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Hiking at a glacial ice cave at Skaftafell National Park, Iceland © Peter Adams / Offset

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Backpacker in autumn Nire shrubs in Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina © Johnathan Ampersand Esper / Aurora Photos / Offset

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Couple hiking on the island of Oahu, Hawaii © Julian Walter / Offset

Hiking and art-making might seem at first like unrelated pastimes, but a small glimpse through history will reveal the two recreations are often inextricably intertwined. Hiking for sport came into prominence in the late 1700s, born in large part from the Romanticism that permeated contemporary art movements. As European cities became increasingly industrial, creative minds flocked to the hilly countryside in hopes of reconnecting with the sublime in nature. Painters like German-born Caspar David Friedrich frequently pictured lone hikers dwarfed by the divine and sprawling landscape that surrounded them, rendering moments in which mankind was at once humbled and exalted by the powers of the wilderness.

Today, of course, hiking is a favorite hobby of many, not just artists. Still, good hiking trips continue to draw creative souls to the peaks and summits of unexplored terrains, and ultimately, there are few visions as satisfying as those captured on hikes. For our latest Offset group show, we pulled together forty-three astonishingly beautiful hiking photographs. Whether they are visiting Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park or a glacial ice cave in Iceland, these Offset photographers both speak to and expand upon the great tradition of Romantic masters, reminding us that no matter how far we come as a species, nature will always inspire awe and reverence.

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Hiker walking trough a forest near Rott, Germany © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking through the complex sandstone rock formations at Bisti Badlands, Farmington, New Mexico. © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Climbers on Via Ferrata, Mt Cristallo, Dolomites, Italy © Radius Images / Offset

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Hiking area at Andalusia, Spain © Mel Stuart / Westend61 / Offset

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A group of people hike a trail in Glacier National Park © Jimmy White / Offset

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Lone hiker at a lake in Patagonia © Ingalls Photography / Offset

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Hiking at El Escalon, Jalisco, Mexico © Marcos Ferro / Aurora Photos / Offset

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Trekkers make their way down from Everest Base Camp beside the Khumbu glacier in Nepal © Alex Treadway / National Geographic / Offset

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Hiking to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska © Rich Reid / National Geographic / Offset

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Sunrise at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook with the Colorado River below, Page, Arizona © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington © Shanna Baker / Offset

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Looking up at the tall trees in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington © Shanna Baker / Offset

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Crossing a wooden bridge in the Olympic National Park, Washington © Shanna Baker / Offset

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Hiking in the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park, Washington © Shanna Baker / Offset

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Group of hikers hiking on Zugspitze mountain © Dieter Heinemann / Westend61 / Offset

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Hiker climbing path through the forest, central Oregon © Cavan Images / Offset

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Glacier hiking on the Solheimajokull, Iceland © Marko Vesterinen / Offset

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A boardwalk beneath the forest canopy on the coast of Olympic National Park, Washington © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking on the coast of Olympic National Park, Washington © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hikers crossing Tree Top Walk in Singapore © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking past a blue lake, San Juan National Forest, Silverton, Colorado © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking in North Cascades National Park © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking in Bugaboos, Rocky Mountains © Radius Images / Offset

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Hiking in Bugaboos, Rocky Mountains © Radius Images / Offset

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Hiking at Sendero Quise, Canary Islands © Martin Siepmann / Westend61 / Offset

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Hikers on a mossy trail behind a waterfall in Iceland © Bernd Vogel / Offset

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The Narrows in Zion National Park © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiker in Titcomb Basin, Wind River Range, Pinedale, Wyoming © Aurora Photos / Offset

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A young girl walking along a waterfall in Morocco © Kirsty Larmour / Offset

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Hiking to Capri from Monte Solaro, Italy © Lauryn Ishak / Offset

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Hiking at Low Tauern © Hans Huber / Westend61 / Offset

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Hiking in a dense forest on Oahhu Island, Hawaii © Julian Walter / Offset

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Hikers admire the view from a dune in Sossusvlei, Namibia © Lauryn Ishak / Offset

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Trekkers on the Everest Trek © Alun Richardson / Westend61 / Offset

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Climbing Blitzen Ridge at sunrise, Rocky Mountain National Park © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hiking in the Hakaui Valley at Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia © National Geographic / Offset

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Walking towards Grasmere from Alcock Tarn in The Lake District, Cumbria, England © Alex Treadway / National Geographic / Offset

All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is a category partner on Feature Shoot.

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