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Like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness — out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men. - Edward Abbey

Springtime excites Vail Valley, CO trail enthusiasts

Ski season may not quite be over, but many Vail Valley residents have already turned their attention off the snow and to the dirt.

On April 15, the town of Eagle opened most of its trails and plans to celebrate the beginning of mud season with the Cycle Effect Trail Jam on April 26. Upvalley, some popular trails remain closed until June or July, but many hikers, runners and mountain bikers have…

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National parks free this weekend

Looking for something inexpensive to do this weekend? Check out a national park.

Entrance fees will be waived at all U.S. national park sites this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, to kick off National Park Week, which runs through April 27. Visitors still have to pay the usual fees at campgrounds and concession stands.

With more than 400 National Park Service sites covering 84 million acres in…

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Training and techniques for better hiking

Effective training allows you to improve speed, build strength and practice endurance so you can be prepared to hike a wide variety of trail conditions. Along with training, learning proper hiking technique will help you conserve energy, avoid injury and enjoy yourself on the trail.

If you are consistent, you will notice improvement in a matter of weeks and the idea of hiking a trail you have…

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Only the Essential

A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail

Anonymous Donor Gives $2 Million To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received one of its largest cash donations ever, a $2.2 million gift from an anonymous donor.

The money will be used to pay off an existing construction loan that funded the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The center near the park’s Cherokee, NC, border, opened in 2011.

Money from the gift will also be used toward a new loan to help construct the…

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Waynesboro, PA designated an Appalachian Trail Community

In 2013, the greater Waynesboro area was recognized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as an official Appalachian Trail Community. Waynesboro has joined Boiling Springs and Duncannon as Appalachian Trail Communities in Pennsylvania.

On April 26, 2014 a Saturday, representatives from the Borough of Waynesboro, Washington Township, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Potomac Appalachian…

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Summit for Children’s Hospital of Colorado is a new annual event that was inspired in 2013 by Jeff Roth’s dedication to motivate people to attempt a hike of one of Colorado’s 54 14er’s all while raising money for a great institution, the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Last year’s event raised more than $400,000.

The event last year exceeded expectations to the point that registration had to be…

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Pacific Northwest Trail Documentary

A man and his dog embark on a thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail where they will capture it’s history, beauty and film the trail’s first documentary.

This summer Trevor Rasmussen (aka Fronkey) will be walking from Glacier National Park to the Pacific Ocean to film the first documentary of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail with his dog Tala.

During the journey he will capture the…

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Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf in the Austrian province of Salzburg
Photo: Kerstin Joensson

Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf in the Austrian province of Salzburg

Photo: Kerstin Joensson

Green Mtn. Club: It’s ‘mud season’ – stay off hiking trails to protect them

The Green Mountain Club today announced the start of “mud season” and urged hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover. High elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails.

In between spring showers we are all ready to hit the trails after a long cold winter. But even if your…

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