Outdoors

80-year-old twin sisters hike the Appalachian Trail

CLOSE<p>These 80-year-old twin sisters hiked the Appalachian Trail. Their tips for success? The key is a glass of wine every night. HUMANKIND<p>WAYNESVILLE, North Carolina -- Hiking the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail, one of the longest footpaths in the world, is an exercise in the outer limits of …

Trails

Wisconsin's Apostle Islands ice caves inaccessible to visitors

The National Park Service says it's still too dangerous to explore the Apostle Islands ice caves off the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior.<p>When accessible, the majestic ice caves have attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the area. The park service says it's not known if or when the ice will be …

National Parks

Muir Woods closed for third time in two weeks due to fallen trees

Park rangers closed Muir Woods National Monument on Wednesday as a safety precaution after several large redwood trees fell during heavy rain last week, blocking the main trail, a park spokesman said.<p>The monument is expected to reopen on Thursday but a key portion of the main trail will remain …

National Parks

Bend Really Does Have It All

I couldn’t have timed my trip to Bend more perfectly. The locals said they hadn’t seen this much snow in town since 1993. Or was it 1995? The years …

Skiing

Why It’s Still Worth Owning a Digital Camera

Make no mistake: The cameras in today’s top-of-the-line smartphones can take some absolutely stunning images. The iPhone 7 (and particularly the 7 …

Cameras

A Year of Southern Travel

Photo by David Prince<p>You may have already skipped yesterday’s trip to the gym, but traveling more in the year ahead is one resolution you might actually want to keep. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of must-visit Southern destinations for each month of the year. Open your calendar, and start …

National Parks

8 Things We Learned About Ryan Zinke From His Confirmation Hearing

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is the Trump administration’s pick for Secretary of the Interior, where he would be in charge with managing 254 …

National Parks

Why Nelson, British Columbia, is the perfect ski town

It’s easy to have a crush on Canada, especially if you’re a skier. The mountains, the embedded niceness, or the fact that they always seem to have …

Ski Resorts

In Wyoming, campus guns are more about safety than politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren't a punch line.<p>Betsy DeVos' remark Tuesday to a Senate committee that state and local officials should …

National Parks

Sir Ranulph Fiennes abandons bid to climb Aconcagua mountain

Explorer calls off attempt to climb highest peak in South America just a few hours from summit due to severe back pain<p>Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been forced to abandon an attempt to climb the highest peak in South America after being struck down with a bad back.<p>The 72-year-old was airlifted …

Mountaineering

15 of the most beautiful places in Alaska | Photo Gallery

With mountains to climb, rivers to raft, glaciers to coo over and a bevy of bears to photograph, Alaska is the ultimate wilderness. From the moment …

Alaska

Fatbiking in California: could the cycling trend be as big as snowboarding?

Fatbiking is booming, with more and more ski resorts introducing the sport, including Tahoe Donner in the Sierra Nevada where our writer tries it out<p>Fatbikes – so named because of their comically thick tyres – are the latest trend in cycling. They look like the monster trucks of the biking world …

Ski Resorts

Supernatural Yellowstone: America's First National Park

If you want to walk on a different planet and never leave Earth, go to Yellowstone National Park. It is a landscape so mesmerizing that when early explorer John Colter described what he saw there to interested parties, they surmised he was hallucinating. Painted Earth, steam billowing from …

National Parks

Scott Eastwood Could Be Fined For Jumping Off This Waterfall

Scott Eastwood has the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service on his case.<p>Clint Eastwood's son got the organization's attention when he posted a video to Instagram of himself jumping off a cliff into the water at Wattamolla Falls near Sydney.<p>A National Parks and Wildlife Service …

National Parks

15 Ways To Find Adventure, For The Local Or Traveler

Enhance your travel experience by seeking out a city’s hidden gems and unique local adventures. We boiled down a list of 15 ways to adventure …

Trail Running

How to create a strong focal point and manage attention inside your photographs

Focal point is a term that photographers and photography blogs throw around continually. “Create a focal point,” it’s said, “it should be the first …

Tutorials

The Other Coachella: Inside the New Biennial Desert X

The drive from Palm Springs to Rancho Mirage isn’t what you’d describe as scenic: The landscape shifts from explosively verdant flora and palm tree colonnades to tan stucco boxes, asphalt, and scrub. But Neville Wakefield, the artistic director of the Desert X biennial, opening February 25 and on …

National Parks

Government Abruptly Kills Proposed Vaping Ban in National Parks but Won't Explain Why

Earlier this month, the US National Park Service proposed a ban on vaping in the National Parks. The rule would have expanded the ban on smoking in …

National Parks

Tennessee fires spark insurance claims of $842 million

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Insurance claims resulting from the wildfires in eastern Tennessee last year are an estimated $842 million, well above the $500 million in damages announced by officials in December.<p>In response to a <i>News Sentinel</i> request, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance on …

National Parks

Whitewater Rafting Team Narrowly Misses Grand Canyon Record

A team of eight whitewater rafters missed setting a new speed record for rowing down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon this week when their raft …

National Parks

Tamara Beckwith: 'Skiing has to be about pushing yourself'

Once famous for being posh and getting pregnant at 16, former party girl Tamara Beckwith has forged a career as a model and reality TV star on shows such as <i>The Jump</i> in 2016.<p>You made it to the final day of last season’s <i>The Jump</i>. What were your impressions?<p>I was constantly tested, pushing myself to a …

Ski Resorts

2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever. It’s the Third Year in a Row of Record-High Heat

For the third year in a row, the Earth saw a new record set for the warmest year.<p>In a new report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

World Politics

Taking Flight Over Milford Sound

The helicopter flies along the rugged cliffs of Milford Sound with views across the stunning scenery from every window. You feel the thrill of flight …

New Zealand

4 winter hikes not for the faint of heart

Does this sound like you?<p>You own several pairs of insulated boots and at least one pair of snowshoes. You’re thrilled to ski on sub-zero days. You …

Trails

Park City's Local Secrets

We sent Yodeler Ashley McKinney to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City - The Yarrow to experience all this amazing mountain town has to offer and to make some beautiful photos. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City - The Yarrow is located just five minutes from Park City's Historic Main Street …

Travel

Infuze lets you switch between water and electrolytes with the turn of a dial

Why it matters to you<p>Hikers can now choose when and how to flavor their water during their trek.<p>Whether it’s hiking along a trail or backpacking to a …

Camping

How last weekend's snowfall transformed the Alps into ski nirvana

Last Sunday night I went through the Val d’Isère/Tignes piste map with local mountain guide Jerôme Barry of Top Ski, tracing the off-piste runs our group covered over the weekend. It was a total of 10, officially, though Friday and Saturday’s 60cm snowfall meant that almost every pitch between …

Ski Resorts

Lift Rides to the Backcountry: Exploring the Grandiose Welschtobel Trail in Switzerland.

Here in the US, “lift rides” and “backcountry” are two mutually-exclusive terms. But in Europe, they don’t have to be. On my second day riding in …

Mountain Biking