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From fishing to climbing: The best California state parks for all types

Nearly 300 state park units dot the varied landscape of California – that translates to about 1.6 million acres of protected land and the wildlife contained therein.<p>From the granite spires of Castle Crags to the pink and purple hills of Anza-Borrego, each state park offers unique natural delights, …

Mount Shasta Climbing Facts

California's Fifth Highest Mountain and Active Volcano<p>Snow-topped Mount Shasta graces the southern end of the Cascade Range in northern California. …

Science, Solitude And The Sacred On The Appalachian Trail

This week, you can't reach me by email, or text, or Tweet.<p>This week, I'm not taking anyone's calls, either.<p>That's because I'm walking the Appalachian Trail — alone. And while I am, without doubt, scared of being eaten by a bear, I'll be out there looking for that most precious of possibilities: …

Hiking

Here’s What’s in Pro Backpacker Andrew Skurka’s Pack

Andrew Skurka surely has one of the world’s best jobs: He’s essentially a professional backpacker. Or adventurer, maybe. When he’s not writing books …

The ultralight experiment of 2017

This year, for the first time, I have completed a long-distance hike with an ultralight pack. Here’s how I did it, and why for me it’s only one tool …

Hiker hit by lightning woke up with ‘blood everywhere’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An Austrian man hiking 9,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada was on a peak taking a photo when he was struck by a lightning bolt …

Have We Reached Peak Gear?

My tried-and-true rain jacket, a gift from my parents that served me well for years, recently wet the bed (or, more accurately, wet my entire body …

The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking

Have you ever met anyone who regretted taking a good, hard day hike? Me neither.<p>There’s something special about moderately paced movement through nature that leaves one feeling refreshed, renewed, and satisfied. Because of that, hiking is rarely considered a sport in the same way as trail running …