A Mariposa in Winter

Jen Adach’s Winter Gear List

These items serve as my core gear list for weekend backpacking trips during the winter. Layering is key for me in the colder months: I tend to run hot while hiking and then cold at camp. Even for a weekend trip, I believe in bringing a back-up to essential layering pieces – I have a […]

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Glen Van Peski at Puppet Pass

Glen Van Peski’s Gear List

My typical gear list is for a summer/fall trip of 3 – 6 days in the Sierra or other western mountains, typically mostly above tree line.  Temperatures range from freezing to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  My trips are generally composed of some trail, and some off-trail travel, typically with at least one other person.  My most […]

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Siyeh Pass

Backpacking in Glacier National Park

Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bears, Oh My! Here’s the thing about Glacier: pictures cannot, and will not, do it justice. The place is gorgeous, it glows… it’s mega-fauna filled, wildflower-abundant, u-shaped valley-loaded… and access to alpine areas is easily available by car – and extra bonus. Words do not do it justice either. […]

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Piedmont Virginia Search and Rescue Training

Trail Ambassadors in Search and Rescue

If you start Search and Rescue (SAR) to find people, you will be sorely disappointed. The majority of your time will be spent determining where people aren’t and training. Along the way you will help those who are lost and their families, meet some great people, build upon your outdoor skills, and acquire more gear. […]

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smokinbear

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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Remmel

Going the (Ultra) Distance

When I packed up my enormous backpack full of crappy gear and unpalatable food in the spring of 2003. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. All I knew was that as my friends drove away from the Springer Mountain parking lot all that was left for me to do was to […]

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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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