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Grand Canyon Float: Friends and Adventure—Two Things That I Love

My life moves from one trip to the next, typically a solo adventure documenting the last wild animals that we share this planet with. It’s a dream come true for me, without a doubt, and I feel very lucky to do what I do. However, the more time I spend alone, the more I realize…

Disaster Averted in Zion National Park—Are Other Parks at Risk?

Picture this: You’re exploring a pristine backcountry area in a national park. You’ve been huffing up a ridge for some time and are eagerly anticipating the view. When you reach the top, you scan the sweeping valley below you … and see a cluster of houses. At first, you think you must have wandered outside…

Exhilaration Gives Way to Gratitude in Our National Parks

Dangling on the side of a big wall, perched up on a small ledge, or reaching high to grasp a good hold, adrenaline runs through your veins. A black raven swoops down past your head, giving a sharp sensation of the exposure below. Layers of deep connection to the environment are built through the survival…

Glacier’s Quintessential Hike: the Highline Trail

See our Best Trails guide, including World’s Best Hikes: 20 Epic Trails. A canvas of impossibly deep valleys and sheer, striated peaks, Glacier National Park is a masterpiece of the Ice Age. Considered by Native Americans to be the “backbone of the world,” this northern section of America’s Continental Divide sheds water to the Pacific, the Atlantic,…

Grand to Grand Ultra: Gear and Training for a 160-Mile Backpacking Race

A lower section of the Grand Canyon, as seen from Cape Royal at the less-frequented but more-spectacular North Rim. Photograph by Alex Noriega, My Shot On September 23 at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 75 endurance athletes representing 15 different countries will take off on a self-supported, seven day, six stages,160-mile, adventure called…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Andrew Skurka Embarks on 4,720 Miles by Skis, Foot, Raft

On Thursday Andrew Skurka arrived 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska, to begin his latest expedition. Similar to his Great Western Loop hike (a feat which made him our 2008 Adventurer of the Year), this is an ambitious, never-before-attempted endeavor. For the next seven months, he'll cover more than 4,720 miles…

Ken Burns’s National Parks: Insider Escapes in Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains

Grand and great: these superlatives describe our wildest, most spectacular landscapes, as well as the forward-thinking Americans who thought to protect them. Wednesday night (September 30), Episode 4 of Ken Burns’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea told the founding stories of Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Grand Teton was the brainchild…

Ken Burns’s National Parks: The Grand Canyon and the Empire of Grandeur

For as long as most of us can remember, the Grand Canyon has been a protected natural wonder we can traverse without worrying about some manmade intrusion blocking our view. But someone had to fight for the protection of the splendors that millions of people view every year. Last night’s edition of Ken Burns’s National…

Ken Burns’s National Parks: Insider Escapes in Yellowstone, Yosemite

If you've been watching Ken Burns's The National Parks: America's Best Idea series this week on PBS, you've probably already started dreaming of your next escape. The first episode, which aired on Sunday night, captured the grandeur of Yosemite and Yellowstone enough to make anyone want to find their inner John Muir and head out West. …

Ken Burns’s New National Parks TV Series Begins This Weekend

“If you love the outdoors and American history, you simply have to watch it,” to quote a review by editor in chief John Rasmus after the premiere of The National Parks at Mountainfilm in Telluride last summer. Award-winning director Ken Burns spent a decade in the parks, capturing 800 hours of jaw-dropping footage and interviewing scores of…