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Bring On Scotland’s The Great Outdoors Challenge 2014

Just a few more days to go… My husband and I were selected to participate in The Great Outdoors Challenge 2014, a west- coast-to-east coast cross-country backpack across Scotland. I am super excited and honored because only 300 participants are selected each year with only a handful from the United States. The annual event is […]

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Drought and Fire Restrictions: How NOT to End Up on the 11:00 News

It’s dry out west, really dry.  According to National Public Radio, fire authorities are fighting about three times the normal number of fires.  So, how not to burn the whole place down?   Wood Fires First, and maybe this goes without saying, but open wood fires aren’t such a good idea in a drought.  Wood […]

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Peak Bagging in New Hampshire: The White Mountain 48

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are home to 48 peaks that rise 4,000 feet or more above sea level. When you have a number of mountains that share a common trait in the same general area, you get peak baggers. Peak bagging, simply put, is when a hiker attempts to summit a collection of mountains. Peak […]

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Going Stoveless: Dinner in a Jar

I never thought I’d explore the many uses of a peanut butter jar until last summer on the Continental Divide Trail, when it became both my stove and my bowl. Repurposing the peanut butter jar was all part of an attempt to go lighter and simpler, and to secretly test my threshold for a daily […]

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Wild Walks in the United Kingdom’s National Parks

The United Kingdon’s Lake District National Park is 885 square miles with a width west to east of 33 miles, and from north to south 40 miles.  It’s small, compact and scenic as heck.  Add in easy access with good road and rail links and it’s also very popular, and very busy. For the backpacker […]

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Acceptable Pack Weights

I’ve been lurking on various Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail web communities for the past few months, watching the annual ritual of this year’s hikers trying to plan ahead as much as they can for the unknown. The questions never end– which sleeping bag to bring, how to resupply, what shoes to wear, are […]

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