Video: 20 Appalachian Trail Hikers Tell Us Why They’re Making the Journey.

Have you ever wondered why someone would want to dedicate six months of their life to hike 2200 miles (3500 km) along the Appalachian Trail? In this video, produced by Outside magazine, we meet 20 of those hikers, who share their stories and the reasons behind their trek. As you can imagine, their motivations are as varied as the people, but you’ll find some good stories mixed in as well. What would it take to get you motivated to make that hike?

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Video: Traversing the High Sierra with Kalen Thorien.

What do you do in the off season if you’re a professional skier? In the case of Kalen Thorien, you set out on an 18-day, 270-mile solo traverse across the High Sierra Mountains. In this video, we join Kalen on this adventure as she goes in search of adventure and solitude. She finds all of that, and a lot more, as she makes the hike through some very remote and ruggedly beautiful landscapes.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Which Countries are the Most Adventurous? One Company Thinks it Knows.

Ever wondered which countries in the world have the most adventurous citizens? A new study by a company called ShareaCamper claims to have figured out the answer to that question by studying the online search patterns for more than 40 countries and ranking the results. The winner, at least on this criteria? The Netherlands.

According to a press release put out yesterday, ShareaCamper – which as the name implies is an RV rental service – chose eight different adventurous actives, such as skydiving, skiing, and caravanning (aka overlanding) to be the basis of its research. Other terms included BMX, bungy jumping, hiking, rock climbing, and surfing.  The company then sifted through the Google searches for 40 different countries over the past 12 months to determine he number of searches made on the adventurous terms that were selected. The numbers were then averaged out for the time period to discover how many monthly searches were made proportionate to 100,000 citizens. This allowed countries with smaller populations to compete with larger ones, so it wasn’t just about the sheer number of overall searches.

After the results were tabulated, The Netherlands came out on top, followed by Australia, and Sweden. Germany and France rounded out the top five, with Denmark, Norway, the U.K., the U.S., and Austria all making the top ten. Surprisingly, countries that are well known for their adventurous activities like New Zealand and South Africa came in further down the list, ranking 16 and 39 respectively. Thailand came in dead last at number 40.

Whether or not using Google search terms is a good way to determine just how adventurous a country is would certainly be up for debate. Perhaps the citizens of some places simply don’t need to search for the activities that the would like to go out and do, as the options are easily accessible and don’t require much time on a computer. Still, it is interesting to see where the rankings fell based on those criteria. Where did your country land?

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Gear Closet: EcoFlow River Portable Generator Review.

The options available to us for keeping our electronic devices charged while in remote regions continue to grow. A couple of weeks back I took a look at the Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator and found it to be a powerful and full featured – if a bit heavy – method for staying charged while on the go. Now, I’ve gotten my hands on another portable generator called the EcoFlow River that will be available soon, and it brings some more intriguing possibilities to the market.

Currently, the River is only available for preorder on Indiegogo, but the device is already fully-funded and should begin shipping in July of this year. In fact, the River has been such a success on the crowdfunding site that it’s designers had hoped to raise $30,000 to get it into production, but have already raked in more than $400,000 with more than two weeks to go before the campaign ends. In other words, people already want this gadget and it is a major success before it even goes on sale.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to test out a pre-production model of the River, and have found it to be an incredibly well made product. Everything about the generator screams high quality, from the excellent case (complete with handle on top), to the LCD screen that provides info on the amount of power in the device, and how it is being used, to the plethora of ports to keep our gadgets charged. In terms of lightweight, portable generators with lots of power, this is the most well thought out and best designed version I’ve seen yet.

With its 116,000 mAh battery and 500-watt output, the River is capable of recharging a smartphone up to 30 times and a laptop as many as 9 times depending on the model. Additionally, it can power a projector or mini-refrigerator for 10 hours, and recharger a drone 4-8 times as well. This makes it a great tool to have at base camp, whether you’re working in the field or spending an extended amount of time in the backcountry. And since it is waterproof resistant, offers built-in surge protection, and weights just 11 pounds, its an excellent companion for use on our adventures.

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Nat Geo Posts 2017 Spring/Summer Gear Guide.

Now that April is all but behind us, it is pretty safe to say that spring is in full swing and summer isn’t all that far off either. Of course, that means it is time to head back outside an enjoy all of the activities that the warmer months have to offer. Of course, the changing of the seasons is also the perfect excuse to add some new gear to your arsenal as well, and National Geographic is here to help.

