When a massive flood wrecked the Yellowstone area—and derailed her backpacking plans—Maggie Slepian had to contend with the ways the changing climate is already affecting hiking's most storied spaces.
Last week my house burned to the ground, and if that’s not bad enough, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder
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When the memories of combat refused to fade, a former army medic found healing in thru-hiking.
Hiking a long trail is a challenge no matter who you are. But not everyone is equally able to make the compromises it requires.
After Covid's long-term side effects left her unable to chase the physical adventures she had treasured before, Dani Mortell found herself negotiating a new outdoor experience.
Like many other subcultures, long-distance hiking has its own language.
A fatal avalanche near Hoosier Pass, Colorado is a reminder that dangerous slides can occur on gentle terrain
Like a seed pushing through the hard spring soil in search of the sun, so too must you push through adversity to the glorious ultralight of backpacking.
Overcrowding is destroying our parks. Timed entry systems can save them.
Through bad weather, injuries, and access issues, I've climbed the same mountain every month for a decade and a half. I hope to do it for as long as I can.
Through two breakups, career changes, and more, the Beaten Path has been a welcome constant—and a yardstick for just how much everything else has shifted.
Take a long hike, and you’ll find yourself falling in with people decades older and younger than you. There’s good reason for that.
A writer with a few FKTs under her belt ponders whether or not speed enhances or detracts from the experience.
Finishing a 2,000-mile hike is tough. But for many thru-hikers, coming back to the “real world” afterward is even tougher.
The 10 Pieces of Gear Every Backpacker Should Carry, At Least According to Our Coffee-Snob Friend Craig
The Ten Essentials could save your life on a hike. Craig calls coffee his “lifesaver,” and honestly, it was funnier the first time.
In the wilderness, it isn't cheap, paracord-wrapped hatchets and trenching tools that we need to survive. It's each other.
Join us on a trek in Nepal, and let’s show how hiking and helping go hand in hand.
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If you're thinking of bringing a firearm on a long trail, there are a few things you need to be aware of first.
Surviving in the wilderness is easier than you think. How easy is it? I made up these survival strategies off the top of my head. Take that, “experts”!
For one hiker, nature is the best place to confront her past and consider her future.
Is your motivation running dry? Try one of these strategies to recharge it.
Our writer sought meditation on Africa’s tallest peak. What she found was something even more meaningful: fun.
Hiking is about living in the moment, not speed.
Featherweight gear takes a lot of the pain out of carrying a load. But when it breaks in the middle of a long hike, it puts that pain right back in again.
With information about “secret” trails and campsites all over the internet, finding a balance between conserving the wilderness and welcoming people to it has never been more important—or more challenging.
In one of America’s least visited national parks, I find my authentic self.
In the 1970s, crews finished carving a tribute to the Confederacy into Stone Mountain. Fifty years later, it's time to scrape it off.
Hiking is for everyone—but as Kara Richardson Whitely, a.k.a. Mama Kubwa, discovered, not everyone has gotten the memo.
As a small-town newspaper reporter, I’ve had a front-row seat to what happens when people’s and bears’ paths cross.
Jobs, trips, moves: Every time I tried to hit the trail with my dad, life got in the way. Then something happened that made me realize just how much time I had wasted.
Once you leave the trailhead, your safety is in your own hands.
There are more hikers on the trail than ever—and that means more wear and tear. It's up to all of us to help fix it.
For almost a decade, I avoided camping alone. Now, I wish I had tried it sooner.
I grew up hiking in the White Mountains. But I never fully appreciated them until I moved away.
When it comes to remembering my best trips, smells do something that photos never could.
A recent court decision struck down permit requirements for commercial filming and photography in the national parks. One land manager considers just how bad it could get.
Backpackers have a habit of glorifying the big adventures. But the little ones can be just as sweet.
Hiking isn’t all gorgeous sunsets and glowing campfires, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at Instagram. And for people just getting into backpacking, that matters.
Why do we still run our public lands like it’s 1920?
When companies don't offer plus sizes, that sends a message about who is and isn't welcome in the outdoors.
The Western U.S. is rife with forests and deserts that you can't visit. A new law could fix that—if we're willing to fight for it.
After 18 years of backpacking, boating, and skiing, a mother and son confront letting go.
There are a lot of good reasons to fight racism. Let’s add one more: We can’t protect the climate without ending it.
A globetrotter reflects on a place that stopped him in his tracks.
It’s tough to pick our favorite place in New Zealand, but this stretch of coast is all-time.