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Hiking Canada's Skyline Trail

The Skyline Trail is often called not just the most spectacular trail in Jasper National Park, but one of the most interesting backcountry routes in North America. Come along as GreatOutdoors Editor Peter Potterfield takes you from Maligne Lake, up and over the infamous “Notch,” and to the summit of Amber Mountain. And he reveals some of the best spots around Jasper, including the Jasper Park Lodge, Sunwapta Lodge, and the Icefields Glacier Adventure.

Adventures In Haida Gwaii

The salmon fishing is called the best in the world here in Canada's most out there chain of islands, but there's much more. There's hiking to ancient Haida villages, standing totem poles a hundred years old, humpback whales blowing and breaching, and eagles snatching fish from the Pacific just yards from the boat. Magical Haida Gwaii is a place emphatically on the edge of things.

A New Zealand Hiking Odyssey

It may be fall in North America, but it's springtime in New Zealand, a great time to head down for some hiking as the snow begins to fly at home. Come along as GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield takes us on a hiking safari from the northern most point of the North Island to the Great Walks of the South Island.

Around Mount Rainier

To hike all 93 miles of the Wonderland Trail is to take in the majestic nuances of Mount Rainier's domain. The 360-degree view of the mountain, under varied moods and changing light, is reason enough to come. Just be prepared to do a little work--like gain about 20,000 feet in elevation when doing the complete circuit.
 

Hiking the High Line

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield, author of Classic Hikes of the World, cranks some miles on New York City's unique High Line. Here is a walking route on a former elevated railway that winds through wildflowers and native grasses, passes through buildings, and offers great views of the Hudson River.

A Trek to Grey Owl's Cabin

There’s no better way to experience the great boreal forest of northern Saskatchewan than to make the 40 kilometer round trip hike through the wilderness of Prince Albert National Park to pay homage to one of Canada’s earliest conservationists: the man who called himself Grey Owl. The two or three day tek out to his cabin on remote Ajawaan Lake, in the Grey Owl Wilderness is a great way to combine living history with backcountry adventure

Classic Hikes of North America

See this exciting excerpt from GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield's new book, Classic Hikes of North America. Read how he approached the project, and discovered some of his favorite routes, including the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, the Tonquin Valley loop in Alberta's Jasper National Park, and the Long Range Traverse of Newfoundland's Gros Morned National Park.

A Journey Down the River Aare

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield follows the legendary River Aare as it flows from it’s headwaters in the glaciers of the Swiss Alps to Switzerland's capitol of Bern. We climb, hike, bike and raft alongside the Aare, as it changes its moods from mountain stream, to roiling whitewater to more tranquil stretches. The turquoise Aare defines Switzerland as it flows from the mountains to make its famous oxbow bend that embraces the city of Bern.

First Fatal Grizzly Bear Attack in Denali

This week's deadly mauling of a backpacker in Denali National Park, the first confirmed fatal encounter,  is likely to reset how hikers view the park, which harbors some of the greatest wilderness in North America. Rangers found the camera belonging to the hiker who was killed, which sheds light on what happened before the attack. The big question: did he get too close?

Hiking the Wales Coast Path

Come along with GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfeld as he hikes the brand new Wales Coast Path, a bold vision combining scenery and history as it traces the wild coastline of Wales for more than 800 miles, passing foggy headlands, rocky beaches, and thousand year old castles. The trail opened in May of 2012, and GreatOutdoors brings you one of the first reports.

Flying High in the Bugaboos

Dreaming of summer hikes? Then dream big, because there's no backcountry fun to rival that of summer adventures in the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboo ranges of British Columbia. Come along as editor Peter Potterfield shares his recent adventure with Canadian Mountain Holidays where helicopters whisk you up into the high country for glorious ridge walks, rock climbs, glacier excursions and world class via feratta routes.  

Jasper's Jewel: The Tonquin Valley

The Tonquin Valley is often called the prettiest spot in Jasper National Park. First photographed in 1915, the unrelenting beauty of the Tonquin, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, has drawn pilgrims ever since. Come along as GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield takes you on an epic backcountry route over high, scenic McCarib Pass, through the heart of the Tonquin Valley, and out via the lovely Astoria River trail.

Waterton: The Quiet Jewel of Canada's Rockies

Tucked between Banff National Park to the north, and Glacier National Park to the south, sparsely visited Waterton Lakes National Park sits astride a narrow waist of the Rocky Mountains, where the high peaks don't bother with foothills, where the bear mojo is more intense than even Denali, and there’s more species of wildflowers than in Jasper and Banff combined.

The High-Adventure High Life at Lake Chelan

From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking, the unique combination of mountains and water at Washington state's Lake Chelan creates unrivalled access to outdoor activities--months before the surrounding Cascades melt out. Outdoor fun combined with the civilized pleasures and fine dining of the world-class wineries make Washington state's Lake Chelan the perfect venue for early season adventures.

Hiking Utah's Cedar Mesa Country

This unique plateau in southeastern Utah soars to 7,000 feet but harbors dozens of canyons slicing through the layer cake of the Colorado Plateau. With the greatest concentration of ancient Anasazi ruins on earth, Cedar Mesa’s landscape and artifacts make it a great place to kick off the hiking season.

 

Mid Winter Getaway: Hike the Grand Canyon

Want to take a break from all those winter adventures, from ice climbing to skiing? Then head for the Grand Canyon, where March can be the best time of year for a backcountry trip down into one of the greatest features on planet Earth. Even if it's snowy and cold up at the rim, conditions can be pleasant in the canyon bottom. And the mild temperatures make the hike back up the rim pleasure.

Yosemite Grand Traverse

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com joins forces with Columbia and Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides for an epic seven-day trek through the Sierra to try out the latest and greatest gear for 2010. Sixty miles on the Yosemite Grand Traverse proves a great experience and the ultimate gear test. 

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