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When Hikers Become Social Media Rock Stars

Before Facebook, Instagram and blogging, it was fairly easy to disappear into the wilderness, choosing to share or not share experiences upon our return to civilization. Social networking has been a game changer! It’s fun to share photos, videos and stories with our online friends; we’ve become an instantaneous society. Some may consider this egocentric […]

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Ladies Backpack Canyonland’s Maze District

With 5 National Parks, various National Monuments, National Forests &  BLM land – Utah is truly a year-round hiking/biking/climbing/canyoneering/water & snow sporting kind of paradise. Several years ago I backpacked in the Grand Gulch of Utah where the Pueblo ruins, colors, sounds and silence of the desert surprised me, delighted me, and I and vowed […]

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Buckskin Gulch Hike With Glen

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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Vegan Backpacking In Town Food Guide

The real challenge for a vegan backpacker is being stuck in town and the only restaurant option is a local diner with burgers and iceberg lettuce salads. Most trail towns don’t have vegan restaurant options, but if the town as even a medium-sized grocery store, there will be plenty for you to eat. Here are […]

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Vegan Backpacking Food

Fritos, Nutter Butters, Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Kellogg’s Unfrosted Pop-Tarts, Cracker Jacks, Sour Patch Kids…the list goes on. Who would have thought these items were vegan? Not that every vegan wants to pack their cart full of bags of Fritos and sleeves or Oreos, but the fact that there are options like these means that there […]

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3 Tips for Your Own Backpacking Gear Shakedown

As an employee at Mountain Crossings, a huge part of my job is to tear through all the possessions of Appalachian Trail thru hikers and tell them what to give the boot. We call it a shake down. Sitting at mile 31.7 on the AT, the employees of the outfitter and hostel are well known […]

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What’s OFF Your Backpacking Gear List?

Whether I’m pumping trail miles, soaking it all in, or exploring the off-trails, my trips are always about gaining intimacy with the mountains and learning something new about myself and those that I am with.  I view my gear and my skills as necessary means to help me do that. Gear list: Necessary but insufficient […]

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