SoCal Wildfires and the Pacific Crest Trail

Detours and trail closures are nothing new for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, but disaster hit especially hard this June. California wildfires swept through two separate areas around the famous Mexico-to-Canada trail, closing stretches of it for more than a week near the Mexican...

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Natural Phenomena as Rare as Leap Day

Despite occurring every four years, Leap Day seems as mysterious and elusive as a glimpse of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. In honor of having had 24 more hours last month to enjoy the outdoors, here are some natural phenomena that boggle the mind and...

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Wilderness Press, top stories of 2015, Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, American Hiking Society, PCTA, Jennifer Pharr Davis

Favorite Outdoor News Stories from 2015

One of the best parts of January is looking back at what the previous year had to offer. Boy, was 2015 chock-full of exciting outdoor announcements, developments, and entertainment! Here are some of our favorite stories from 2015. "Hold the Record Lightly." We are big fans of Jennifer Pharr...

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Book Sale

Unless you've been living under a fallen tree the past few weeks, you've probably noticed REI's #optoutside campaign to get people to spend time outdoors instead of battling crowded parking lots and long checkout lines this Friday. As a guidebook publishing company that gets people to get outside...

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Big News in the Outdoor World

At Trekalong, we work hard to keep you in the know about big news in the outdoor industry. So we're excited to announce that the biggest news this week is about us! Keen Communications is doubling the amount of books we publish with the acquisition of another outdoor publishing company...

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National Trails Day Trail Crawl

I love trails. Long trails. Short trails. Technical trails. Urban trails. Popular trails. Secret trails. So with today being National Trails Day, I sat down to pick the perfect trail for my celebration. Which oasis of dirt would my feet grace in honor of this better-than-Christmas day? And when I...

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Trekalong Goes to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Mountains and snowshoes and new gear, oh my! Trekalong is heading to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market this week. Just like our Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trip, we will be exhibiting all of the newest books by Wilderness Press and Menasha Ridge Press. But this time around, we have...

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On This Earth Day

This is an op-ed piece by Anne Rowthorn, compiler of The Wisdom of John Muir: 100+ Selections from the Letters, Journals, and Essays of the Great Naturalist (Wilderness Press). In John Muir’s book, every day was "Earth Day," and although he was long gone when the US celebrated...

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Why the AZT Belongs on Your Hiking Bucket List

TUCSON -- The Arizona Trail (AZT), one of only 11 official National Scenic Trails in the country, is an 800-plus-mile stretch, spanning north-south from the US-Mexico border to Utah. Along the way, a diverse population of hikers, backpackers, cyclists, trail-runners, trail builders, nature enthusiasts, cross-country...

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First Day Hikes Starts Year On Right Foot

For the third straight year, hiking groups across the country will come together on January 1 to ring in the new year right with one of the simplest, most invigorating activities there is: hiking. First Day Hikes -- for the first time this year, an official...

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