Kraig Becker

Kraig Becker is the editor of The Adventure Blog.

8 Things to Know Before You Hike the Appalachian Trail

Before you tackle more than 2,000 miles of the greatest hiking trail in the world, read this.

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7 Filters for Making Clean Drinking Water in a Snap

When high-quality H2O is a must, turn to these tools.

Chasing Ernest: A Journey to South Georgia to Find the Ghost of Shackleton
After a 19-day voyage to the southern reaches of the world, this lifelong wanderer came away with a new reverence for the explorers of …
The 6 Best Places To Go Whitewater Rafting This Summer

Thanks to some big snows this winter, it's going to a great summer to ride the rivers.

What You Need to Know to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Get yourself, and your stuff, in shape for the adventure of a lifetime.

The Best Lights for Illuminating Your Campsite

Kick that old-fashioned lantern to the curb.

6 Great National Parks for Fall Hiking

There's no better time of year to get outside.

You're Packing Too Much When You Hike—Here's How to Lighten the Load

Don't carry stuff you don't need. Your back will thank you.

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<p>&nbsp;The&nbsp;American explorer Hiram Bingham III<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>&nbsp;spent a great deal of time exploring South America in the early 20th century and writing about his journey from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Lima, Peru. He is best known for his discovery of Machu Picchu—even though we has wrong about it. Bingham&nbsp;thought it was the lost city of Vilcabamba, another site he'd been&nbsp;searching for. In fact, Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century as a summer home for an Incan emperor named Pachacuti.</p><p><br></p><p>Despite the explorer's error, Machu Picchu&nbsp;is considered one of the great archaeological finds ever. Bingham also served as a history professor at both Harvard and Yale, and he is listed as one of the inspirations for the movie character&nbsp;Indiana Jones.</p><p><br></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Recommended Adventure:</strong> Machu Picchu has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, and while it's worth a visit for sure, there are other ways to tap into your inner explorer while visiting Peru. For instance, <a href="" target="_blank">trekking the Choquequirao Route</a> through the Andes takes travelers on an 8-day journey that passes through a number of Incan ruins, including another mountaintop fortress that is free from crowds. This is a route that sees few hikers at all, giving visitors a chance to experience the region has Bingham did a century ago.</p>
5 Adventures That Follow in the Footsteps of Legendary Explorers

From the plains of Africa to the seas of the Arctic, here are some historical routes that you can follow today.

How to Keep Your Gadgets Charged While Camping
Getting away from it all means getting away from power outlets. Here's how to keep your phone, tablet, and other devices powered up in …