Chris Townsend (born 1949) is the hiking author who’s influenced me most.
He’s written over 20 books, including Cicerone guidebooks, and countless articles
I started with High Summer: Backpacking The Canadian Rockies (1989).
He’s most famous for The Backpacker’s Handbook.
But If you’ve never read Chris Townsend, I’d recommend you start with Out There: A Voice from the Wild. I recently read the Kindle edition while hiking on Vancouver Island.
Chris reflects back on the takeaways from all those trips.
Drawing from more than forty years of experience as an outdoorsman, and probably the world’s best known long distance walker who also writes, Chris Townsend describes the landscapes and wildlife, the walkers and climbers, and the authors who have influenced him in this lucid and beautiful book.
Writing from his home in the heart of the Cairngorms he discusses the wild, its importance to civilisation and how we cannot do without it.
Before my hike I never went outside without makeup. I feel much less stress now about my hair, career, or car.
Family and friendships are my new priorities. …
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I once tried it on the John Muir Trail. But couldn’t get comfortable.
Effortless Outdoors surveyed 1,505 adult Americans.
In the beginning of 2018 we decided to completely change our lives and do what we love. We quit our office jobs in order to travel and hike around Europe.
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Montenegro – Durmitor national park (stunning mountains with many hiking trails)
Montenegro/Albania – Prokletije national park (gorgeous landscape without crowds)
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Prenj mountain range (beautiful green fields surrounded by rocky mountains)
Switzerland – Grindelwald area (avoid cablecars and you will hike almost alone)
Montenegro – Tara canyon (most iconic bridge over biggest canyon in Europe and 2nd in the World)
Italy – Dolomites (most epic mountain range in Europe with many hiking options)
Austria – Schladminger tauern (beautiful green fields, massive green mountains)
On Saturday, April 27, across 17 countries, Merrell sent 23 photographers and filmmakers out to the trail to showcase those experiencing natural spaces and how the trail unites us all.
The individuals featured are not paid models, athletes, or social media influencers. They are real people …
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Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
Tent sites don’t get much better than this.
Another gorgeous night. No fly. And my broken tent held up for the night on the ridge.
It was windy.
My gear got sooty from the 2013 forest fire burn.
It’s a stark and beautiful landscape.
I LOVE this section of the trail. Every step gorgeous.
Inspired, I left a Summit Stone for a PCT hiker to discover.
I was in a philosophical mood. In camp I was listening to an audio book about a man who lived alone for a year in Patagonia exploring the effects of deep solitude.
Here I left the State Park and entered San Jacinto Wilderness.
A father and son recommended a campsite where they had stayed the previous night. I found it using two popular PCT apps.
That’s Guthook. A paid app that most PCT hikers use.
I also used the free (no longer updated) Halfmile PCT app.
Though hidden from the trail, GPS found the place oft used by rock climbers. I was pleased to find a camp chair and large tarp for keeping my gear clean.
A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Achieving Everything You’ve Ever Imagined
I recommend this book for anyone who loves outdoor adventure.
It’s philosophy from the astonishing and inspiring life of
For the last decade, decorated Navy SEAL, accomplished athlete, and bestselling author Don Mann has been traveling across the country giving motivational talks and in the process inspiring hundreds with the secrets behind his awe-inspiring achievements. …
As an elite Navy SEAL, Mann performed seemingly impossible tasks on a regular basis. Here he details the lessons he learned from his training and shows how the rest of us can apply those teachings to our daily lives in terms of learning to push beyond our internal boundaries and achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves, both professionally and personally. …
I recommend the audio version of the book because it’s read by Don Mann. That ownership makes his extreme stories come to life for me. When you hear Don’s voice, you know he’s the real deal. The kind of guy who could push himself to the point of passing out during extreme exercise. The kind of guy who will not quit.
The book intersperses Don’s life story — hundreds of outdoor races included — with stories of the people who inspired him.
Reinhold Messner, for example.
Before reading this book I’d never heard of the fantastic first American, all-woman summit of Annapurna in 1978. That blew my mind. They were decades ahead of their time.
I recommend this book even if you are an armchair adventurer. It’s going to make you want to get up off the couch and get outside.
The GOP in the USA — in general — want the richest corporations and donors to get even richer. They have very little interest in protecting the environment nor encouraging outdoor recreation.
For example, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah.
If you love the outdoors campaign against Republicans.
In 2017, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. The resolution served as a flashpoint that ultimately reduced the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments significantly.
It also triggered a backlash from the outdoor industry. The Outdoor Retailer convention pulled out of Utah in protest, moving the show to Denver.