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National Geographic Travel

Heaven’s Stairs - Tian Men Shan, China. http://t.co/FYQPFf6DgO

Barefoot Runner Smashes Record

Over the weekend, Andrew Snope of Savannah, Georgia, set a new world record in 24-hour barefoot running. The 28-year-old covered 136.98 miles on an indoor 400-meter track in the Alaska Dome in Anchorage, easily besting the old record of 131.43 miles set last year by Peter Wayne of New …

Adventure Travel

Hiking and History in Italy’s Dolomites

When World War I broke out, Italy’s <b>Dolomites</b> became a treacherous front line for Austrian and Italian soldiers.<p>Here among the jagged peaks and sheer pastel walls of this ancient range of the Alps, where many cultures had coexisted for centuries, soldiers on both sides built networks of bolted-down …

Beloved Moab Structure Topples

Officials in Moab, Utah, have confirmed that the Cobra, an iconic sandstone formation 10 miles east of Arches National Park, fell from its perch following an intense isolated thunderstorm last week. Characterized by a strikingly top-heavy shape resembling the head and body of a snake, the Cobra was …

Arches National Park

Ecuador Hiking Adventure

A hiking adventure in Ecuador is a fascinating course in geography, geology, and culture—all within the magnificent setting of some of the highest …

The Definitive Guide to Rolling Up Your Sleeves

A trio of ways to treat your arms to some fresh air this summer.<p><b>Three techniques, in increasing order (top to bottom) of complexity and refinement.</b><p>1. Unbutton both buttons<p>2. Flip the cover over<p>3. Tuck the cuff and roll it under so that the cuff creates a new, precise end of the sleeve.<p>4. Repeat …

Men's Fashion

Alex Honnold's Ultimate Adventure Vehicle

Honnold's Humble Abode<p>Welcome to Alex Honnold's home sweet home, parked in American Fork, Utah. We caught up with the climber for an inside look at his deluxe camper-van setup, complete with all the gear you could ever want to free solo Half Dome—or to go on a slightly less adrenaline-filled …

RVs

A beautiful shot of a hiker in Sólheimajökull, Iceland. http://on.natgeo.com/1ou4jRc Photograph by LuAn Young, Your Shot

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

Kilian Jornet Smashes Hardrock 100 Record

It stood for six years, and many thought it unbeatable, but this morning while most of Silverton slept, Kilian Jornet smashed the Hardrock 100 record, in a time of 22:41:35.<p>When 24-year-old Kyle Skaggs ran a 23:23 in 2008, no one knew he'd set a bar that would prove unreachable for some of the most …

Ultramarathons

Hiker Survives on Moths, Melted Ice

Gregg Hein, 33, was on a solo hike in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks when a loose boulder caused him to lose his footing and fall 150 feet. The 33-year-old broke his right leg in three places, with bones protruding from the skin and his foot "dangling," according to <i>USA Today</i>.<p>Hein …

Hiking

Smaller Runners Have the Advantage at Badwater

Until December 2013, California’s 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon, which started in Death Valley and ended at the Mount Whitney Portal, was considered the ultimate endurance test in an extreme heat environment.<p>That’s when a temporary moratorium was placed on all sporting events in Death Valley. …

Adventure Travel

Training advice - The Running Bug

Runner Completes Incredible 584-Mile "Quad Badwater"

Think the Badwater Ultramarathon sounds tough? Lisa Smith-Batchen ran the course four times back-to-back to benefit clean water.<p>Ultrarunner Lisa Smith-Batchen from Driggs, Idaho, successfully covered the famed 135-mile route of Badwater—known as “the world’s toughest footrace” due to its extreme …

Running

The Long Way in to Havasu Falls

ROAD N✍TES<b><br>Editor’s Note:</b>One of the Grand Canyon’s most remarkable features is Havasu Falls, where aquamarine water drops from up to 100 feet into …

Hiking

National Geographic Travel

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Run Faster By Improving Your Lactate Clearance Rate

<i>Lactic acid itself isn’t responsible for the muscle fatigue that causes you to do the skeleton dance at the end of a race.</i><p>Despite what you might be …

Nat Geo Picks the World's Best Hikes

With the weekend nearly upon us, I'm sure more than a few of you are thinking about hitting your favorite hiking trail over the next few days. While …

Hiking

Rob Krar and Stephanie Howe Take 2014 Western States Endurance Run Titles

A day that offered slightly cooler temperatures also served up some fast finishes.<p>Sitting next to race winner Timothy Olson at the finish line of the 2013 Western States Endurance Run, Rob Krar (Flagstaff, Arizona) set a goal. About 365 days—and 14-hours and 53 minutes later—it became a …

The Peters Creek Loop

Length 11.5 miles • Climbing 1820 feet<p>The Peters Creek hike features a descent into one of the Santa Cruz Mountains' incongruously lush, …

Hiking