Local Trail Highlight: Penwood State Park

History: A long wooded ridge dominates the sunset-side of the Connecticut River Valley in the vicinity of Hartford. Crested atop the northerly portion of the Talcott Mountain Range lies a sizable portion of the public domain, Penwood State Park. With…

High-Heel Hiking Boots: Friend or Foe? (UPDATE)

If you want to see the term “hiking” used loosely, take a peek at a trend that has taken the high-fashion world by storm. It all began last fall when Tory Burch launched a line of stilt-like footwear that mimicked a…

Gruner See, Styria: The Park That Turns Into a Lake in Summer

Grüner See, literally “Green Lake”, is a lake in Styria, Austria, near the town of Tragoss, located at the foot of the snow-capped Hochschwab mountains. During winter, the lake is only 1–2 meter deep and the surrounding area is used…

Guide: Day Hikers’ Ten Essentials

If you’re just getting into hiking, everyone is going to recommend that you pack the 10 Essentials when you go for a hike. Then they list about 30 pieces of gear that you should bring with you, but they never…