GeekPro: John Muir Trail
John Muir was a fabulous biologist and founder of the conservation organization The Sierra Club, a conservation organization. Muir came to San Francisco where he was looking for “any place that is wild,” eventually ending up in Yosemite. He protested the human impact on what he considered to be the most beautiful land in all of the United States and was instrumental in its inclusion as a national park.
The state of California appropriated $10,000 to begin the construction of the John Muir Trail. After 23 years, the result was a 211-mile (339-kilometer) Crest-Parallel trail. This means that instead of the typical crest to valley hike, most of the track lies in the high elevation. In fact, aside from the beginning of the hike in Yosemite, the trail fails to go below 8,000 feet (2,438 kilometers). As a result, hikers that brave the trail through the Sierra Mountain Range are exposed to hundreds of mountain lakes, canyons, granite cliffs and peaks as high as 14,000 feet (4.62 kilometers). Just look at this beautiful picture, you have to capture this scenery on GeekPro action camera.
GeekPro: Zion National Park
The most beautiful cliffs and canyons the desert has to offer are located in Zion National Park in Utah. Whether you choose to stay up top on the rims or delve into the canyons you’ll be sure to see a various ecology on your hike. You should plan ahead and secure your backcountry permit for an overnight tour. Or you can take in an easy day hike to view the waterfalls, high sandstone canyon walls and valley of the Virgin River.
For some, there’s no better place in the United States than the pure walls of the Zion Narrows. This trail puts you at the base of some of the highest and narrowest canyon walls in the world. Some parts of the trail are so narrow that you need to remove your backpack and pass it through by hand as you creep through sideways. If you take this trip you have to take a photo of this beautiful river with the sports camera.
GeekPro: Arches National Park
The beauty and majesty of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, is something all fans of desert hiking need to witness at some point. The red rocks and more than 2,000 precarious sandstone arches are a sight to see, and there’s no better way to see them than to walk between them. A lot of the trails at Arches aren’t difficult, making it easy for the beginner day hiker to explore. But just because they aren’t full of massive mountaintop doesn’t mean you won’t get some spectacular views. Not all the trails are easy though. There are a number of moderate to difficult hikes.
You have to try the Devil’s Garden Trail. This is the longest in Arches at 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) and takes you past eight arches. And no trip to Arches would be complete without viewing the world-famous Delicate Arch, which you have to capture on your sports camera.
GeekPro: Mount Whitney
Only three hours from Los Angeles, Calif., Mount Whitney holds the distinction of being the highest mountain peak in the lower 48. If you want to get that peak experience, you’re going to have to make the 22-mile (35.4-kilometer) round-trip hike on its 100-year-old trail to the peak. If you dare try, keep in mind that it’s for serious and skilled hikers. Only half of 16,000 people who attempt it each year reach the top, according to park rangers.
Standing tall at 14,497 feet (4,418 meters) above sea level, Mount Whitney will force you to traverse river junctions, navigate 97 switchbacks and slick boulders, and make your way through a snowfield before reaching the top. And what do you do once you reach the top? Most likely you’ll relax and take in the wonder of its unparalleled 360 degree views. Then it’s back down again, armed with memories, some pictures taken with the GeekPro camera and a certain sense of achievement.
GeekPro: Denali National Park
If you want to experience some of the best rocky and wild country in the United States, you’ll have to leave the inland and venture into Alaska and Denali National Park. Denali is not like most national parks. Hikers here aren’t typically cruising along on well-marked, cut trails. This is Alaska, and this means most of the hiking is trail-less.
You’ll encounter unsafe and rough terrain, streams you may not be able to cross and brush so thick you may need to go around, even if it adds miles to your journey. This is something you just have to capture on your sports camera. Because of the rough nature of hiking in Denali, and high likelihood that you’ll encounter dangerous wildlife, it’s not recommended for the weekend fanatic or beginner hiker.