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Appalachian Trail to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, celebrates its 75th anniversary in August. Now measuring roughly 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine, the original trail took more than 15 years to build.

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"To the Arctic" with Photographer Florian Schulz

Award-winning conservation photographer Florian Schulz spent many months in the Arctic — spring, summer, fall, and winter — to photograph the remote landscape and diverse wildlife for "To the Arctic."

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Soak your worries away in trailside hot springs

Hot springs and winter hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing are a match made in heaven. Check out these five hot springs, and some tips and tricks for making the most of your hot spring experience.

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Famous Mountains You've Never Heard Of

What makes a mountain a "famous?" The World Famous Mountains Conference includes some interesting peaks you've likely never heard of.

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Backpacking Coast-to-Coast Across Scotland

The TGO Challenge is an annual non-competitive backpacking event, where participants hike across Scotland from the west coast to the east coast over the course of 15 days.

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In Praise of Autumn Paddling

Autumn is the best season for canoeing and kayaking: there are no crowds, the bugs are gone, and the water is still warm.

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A Cinematic Journey on the Camino de Santiago

It's not often that hiking is featured prominently on the silver screen. Or that a major film takes its name from a trail. But both happen this weekend, when "The Way" opens in theaters nationwide.

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The John Muir Trail: The Music Video

This summer, a group of 8 multi-media artists known as the John Muir Project loaded up with more than 60 lbs of video equipment each to record their experiences on the 230-mile John Muir Trail (JMT).

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Sierra Names Nation's "Coolest" Green Schools

Know an outdoorsy, environmentally-minded high school student looking at colleges? Show him or her yet another ranking list, this one Sierra magazine's annual list of the nation’s “Coolest Schools.”

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Roxanne Quimby on her Controversial Maine National Park

Roxanne Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of her land near Baxter State Park to create a new national park in Maine.

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Denali Winter Wilderness Gear: Furry and Fleet

Denali's original two million acres are designated as wilderness area — no motorized equipment or transport allowed. That's a boon for backcountry enthusiasts, but come winter it's also a lot of frozen land for rangers to patrol.

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Video: Climbing Big Peaks with Style

Wonder what it's like to climb a really big, technical mountain? What about turning around before you reach the summit? You can get a glimpse in this...

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Camp in Someone's Garden (for a small fee)

Traveling on a non-backpacking holiday, but can't find a campground or park to set the tent up in, and don't want to stay indoors? Want to stay somewhere...

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Camping in New York City

As part of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has proposed a series of steps to link local communities,...

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Doctors Prescribe Hiking in National Parks

If you're reading this, you likely know firsthand that going for a hike or walk in nature has a positive impact on your mood and health.

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