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Squamish Canada
The Sea to Sky Highway twists along the shore of Howe Sound just an hour north of Vancouver...
It is difficult to think of mountains, and mountain sports in the United States, without thinking of Colorado. For many...
From the towering peaks of the Cascades, to the canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and...
When it rains in Cochamó, it rains long and hard. Now, it is raining. It has been raining, it is raining, it will continue to...
Singular Patagonia hotel view
The Singular Patagonia in southern Chile’s Puerto Bories is...
For adventurous climbers looking to stray from the crowds, Wyoming offers opportunities...

Darkroom

Loften Islands - Cody Duncan
A guest essay and photographs on Norway's remote Lofoten Islands located above the Arctic Circle...
Experienced photographers know that a great lens is every bit as important as a great camera. Don’t make the all...
Uncompahgre River Valley - Jack Brauer
Jack Brauer is one of the best: his images combine technical mastery with a command for...
The mirrorless revolution has yet to fully take hold—particularly in the United States—but 2014 could be the year...
Antarctica
An exceptional look at Antarctica from renowned photographer Christopher Michel...
Waterproof Camera 2014
Waterproof cameras are ideal for warm-weather vacations and allow for great photographs during outdoor activities from...

Gear Closet

Our rock climbing gear reviews cover all the best climbing equipment for 2014, including shoes, helmets, ropes...
Backpacking Tent
An ideal backpacking tent is lightweight, packs down to a small size, and can be put up and taken down easily even...
Standup paddleboarding is an increasingly popular way to get out and enjoy your favorite...
The reel serves one primary purpose as part of your fly fishing rig: to hold your line. So long as your reel features...
Warm weather is on the horizon, and we all can’t wait to get outdoors for some good...
Altimeter Watch
For everything from weekend scrambles to serious summit approaches, a quality altimeter watch is a worthy addition...
An interview with legendary adventurer Gary Neptune of Neptune Mountaineering. Among his many accomplishments...
Hiking Gear
Of all the outdoor activities we cover here on Switchback Travel, hiking is the dearest to our hearts. It’s the most accessible...
Whitewater Kayak
Whitewater kayaking takes many forms, from multi-day adventures in remote canyons to man-made runs in or near the city...

From the Inside

Surfing at Manu Bay, New Zealand
With over 15,000 kilometers of coastline, you would be hard-pressed to find better surfing and fewer crowds anywhere...
El Chaltén is a dusty climbing town with a contagious outdoor vibe. The self-proclaimed “trekking capital of Argentina”...
The Manaslu Circuit is the trekking jewel of Nepal. Bordering the Annapurna Conservation Area to the west and the Tibetan...
Patagonia National Park
The new Patagonia National Park in southern Chile’s XI (Aysen) region, a one-of-a-kind project led by Conservacion Patagonica...
Abel Tasman, New Zealand
On the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island is the warm coastal region of Abel Tasman...
For those looking for the cutting edge of adventure travel, Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail presents...
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine (pronounced PIE-nay) National Park in southern Chile is the crown jewel of Patagonia. Rising high is...
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand has established itself as one of the world’s top adventure travel destinations...
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Norway’s Lofoten Islands are referred to as the Lofoten Wall because, quite literally, they are vertical rows of granite...