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Hike Up to Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi For a View That's Worth Every Step

Where: Krabi, Thailand
July 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most travelers visit Krabi in Thailand for the laid-back beach culture, epic massages, and occasional, humorous run-ins with local wildlife. But for those who want to earn their beach time, the area is a haven for outdoor exploration with a number of national parks and opportunities for hiking and exploration. There's one activity in particular that combines a little athleticism with a dose of culture: A visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

Situated at the top of a small summit and surrounded by jungles, this Buddhist Temple is reached by a staircase of over 1,200 steps and gets its name from the tiger prints found inside the cave. Other legends say that a tiger used to live inside of it. Those who make the hike in the heat on a clear day are rewarded with a huge panoramic view of Krabi, not to mention a little zen. Make sure you bring enough water, and pack a lunch to enjoy while mingling with the monks.

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How to Visit Havasupai in the Grand Canyon If You're a City Dweller

June 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been pumping you full of images this week from our trip to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon, and the magic of the natural wonders has no doubt revved up the adrenaline for adventure travelers. But we realize there's a large segment of people who, despite being attracted to the beauty of nature, don't feel confident that they have the physical ability, outdoor skills, or the array of gear needed to pull off such a trip safely.

This is completely understandable considering it's an 11 mile hike just to get to Havasupai, and it certainly doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Like just about every outdoor excursion on the planet, you can jump on board with an organized outfitter to make the journey to Havasupai. On our trip, we accompanied AOA Adventures as they led a group on a five day, four night trek into the Canyon. Below, we dish on our experience.

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You've Got to See the Water Colors We Found in the Grand Canyon

June 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

View of the scenery along the Havasu River about a mile above Havasu Falls

When revealing what you should know before going to Havasupai, we posted a few photos featuring a trail that leads hikers to where the Havasu River meets the mighty Colorado. In today's gallery, we take you down the trail with us.

The hike is about 10 miles one way, winding you through a variety of ecosystems and geological features. The starting point is Havasupai Falls, and if you missed that gallery, you can catch up on it here.

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Before You Go: What to Pack to Hike the Grand Canyon and Havasupai Falls

June 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our crew crossing the Havasu River in the Grand Canyon

When you're out in the Arizona wilderness, the right gear can make all the difference. And it's not just about the heat. In an environment like the Grand Canyon, the mix of the elements is what threatens your comfort. Aside from the extremely obvious camping gear and necessities like a tent, sunscreen, water bladders, and a hat, there are other ways to equip yourself so your trip to Havasupai Falls actually feels like a vacation.

Here are a few suggestions based on the gear we used for our recent trip:

Zipperless Backpack

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Before You Go: Five Things to Know About Havasupai

June 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our photo gallery of Havasu Falls highlighted the stunning beauty that awaits adventure travelers who make the journey into the Grand Canyon, and from those you can see that milky turquoise water, stretching canyon walls, and jagged rock formations stole the show for us visually. But there were also many interesting and unexpected aspects of the area that surprised us, some that provided context that enhanced our trip and others that, simply put, surprised the hell out of us.

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The Incredible Oasis at the End of a Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

June 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Havasu Falls at the end of the Havasupai Trail in the Grand Canyon

Most people only see the Grand Canyon from above, looking out from a viewing platform on the South Rim near the visitor center. But getting down into this Wonder of the World provides an incredible perspective on its size and scope, not to mention its beauty.

Adventure travelers have been immersing themselves in the Canyon for centuries, backpacking rim to rim or rafting their way along the Colorado River. Last week, we took one of the easier routes of submersion, hiking the 11-mile Havasupai Trail to what we consider to be the Canyon's, and perhaps North America's, best oasis.

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Geronimo! The Most Scenic Skydiving Destinations in the United States

June 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since the physical rush of skydiving is bound to occur regardless of your location, the components of a good skydiving destination are found more in the surroundings than in the act of jumping itself. Aka, the scenery.

Why jump out of a perfectly good plane? One answer is the view. After the first ten seconds of freefall, everything begins to calm down as you reach terminal velocity. Suddenly, it doesn't feel like you're falling - it feels like you're floating in a wind tunnel. Aided by your guide who will point out major landmarks, the perspective and outlook over the landscape below is absolutely amazing. Once the parachute is open and you gently descend back to earth, the ground gets closer and the scenery begins to engulf you, a calm complement to the rush of the plunge.

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Wish You Were Here: Hello from the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

June 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're down there... somewhere.

Most people only see the Grand Canyon from above, looking out from a viewing platform on the South Rim near the visitor center. For those that need a reminder of its "grandness," the canyon is 277 "river miles" long, one mile deep, and 18 miles at its widest point.

It's an amazing sight, for sure, one of which we need a much closer look. This weekend, we're headed off on a multi-day backpacking trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, making our way to Havasupai Falls, about an 11-mile hike from the top of the canyon.

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Did You Know? There's a Sahara-like Desert South of Denver

Where: Great Sand Dunes National Park [map], Mosca , Colorado, United States
June 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunset

With the calendar now on June and nighttime temperatures becoming more consistent, camping season is upon us across most of the country. Things are moving a bit slower in Colorado, though, as the snow-filled winter has translated into a wet, spring runoff that has left campsites and surrounding trails soggy.

But that doesn't mean we can't have a good adventure while we wait for things to dry out. In this travel snapshot, we feature Great Sand Dunes National Park, located four hours south of Denver. When things have the potential to be wet and sloppy during the spring or late fall, seek refuge amongst the gigantic sand dunes, where it is sure to be warm and dry.

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Wish You Were Here: The Most Infamous Icelandic Volcano of All

Where: Vik, Iceland
May 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been four years (already!) since the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted and wreaked havoc on international travel. Although volcanologists ranked the eruption low in severity, it was the hulking ash cloud that made headlines. Now, thanks to its having cancelled hundreds of thousands of flights, impacted millions of travelers, and necessitated the development of ash-detection aviation technology, a small parking area with a scenic lookout sees a steady stream of tourist traffic.

Finding the volcano on a map, or viewing some of the seriously humbling photos of the eruption make it seem as though it's in a remote location, far from civilization.

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Wish You Were Here: Bouncing Around the Camps of Kenya

Where: Nairobi , Kenya
May 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week, we've been hopping around Kenya, bouncing between safari camps and reserve regions to discover one of the most dramatic ecosystems in the world. We started in Nairobi, then circled through Laikipia, Masai Mara, and now the town of Watamu outside Mombasa. You can find Nairobi easily on the map above, and we've circled the three other areas to give you a sense of where our whereabouts.

Next week, we'll begin our coverage of the county, including how to get around, what to expect from the safari experiences and natural landscapes in the different regions, the food, culture and people, and some thoughts on the state of tourism in the country on a whole. Below, we provide a preview shot of the scenery.

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How to Rock Climb in Colorado, Even If You've Never Done It Before

April 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Typically, Colorado tourists seeking adventure stick to hiking, biking, skiing, or camping, mostly because they are activities that seem realistic for those coming from out of town. For reasons of perceived practicality, one of Colorado’s most adrenaline pumping sports, rock climbing, isn’t even considered to be an option by the casual visitor. Most people assume they’re not cut out for it.

This writer was in that category himself not too long ago. I mean, really, climb the face of a mountain without any prior experience? Then I discovered a climbing outfitter, who, believe it or not, made this dream a reality after only a day’s worth of training. I showed up in Colorado not knowing the first thing about rock climbing, and two days later I was standing at the summit of the gateway to the west.

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