Hayley Pass in the Wind River Range - Photo Credit Sarah Zhang

The Lonely Hiker….An Essay on Solo Hiking

John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go”, but what if I’m used to going as part of a “we”? After 12 years and close to 10,000 miles of backpacking I have found myself in a strange situation…time off in the summer and the desire to go hiking. What could be better? […]

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Trail Ambassador Allison Nadler on The JMT

Allison Nadler’s JMT Backpacking GearList

This gear list was used for my 15 day thru hike of the John Muir Trail. I encountered temperatures ranging from 30-100 degrees. In late July it is generally warm and dry and you can expect afternoon thunderstorms. On my hike I experienced an unusual 2 1/2 days of rain. Water is abundant throughout the […]

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K-Keg Alcohol Stove

Ode to My Alcohol Stove

Through snow, rain, wind and in the dry of the desert-you are always there for me. You never fail to perform your duties and ensure that I am warm and fed before I go to bed. Your simple design and smooth aluminum lines are what keep you light and true. There may be other stoves […]

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If I chickened out, look what I would have missed!

Finding the Courage to Solo Backpack

Love backpacking but have a hard time finding companions? You are not alone, and ultimately if you find yourself dreaming of trails, mountains, streams, wildlife, the smell of pine trees, or nature’s music, you’ll be faced with the decision to either solo or deny your dreams. Finding companions with the same desires, schedules, hiking style, […]

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Caption: Side view with SmartWater bottle. Ambassador Trinity Ludwig near Caribou Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, CO. Photo credit: Jake Wells.

Blown Away By The Murmur Hyperlight Backpack Redesign

Over lunch with Glen Van Peski, he noticed my odd iPhone case with a half-inch long screw nut (7g or .25oz) glued onto the back. I explained it was for the Stick Pic camera mount, which he introduced to me on a backpack earlier that year. As he carefully inspected it he said, “That’s clever,” […]

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Trail Ambassador Hik'in Jim and Joyce

Hikin’ Jim’s Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

This is my general summer backpacking gear list for mountain regions (elevations up to 14,000′) in the Southwestern US for temperatures down to about 40F/5C. For lower altitude summer trips, delete the rain jacket, down vest, hat, and gloves. This list is suitable for locations that do not require a bear canister, but a bear […]

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Wired- Tired and soaking up the warm rock on a chilly climb up Mt Madison.

Wired’s Three-Season Thru-Hiking Gear List

This gear list was contributed by Trail Ambassador Erin “Wired” Saver, a Triple Crowner who’s hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, and The Pacific Crest Trail. You can follow all of her adventures on her blog, Walking with Wired.

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