Summer

Distance Hike through Eagle River, Raven Gorge & Crow Pass Alaska

long distance hiking in the wilderness

As river crossings go it was fairly safe, but the cold made it rough. Just to our south, we could see the glacier that fed the lake at the head of the river. This water had been ice not too long before. That crossing was at mile twelve of the day. Thirteen more to go and we would be done.

Hiking the Golden Hour – Exploring the Savage River of Denali

Golden Hour - Savage River Denali Alaska

Officially, Denali National Park claims to have no trails in the wilderness. There are official, marked trails in some places, notably the park entrance and Eielson, but when asked, Rangers will never mention other trails. But there is a trail beside the Savage. It begins about half a mile south of the camp, when an unmissable bluff rises on the west side of the river. It’s a flat, smooth game trail which continues up to the point where the river enters the mountains.

Staying Safe Around Bears – What you need to know about Bear Safety

bear safety

Don’t mess with the wildlife and the wildlife won’t mess with you. I have never had a single bad run in with a bear, though I have been very close to them. Never once have I felt threatened, because I use proper precautions. I’ve never surprised a bear, never stored food in my tent. And, unlike some tourists in videos gone viral, I don’t feed the wildlife. Bear safety begins with respect for nature and some simple skills to help keep you safe.

Hiking Horseshoe Lake, Denali – A Beautiful Wilderness Hike

Horseshoe Lake Denali National Park, Alaska

The rain was falling lightly, enough to ensure that I had the entire trail to myself. About half a mile in, the trail seemed to fall away at a bluff. I stood there in silence, looking out over a medium-sized lake framed by mountains, with a few tiny cabins in the distance. Join me on my journey as I Hike Horseshoe Lake of Denali National Park get lost in its quiet beauty.

Arroyo Pescadero Trail: A Peaceful Hiking Loop Within the Woods of Whittier

Sometimes you don’t need to summit a mountain or hike among tourists in an overly populated trailhead to have a great hiking experience. Sometimes, it’s better to seek out the undiscovered trails, the underdogs of the hiking world with their own hidden gems to explore. And that’s where the Arroyo Pescadero trail comes into play. Arroyo …

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7 Breathtaking Southern Colorado Jeep Trails

Ophir Pass Colorado Jeep Trails

If you’re only in Durango, Silverton, Ouray area for a few days these seven trails and passes will give you a great experience of history, wildlife, mountain summits and valley views to last you a lifetime and you too will see why they call this the Switzerland of America and the Jeep Capital of the world.

Ancient Romans Exploding Mountains: Las Médulas

Stunningly beautiful landscape, or a site of exploitation and environmental catastrophe? Visit Las Médulas in northern Spain for a fascinating glimpse into the ancient world of the Roman Empire–and understand all the effort it took for the Romans to make so many gold coins!