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October 2023: Take a Hike

On the Cover: Max Patch, a scenic bald mountain in western North Carolina. Photo by David Simchock; David Simchock Photography (


Field Report

Heather Anderson sets a speed record in Shenandoah National Park. 

The Out and Back

What I learned riding a cheap hardtail.

The Goods

Hit the trail with our picks for the best new hiking gear.

Trail Mix

New tunes from Wilco and Explosions in the Sky. 


Big Steps

Couples that have thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail together offer advice.

What to Know About Euro Nymphing

Pull some serious trout with this European fly fishing technique. 

Sharp Shooter

National Geographic wildlife photographer Drew Rush shares his secrets.

Backpacking Blunders

A trip in the Great Balsam Mountains is full of rookie mistakes. 

Go the Distance

The South has many great long trails that aren’t the A.T.

The Winner of the Adventure Critter Contest

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