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Hiking is one of the simplest yet most rewarding outdoor activities. It doesn’t take much — just a good pair of shoes and idea of where you’re going. Well, to make the hike a little safer and more pleasant, we’ll keep informed of all the basics you should know and the gear you should take along.

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5 Little-Known National Parks That Are Cooler Than Their Overcrowded Brethren

More obscure national parks are just as majestic, but receive a fraction of the crowds. Try these little-known U.S. national parks in the Great Outdoors.
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In Review: Why My Go-To Ultralight Pack is the Montane Trailblazer LT

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Embrace the Summer With These 10 Microadventures

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Here Are the Best U.S. Hikes Accessible in the Summertime

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The Ultimate Guide for Fastpacking Success

Two pairs of trekking poles resting on a large pile of rocks; there is a landscape of hills and mountains in the background.

Are Trekking Poles Worth It and Do You Need Them?

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Here is the Gear You Will Need for Those Spring Hikes

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The 20 Best U.S. National Parks to Explore Now

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Hiking the Trail? Here’s 9 Tips for Safe Self-Navigation

Best Hiking and Backpacking Tents

The 11 Best Backpacking Tents for Hiking and Camping

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What to Wear Hiking: Menswear That Works On and Off the Trail

The "secret beach" at Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii.

The Best Hiking Spots Across Hawaii, From the Big Island to Oahu

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The 6 Best Gifts For Hiking Enthusiasts

The 6 Best Gifts For Hiking Enthusiasts

Show a fellow hiker some love with our top 6 best gift ideas that will make their next journey memorable and exciting!
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How To Prepare Your Body for a Long-Distance Hike

How To Prepare Your Body for a Long-Distance Hike

To fully enjoy a long-distance hike, you need to be physically prepared. Our guide will have you ready to hit the trail for days at a time.
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Fuel Yourself for the Trail Ahead and Avoid Hiker Hunger

Fuel Yourself for the Trail Ahead and Avoid Hiker Hunger

Here are our time-honored tips for keeping yourself fueled on the trail and avoiding hiker hunger and the sugar-crash cycle.
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These are 8 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World

These are 8 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World

From Huayna Picchu in South America to El Caminito del Rey in Spain, these are the world's most dangerous hikes. Take yourself to the edge -- but not over it.
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6 Exhilarating Hiking Movies To Inspire Your Next Trek

6 Exhilarating Hiking Movies To Inspire Your Next Trek

When you're stuck inside, get a bit of that wild charm by watching hiking movies (both fiction and nonfiction) that put the natural world front and center.
Best Hydration Packs

The Best Hydration Packs for Hiking, Trail Running, and Day Trips

The Best Hydration Packs for Hiking, Trail Running, and Day Trips

If you spend any time running or hiking outdoors, it’s time to get a real hydration pack. These are the best to buy in 2022.
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Fast and Light Overnight: A Newbie’s Guide to Fastpacking

Fast and Light Overnight: A Newbie’s Guide to Fastpacking

Going ultralight is the new trend, but what about fastpacking? Learn all you need to know about covering maximum distance, with minimal equipment.
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Ditch the GPS: How to Navigate Using a Map and Compass

Ditch the GPS: How to Navigate Using a Map and Compass

No matter how advanced technology is, the age-old map and compass are indispensable. Learn how to use them with our quick and easy guide.
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The 6 Best Day Hikes in U.S. National Parks

The 6 Best Day Hikes in U.S. National Parks

Hiking season is here and the trail awaits. Take in amazing natural experiences and stunning landscapes that only require day hikes through U.S. national parks.

This is How to Avoid Getting Sick While Camping

This is How to Avoid Getting Sick While Camping

Getting sick is never fun, but it is particularly unfortunate when you're out camping. Utilize these basic tips to stay safe and well in the outdoors.
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Hit the Trails With These Homemade Trail Mix Recipes

Hit the Trails With These Homemade Trail Mix Recipes

Hit the trails this spring with your own homemade trail mix, customized to your tastes. Here are some easy-to-follow recipes to get you started.

The 15 Best Travel Pants for Literally Everything

The 15 Best Travel Pants for Literally Everything

To travel in comfort is to wear the best travel pants for every activity and environment, from finding comfort on the plane to embarking on adventure outdoors.
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10 Best Hikes in the United States in 2022

10 Best Hikes in the United States in 2022

Declaring the “best hikes” is a recipe for a fistfight. Still, we’re boldly staking our claims to the best hikes throughout the United States.
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The 10 Best Exercises for Hiking That You Need To Know

The 10 Best Exercises for Hiking That You Need To Know

Training for hiking involves strengthening your legs and core. Here are only some great workouts for hikers to try.
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The 7 Best Trekking Poles for Your Upcoming Hike

The 7 Best Trekking Poles for Your Upcoming Hike

In this guide, we'll give you a rundown of the best trekking poles as well as teach you how to choose the right pair of poles for your next hike.

