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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

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S&TT Roundup: The Latest On Killer Treks From Across The Globe

By Dustin Walker

There’s nothing quite like tackling a tough trek in the blistering heat. Sweat stings your eyes as you power up the inclines. Your feet burn and your throat feels charcoal-dry. But when you finally get to camp and drop that pack to the ground, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you didn’t let the heat beat you […]

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The Best Of Slick & Twisted Trails (2013)

By Dustin Walker

I don’t do crowds. Especially not outdoors. Sure, I can deal with a packed grocery store or a sports bar with a full house, but a wooded hiking trail should never feel like a subway station at 5:15 p.m. It doesn’t matter how awesome the scenery is or how much of a challenge the terrain […]

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6 Solid Winter Hiking Boots Worthy Of Your Feet

By Dustin Walker

You gotta take care of your feet. There’s absolutely no chance of getting anywhere, on any type of hiking trail if your hooves are hurtin.’ And when it comes to hiking in the winter, it’s essential your feet are nice and snug in a decent pair of boots. But I’m betting you already know all […]

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5 Of The World’s Most Unique Adventure Tours

By Dustin Walker

There’s culinary tours, wildlife tours, and tours to places that will make your skin crawl. In fact, no matter what you’re into, odds are there’s a tour operator out there somewhere who can hook you up with just what you’re looking for. But what if the experience you crave is a bit out of the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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The 10 Best Cameras For Backpacking & Hiking (2017)

By Dustin Walker

Updated on August 7th, 2017I 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 be a […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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