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A Desert Rat in the Rainforest

In September, I was preparing for a trip to Olympic National Park in Washington State, known for its rainforests and glaciated peaks. A landscape that couldn’t be more different than my usual backpacking territory of Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Instead of rattlesnakes and heatstroke, I’d have to mind the mountain goats and hypothermia. It […]

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Glen Hikes Buckskin Gulch

Missed the introductory post about preparing? Check out – First timers prepare for a backpacking trip to Buckskin Gulch. We were finally on the road, cruising north on the 15 in the Friday pre-dawn darkness. You can always spot a southern Californian because they refer to interstate highways by just their number, I-15 becomes ‘the 15’!  The final week […]

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First Timers Prepare for Buckskin Gulch

It started innocently enough.  My wife Francie and I were driving to her office Christmas party, and stopped to pick up Kristi, another nurse who works there. Since Kristi has a daughter who does backcountry guiding, Francie had sent her some photos from my last trip down Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon.  As we drove to the party, […]

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Hiking in Moab

On the weekend of January 16th, the tentatively named “GG Jamboree” took place. Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors from all over the country descended on the town of Moab, Utah for a weekend of hiking and camaraderie. Gatherings like this have happened in the past, but never before has such a large and diverse group been […]

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Jules demonstrating proper form for wading in 35-degree water

Tips for Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

Getting ready to leave for our trip into Buckskin Gulch. We had about 90 seconds notice before the heavens opened up. We were nestled in the brush near the Wire Pass trailhead, ready to enter canyon the following morning. The half-hour downpour and ferocious winds were testing us before we even began our hike. Alejandro […]

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Hiking with Mountains and Wildlife in Glacier

Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bears, Oh My! Here’s the thing about Glacier: pictures cannot, and will not, do it justice. The place is gorgeous, it glows… it’s mega-fauna filled, wildflower-abundant, u-shaped valley-loaded… and access to alpine areas is easily available by car – and extra bonus. Words do not do it justice either. […]

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Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer, Smokin’ Bear Heads for the AT

It’s official, our family just completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this past September. To say this journey has been an adventure would be an understatement; mentally unpacking all that has happened along the way will likely take years. One of the biggest impacts on our lives has been the trail community. We have […]

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Red Flags while Hiking

“If you’d live to be a grey-haired wonder. Keep the nose out of the blue!” -line from the Air Force song Perhaps a strange introduction to a hiking piece but living to be a gray haired wonder means a combination of experience, health, luck and wisdom. I started flying in 1982 in the military and it […]

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