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14 Land Of The Ancients
SEWING-MACHINE LEG is never fun, but it sure is memorable when scaling an escalator-length ladder bolted to slickrock. I look ahead and try to focus on what’s to come when my hiking partners and I enter a huge undercut in the cliff: a Pre-Columbian s
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19 Pastoral Uprising
DAYLIGHT IS BEGINNING to burn off the morning fog, opening the views beyond the oxbow below and into the Berkshires and Vermont. Here, in western Mass, where valleys slope down to the Connecticut River and brick storefronts, it’s all very bucolic. Bu
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The WILD, Wild West
PINAL COUNTY, AZ For 800 miles, the Arizona Trail charges across its namesake, serving up equal parts desert glory and mountain grandeur. Within that, the BLM manages 45 lonely, dust-caked miles just east of Phoenix that pack in all the splendor but