Category archives for Hiking

How to Hike the Backcountry With Your Furry Best Friend

On his multiweek hikes through Utah’s canyon country, Ace Kvale always brings his custom GPS, or Genghis Positioning System, also known as his dog, an Australian blue heeler named Genghis Khan. “He’s always very solid, always there, but never in the way. A really good partner at all times,” says Kvale, a longtime adventure photographer…

Veterans Walk 2,700 Miles to Help Their Own

“As we walked toward the ocean, I knew my wife, daughter, and sister were waiting at the finish line,” Anthony Anderson remembers. “The walk was over, and now it was about putting my money where my mouth was. I kept thinking, ‘I really wish we weren’t done.’ ” Anderson’s journey had started 155 days before,…

Why a Thousand-Mile Hike Through the Mideast Ended After 160 Miles

Walking. Just putting one foot in front of the other. It seems like a simple task. And Dave Cornthwaite, veteran of eleven expeditions of a thousand miles or more, figured a walking adventure through Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt would be like his other thousand-mile adventures: hard at times but otherwise a fun way to…

Hiking Peaks on an Island Paradise

Cobalt, cerulean, azure, ultramarine . . . When viewed from above, the Indian Ocean is so much more than just blue. I was standing near the top of Le Morne Mountain, a basaltic monolith on the west coast of Mauritius. From my perch, I could see a smattering of small islands, a fleet of local…

When Where You’ve Been Isn’t on a Map

Introducing Way Finding, a new column about our sense of wild places “Where did you come from?” The woman was small, no older than 30, I’d guess, in a big floppy hat and holding a tall walking stick, making her appear, for a moment, wizardly. She’d passed my companions without saying a word, and when…

The Best Adventure Films of 2015

This year, we saw adventure films rise above the expected action and adrenaline to tell rich stories of the triumph of the human spirit. With abundant winter storm warnings across the country, what better time to cozy up on the couch with some of the year’s best—after your powder turns and hot tub soaks, of course.…

Directors of Toughness: Patagonia – You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get [Sponsor Content]

This is the last of three sponsor content blog posts featuring the adventures of Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, writer Lauren Steele and photographer Zach Doleac. See more photos from this story in a takeover on our @natgeoadventure Instagram feed. Patagonia slapped me across the face. However, the aggressors in this situation were the elements. A storm during…

These Two Patagonia Mapmakers May Have the Best Job Ever

In January 2013, I set out with my Maps for Good colleague Marty Schnure to create the first print and interactive map for the Patagonia National Park project. I was about to turn 23 and had just spent the better part of a year working with Marty to fundraise and plan the cartographic expedition to…

9 Camping Tips for a Backcountry Thanksgiving Feast

For the outdoors enthusiast, Thanksgiving is an especially wonderful gift. The four-day holiday weekend provides the opportunity for friends and family to enjoy a quiet campsite in a normally busy national park, get far into a canyon in red rock country, or perhaps ski to a secluded hut in the Colorado Rockies. For the past…

6 Painful Lessons I Learned By Hiking the Grand Canyon

I guess you can call it a Grand beat down. I knew it would be hard, but not spirit-crushing hard. Our plan to walk the Grand Canyon as a sectional thru-hike would be a lengthy, logistical monster of sorts. Our food would be weighed by the ounce. Almonds and prunes would be rationed and counted…