Too weak to stand or walk, William M. LaFever sat in a shallow river bed in the south Utah desert, awaiting rescue that came more than a month after his family last heard from him.
Authorities searched Tuesday for a man they say sexually assaulted and stabbed a lone hiker at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
For travelers who believe the journey is just as important as the destination, these five lodges offer unique adventures in getting there -- and getting away from it all.
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, two of the three Americans hikers who had been held by Iran over the past two years, were formally engaged in Oman on Friday, an envoy of the sultan said.
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the American hikers who where jailed in Iran for two years arrive in Oman.
American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer bounded down the steps of the aircraft that took them from Iran to Oman late Wednesday, rushing into the arms of loved ones who had sought their freedom for more than two years.
CNN's Max Foster talks to Karim Sadjadpour about why Iran is releasing the U.S. hikers.
In July 2009, American friends Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd set out on an adventurous vacation. They had been pals for a long time. Bauer and Shourd, boyfriend and girlfriend and in their late 20s, had been living for about a year in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where he was working as a freelance journalist and she studied Arabic and taught English.
A lawyer for two American hikers jailed in Iran for more than two years said Iranian authorities were close to signing documents that could result in their release from Tehran's Evin prison.
A bear attack caused the death of a hiker whose body was found on a trail in Yellowstone National Park, officials confirmed Monday.
Near Yosemite National Park's beautiful Mist Trail, a young man lost his footing, slipping close to the edge of a waterfall. A female companion frantically grabbed for him, but stumbled.
A lone hiker, attacked by a grizzly bear in Montana's Glacier National Park, kept hiking the trail until he found help, the National Park Service said.
A California woman fell 600 feet to her death Sunday while trying to descend a landmark rock formation at Yosemite National Park, according to park officials.
The grizzly bear that attacked and killed a man in Yellowstone National Park acted in defense, park officials said on Thursday, adding that they have no plans to kill the bear.
Section-hikers carry with them virtually everything they'll need for days or even weeks. Backpacks are designed to transfer much of the weight to the wearer's hips. Here's what I carried on a recent four-day hike through part of New York. Many of the items are in sacks to keep the pack organized. The total weight of the backpack above and everything in it, excluding water, is 25 pounds. Clockwise from lower right:
A Boy Scout troop from Lafayette, Louisiana, is missing after camping this weekend in an Arkansas National Forest.
The trial for three American hikers charged with spying in Iran should proceed even if freed hiker Sarah Shourd fails to return for the next hearing, their attorney told CNN on Sunday.
CNN's Reza Sayah reports on the trial of U.S. hikers accused of trespassing and spying in Iran.
The trial of three U.S. hikers started Sunday in Iran, according to the office of the lawyer representing them.
The trial for two American hikers in jail in Iran on suspicions of spying could begin in early November, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the mother of one of the hikers said Tuesday.
CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on freed American hiker Sarah Shourd and her return back to the United States.
President Barack Obama had a key role during negotiations between the Omanis and Iranians that led to the release of an American hiker detained after she and two companions allegedly strayed across an unmarked border between Iraq and Iran.
The release of American hiker Sarah Shourd has been "canceled" because the judicial process has not been completed, a prosecutor said Friday, according to the semiofficial Iranian Labour News Agency.
Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year, will be released Saturday, Iranian officials said Thursday.
Protesters held rallies across the United States and abroad Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of what many called the "unfair" detention of three American hikers seized by Iranian forces near the Iraqi border.
President Barack Obama is calling for the immediate release of three American hikers seized by Iranian forces along the Iraqi border who will have been in custody for exactly a year on Saturday.
A protest Friday afternoon outside Iran's U.N. mission in New York kicks off a weekend of events demanding the country release three American hikers it has held for one year.
The exasperated and infuriated mothers of the three U.S. hikers seized by Iranian forces along the Iraqi border say it's time for the regime to free their children, who will be in custody for exactly a year this Saturday.
CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on a new story that says three detained American hikers might've been lured into Iran.
The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts government claims they crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions.
The mothers of three American hikers held in Iran return home without their children. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.
Two of three American hikers who have been detained in Iran for nearly 10 months -- Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd -- have gotten engaged in prison and plan to get married after their release, their relatives said Monday.
The mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran made an emotional return to the United States on Saturday after visiting their children in Tehran for the first time in 10 months.
The mothers of three hikers jailed in Iran see their kids for the first time since the arrests. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
The mothers of the three American hikers detained in Iran met with their children again on Friday, but their lawyer said they were set to leave the Islamic republic without their children.
The mothers of the three hikers detained in Iran repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the "humanitarian gesture."
The mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran have arrived in Tehran, Iran's Press TV reported Wednesday.
The mother of one of three American hikers detained in Iran talks about her upcoming trip there.
Families of three American hikers detained in Iran will be allowed to visit them, Iranian state media reported Monday.
Three moms form bond over detainment of children in Iran. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.
One mother cherishes a photo her son snapped while riding horses together. Another loves biking with her son along the rivers around Philadelphia. A third clings to her last visit with her daughter in Syria.
The United States is "deeply concerned" about the well-being of three American hikers who have been detained in Iran for nearly nine months, the White House said Friday, calling on Tehran "to release them immediately."
Groups gathered in several cities across the United States on Sunday at vigils to support three American hikers detained in Iran.
Friends and supporters of three American hikers detained in Iran plan to hold vigils in various cities across the United States on Sunday to call for their release.
Three U.S. hikers who have been detained in Iran for more than seven months have spoken by phone with their relatives for the first time since they were jailed, the hikers' families said Wednesday.
Rescue crews in Washington state will try again Tuesday to get to a hiker who fell 500 feet into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano.
In a heartfelt letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mothers of three American hikers held in Iran said they have applied for visas to visit Iran and ask to meet with him in Tehran.
Two Belgians recently detained in Iran said they had some contact with three U.S. hikers imprisoned there and are concerned about the Americans' well-being.
A mother pleaded Friday with Iran's supreme leader to release her daughter and two other hikers detained in that country since July.
Rescuers hoping to find two hikers missing on the frigid slopes of Oregon's Mount Hood faced worsening weather conditions Monday night as forecasters predicted white-out conditions that could severely hinder search efforts.
Oregon authorities were unable to locate three missing climbers on Mount Hood Monday afternoon.
Three American hikers held in Iran will be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told the country's semi-official Fars News Agency on Monday.
Prominent activists, academics and celebrities are joining the growing call for the release of three American hikers who have been held in an Iranian prison since July.
Iran is charging three American hikers with espionage, a Tehran prosecutor said Monday.
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The families of three American hikers held in Iran are "greatly encouraged" by Iranian President Mahmoud Amhadinejad's recent public comments on the issue, the brother of one hiker told CNN.
Relatives of three American hikers detained in Iran are still waiting for news about their loved ones.
The families of three American hikers detained by Iran said Thursday they don't know anything about their whereabouts or how they are after nearly three weeks.
Travel warnings from the U.S. Department of State didn't stop Faith Hentschel, 65, from venturing to Iran this May to visit the rustic sites in ancient Persepolis and the colorful bazaars in Tehran.
Iran confirmed Tuesday the arrest of three American hikers who crossed into the country from neighboring Iraq and said they have been charged with "illegal entry," a semi-official news agency reported.
CNN's Susan Candiotti follows the sequence of events that lead to the detention of three Americans in Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called on Iran to provide information about three missing Americans believed to have been arrested after crossing into northern Iran during a hiking trip.
Three Americans have been arrested after they strayed over the Iraqi border into Iran. CNN's Arwa Damon reports
They are four American friends and seasoned travelers who were hiking through Iraq's Kurdistan region before three of them crossed the unmarked border with Iran, where they were detained by Iranian authorities.
Three American tourists are believed to be in Iranian custody after they may have strayed across the border from Iraq during a mountain hike, Kurdish officials said Friday.
Search teams combing the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona found a body on Saturday believed to be that of a missing 20-year-old hiker, the National Park Service said.
A British backpacker is found safe after being lost for nearly two weeks in the Australian mountains.
A British backpacker has been rescued after spending nearly two weeks missing in the mountains of eastern Australia, authorities said Wednesday.
The bodies of six Czech hikers who died in an avalanche near the Soelden ski resort in the Austrian Alps were recovered Sunday, police and rescue services said Sunday.
Authorities now say the plane belongs to the adventurer missing for 13 months
In March of 1997, hiker Bill Maddrell set off on a solo trip down the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a well-worn ribbon that slices through 14 states, eight national forests and six national parks from Maine to Georgia. Determined to walk the entire 2,176 miles, he took a 60-pound backpack, but his relatives thought that wasn't enough. "They asked me if I was going to carry a gun," he said.
Rescue crews have located a handful of hikers who were missing after flooding struck a remote part of the Grand Canyon, authorities said Tuesday
Eleven hundred and six steep, stone steps that never seem to end.
Two adults and nine teenagers missing from an Outward Bound hiking program have been found safe in the central Sierra Nevada region, an Outward Bound official said Wednesday.
The U.S. military has identified frozen remains found atop a California glacier as those of a World War II era airman who vanished more than half a century ago.
CNN's Rusty Dornin reports on the chain of events in the Georgia woman's case, and possible links to other killings.
The man last seen with missing hiker Meredith Emerson in the north Georgia mountains is in custody and is being questioned by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, authorities announced Friday evening.
CNN's Kiran Chetry talks with the family of a missing hiker and the spokesman for the search effort.
Crews in West Virginia are still looking for an 18-year-old autistic hiker. Affiliate WCHS has more.
Whether scaling a mountain or rounding a bend, nothing beats the sight of water from a hiking trail. Shore to shore, here are great spots for hitting the trail and seeing the coast.
Like many Vermonters, Deborah Lisi-Baker enjoys the outdoors. "I've always loved the wilderness and the woods. It's very serene. It clears your head just to get to appreciate all the sounds and colors and shapes."
By national park standards, Isle Royale's tourist tally of 23,000 is small. In June, July or August, you'll likely find manageable "crowds," as well as great weather. North of Michigan's Upper Peninsula lies this lesser-known getaway -- a favorite of backpackers, kayakers and world-weary jet-setters who seek unspoiled splendor.
This winter you could decide to fight back against the cold by getting yourself a big down parka, which will keep you nice and toasty--so long as you do very little in it. Because if you exert yourself in any way, you're going to perspire, and while big down parkas are great at keeping heat in, they're generally lousy at letting moisture out. What usually happens is that you wind up clammy and, ultimately, cold.
Two climbers who were stranded and spent the night on Yosemite National Park's El Capitan following an early winter storm were rescued Friday, park officials said.
Two elderly hikers with more than 30 years of hiking experience were missing in California's Sequoia National Park late Thursday, two days after they were to have returned from their outing.
Two Japanese mountain climbers were discovered dead Wednesday in Yosemite National Park, a few hundred feet from the peak of the world's largest granite monolith, officials said.
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