hiking

Kristin Conard

Spring is finally here and outdoor enthusiasts around the Midwest are ready to hit the trails and take in some fresh air. Acccording to authors Jonathan and Kristin Conard, the Great Plains offers a wide variety of hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails, ranging from simple beginner paths to more advanced ones. 

The last time Conrad Anker reached the summit of Mount Everest, he did so without the aid of supplemental oxygen. This feat is achieved only by the world's top climbers. He collaborated with researchers from The Mayo Clinic,  National Geographic and others to study the effects of high-altitude on human physiology. 

KCUR's Gina Kaufmann

You know how sometimes you stumble across a word you've never heard before in your entire life, and then suddenly, the word is everywhere? That happened to me with the pawpaw.

I was born and raised in Missouri, so discovering in my thirties that a random fruit with a made-up-sounding name is considered my state's own banana? That came as a shock (though, to be fair, it's also known as the Indiana banana and the West Virginia banana). 

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When the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, known as the KATY, canceled its route from Machens to Sedalia, the railroad’s loss became a gain for hikers and cyclists. The 200 miles of converted rail bed, now known as the KATY Trail, is an economic engine that falls short of reaching Kansas City — but that could be changing.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we find out what’s next for the KATY Trail, and how it might expand. 

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Building bridges, swinging an axe and living in a yurt are all part of normal life for a trail worker at Glacier National Park.

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The Kansas City area has had its fair share of rain and clouds these last few weeks, but blue skies and sun are on the way just in time for National Trails Day

In celebration we put together this handy list of some of KC's best hiking trails: