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4 Countries With Untapped Hiking Potential

By Dustin Walker

Peru, Nepal and Switzerland all have killer hiking trails. It’s just a shame that everyone knows about them. Take the Classic Inca Trail, for example. More than 500 sweaty tourists and porters grunt their way along this epic route just about every day. Sure, it’s awesome. But if you’re looking for a more secluded trekking […]

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Why you should try hiking barefoot

By Dustin Walker

“Melting snow, the ultimate barefoot pleasure.” That’s the title of one chapter in Richard Frazine’s 1993 book ‘The Barefoot Hiker.’ My toes go a little numb just thinking about it. But folks like Franzine, 65, are adamant that hitting the trail sans boots is the most intense way to experience the outdoors. It’s all about […]

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4 Awesome Alternatives To The West Coast Trail

By Dustin Walker

The West Coast Trail ranks among the world’s most spectacular hikes. And with good reason: it’s a challenging trek with achingly beautiful scenery. The perfect route to slap on a bucket list. So why shouldn’t every adventure-lovin’ trailblazer be gushing over this famous Canadian trek? Because about 8,000 people hike it annually. Don’t get me […]

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Why you should hike at night

By Dustin Walker

Everything’s different when you hike in the dark. Your ears perk up at every snapped twig or drop of rain; your eyes strain to focus on the smallest shed of distant light. It can be a hair-raising experience. And it can also be exhilarating. While everyone else is either tucked into bed or watching Leno […]

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New featured trek: A warm welcome in remote Laos

By Dustin Walker

Deep in the wilderness of northern Laos, far removed from the trappings of western society, intrepid hikers might stumble upon the remote village of Akha. But only if they know where to look. Travel writer Holly Cave endured the difficult trek to this unique community, where she discovered some universal truths about the human condition. Read her […]

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Little-known ways to find little-known hikes

By Dustin Walker

Tranquil forests, litter-free coastlines and desolate trails that have seen fewer hiking boots than a ballroom dance floor – this is outdoor adventure at its finest. If you’ve already tackled the big-name treks that lure swarms of eager travelers every year, consider searching for a lesser-known trail that hasn’t been stomped smooth yet. Less crowded hikes may […]

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New featured trek: Lost in the Land of 1,000 Lakes

By Dustin Walker

The locals speak of Ecuador’s Cajas National Park with a mixture of pride and trepidation, often warning about the lack of marked trails, eerie woodlands and wash of clouds that descend in the evenings. Travel writer Bani Amor explores the backwoods of this unique hiking destination. Read her article on Cajas National Park.

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The 5 strangest hikes in the world

By Dustin Walker

Want to shake up your hiking routine? Try a route with aliens or boiling pools of foul-smelling mud. The world is full of strange and mind-boggling places to hike through. From a conspiracy theorist’s dream camping spot to a network of paths that’s underwater half of the year, these odd treks highlight just how weird […]

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