Sit Slack-Jawed Under the Northern Lights at Kobuk Valley National Park

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Sit Slack-Jawed Under the Northern Lights at Kobuk Valley National Park
62 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapid...

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The Ultimate New River Gorge National Park Travel Guide

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The Ultimate New River Gorge National Park Travel Guide
I didn’t think my kids would do it. I thought they’d get to the edge of the cliff, harness and helmet on, take a peek over the edge of a 1,000-foot-deep gorge, and back out of their first rappel. They were both only ten at the time; I wouldn’t have blamed them. So it was surreal for me to watch ...

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In the World of Ultralight Hiking, Everything Weighs Something

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In the World of Ultralight Hiking, Everything Weighs Something
They tell me Glen Van Peski is a celebrity, but he remains largely ignored where I first meet him: in Las Vegas in the lobby of the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Glen is hard to miss. At six feet four inches, he towers over me as he peers way, way down below in search of my hand for our initial greeting. Whil...

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National Parks Are Embracing Indigenous Astronomy

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National Parks Are Embracing Indigenous Astronomy
Spotting Orion or Ursa Major is a highlight of any camping trip, but Greek constellations aren’t the only stories scattered among the stars. For millennia, Native Americans have used the cosmos for everything from weather prediction to navigation. Only in the past few decades, though, has Indigenous...

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Navigating the World with a Terrible Sense of Direction

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Navigating the World with a Terrible Sense of Direction
We were an hour from the ranch, in the nearly 22,000-acre Lubrecht Experimental Forest in Montana’s Blackfoot Valley, when I realized my horse and I were lost. I spun in the saddle. The leather creaked as I eyed the trees around us, none of them distinct from the others. My first thought was of the ...

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