The Nat Geo Adventure website had posted its Spring/Summer 2017 Gear Guide, offering up 20 new products that you’ll want to have at your disposal this year. As usual, the list includes a wide variety of items ranging from clothing to shoes to tents and much more. If you’re in the market for some gear, chances are you’ll find a good suggestion here on what you should consider buying.

Amongst the items making the cut are the new Suunto Spartan GPS watch, the Sugoi Zap cycling jacket, and  the Voormi River Run hoody, which I’ve also reviewed on this blog. Other products that earned a spot on the Nat Geo list include the Nano-Air jacket from Patagonia, the Nemo Wagontop 4P tent, and the Gregory Paragon 48 backpack.

This is, of course, just a taste of the items that are recommended by Nat Geo’s expert gear tester. There are plenty of other products on the list for you yet to discover. So go gear up and head outside. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of good ways to put your new toys to the test.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Best Hike’s Top Ten Hiking Towns Worldwide: #2 and #1.

Author : Kraig Becker.

With the holidays hitting at the end of last week, I didn’t have the opportunity to post Best Hike’s picks for the final two spots on its Top Ten Hiking Towns in the World. In the run up to Christmas, site editor Rick McCharles has been posting his selection of favorite towns to serve as a base camp for some of the top trekking destinations around the globe, and he completed that list on Christmas Day announcing his top choice.

But before we reveal what the number one hiking town is, we have to take a look at number 2. That honor goes to Huaraz, Peru, which is described as a “trekker’s paradise” thanks to its proximity to the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra mountain ranges, not to mention Cordillera Huayhuash, which Rick says is for the hardcore trekker. He also says that despite the regional population reaching 100,000 people, the town still feels like a remote mountain village. He also gives it points for not having an airport, thanks in part because all the tourists fly to Cusco and leave this corner of the Andes alone.

Finally, the number one hiking town on the Best Hike list is Queenstown, New Zealand, which is described as the Adventure Capital of the World. Queenstown has a little something to offer any outdoor enthusiast, including hiking and trekking of course, but also skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping, and more. The town of 10,000 people offers access to the excellent Routeburn and Kepler Tracks, as well as the Milford Track, which is largely considered to be amongst the best hiking trails anywhere in the world.

So, there you have it, the list i snow complete. With 2011 just a few days away, it’s time to start planning a visit to one or more of these towns. It seems you can’t go wrong with any of them. Thanks to Rick for sharing his considerable expertise with all of us. Great list!

top 10 hiking towns in the world

1) Queenstown, New Zealand
2) Huaraz, Peru
3) Namche Bazaar, Nepal
4) Cortina, Italy
5) Chamonix, France
6) Banff, Canada
7) Grindelwald, Switzerland
8/ El Calafate, Argentina
9) Zermatt, Switzerland
10) Moab, Utah

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Best Hike’s Top Ten Hiking Towns Worldwide: #4 and #3.

Author : Kraig Becker.

The Best Hike Blog continues its countdown of the Top Ten Hiking Towns in the World today by revealing the #4 and #3 location on their list.

The #4 – that honor goes to Cortina, Italy, a sleepy little mountain village of 6000 people located at 1224 meters (4015 feet) in the Dolomites.

Cortina d’Ampezzo serves as the base camp for a number of excellent hikes into the Alps and is just as popular in the winter as it is during the summer. Best Hike editor Rick McCharles says the best time to visit is mid-June to  early-October if you hope to hike the near-by mountains, but the region is also home to some great skiing come the winter months as well.

The #3 Best Hiking Town in the world is Namche Bazaar, located in the Himalaya of Nepal, gets the nod in no small part because of it’s proximity to Everest.

The town, which has a population of about 800 people, is truly is the gateway to the High Himalaya, but is also one of the most enjoyable stops along that trek to the Khumbu Valley. Visitors will find plenty of choices in accommodations and restaurants, as well as such amenities as Internet access, hot showers, and plenty of gear shops to buy last minute equipment in. But getting there isn’t easy, as the hike up the “hill” is quite a slog. One that will leave you breathless at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft).

As Best Hike editor Rick McCharles points out, the big draw to visiting Namche is obviously Everest, but the culture of Nepal and the views along the way are equally appealing. The hikes throughout the region are fantastic, and there are no mountains anywhere that compare to the Himalaya.

Great pick in my opinion. So, what towns do you think will be in the #1 and #2 spots? Check back tomorrow….

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