Latest Hiking News

70-year-old woman has walked every street in a Virginia city

Sep. 19, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — For retired Waynesboro resident Virginia Hanifl, it’s important to have goals. It’s also never too late to start another one. Just last month at 70 years old, Hanifl accomplished her goal of walking through every street in...

Paddling the Susquehanna in search of adventure, history

Sep. 18, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Mark Heller, of Manheim, wanted to paddle 444 miles down the Susquehanna River for a sense of adventure. A year of COVID-19 claustrophobia and a similar yearning for exploration did it for the Rev. John Laughlin, a Millersville resident and pastor of...

High school student dies while hiking in White Mountains

Sep. 16, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

NAPLES, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school student suffered a medical emergency and died on a hiking trip in New Hampshire's White Mountains, officials said. Approximately 60 Lake Region High School students, or about half the senior class, participated along with staff...

Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap

Sep. 14, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — Every day, at least 500 migrants from around the world sail out of Necocli, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, across the Gulf of Uraba to the village of Acandi, to start a week-long trek through the jungle that takes them into Panama — the next stop on...

Heat blamed for death of Rhode Island woman on Arizona hike

Sep. 13, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale are investigating the death of a Rhode Island woman whose body was found on a hiking trail. Detectives said it appears 57-year-old Donna Miller died from a heat-related illness and environmental...

3 sisters from Racine climb one of world's highest mountains

Sep. 11, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Elizabeth DeKraay Dunlap never wants to see an energy drink or energy bar again. “They’re just disgusting,” she said. Elizabeth, along with her two sisters, Carolyn DeKraay Dickens and Sarah DeKraay, had to drink an...

Honolulu city officials vote to remove 'Stairway to Heaven'

Sep. 09, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii want a famed, off-limits stairway hike to be permanently closed. The Honolulu City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to remove the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii Public Radio reports. ...

Dead hiker found in Grand Teton National Park

Sep. 05, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — The body of a deceased climber has been recovered from the Teewinot Mountain area of Grand Teton National Park, officials said. Another climber spotted the body at the base of the Black Chimney climbing route on Saturday and called park rangers. ...

Wildfires, smoke snuff out outdoor adventures across US

Sep. 05, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy Farquhar’s plans for an outdoor adventure have gone up in smoke twice this summer. The retired attorney and teacher from the Philadelphia area had planned to hike with a friend for several weeks on the Pacific Crest Trail north of Lake Tahoe...

River closes after California family dies nearby

Sep. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mysterious deaths of a Northern California family of hikers and their dog have led federal officials to close 28 miles along the Merced River, where high levels of toxic algae were detected. The Bureau of Land Management closed campgrounds and...