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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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QiWiz

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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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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