Category archives for Hiking

Swiss Climber Tackles 82 Summits in 80 Days by Foot, Bike, Paraglider, Skis

After climbing 222,651 vertical feet, cycling 326 miles, and notching another 275 miles on foot in just more than a month, Ueli Steck, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, enjoyed an easy morning on last Tuesday at a campground outside of Sion, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Swiss mountaineer, best known for his daring, fast-and-light solo ascents of…

Trekking Australia’s Last Frontier: One Woman’s 500-Mile Survivalist Adventure

Sarah Marquis is drawn to solitude. That’s why she spent three years walking the estimated 10,000 miles from Siberia to Australia, and then across that continent’s big, empty backyard. And that’s why she’s on a four-month survivalist adventure in Australia’s Kimberley region she’s calling her “Dropped Into the Wild Corner” expedition. (Marquis was named a Nat Geo Adventurer…

Ultra Running Legend Scott Jurek Sets New Appalachian Trail Speed Record

Cheers!!! #SJAT15 #GeorgiaToMaine #EatAndRun A photo posted by Scott Jurek (@scottjurek) on Jul 12, 2015 at 11:14am PDT Vegan ultra running legend Scott Jurek just ran 2,200 miles to complete his masterpiece. Powered by plants and fighting through a knee injury and then a severe quadricep strain, Jurek set a new supported speed record on…

Will Ultrarunner Scott Jurek Set a New Appalachian Trail Speed Record?

UPDATE: He did it! Scott Jurek has set a new supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail. Read the story >> The Appalachian Trail (AT) finally brought Scott Jurek to his knees—in a canoe. The 41-year-old ultra running legend paddled across Maine’s Kennebec River, a standard tradition for AT thru-hikers, on day 44 of his…

Utah by Dirt: Canyoneering in Escalante National Monument

“Alright, everybody feel good? Are we ready to commit to this?” Sam shouted down the canyon, juggling the tail of our rope as he waited for an answer. Enthusiastically we shouted back, “Let’s do it!” “Alrighty!” he said, then quickly yanked the rope. It came cascading down, landing on the sandstone deck, the slap echoing…

Utah by Dirt: Seeking the Secrets of the Desert

Hot, harsh, arid wastelands, nothing but sand, sky, and rocks.  Majestic, sweeping landscapes, teeming with a life that seems it shouldn’t be, and more things to see, experience, and explore than one could imagine to fit in a lifetime.  These are two ways to describe the desert, neither wrong, and neither giving the whole picture.  A land of…

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…

50 Years Later, Hiking the “Bloody Sunday” Trail from Selma to Montgomery

Fifty years ago, on March 7, 1965, 600 marchers protesting for voting equality left the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma headed for the state capitol in Montgomery. Before they had even left town, the peaceful marchers were met at the Edmund Pettus Bridge with police beatings and tear gas. That violence, which was televised across…

Exploring Lake Superior’s Spectacular Ice Caves

Millions of years ago, layers of sand were deposited by rivers, which turned into sandstone. Glaciers later transformed the sandstone into several miles of dramatic cliffs and caves along Lake Superior’s southern shore. Superior’s wind, waves, and ice continue to sculpt the sandstone caves of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. In the summer,…

Colorado’s Burliest Backyard Mountain Adventure Tests What’s Humanly Possible

After 15 years in obscurity, Nolan’s 14, a hundred-mile traverse of 14 14,000-foot peaks in 60 hours, emerges as a new test piece for elite mountain runners. A new film on the endeavor aims to inspire viewers to simply go for a hike. Just past dawn on September 21, 2014, Ben Clark, a professional mountain athlete and filmmaker from Telluride, Colorado,…