Mike Francis

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Nepal’s Trekking Peaks

https://www.flickr.com/photos/terbeck/14332672160The Himalayas are the ultimate dream for generations of mountaineers, but not all climbers have the …

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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.

Wilderness Survival Skills Training – How to Use a Compass

If you love the outdoors and love to spend time exploring the woods, then it is wise to learn some basic wilderness survival skills. No one expects …

Ten Winter Camping Tips

A couple of weeks ago, I was winter camping up in the Ghost River Wilderness Area during an ice climbing trip to Alberta, Canada. With temps dropping …

Our Favorite Burger Recipes from Classic to "Crunchified"

Juicy burgers—from beef, to turkey, to veggie—that you'll want to get on your grill right now.<p><b>Fire up that grill already</b>—it's practically begging for one of these juicy burgers to make that delightful sizzling noise.

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Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.<p>1. Arm your phone<p>The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

A Balkan Journey: Slovenia to Croatia

Heavy storms and a 100-year flood battered the Balkans in May, but by the end of the month, the sun appeared and I was bound for Slovenia and the northern head of the new Via Dinarica hiking trail, which follows the Dinaric Alps, a 620-mile string of peaks spilling south and east from the Alps …

10 All-American Summer Road Trips

Drive, We Said<p>There's nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential …