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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

5 Day Glacier National Park Hike

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.

Continental Divide Trail Thru Hike

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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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.

Backpacking in Yellowstone

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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Desert Divide Dozen - Day One

Desert Divide Dozen: PCT Peak Bagging

The San Jacinto Mountains are one of the principal mountain ranges in Southern California. Multiple summits rise more than 10,000’/3050m above sea level. The beautiful but popular northern section of the range offers some of the most best hiking and backpacking in Southern California. But I had something else in mind this past Memorial Day […]

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