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K-Keg Alcohol Stove

Ode to My Alcohol Stove

Through snow, rain, wind and in the dry of the desert-you are always there for me. You never fail to perform your duties and ensure that I am warm and fed before I go to bed. Your simple design and smooth aluminum lines are what keep you light and true. There may be other stoves […]

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If I chickened out, look what I would have missed!

Finding the Courage to Solo Backpack

Love backpacking but have a hard time finding companions? You are not alone, and ultimately if you find yourself dreaming of trails, mountains, streams, wildlife, the smell of pine trees, or nature’s music, you’ll be faced with the decision to either solo or deny your dreams. Finding companions with the same desires, schedules, hiking style, […]

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Wired- Tired and soaking up the warm rock on a chilly climb up Mt Madison.

Wired’s Three-Season Thru-Hiking Gear List

This gear list was contributed by Trail Ambassador Erin “Wired” Saver, a Triple Crowner who’s hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, and The Pacific Crest Trail. You can follow all of her adventures on her blog, Walking with Wired.

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Thoughts on Walking Straight

Over the years of my thru-hiking endeavors I have progressed in my ability to be a better hiker. I think most long distance hikers naturally strive to do the same, no matter the pace and skill level. Our skills and knowledge about the gear we use, the food we eat, management of our bodies and […]

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View from the Wonderland Trail

The Art of the Bail

Remember the Clint Eastwood movie, The Eiger Sanction? During the climbers meeting, Clint suggests that their planned route leaves no room for retreat and the head honcho snidely chides him for planning for defeat. Most of us want to think that our planned trips will go, well, as planned, but circumstances arise that can throw […]

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Photo Credit Pedro Simões

Crotch Terrorism

There is a certain achievable clarity when your crotch is bitten by a Rottweiler. It’s hard to miss, hard to deny, and even harder to explain to those witness to your visible discomfort. Those who have experienced this sensation all agree that it is a memory not easily forgotten. Yet, sooner or later, just when […]

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Heading down to water on the portion north of Monarch Pass in CO

Julie “Stopwatch” Urbanski’s CDT Gear List

This gear list was contributed by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Julie ‘Stopwatch’ Urbanski, a Triple Crowner who has traveled through much of the U.SA. Author of three books, The Trail Life: How I Loved it, Hated it, and Learned from it, Between a Rock and a White Blaze: Searching for Significance on the Appalachian Trail, and her latest A Long […]

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