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Philmont Scout Ranch

Be Prepared

Those of you familiar with the Boy Scouts will recognize “Be Prepared” as the Boy Scout Motto. It’s one thing to recite it as part of your Scout training, but very much another to learn its importance as part of real life experiences. I just returned from a 12-day trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in […]

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Off Trail Hiking

Hiking Off Trail

How you travel through the backcountry dictates what you see and, more importantly, how you see it. Most of the time most of us hike on human-constructed trails. They require the least effort to go from one place to another. Often these trails were primarily shaped by forces which do not necessarily best serve the […]

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Na Paili

Kauai – A Hiker’s Paradise

When P.O.D. (Princess of Darkness) and I traveled to Maui over Christmas for our honeymoon, visions of cocktails on a tropical beach soon led to an overnight backpacking trip in Haleakala National Park. We did get our beach time in but were amazed at the hiking opportunities Hawaii had to offer. Hawaii had cast its […]

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Backpacking Across Scotland in the TGO Challenge

The international popularity of the annual TGO Challenge continues to grow each year with more ultralight and lightweight backpackers participating in the annual coast-to-coast hike across Scotland. This year, Trail Ambassador Martin Rye and I participated, hiking 220 miles in 12 days from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast, across three mounatin […]

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Hiking Along Boot Spur, Mt Washington

Discovering the Cohos Trail – A Section Hiking Adventure

A few years ago, a friend told me about a new long distance trailrunning 162 miles through New Hampshire’s northern-most county, Coos, from Crawford Notch State Park in the south to Pittsburg, NH at the border w/Quebec, Canada. It’s called the Cohos Trail and prides itself on its remote, wilderness experience, without the easy comfort […]

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The Missouri River in Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana

Packrafting for the Ultralight Backpacker

Packrafting has become a fad. It’s not an especially robust one, being like backpacking fundamentally unglamorous, but it is out there. Like all fads, market penetration has been high. You, as an experienced ultralight backpacker, have no doubt seen the videos and read the blog entries. History of Packrafting Modern packrafting was born in Alaska, […]

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Family Backpacking with Ultralight Gear

Family Backpacking with Ultralight Gear

If you ask hikers why they got into lightweight or ultra-lightweight backpacking, you’ll get many answers. My reason was my kids. The high-tech of ultra-light gear and the mess and muss of kids may seem contradictory, but with each new addition to my family I’ve become a stronger proponent of the ultra-light mindset. Now, this […]

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