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The World's Ten Best Hikes Slideshow

Adventure author and hiking expert Peter Potterfield picks his favorite treks


Adventure journalist Peter Potterfield has spent more than two decades hiking more than 10,000 miles across all seven continents. He has written for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker and Condé Nast Traveler and is the author of more than a dozen books on outdoor adventure, including the critically acclaimed In the Zone and High Himalaya, which won the Banff Book Festival Award, and the Classic Hikes of the World. His latest book, Classic Hikes of North America will be released in August 2012. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he is editor of GreatOutdoors.com.

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In this series Potterfield breaks out ten treks worthy of any hiker's bucket list. These multi-day routes range from easy to difficult, and offer something for everyone—from the recreational hiker to the backcountry veteran. Whether your dream hike involves the wild frozen tundra, North America’s highest peak, hulking granite towers or sprawling white sand beaches, these ten treks are sure to inspire.
 

 

New Zealand: Three epic valleys, high glaciers, and astonishing landscapes

 

McGonagall Pass: The Tundra of Alaska, framed by
Denali

 

Petra Kingdom: A week across the desert to a grand, ancient monument

 

Everest Basecamp: The world's three highest peaks, and deep cultural immersion

 

Fitz Roy Grand Tour: The iconic summits of
Patagonia

 

Grand Canyon: Slicing through time, from the Rim to the River and beyond

 

Mount Rainier: The Wonderland Trail is more than a time
 

 

Kalalau Trail: Booming surf, sacred sites and the most beautiful beach on the planet

 

Tasmania: Four days, endless beaches, and the Bay of Fire

 

 

Arctic Sweden: Endless valleys, birch forests, and hidden
glaciers

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