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1K-Mile Hiking Trail to Span From Appalachia to Atlantic

NC's Mountains-to-Sea Trail not complete yet, but hikers already forging own path

(Newser) - One day, hikers will be able to step on a trail near one of Appalachia's highest peaks and follow an off-road path all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Next year, officials say they hope to make more headway on the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina by... More »

84-Year-Old Hiker Survives 5 Days Lost in Mountains

Donald Combs found alive in Adirondacks

(Newser) - It's one thing when a hiker goes missing for five days; it's another when that hiker is 84 years old. Yet search and rescue squads near Forestport in the Adirondacks in upstate New York were able to find Donald Combs alive—barely. The hiker, who'd set out... More »

Search for Missing Writer Called Off as Body Found

Corpse hasn't yet been positively identified as Karen Sykes

(Newser) - Rescuers have suspended the search for missing outdoors-woman Karen Sykes , after finding the body of a woman on a little-traveled part of Mount Rainier, the AP reports. The body hasn't been concretely identified as Sykes, and the cause of death isn't yet clear; the remains have been taken... More »

Hiker Attempts to Traverse Both Koreas

New Zealander wants to document something all Koreans love: their mountains

(Newser) - Hiking is not a popular pastime in North Korea—when you're starving, walking long distances is not a fun recreational activity. But that hasn't stopped New Zealand hiker Roger Shepherd, who has visited the country four times to climb the Baekdudaegan mountain range—the first foreigner to set... More »

Body of Senator's Brother Found in Wyoming

Randy Udall died during solo hike

(Newser) - The body of Sen. Mark Udall's brother Randy, 61, has been discovered in the Wyoming mountains after he went missing while hiking on his own . Udall's poles were still in his hand when he was found dead, likely of a medical condition, says his sister. He was at... More »

99% of Appalachian Trail Has Been Moved, Rebuilt

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion

(Newser) - Like the people who hike it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving. Technically, tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of its completion. But the 2,180-mile path stretching across 14 states from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Katahdin, Maine, is never really finished. It took 15 years for hundreds of volunteers, state... More »

Dog, Hiker in Dramatic Cliff Rescue

Dog slips down sheer cliff chasing bottle, owner goes after her

(Newser) - Los Angeles firefighters saved a hiker in a hair-raising rescue after the teen went over a sheer cliff to save his terrified dog. Ivan Salas' year-old shepherd mix, Lola, slipped 150 feet over the edge as she chased a water bottle tossed by Salas' dad while the men were traveling... More »

Injured Hiker Survives 4 Days in Desert

North Carolina man inspired by '127 Hours'

(Newser) - Maybe the sequel will be called 100 Hours? Inspired by the cringe-inducing James Franco film 127 Hours, a North Carolina man went hiking in the Utah desert, broke his leg, and crawled toward his parked car for 4 days, the AP reports. Amos Wayne Richards, 64, is now recuperating at... More »

Family Sues Boy Scouts Over Son's Hiking Death

Parents say negligence to blame for teen's death

(Newser) - A Florida couple whose 17-year-old son collapsed and died on a 20-mile hike in extreme heat are suing the Boy Scouts, and there's more than just money on the line. The lawsuit charges that the organization failed to live up to its own "Be Prepared" motto and that this... More »

Father, Son Missing on Mt. Whitney

Three other hikers in a separate group were rescued

(Newser) - Three hikers were rescued from California’s Mt. Whitney yesterday, but two more remain missing. Heavy snow and extreme weather battered the area, reducing visibility and dropping temperatures near the peak to 20 degrees, CNN reports. The two who are still missing, a father and son originally from Iran, were... More »

Iran OKs Visit by Moms of Detained US Hikers

But Tehran has made promises in the past

(Newser) - Iran will allow the mothers of the three American hikers who have been in custody for nearly a year to visit their children. Tehran has ordered its UN mission to issue visas for the three moms, the AP reports, but no date has been has been set. Iran has told... More »

Ahmadinejad Says He'll Seek Leniency for US Hikers

Iranian president 'hopeful' trio's case can be resolved

(Newser) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today he will request leniency for three American hikers who apparently strayed across Iran's border. Ahmadinejad said the Americans broke the law, and "we're not happy that this happened." He added, "What I can ask is that the judiciary expedites the... More »

Business Is Booming on Appalachian Trail

In echoes of Depression-era hobos, hikers subsist on bartered farm labor

(Newser) - The Appalachian Trail has been packed this year, as the unemployed wait out the bad economy by hiking almost 2,200 miles between Maine and Georgia—and often pay for the journey by working as they go, the Wall Street Journal reports. The trail offers a subsistence lifestyle—hikers budget... More »

Proposal Sends Woman Over Cliff, Literally

(Newser) - A Washington-area woman is in good condition tonight after accepting a marriage proposal—then tumbling off a cliff, the Post reports. The yet-unidentified couple was hiking along a popular but treacherous trail near the Potomac River when the man popped the question; soon thereafter the woman tumbled about 10 feet,... More »

Top Towns to Raise Outdoorsy Kids

(Newser) - Backpacker combed through info on outdoor programs and proximity to national forests and parks to find the best cities in the US to raise active, crunchy kids. The results:
  • Boulder, Colo.: "Yes, we live here, but Boulder wins on its merits." Close to woods, glaciers, and mountains,
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This Camel Climbed Mount Washington

(Newser) - A camel named Josh has joined the ranks of backwards-walkers and wheelbarrow-pushers to become the first of his kind to summit New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the Union Leader reports. Josh and his support team of two handlers, two horses, and a dog took 6 hours to reach the 6,... More »

'Hiking' SC Gov Returns From Buenos Aires

(Newser) - Mark Sanford is missing no more. The AWOL South Carolina governor surfaced early today at an Atlanta airport, saying he had just returned not from hiking the Appalachian Trail, but from cruising the Buenos Aires coastline, The State reports. As to why his staff said he was hiking, Sanford said... More »

Naked Hikers Enjoy Solstice Au Naturel

(Newser) - The summer solstice is upon us, but for certain enthusiasts, today bears a different name: Naked Hiking Day. “No way to explain it until you experience it,” one fan told the AP. “Traditional” hikers might feel the same upon encountering backpackers in the buff. “It’s... More »

Nude Hikers Shock Sleepy Swiss Town

Deep in the Alps, a village encounters influx of naked visitors

(Newser) - Appenzell is a remote, conservative town in the Swiss Alps; it has just 5,600 residents, makes famed cheese, and finally awarded women the right to vote in 1990. Yet in recent years, a growing number of Swiss and foreign visitors have taken to hiking through the mountains wearing nothing... More »

Injured Ore. Hiker Survived 5 Days on Centipedes

Finally rescued after 5 cold days

(Newser) - An injured Oregon hiker was finally found after five days surviving in the woods by drinking from mountain creeks and eating centipedes. "He's a tough bugger," said his relieved mom yesterday. Derek Mamoyac, 27, scooted part of the way down Washington's second-highest mountain last week in a bid... More »

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