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The Golan Heights Trail

National Geographic recently rated the Israel National Train (INT) as one of the world’s 20 most epic hikes in the world. Although the INT has received increased attention over the past few years from both Israelis and international long-distance hikers, few are aware of a shorter scenic trail that connects the northern terminus of the […]

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Four Seasons on the Allegheny Front Trail

If you do enough backpacking, it’s likely you’ll come across a trail you keep coming back to again and again. For me, that has been the relatively new Allegheny Front Trail (AFT). The first time I hiked it, I declared to my backpacking companions I was going to complete it in all four seasons within […]

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Admiring one of the many lakes in the Wind River Range, WY

The Continental Divide Trail: A Long Way from Nowhere

After the last several months of spending my weekends behind a laptop, I’m happy, proud, and excited to announce the publication of my third book, A Long Way From Nowhere: A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail, an account of my 2013 CDT hike. While preparing for the CDT, I often felt like I […]

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Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Planning and Logistics

When I set out to hike my first section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in October 2000, I had no aspirations of hiking the entire trail. Planning this first hike had been rather complicated for an A.T. novice, so 2200 miles of trail seemed out of reach. On subsequent trips, as state lines were […]

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Challenge Logo

Bring On Scotland’s The Great Outdoors Challenge 2014

Just a few more days to go… My husband and I were selected to participate in The Great Outdoors Challenge 2014, a west- coast-to-east coast cross-country backpack across Scotland. I am super excited and honored because only 300 participants are selected each year with only a handful from the United States. The annual event is […]

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Mt Washington Warning Sign

Peak Bagging in New Hampshire: The White Mountain 48

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are home to 48 peaks that rise 4,000 feet or more above sea level. When you have a number of mountains that share a common trait in the same general area, you get peak baggers. Peak bagging, simply put, is when a hiker attempts to summit a collection of mountains. Peak […]

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UK National Park

Wild Walks in the United Kingdom’s National Parks

The United Kingdon’s Lake District National Park is 885 square miles with a width west to east of 33 miles, and from north to south 40 miles.  It’s small, compact and scenic as heck.  Add in easy access with good road and rail links and it’s also very popular, and very busy. For the backpacker […]

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