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Grand Canyon Odyssey

Come along as Editor Peter Potterfield takes us from the South Rim to the Colorado River, and back again, on OARS' new Grand Canyon hiking trip. The well known rafting company has expanded its offerings to include this four day tour of northern Arizona featuring a hike into the Canyon and a stay at Phantom Ranch.

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.

Rafting Idaho's Salmon River

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com Editor Peter Potterfield takes us with him on rafting outfitter OARS' famous craft beer trip on Idaho's Salmon River. Here, an array of micro-brews from Missoula's Big Sky Brewery, and gourmet food provided by a California culinary expert, add creature comforts and good times to the Class III white water, sunshine and white sand beaches of this legendary trip.

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.

Adventures at the Bobbie Burns Lodge

By Deborah Harrington

Summer adventures out of the Bobbie Burns Lodge in British Columbia cover the gamut, from hiking flower-filled meadows to scrambling up 9,000 foot mountains, and even traversing "via ferrata" routes. Operated by CMH, famous for it's heli-ski tours, the lodge summer experience comes complete with the Bell 212 helicopter to take you where you want to go.

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

Mount Rainier: Our Iconic Mountain

By James Martin

The Mountaineers Books is reprinting Mount Rainier: Notes & Images from Our Iconic Mountain, James Martin's stunning work of images and words that describes his extensive experience in Washington's Cascades and on Mount Rainier. GreatOutdoors.com presents this sneak peak at the images that made the book a classic.

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.

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?

Sierra: The Range of Light

By James Martin

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com gives you a sneak peak at photographer James Martin’s images from his iconic book, Sierra: Notes and Images from the Range of Light. The Mountaineers Books is reprinting the classic volume, Martin's stunning work in photographs and words that describes his extensive experience in California's Sierra Nevada.

 

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.  

Passion for Fun at Silver Star

By Gordy Skoog

With accolades that include “Best Small Resort in North America” and “Best Family Resort in Canada,” British Columbia's Silver Star is a mountain for every interest, and its colorful Victorian-inspired Village evokes images straight from the pages of a Dickens novel while offering a true ski-in ski-out experience, and some of the best Nordic terrain anywhere. 

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.

GPS Navigation in the Wilds: Getting Started

Experts from Magellan accompany GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield on a series of hikes in Utah's Arches National Park to demonstrate the benefits of using handheld GPS devices like the new eXplorist 310 to navigate in the wilds--and to show how easy it is to get started.

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