On August 21 we'll be four days and 70 miles along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River—right in the path of the 2017 solar eclipse, which will sweep across Idaho many other U.S. states! At around 11:30am (MDT) we'll don our eclipse glasses and watch as the landscape darkens eerily and then celebrate with solar eclipse-themed treats and a fun day on the river. For safe viewing of the eclipse we asked our chief medical consultant Dr. Howard Backer for some advice.
Ancient paths, pilgrimage routes, inn-to-inn trails, and cross-country journeys have inspired travelers and explorers for eons. Following courses that have been carved out across dramatic landscapes, you too can experience the thrill of the journey and the many rewards of making it to the end. In fact, we've also been inspired by one of our guests who explained her passion for loop treks, which enable her to go full circle back to the start, but with a new perspective. On our best hikes of a lifetime list, we’ve picked many timeless endeavors, plus a new trip to watch for 2018. How many have you done?
Whether you’re heading out for a simple day hike or traveling to the far side of the planet to trek an iconic trail, knowing how to dress is a crucial part of staying comfortable. Packing the wrong clothes could leave you ill equipped to deal with changing weather conditions, and result in a miserable travel experience. But those kinds of situations can be avoided altogether with the help of a good layering system. If you have the proper apparel, you’ll find yourself ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at you, and avoid over packing at the same time. Here’s what you need to know.
I had never once used trekking poles, even hauling my own gear when backcountry camping. With 44-year-old knees and currently training for my first Tour du Mont Blanc, however, trekking poles suddenly seemed like a really good idea! Looking online there were so many choices. How to narrow it down? I asked my MTS colleagues who have loads of experience in the most extreme hiking destinations and conditions what they look for when buying poles. Here's what I learned to look for in a trekking pole...
Africa Regional Specialist and avid hiker Hilary Walters shares her training tips for Mountain Travel Sobek's Strenuous and Ultimate Challenge hiking trips.