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5 Reasons You Should Consider Section Hiking

I used to dream of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In these visions, I’d duck out of my everyday responsibilities for five months, give or take, to embark on what I knew would be a life-changing adventure. I would feel wild and free, reveling in the dirt, playing in the woods, and forming lifelong friendships, as if embarking on a mobile version of summer camp. I would emerge with less weight – mental and physical – and a new appreciation for each and every day. Spoiler alert: I haven’t thru-hiked the PCT. Double spoiler alert: I still experienced every single one of those things while section hiking. I spent two years covering the trail’s first 942.5 miles, between Campo, California and Yosemite ... Read more

Hiking the Hidden Gems to Find Peace – Snowy Range Mountains

  We drive through Laramie, Wyoming and turn west toward our destination. Antelope dot the horizon in every direction, herds gracefully graze together. Before long we arrive in Centennial, Wyoming population 200 something; the hub for the Snowy Range Ski Resort. We stop for firewood at the local grocery store, feeling as if we have stepped back in time. It’s mid-September and we know it’s a risk heading up to 11,000 feet elevation. Already the sky toward the Mountain peaks is clouded in white: Snow. The 60 degree change in temperature, from where we came from, is quite noticeable. As we head up into Medicine Bow National Forest, the leaves are already transforming with vibrant oranges that stun the eyes. Beauty ... Read more

Great Hiking Trails Around the World

Choosing the trails to be included in Great Hiking Trails of the World was a little like choosing the “world’s best foods.” I based this book on 18,000 miles of my own hiking experience, visits to trails on six continents, and – in the cases where I haven’t hiked on the trail myself – on reports from long-distance hikers whose experience and judgement I know and trust. The book explores different aspects of what makes a trail great, with essays about pilgrimage, historic hikes, alpinism, wilderness, diverse environments, and long-distance trails. USA hikes are well-represented in the book, but so are international hikes for those who want to broaden their range. Even worse is being asked to pick the best trails from ... Read more

Take the 5 R’s of sustainability to the trail.

1) Rethink your consumption. In the long haul, higher quality, more expensive gear will last longer, perform better and leave a smaller footprint than cheaply made items that get thrown away sooner. 2) Reduce waste by consuming less.  Even small shifts in your buying behavior make a difference over time. At the grocery store, opt for bulk trail mix that you bag yourself rather than the prepackaged stuff. 3) Reinvent uses for existing items. Store an old CD in your daypack – it’s a great signaling mirror. 4) Repair your gear to extend its life. Contact the gear manufacturer to find out . For example, many LOWA boots can be repaired at their factory. Watch the video. 5) Recycle to reclaim raw materials.  ... Read more

Request a Volunteer Trail Crew for 2018

Land managers, volunteer coordinators, trail and park organizations...we want to send you hardworking and dedicated volunteers to fulfill your trail project needs in 2018!  We understand that with reduced budgets and limited resources, trail building and maintaining needs often get backlogged or remain incomplete.  Our Volunteer Vacations program is designed to send you a crew of eager volunteers, ready to assist with your trail needs. Volunteer Vacations are week long trail building/maintaining projects organized by American Hiking Society & hosted by BLM, NPS, USDA-FS, USFWS, state parks, trail organizations and other nonprofit partner groups across the country.  Most projects are one-week or shorter in length, consist of 6-15 crew members, and involve trail maintenance and building tasks on hiking trails ... Read more

American Hiking Seeks Director of Policy and Advocacy

American Hiking Society seeks a Director of Policy and Advocacy to work with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. POSITION SUMMARY The Director of Policy and Advocacy has primary responsibility for policy and government relations.  Responsibilities include advocating for funding and protection of hiking trails, promoting policies and practices that preserve natural areas, opposing policies detrimental to conservation and hiking, and promoting and protecting the hiking experience. The Director of Policy and Advocacy reports to the Executive Director.  As a part of AHS’s policy, this position can telecommute.  However, due to the frequency that this position needs to report to meetings and events in Washington, D.C., we are only ... Read more

Hiking to the Solar Eclipse

Imagine a morning hike for a purpose, for a reason you’ve never hiked before. You start out early, the crisp air an energy shot from nature. Perhaps the birds are acting a little different today, and you sense a buzz of something you can’t quite explain. The calendar says August 21, 2017. This is the day to be in Nature, to witness a celestial occurrence that people have been waiting 38 years for. The day when a total solar eclipse will sweep across parts of the continental United States. If you are in the path of the 70 mile wide ribbon that stretches from Oregon to the South Carolina; you will be able to witness the total eclipse. If ... Read more
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