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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: Peak Bagging on the Pacific Crest Trail

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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