You want to wear hiking boots to go hiking, right? That may be conventional outdoors wisdom, but often, it's not the right answer. Let's examine the merits of each and try to help you find the right solution.
This article will save your life. A basic paper map is the simplest, most reliable and most effective way to find your location and navigate somewhere else. But, in the age of GPS and Google Maps, many people have forgotten how to use one. Here's how to never get lost again.
In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first people to summit Mt. Everest. Their expedition started in Kathmandu, and led them to the village of Jiri; from there they trekked across 100 miles of mountains and jungle. We just hiked the same exact route.
With an average annual hunter success rate of 7%, the D7 hunting zone of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California is one of the toughest regions to hunt deer in the state. We set out on a 4 day backpacking trip with our rifles to track down these elusive grey ghosts. … »
You've seen people using them — walking with "ski poles" through the mountains — but what are they for? Trekking poles add stability, support and even speed. Here's how. »
The most important item in your outdoor wardrobe, hiking boots grant you the ability to traverse challenging terrain, work to keep your entire body comfortable and supported while carrying heavy loads and help regulate temperature and dryness. They're also a difficult purchase to get right, particularly if you're… »
If you're on a hike and come across a predator that's determined to protect its young or its turf, you're not going to have much luck scaring it off with whistles or loud noises. You need a deterrent that's a little more convincing, like a 950,000-volt stun gun on the end of a 56-inch hiking pole that helps you keep a… »
Alpine lakes, 14,000 foot mountains, Giant Sequoias and grassy meadows? The 60-mile High Sierra Trail has it all and literally passes through Valhalla. We did it last week. »
Ever wanted to use your phone as a GPS navigator in the outdoors? Here's a step by step guide to finding the maps, creating trails and waypoints and then using them on your Android phone. »
Spending time together outdoors is pretty much the neatest thing you can do with your dog. Here's how to do it safely. »
This bridge over the San Gabriel River outside of L.A. was built in 1936 but devastating floods washed out the canyon and the road to it was never completed. The popular "Bridge to Nowhere" hike is nine miles round-trip and on weekends, hikers are greeted by the screams of bungee-jumpers. [@ZachBehrens, KCET] »
From Mexico and all the way up to Canada with something called the United States of America in between. One man, Tyler Fox, decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and make his way completely through the US. That would be a 2,600 mile hike through California, Oregon and Washington. Here's what he saw. »
When shopping for that special someone who loves the great outdoors, it's easy to be overwhelmed. There are so many companies and so many items with so many different features that it's hard to know where to start. That's why we thought we'd kickstart this party with some of our favorite camping gear. We hope H.D.… »
As you battle your way into the great outdoors on a hike or camping excursion, you need both hands free for pushing away branches, or fighting off wildlife—not handling a compass. So to guarantee you're still headed in the right direction, this vibrating compass will always keep you aware of true north, without… »
Like having a set of snow chains on your feet, nothing makes traversing winter's icy conditions easier than metal spikes on the bottom of your boots. But indoors, they can really tear up the floors and carpeting. So Germany's Meindl has created the perfect compromise: spiked boots with a geared mechanism to retract… »
There's nothing quite like a nice hike through a snowy wonderland in the dead of winter. There's also nothing quite like busting your ass on the ice when you do it. Boot chains can help keep you upright, but there's no need to shell out for a pair when you can just whip up your own for a lot less. »