Tag archives for hiking

Beyond the Seven Summits

The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each continent. The term also describes the mountaineer’s quest to summit all seven–a concept that has captured the imagination of climbers and tourists alike and drawn huge crowds to these peaks. But, much to my surprise, reaching the summit of the highest mountain in South America…was the most anti-climactic event of my life.

You’ll hear Arizonans say, “It’s a dry heat” with pride, and I’m right there with them. I would take Arizona summers over a sticky 85° with 75 percent humidity any day.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Today’s cover photograph was submitted to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest by Ashley Lowry. The magazine is giving away seriously spectacular prizes this year and the deadline is THIS Wednesday, so don’t miss your chance to win!

With the new 870-mile All Wales Coast Path, which joins with the 177-mile Offa’s Dyke Path that runs north to south along the Anglo-Welsh border, “you can walk the shape of the nation for the first time,” says Jane Davidson, president of the Ramblers walking club in Wales.

Photos: Olympic Vistas

When I finally reunited with the coast after leaving Portland, the weather went from hot and dry to wet and soggy. The trend continued as I made my way toward Olympic National Park, which gets an average of 150 inches (380 cm) of rain each year. Here are a few photos that capture my quick hop through the Olympic Peninsula.

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There’s an axiom our family tries to live by when traveling that makes perfectly good sense in theory, but is often hard to stick to: “Less is More.” The idea is to spend more time in one location rather than rushing around from place to place trying to see and do it all. When adhered…

We just launched our Best Spring Trips 2012 list and yesterday on IT we gave you three ideas for yoga-centered trips. But if the longer spring days are awakening the inner adventurer in you, then strap on some spurs, saddle up a horse, and read on for three trip ideas that will take you out…

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For seven years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, and adventure sports. This year, our Adventure editors, in partnership with Glenfiddich, selected men and women who are pioneering innovation in the world of adventure. Here on Intelligent Travel…

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Hiking Colorado Springs

By Jo Dickison In Colorado Springs you don’t have to go outside the city to hike some outstanding natural areas.  Here are three stunning parks within the city limits. There’s a reason they call it Garden of the Gods. One of the best known parks in Colorado, the Garden has 13 peaks, stunning red rock pinnacles, and…

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July is National Ice Cream month in the U.S. and you can score a free scoop of the sweet stuff tonight at Omni Hotel properties across the country. Guests will be met with a free ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m. today, complete with a make your own sundae bar. Sounds delicious. [Omni…

National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks of Canada is the official guide to Canada’s 42 national parks. Here’s a peek inside two of the parks profiled in the book. Atlantic Provinces Cape Breton Highlands National Park Great Hiking Established in 1936, Cape Breton Highlands National Park was the first national park dedicated in Atlantic…

A few weeks ago, we ran the account of National Geographic Kids‘ staffer Margaret Krauss’s Rim to Rim hike through the Grand Canyon. Well now National Geographic Books Production Manager Lisa A. Walker has just completed the same hike, but she traveled with Four Season Guides, and she shared her experience with us. Inhale. Exhale.…

Trekking for Techies

Do you go gaga over gloves for your feet, bamboo water bottles you can shove in the dishwasher, and headlamps that let you stretch battery life to fit your trip? Then you’ll love National Geographic Adventure’s recently unveiled Gear of the Year 2010. It features the latest and best in adventure products, from wetsuits to…

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. She’s been sharing glimpses from along the North Kabib Trail. Read her posts here, here, and here. I was scared to explore beyond the boundaries of the North Kaibab trail. I’ve rock-scrambled all my…

Rim to Rim: A Solitary Trek

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Read her posts here and here. It is impossible to get lost on the North Kaibab Trail. Besides the occasional yucca plant,…

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Hitting rock bottom is generally not a gratifying experience. But when I reached the Colorado River at the base of the Grand…

Addison O’Dea follows in the footsteps of a Roman emperor. The pathways of Capri are narrow and bear the wear of two thousand years of foot traffic. It is the history of a place that always captures my imagination. I have come for the wedding of a lifelong friend Antony and his gorgeous Roman bride…

Darrell Hartman hikes 70 miles along Sweden’s historic trails in the annual Fjällräven Classic. One of the great joys of hiking is the fresh alpine air. But here I am in the mountains of Swedish Lapland, and it stinks. It stinks of feet. I’m at the most pungent junction of the annual Fjällräven Classic, a…

If you’re planning to hit some hiking trails this summer, why not sign up to build a new one as a volunteer? This June near Leadville, Colorado, volunteers will make way for a non-motorized route from Mt. Elbert to Monarch Pass on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The 3,000 mile-long trail extends from Mexico…

Wild Sweden

JT Blatty, a former Traveler photo intern, has been spending the last month traveling through Sweden, and sends us a dispatch from their swath of national parks. During an impulsive, two-week road trip through the less populated landscapes of Sweden, it only took a few nights for my friend and I to realize that our…