UCAN Outdoor Journal — Mountains

Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

Hiking is a free exercise option! No matter where you are at in your fitness level, it can provide you with a number of health benefits. Not sure about joining a gym or prepared for the costs? Hiking can be a great option for you and get you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle.  Being a mental health junkie (seriously beyond being intrigued, so much so that I have taken up a career in the field), I am always looking for ways to share the benefits of physical activity, in relation to our minds. While it may seem obvious...


Gear up for this: Denali National Park

Gear up for this: Denali National Park

IMPORTANT for any hike:  Never underestimate a hike and plan accordingly for weather, in the event something happens. Some trails are marked easy, but be prepared for the walk - hydrate before, during, and after. You WILL run into wildlife at some point and always have a chance at getting lost; always communicate someone your location, when they should expect you back, the distance, etc. Additionally, avoid tough, thick brush and be wary of the streams.  Country: United States Location: Alaska Area in Square Miles: 7,408 Established: 1917 You can't complete a trip to Alaska without visiting Denali National Park. This park is one of...


A State of Wild

A State of Wild

Yosemite -  What a place, what a trip, what an experience that words cannot even fully express. The best way to experience Yosemite is to just go see it for yourself. But, if you're like me, and you're about a twelve hour drive away from this gem tucked away in the mountains of Northern California, then this read may have to suffice for now.  Yosemite is the third most visited National Park in the United States. With literally millions of visitors every year, this works out to be quite a crowded daily visit. When visiting Yosemite, it's best to plan...

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