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Crotch Terrorism

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 […]

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Heading down to water on the portion north of Monarch Pass in CO

Julie “Stopwatch” Urbanski’s CDT Gear List

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 […]

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The (hopefully empty) Dynamite Shed

Hiking the West Rim of the Grand Canyon…of Pennsylvania

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. […]

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Altitude Illness: John Muir Trail Case Study

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 […]

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Honeymoon Hike on the PCT

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 […]

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Quehanna Eastern Loop

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? […]

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