Maria Hargrove

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In Peru: Outdoorsy Adventures Beyond Machu Picchu

Action-packed trips are putting the spotlight on Peru—and not only on the trails of the ancient Incan site.<p>Outside the historic city of Cuzco, the …

South America

Ten steps to taking on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

The walk to Santiago de Compostela has been on your to-do list forever. Here are 10 steps to get you there<p>Sun, Apr 19, 2015, 07:00<p><b>1. Just do it</b><b>: no</b> …

Cesar's 2015 Shelter Systems for Solo Backpacking

I recently got myself an early holiday gift, which I spoke about in a first impressions video. It's a 6ft x 9ft (1.8m x 2.7m) Zpacks flat tarp, and I …

How To Pack A Backpack

Don't be this guy. Carrying a backpack so large that it extends over your head and outside the width of your back makes for a long, arduous day on …

How to Thru‐Hike the Appalachian Trail

1<p><b>Do your research.</b> The most important factor in successfully completing an AT thru-hike is fully understanding what you are attempting to do. Read …

The end of our journey is just the beginning @ Renee Tougas

The 24th episode of the Beyond our Boundaries video series is live today. It tells the story of the final days of our hike.<p>On the weekend of fall's …

3 Worthwhile Gadgets for Backpackers

Some people begin their Appalachian Trail journey intending <i>“to have a digital detox”</i> or <i>“to replace staring at screens with staring at stars”</i>. Other …

6 Backpacking Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail

All thru-hikers do embarrassingly stupid things on their hike—it’s part of the learning process and part of the fun. There’s just no way to learn how …

11 Hidden Gems on the Ultimate Road Trip Through the Southwest

Looking for a good reason to cruise through the American Southwest? These 11 destinations are must-stops.<p>1. Capulin Volcano – New Mexico<p>You don’t …

National Parks