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Quehanna Eastern Loop

I got out recently for a relatively high mileage weekend trip. My goals were to complete the Quehanna Trail, to test out some wet condition hiking adaptations, and to fine tune my iPhone battery management. My hike took place in mid May, following a week with several inches of rain. Where and What is Quehanna? […]

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Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams

Water Dipper

Ever want to carry a scooping cup for those tiny pools and barely flowing water sources? You’ve probably also thought “I don’t want to carry another half Smartwater bottle or small cup for that purpose.” Too bulky and too much extra weight for the gram weenies. Well, here’s a light and refined solution: If you […]

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Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge North Route – One of the World’s Great Treks

One of my all-time favorite backpacking trips is the Rainbow Bridge North Route.  It’s remote, rugged, challenging, and very, very scenic.  The hearty souls that walk this route see epic panoramas, breath-taking views, historic ruins, chiseled canyons, and beautiful desert riparian areas. About the Hike Less well known that the South Route, the North Route […]

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First DC UL Womens Only Trip

Women Rock DC UL

The hiking and backpacking meetup group I help co-organize – DC UL Backpacking —has been seeing steady growth, doubling in size over the past year. I could credit a number of factors that contributed to that growth: a full calendar last year thanks to our organizer, Michael Martin, working on a book (AMC’s Best Backpacking in the […]

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Camel ride in Morocco with Mariposa

The Ultimate Gear Test: Using the Mariposa Backpack for 4 Years in Africa

Many backpackers consider a five-month thru-hike the ultimate gear test. It’s true: any piece of gear that survives a thru-hike passes a respectable endurance test—especially ultralight gear. But why not make up a tougher test? Having done four thru-hikes (including yo-yoing the Continental Divide Trail), I wanted to push the backpacking gear endurance limits. The ultimate […]

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Devils Thumb Pass Sunset

The Weekend Warrior

Over the course of my hiking “career”, I’ve been blessed with being able to hike weeks or even months at a time. I’ve seen the spring flowers of the Appalachians, the first snows hinting at an upcoming winter in the Rockies and the green of summer giving to the brilliant colors of fall. I’d put […]

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