WHERE: The Sandia Mountains is an easily accessible range immediately to the east of Albuquerque, New Mexico within the Cibola National Forest. Part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, at 10,679 feet (3256m). WHY: Just a short drive from a major metropolitan area of more… Read More

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Where This lesser-known National Monument and Preserve is located in south central Idaho, right on Highway 20. There’s just about nothing on either side of the park for miles in between Jackson, Wyoming and Boise, Idaho, but it’s well worth the drive if you are in the area. If you are going through Yellowstone, this… Read More

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There’s a reason we’ve all ended up in this beautiful place along the Front Range of the majestic Rocky Mountains. It’s a great place to raise a family with a flourishing economy, a diverse, intelligent, adventurous population, and so many fun things to do! No matter what brought us here, I know there’s at least… Read More

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  These are my conclusions after two trips to Nepal during the spring. I spent time in the capitol city of Kathmandu and the more relaxed, environmental and humanity conscious town of Pokhara. I trekked and climbed in both the Annapurna and Everest regions. I love these mountains and the local culture and recommend Nepal… Read More

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WHERE: The Picketwire (Purgatoire) Canyonlands on the Comanche National Grasslands south of La Junta, in southeastern Colorado. WHY: Dinosaur tracks. We’re talking a lot of dinosaur tracks. These primitive canyons are home to the largest known set of dinosaur tracks in North America, and also Native American rock art and early Hispanic settlements. Don’t let… Read More

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This is the last in a 3-part series on Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon Part I • Part II Travel Considerations for the North Rim Before going out to the points in the Kaibab NF, check with the Back Country Office in the North Rim Village. These folks really know their stuff… Read More

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WHERE Nestled against the foothills of the Wind River Mountains and on the banks of the Popo Agie River, Lander is in west-central Wyoming. It sits on state highway 287, which came up from Ft. Collins, Colorado and continues on into Montana to the north. Lander is 270 miles northwest of state capitol Cheyenne. WHY… Read More

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A thru hike is difficult under the best circumstances. Starting in the winter only elevates the difficulty of the hiking and adds an element of mountaineering to the adventure that few others get to experience. I began my quest to complete the triple crown of hiking on February 5th on top of Springer Mountain in… Read More

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When it comes to camping, I have always neglected the air mat. If I’m backpacking, I’ll leave the air mat at home while I gripe to myself “it’s not real camping if it’s not a bit uncomfortable!”. When I’m car camping at a music festival or just with some friends, the air mat is the… Read More

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Underneath the little marble islands lie the “capillas de marmol” or the marble chapels: the lake has slowly eroded away the underside of the marble islands leaving caves that glow in the sunlight and reflect the blue water. In the Chilean Patagonia, in the region of Aysen, there is one main road that extends over… Read More

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…no one needs to worry themselves about how long the walk takes. “It shows that time, the concept of time, doesn’t matter.” — Ann-Karin Tellefsen A very long walk It’s a very long walk, so let’s call it what it really is: a trek. Better yet, a pilgrimage. Known as the Camino de Santiago, this… Read More

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What’s a little snow? It’s December and that means our outdoor adventures take on a different flavor. But snow and ice and cold by no means should put a hold on adventure. It just means some extra preparation, and the right gear. The planning is up to you, and the gear is up to you… Read More

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I threw everything I thought I would need in the car and took off toward the Goose Creek Trail with the hope of escaping the city, testing out my winter gear, and exploring a new loop trail. For my first trip this season into the backcountry on skis I had no expectations other than completing… Read More

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A recent trip underscored the functional superiority of Red Fox’s Traveler series of rolling travel packs. The goal was to fly back home to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday with a minimum of hassle. Traveling during the holidays is a formula for disaster because more people travel then than any other time of year…. Read More

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Scotland’s western edge is littered with inlets, isles, craggy mountains and wet coastal trails. For planet trekkers it is a magical place to visit. This part of the country is remote, untamed, wet and emblematic of the kings, armies and clans that once ruled the land. Walk the hills of Trossachs National Park, climb good… Read More

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Autumn is a great time at the Rocky The days are getting just a bit shorter. Yes, summer is about over; no big deal. There is plenty still going in the high country above the Red Fox North American headquarters in Lyons, Colorado. The action never stops here. As the aspen trees start to turn… Read More

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Climbing big mountains takes stamina and determination. Usually the stamina is fueled with food. Last December 11-19, 2014, Alexander Vovni and Konstantin Dikovsky successfully completed a unique scientific project to climb South America’s highest peak while going hungry. Herewith an interview with the two to explain why. RFNA: What was a purpose of the “hungry”… Read More

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