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The snarling, fierce gazes of mighty beasts illuminated by my headlamp light send a momentary jolt of adrenaline through my sleep-deprived body. Upon further inspection, the fearsome pair is revealed to be stone shisa statues, mythical dog-lion creatures that act as guardians from evil spirits. Here they sit, perched beneath the final tori gate high…

Have you ever considered quitting your job and hitting the trail for something like, say, 3,100 miles? Sounds like a pretty extreme backpacking trip, huh? My coworker, Peter Sustr, just left Outdoor Industry Association to tackle the Continental Divide Trail, a fabled route that follows the spine of the United States from Canada to Mexico.…

What would you do if you had worked hard, were set for life, and could do whatever you wanted? Would you retire to a beach in Costa Rica? Gallivant around the world with a pack on your back? Or buy 200,000 acres of land in Chile to nurture into the country’s next national park? Did…

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,…

I’m guessing that you’ve got a few favorite and well-loved trails in your neck of the woods. Maybe it’s time pitch in and help maintain them? This isn’t any sort of guilt trip, so you can keep reading. I’m the first to admit that I don’t roll up my sleeves often enough to contribute to…

See our National Geographic Adventure Best Trails guide for hikes, gear, maps, and more. Running over 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and over a mile deep, the Grand Canyon is one astonishing geologic feature. It’s exactly for that reason hiking the Rim-to-Rim trail, which takes you from one rim, down through the…

Map and photograph courtesy Samuel Gardner On January 1, 25-year-old Samuel Gardner set out on a very, very long backpacking adventure. His 12,500-mile All-In Trek is basically the Triple Crown (Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails) plus one more (the lesser-known North Country Trail). The Michigan native hopes his love of ultralight hiking will…

Text by Paul Masiarchin of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Photograph of the Superior Hiking Trail by Rose Allen Editor's Note: In response to our Best Trails package, which includes 30 hikes—none of which are in the Midwest—reader Paul Masiarchin pointed out our (unintentional) ommision and even offered up some of his favorite Midwestern hikes, presented below. Thanks,…

By Keene Haywood  Yesterday I reviewed the Everytrail.com website and service that allows users to upload trail information from their GPS, annotating their travels with geotagged pictures, videos, and text. It is a very rich site offering many options for sharing and documenting your backcountry treks. One area where EveryTrail goes further is with their mobile app development.…

 By Keene HaywoodEditor's Note: Read this review then find a hike in our Best Trails feature, with 30 weekend, city, park, and backcountry options. In today’s world, our mobile devices almost always have the ability to provide location, giving us directions as well as many other location-based services on bright, sharp screens with good maps.…

Two of the ten hiking essentials involve location: a map and a compass. Know where you are and where you are going, and things will be fine. Now, these two pieces are rapidly being replaced by their digital brethren in the form of smartphones, which are taking mobile mapping in entirely new directions. The poster…

New Zealand's Great Walks, nine hiking loops that range from about 20 to 50 miles around, provide the country's ultimate scenic tour. "They're iconic long distance hikes," said Kiwi adventurer Malcolm Law. “The very best New Zealand landscapes.” Good thing, because Law's sure going to need something to distract him on his daunting endeavor. Starting…

Text by Catharine Livingston; Photograph courtesy of John McCarthy America’s wildest places scored a major victory yesterday when the House of Representatives voted to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. If signed into law by President Obama next week, the legislation would, among other good things, protect more than two million acres of wilderness, some…