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Dustin Walker

Dustin Walker is a journalist, travel copywriter and editor/owner of Slick and Twisted Trails. Follow him on Twitter @dustinjaywalker


Would You Hike These Haunted Trails?

By Dustin Walker

There’s really two kinds of fear. First, there’s the cliff-hanging, adrenaline-boosting ‘please-God-don’t-let-me-fall’ kind of terror that every outdoor explorer has probably experienced at some point. And then there’s the other kind of fear. It’s more subtle; it creeps up slowly, tightening your chest and sending shivers through your bones. It’s the stuff Richard Matheson books […]


9 killer camping gadgets for backpackers

By Dustin Walker

(updated on September 19, 2016) Let’s be honest: no one needs any fancy gadgets or high-tech toys to explore the backcountry. You’ll survive fine without a cellphone, radio or UV water filter (iodine tablets work OK, they just make H2O taste like crap). And yet, just about every outdoor adventurer I know is drawn to […]


Climbers Eye Myanmar After Historic Ascent

By Dustin Walker

Myanmar’s one of those rare places that is still undiscovered. It’s wild, unspoiled and a dream destination for any type of adventurer. And now, this southeast Asian country has just leapt onto the radar of mountaineers and technical climbers from across the globe.


The 10 Best Cameras For Backpacking & Hiking (2016)

By Dustin Walker

Updated on March 2, 2016 I don’t care what anyone says: I really do need my DSLR camera when hiking through the backcountry. That’s right, NEED it. If I’m not carrying that thing with me on a backpacking trek, I’ll be fretting over all the killer shots I’ve missed. My tool of choice used to […]


Beyond Kilimanjaro: 3 Little-Known African Parks With Epic Trekking

By Dustin Walker

Rising almost 20,000 feet high, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest hikable mountain and a dream trek for anyone who loves a challenge. What makes this African destination so enticing for hikers is that you don’t have to be a climber – no ropes or pulleys are needed. This place is remote, yet accessible. […]


5 Of the Best Outdoor Adventure Books (and one freebie)

By Dustin Walker

They were just 18, dead-broke and trying to look after a one-year-old baby on the road. No home. No cash. No real plans other than to escape the urban bustle they were used to. I interviewed this smiling couple about five years ago when I was still a newspaper reporter. My article was about rising poverty […]


Solo Backpacking Is All About Heart & Soul

By Dustin Walker

Survivor Man star Les Stroud never seems fazed when he’s on the verge of starvation. The guy’s a pro, after all. But watch the show long enough, and you’ll find out what really gets to this survivalist superstar – it becomes clear the moment he pulls out his harmonica and plays some melancholy jazz tune. […]


How A Killer Uppercut Can Make You A Faster, More Agile Hiker

By Dustin Walker

Boxing isn’t often the sport of choice for outdoor enthusiasts. You’re stuck in a crowded gym sucking in sweat-tainted air while listening to folks pound away at heavy bags. Not exactly pristine scenery. But there a few benefits of adding the Sweet Science to your hiking training routine. I used to dabble in boxing a […]


Top 4 Alternatives to The Appalachian Trail

By Dustin Walker

It’s the flagship trail of the U.S. If you haven’t heard about it, you’re probably not that into hiking (in North America, anyway). Yes, the 2,180(ish)-mile Appalachian Trail has earned its much-deserved title as an iconic American trek. But despite its rocky terrain and grueling distance, about 2,000 people still attempt to thru-hike the sucker […]

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