10 Best Hiking Socks for Men To Buy in 2022

10 Best Hiking Socks for Men To Buy in 2022

The best hiking socks for men are all you need to ensure a comfortable fit both on and off the trail.
A breathtaking view of Yellowstone National Park at sunset.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Night Hiking

Here’s What You Need To Know About Night Hiking

While hiking in broad daylight is a lot of fun, doing it after sunset brings a uniquely engaging experience with the skies, the cosmos, and the wilderness.
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Backpacking Checklist: 13 Things You Need for Hiking

Backpacking Checklist: 13 Things You Need for Hiking

No matter how far you’re trekking or how long you’re planning to be offline, these are the best backpacking essentials you need to survive.
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A Quick Guide on How to Clean Hiking Boots

A Quick Guide on How to Clean Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are meant to get dirty, but that doesn't mean they should stay that way. Here's a quick guide on how to clean your hiking boots.
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Hiking for Beginners: A Guide to Hitting the Trail

Hiking for Beginners: A Guide to Hitting the Trail

Our hiking for beginners comprehensive guide has all the tips and tricks you need to hit the trail with confidence this year. So, start your journey now.
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The Best Hiking Snacks To Fuel Your Time on the Trail

The Best Hiking Snacks To Fuel Your Time on the Trail

When it comes to fueling your next outdoor adventure, these best hiking snacks deliver.
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Here Are Some of the Best Big Sur Natural Wonders

Here Are Some of the Best Big Sur Natural Wonders

Since Big Sur packs so much natural beauty into 71 miles of California coastline, here's our cheat sheet of the best outdoor sights that Big Sur has to offer.
The tide pools at Arroyo Burro County Beach, Santa Barbara, California.

The Best Spring Break Beach Destinations for 2022

The Best Spring Break Beach Destinations for 2022

If you're seeking some surf and sand this spring break season, here are some beaches off the beaten path that deserve a spot on your itinerary.
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I Spent a Month in the New Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Socks

I Spent a Month in the New Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Socks

After spending a month running, hiking, and biking in the new Swiftwick Flite XT Trail, here are my impressions of Swiftwick's flagship trail runner.
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3 Hiking and Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life

3 Hiking and Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life

Make your next hike a safe and enjoyable one with our brief guide on survival tips and hacks, which includes fighting off bears and navigating the wild.
A view of the waves and the mountains at Pescadero State Beach in Pescadero, California.

The 9 Best Hikes in San Francisco To Experience

The 9 Best Hikes in San Francisco To Experience

Here are the best places to explore in and around the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area, because SF is more than just a home to a plethora of tech companies.
Man on a mountain with the best headlamp of 2022.

The 6 Best Headlamps for All Sorts of Adventures in 2022

The 6 Best Headlamps for All Sorts of Adventures in 2022

Whether you're running down the trail after dark, pedaling to work before dawn, or setting up camp after hours, the best headlamps are here to light the way.
A waterfall forms as the waves hit La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California.

The Best San Diego Beaches to Explore and Enjoy

The Best San Diego Beaches to Explore and Enjoy

Here are some great beaches in and around San Diego to hike, bike, surf, swim, sunbathe, and explore.
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The Incredible, Steep Cost of Climbing Mount Everest

The Incredible, Steep Cost of Climbing Mount Everest

We talked to mountaineer Alan Arnette and guide Garrett Madison to know what it takes to summit Mount Everest and how it feels to reach the top of the world.
Best Fire Starters for Camping

The 8 Best Fire Starters for Outdoor Camping in 2022

The 8 Best Fire Starters for Outdoor Camping in 2022

Campfires are an integral part of any outdoor camping trip. Get your fire going every time with our best fire starters.
A man holding a phone in his right hand and a Somewear Global Hotspot in his left hand in the mountain.

The Somewear Global Hotspot Acts as a Satellite Messenger

The Somewear Global Hotspot Acts as a Satellite Messenger

The Somewear Global Hotspot is a backcountry GPS with a trick up its sleeve: It turns your smartphone into a two-way satellite messenger. Here's our take.
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The 11 Best Backpacking Gear Items for Hitting the Trail in 2022

The 11 Best Backpacking Gear Items for Hitting the Trail in 2022

Spend less time hauling and more time exploring with the best backpacking gear for 2022. These lightweight options are essential for any adventure.

7 Best Hiking Daypacks For Every Kind of Adventure

7 Best Hiking Daypacks For Every Kind of Adventure

Hiking daypacks are the daily drivers of the outdoors world: From hitting your local trails to going for your next summit, these packs have your back.

The 6 Best Insulated Water Bottles to Stay Hydrated in 2022

The 6 Best Insulated Water Bottles to Stay Hydrated in 2022

Whatever you're up to in 2022, you still need to double down on your hydration with the best insulated water bottles.
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This is How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking

This is How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking

Going out for a hike and worried about ticks? We give you some tips on how to avoid ticks while hiking to prevent Lyme disease.
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The Perfect Guide to How Hiking Boots Should Fit

The Perfect Guide to How Hiking Boots Should Fit

Looking for a new pair of hiking boots but don't know how they should fit? This guide explains exactly how to fit hiking boots.
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The Best Places to Explore Orange County Outdoors

The Best Places to Explore Orange County Outdoors

If you want to explore beyond the Magic Kingdom, here are some great outdoor destinations near Disneyland to visit in Orange County, California.
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7 Healthy Benefits of Hiking You Need To Know

7 Healthy Benefits of Hiking You Need To Know

Whether or not you are an avid hiker, you should take a look at these 7 benefits of hiking to get you inspired to plan your next trek!