America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes

The Maze, Utah

When you go into the backcountry, danger is always a possibility. Some spots are just deadlier than others. If you're looking for a stunning destination for a once in a lifetime hike, or maybe just a beautiful backdrop for a serious injury, we suggest you check out Backpack's list of America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes.

These are the hikes that you'll love that may not love you back:

  • The Maze, UT
  • Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Barr Trail, Pikes Peak, CO
  • Mt. Washington, NH
  • Muir Snowfield, Mt. Rainier, WA
  • Huckleberry Mtn., Apgar Range, MT
  • Kalalau Trail, Kauai, HI
  • Buckskin Gulch, UT
  • Abrams Falls, Great Smoky Mtns., TN
  • Mist Trail, Half Dome, CA

Between high temperatures, low temperatures, floods, wind, falls, ravines, rock slides, drowning, lightening, and in one spot, a bear density so high you can "spit and hit a grizzly," you can choose the exact way you'd like to snuff it.

Luckily, Backpacker explains the dangers and includes intel on how to make it out in one piece. Or maybe with just a really cool new scar.

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The Pocket Chair

"Seating device for the modern nomad."

Rocks still hard. Snow still cold. 

[ via FastCompany ]

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And the #1 Threat: BEARS!!!

Backpacker answers your Bear-related questions.


Hmmm. Perhaps attracted to used tampons, but not so much your farts. So multi-layered, these bears.

Summary: brave the sun and mosquitos, skip the Downey, and well, just put your stank-ass in a tank to be sure. Happy Camping!

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The Bi-Pedal Bear

This black bear has lost it's front left paw and forearm and walks around like people! She even has a cub. Adaptable!

Via Backpacker which mentions, "We don't know where this video was shot, but the way she looks marching around upright, I think I might have an idea for where the myth of Sasquatch comes from."

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Rare "Blue Moon" Tonight

From NatGeo:

If the skies are clear, revelers looking up at midnight will get an eyeful of the second full moon of the month—commonly called a blue moon. The last time a blue moon appeared on New Year's Eve was in 1990, and it won't happen again until 2028.

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Polartec Gives Blankets to People in Need Expired

For every 9 people that become a fan of their page on Facebook, Polartec will give a blanket to someone in need. 

Right now, they've got 3003 fans, which means 333 blankets! It's a nice way to do something good while drumming up (hopefully) some business. Promotion ends January 4.

[ via GearJunke ]

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Sad News: Search for 2 lost Oregon hikers suspended

Reports CNN:

Citing the threat of avalanches, officials Tuesday suspended the search for two hikers missing since Friday morning on Mount Hood and held out little hope they would be found alive.

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