marks my steps through a mosaic of yellows and oranges. In front of me, a maple glows red as the low sun filters through its canopy. I lift…

Sunrise Hiking on Mount Kinabalu

See more of our favorite hikes, including our feature World’s Best Hikes: Thrilling Trails I am not a mountaineer. In fact, I’m not particularly athletic. But when I found myself traveling around the island of Borneo, I could not resist an attempt at climbing Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago and the…

6 Tips for Taking Better Expedition Photos, Whether Far Flung or in the Backyard

For adventurers, travel does not mean following typical tourist routes; it means summiting remote mountains, exploring unmapped caves, and studying little known ecosystems. On these once-in-a-lifetime journeys, we want to come away with the best pictures possible, but we are also faced with some of the most challenging conditions for photography. After serving as a…

Summiting a Sacred Mountain

I flicked the 10th leech from my left sock before noticing the blood soaking my midsection. Seven fat leeches had feasted there, and they were now dropping off one by one. But who can complain—this comes with the territory when you are in one of the earth’s last great rain forests. Surely it is worth…

Adventure After Dark

When is the last time you looked at the stars? Although many of us venture outside on a regular basis to climb, hike, ski, and kayak, even the most intrepid explorers usually tuck into their sleeping bags when dusk falls. As a photographer and naturalist, I do not think that exploration should not end when…

Why We Need Solitude

When I read Walden in 9th grade, I was convinced that Henry David Thoreau was a bit off. Spending over two years living in solitude on the shores of a pond seemed a recipe for madness. Now, I have begun to appreciate Thoreau’s search for isolation and communion with nature. I have become a seeker…