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Trekking poles boost hikers

Trekking poles are modern versions of staffs that date back to Moses for easing the way along difficult routes, catching your balance and prodding the occasional sheep along the way. My husband just got a set and loves them. Have you tried trekking poles? CH

Trekking poles boost hikers on the trail

Trekking poles that resemble cross-country ski poles are considered essential equipment by many hikers looking to make their walks more efficient and less stressful on ankle, knee and hip joints.

Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, sometimes on snowshoes, and by mountain bike, kayak, raft and packraft in a grueling contest that ran non-stop for seven days.

Bolivia: Footloose family vacation finds rich experience in poor nation

Bolivia never occurred to me for an outdoor family vacation until my two daughters spread their wings and began discovering the world. In their 20s and still willing to share a trail, tent or hostel with parents, the girls have been leading us far beyond the USA camping, backpacking, bicycling and paddling vacations of their youth.

Bolivia outdoor vacation

Bolivia is a land-locked South American country that hangs off the spine of the high Andes into the tropical zone of the Amazon Basin. It has a wealth of natural features and muscle-power adventures to explore for active people who like their vacations a little rough around the edges. This photo gallery captures some of the highlights Outdoors editor Rich Landers and his family enjoyed in a July (winter south of the equator) 2014 trip. They have especially fond memories of unusual wildlife and flamingo lagoons, Salar de Uyuni, Titicaca, Sucre, La Paz, the virtuoso of the charango, and the family's favorite portion of the trip -- the Takesi Trek. Also see Landers' feature story about the adventure in Outdoors.

Dawes Eddy: Going for age record

In 2009, Dawes Eddy of Spokane became the oldest American to climb Mount Everest, a title he held for just two days before it was claimed by a year-older Californian, age 67. “That record certainly was on my mind when I made the decision to go back,” he said Monday after returning from a second two-month Everest expedition at the age of 70.

Hikers circle Mont Blanc

Considered the most popular long-distance trek in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a 110-mile route through the Alps circumnavigating the 15,744-foot peak. The trail goes through France, Italy and Switzerland and over passes up to 8,480 feet in elevation. Total elevation gain for the hike is 35,000 feet. These photos follow the Landers family of Spokane as they hike the route, stay at mountain refuges and soak in the culture they experienced during their 12-day muscle-powered adventure. Read the full story.

Modern aids help hikers trek longer, faster, farther than before

You’ve seen them charging down the red-rock trail – the posture and attitude of a runway model with elbows and two hiking poles flying. Oddly, it’s either pedal-to-the-metal extreme hikers or wizened, trail-wise geezers who seem to have adopted double-fisted pole walking. That alone should give pause to those of us who eschew a high-technology approach to the outdoors. Could there be something to these carbon-fiber and aluminum abominations – besides another toy for equipment freaks?

Veteran claims adaptability helps at adventure races

Getting in shape for an adventure race is fairly simple, if you have the time. “Pretty much any vigorous activity you do outside can be considered training,” said Jeni McNeil, 40, the only Spokane woman on a team entered in Expedition Idaho.