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Camden Hills State Park

Relationships Forged in the Mountains

The second weekend in October marked our first-ever three-generation backpacking trip. It was a short overnighter in Nova Scotia’s Bluff Wilderness area, a small network of trails just south of Halifax. The trip was a mini-shakedown for testing some new gear for our upcoming Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It also served the purpose of highlighting to Renee’s […]

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Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors Whitney LaRuffa, Ryan Silva, and Liz Thomas

Hiker Trash Nation: ALDHA-West Gathering 2013

On the last weekend in September this year, hiker trash from around the country gathered in Nevada City, CA for the 20th annual ALDHA-West Gathering. The weekend was like a family reunion except this is one you actually look forward to going to. Sure there might still be that one guy who reminds you of […]

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Vagabond Blues

On the Vagabond Loop this summer I pretty much went where ever I wanted: closed National Forests, private land, camped where I plopped down, and trundled permit-free in the National Park System. Other than a run-in with a ranger at the Wave, I went along stealthy enough to elude ‘capture’ and detection. Yes, I was […]

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Glacier National Park-2

Glacier National Park Backpacking Trip – What a Place!

I went to Glacier National Park  in the latter half of September with 3 other members of my backpacking club (Northeast Ohio Backpacking Club), all of whom had been to Glacier at least once before. Our plan was to acclimate with a couple of day hikes, then do two 5-day, 4-night backpacking trips, separated by […]

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The CDT runs 3,100mi along the spine of N America from Mexico to Canada.

Reflections On Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide trail is an intimidating trail. Still shrouded in a veil of mystery, relatively few have completed the 3,100 mile, high elevation trek that runs the spine of North America. Said to be 70% completed, it is touted as one of the most rugged and remote trails out there. Stories of extreme remote […]

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Baldy Mountain Single scout w flag

Lightweight Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch

I was lucky enough to go on another Philmont trek this summer with 8 Boy Scouts and two other adults. This was very memorable in that out Scoutmaster Lance Kistler (65y/o) was able to go on a trek with his son, John, and grandson, Hayden. Once Hayden called Lance, “Grandpa”, you know what Lance’s nick […]

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David Hine in his element

Packrafting in Scotland

In late June, I visited the far north west of Scotland, with fellow Trail Ambassador David Hine to dip my toe in the steely waters of Inverpolly for my first packrafting trip. We were led by Rob from http://www.backcountrybiking.co.uk/, currently the UK’s only packrafting and bikerafting course and expedition leaders. I had a blast, and […]

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