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Category Archives: Hiking and Backpacking

Channel Islands National Park: A Quiet Refuge a Stone’s Throw from Los Angeles

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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7 Ways to Save Money on Travel This Fall

​This was the summer that everyone decided to travel again. Sixty percent of Americans had plans for a summer vacation, according to a 2022 summer travel survey by Deloitte. And good for them. After being locked up for over two years due to the pandemic, we all deserved a much-needed getaway. But goodness, was that […]

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It’s Time for a Mountain Dew Smackdown

I’m All For Trying New Things, but the Original Mountain Dew Flavor—Citrus—Is the One True Path By Jonathan Dorn Let me begin by commending my opponent for joining this important debate. Adam is a caring parent, a world traveler, and a charismatic champion of spiders, snakes, and other unfairly despised creatures. His empathy for underdogs […]

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The Cordillera Huayhuash of Northern Peru Is Jagged, Raw Beauty

Darcie Reed and I had been hiking for four hours along a red- and iron-orange dirt path augured into the steep Andean hillside at almost 15,000 feet when, before a bend in the trail, Gilf Laurente stopped us. “Close your eyes,” Laurente, our guide, who is from Huaraz, said, “and hold my hand.” As we […]

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This Man Mapped Every Number-Two Bathroom Break on His Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail

Brian Garner started a new job the very day I first emailed him. Garner, a 19-year-old thru-hiker, was training to spend his first season cooking and cleaning in the iconic alpine huts of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, so he didn’t yet understand his schedule. That afternoon, when he asked his boss for some free time […]

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Hiker Scattering Father’s Ashes Along Appalachian Trail Found Dead in Apparent Drowning

A 45-year-old thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail died last week on the New Hampshire border in an apparent drowning. Joe “Kanga” Harvey, of Prentiss, Mississippi, was last spotted heading towards the Connecticut River on Wednesday, September 7, at about 7:30 P.M. from Vermont’s Happy Hill Shelter. Police in nearby Norwich, Vermont, reported that they received […]

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Jeff Garmire’s FKT Attempt on the John Muir Trail Came Down to a Desperate Final Sprint

Editor’s Note: On August 29, hiker Jeff Garmire set a new unsupported fastest known time for the John Muir Trail, beating Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy’s three-week-old record by a mere 12 minutes and 38 seconds. We asked him to tell his story in his own words. I had a permit to attempt the John Muir Trail […]

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Two Unprepared Hikers in New Hampshire Needed Rescue. Officials Charged Them With a Crime.

Two New England hikers have pled guilty to charges of reckless conduct, and have agreed to pay fines after rescuers had to retrieve them from an off-trail area in New Hampshire’s White Mountains earlier this year.  The hikers, a 22-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts and a 25-year-old from Windsor, New Hampshire, will each pay a $200 […]

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