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Yosemite National Park

Backpacking in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park – What a place! I planned this trip with 3 other friends of mine about 2 years ago. They all live back east and they have never been to Yosemite NP. I figured it would take a lot of planning so that’s why we decided to make this trip 2 years out. […]

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Hayduke Trail

The Hayduke Trail – A Southwest Adventure

March 31st, 2013 was my last day of work and my new job would not begin until May 1st, which left me plenty of time to hit the trail! My friends “Skittles” and “Buck-30” were thru-hiking the 800-mile Hayduke Trail (HDT) and agreed to let me tag along with them for a week or two. […]

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Sandstone Amphitheatres

Backpacking only makes sense because there are lines drawn around it; places we cannot go. Most definitions exclude civilized, excessively roaded areas, so we backpackers are forced back into the woods, our preferred routes thus constrained. Less often discussed, but just as relevant, are the rugged places in the hearts of wilderness where backpackers are […]

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Glacier National Park-2

Glacier National Park Backpacking Trip – What a Place!

I went to Glacier National Park  in the latter half of September with 3 other members of my backpacking club (Northeast Ohio Backpacking Club), all of whom had been to Glacier at least once before. Our plan was to acclimate with a couple of day hikes, then do two 5-day, 4-night backpacking trips, separated by […]

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The CDT runs 3,100mi along the spine of N America from Mexico to Canada.

Reflections On Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide trail is an intimidating trail. Still shrouded in a veil of mystery, relatively few have completed the 3,100 mile, high elevation trek that runs the spine of North America. Said to be 70% completed, it is touted as one of the most rugged and remote trails out there. Stories of extreme remote […]

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Baldy Mountain Single scout w flag

Lightweight Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch

I was lucky enough to go on another Philmont trek this summer with 8 Boy Scouts and two other adults. This was very memorable in that out Scoutmaster Lance Kistler (65y/o) was able to go on a trek with his son, John, and grandson, Hayden. Once Hayden called Lance, “Grandpa”, you know what Lance’s nick […]

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A Mountain Bothy

The Appeal of Mountain Bothies

Recently fellow Trail Ambassador David Hine joined me in the Cairngorm National Park for a few days hiking.   The park itself represents 6% of the landmass of Scotland.  Five of the UK’s highest summits are found within its boundaries and many more of the highest mountains in the UK dominate the skyline. We only walked over one […]

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Descending an elk trail into the upper Lamar River.

The Yellowstone Experience

Why Yellowstone doesn’t see more backpackers, and enjoy the not necessarily direct increase in hype, eludes me. The usual dark service, I mean park service, bureaucracy surely has something to do with it. You can’t bring your dog, and you’ll need a permit. Mister Grizz is also likely at fault. I live and weekly visit […]

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