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Backpacking Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon

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 and I had driven from San Diego that day, picked […]

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Siyeh Pass

Backpacking in Glacier National Park

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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Sign after the fact

Red Flags

“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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Hiking In

Rogue River Trail Backpack

This past spring I convinced a few of my friends to join me on an adventure along the Rogue River Trail in Southern Oregon. My parents relocated to Grants Pass recently, so it seemed like a great way to kill two birds with one stone. I’d get to see my parents and I’d get to […]

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The (hopefully empty) Dynamite Shed

Hiking the West Rim of the Grand Canyon…of Pennsylvania

The Pine Creek Gorge isn’t as deep, wide, or long as its counterpart in Arizona. It’s not even close, but that doesn’t stop the locals from lovingly calling it the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania”. Located in the Tioga State Forest, the gorge is home to one of my favorite weekend getaways: The West Rim Trail. […]

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Honeymoon Hike on the PCT

Being a long distance backpacker, I of course felt that a perfect honeymoon would be to go backpacking. My new bride Margaret did make the mistake of saying that she would follow me anywhere. I’m useing a Kumo pack and she is useing an older Mariposa. My base weight is around 8 lbs. and hers […]

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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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