There is a certain achievable clarity when your crotch is bitten by a Rottweiler. It’s hard to miss, hard to deny, and even harder to explain to those witness to your visible discomfort. Those who have experienced this sensation all agree that it is a memory not easily forgotten. Yet, sooner or later, just when […]
This gear list was contributed by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Julie ‘Stopwatch’ Urbanski, a Triple Crowner who has traveled through much of the U.SA. Author of three books, The Trail Life: How I Loved it, Hated it, and Learned from it, Between a Rock and a White Blaze: Searching for Significance on the Appalachian Trail, and her latest A Long […]
This gear list was contributed by Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein who leads about 20 hikes per year for the Arizona based Backpacking, Canyoneering, and Hiking Club (BCH).
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. […]
We have reported on OR since 2006, so this is our 9th year and 18th OR that we have covered. The Show format has not changed much, but it gets bigger and broader every year with more exhibitors and attendees. OR has its roots in backpacking, hiking, camping, and climbing. But over the years its […]
Imagine hiking over Mono Pass then south bound on the John Muir Trail. Another beautiful week in the Sierra’s with some of your buddies, one who is on his first backpack trip and is blown away by the beauty. You never had any issues in the Sierra’s except an occasional headache that you could not […]
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 […]
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? […]