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Three Days at Savage Gulf

Along the southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau in TN lies an area known as South Cumberland Recreational Area. The SCRA encompasses Savage Gulf and the Fiery Gizzard Natural Area, gotta love the names of these lands. I’ve hiked both areas several times and always in late fall for the spectacular fall foliage color. Last […]

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Four Seasons on the Allegheny Front Trail

If you do enough backpacking, it’s likely you’ll come across a trail you keep coming back to again and again. For me, that has been the relatively new Allegheny Front Trail (AFT). The first time I hiked it, I declared to my backpacking companions I was going to complete it in all four seasons within […]

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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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UK National Park

Wild Walks in the United Kingdom’s National Parks

The United Kingdon’s Lake District National Park is 885 square miles with a width west to east of 33 miles, and from north to south 40 miles.  It’s small, compact and scenic as heck.  Add in easy access with good road and rail links and it’s also very popular, and very busy. For the backpacker […]

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12' canoe

Ultralight Canoe Camping

Many people have the image of a heavily loaded canoe, where a paddler/camper can bring everything. Others think of floating down streams, often exchanging long serene glides over flat water, with moments of terror as rocks, eddies and small flumes throw the canoe wildly off course. Still others think of paddling to a small island […]

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The Escalante Route in the Grand Canyon

This backpack has it all – a little bit of adventure, steep trails, and climbing mixed in with mellow, sweeping trails that allow you to look up from the trail and appreciate the canyon’s awesomeness. The Grand Canyon is like an accordion of rock layers until you reach its creator at its center, the Colorado […]

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Yosemite National Park

Backpacking in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park – What a place! I planned this trip with 3 other friends of mine about 2 years ago. They all live back east and they have never been to Yosemite NP. I figured it would take a lot of planning so that’s why we decided to make this trip 2 years out. […]

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