First DC UL Womens Only Trip

Women Rock DC UL

The hiking and backpacking meetup group I help co-organize – DC UL Backpacking —has been seeing steady growth, doubling in size over the past year. I could credit a number of factors that contributed to that growth: a full calendar last year thanks to our organizer, Michael Martin, working on a book (AMC’s Best Backpacking in the […]

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Camel ride in Morocco with Mariposa

The Ultimate Gear Test: Using the Mariposa Backpack for 4 Years in Africa

Many backpackers consider a five-month thru-hike the ultimate gear test. It’s true: any piece of gear that survives a thru-hike passes a respectable endurance test—especially ultralight gear. But why not make up a tougher test? Having done four thru-hikes (including yo-yoing the Continental Divide Trail), I wanted to push the backpacking gear endurance limits. The ultimate […]

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Devils Thumb Pass Sunset

The Weekend Warrior

Over the course of my hiking “career”, I’ve been blessed with being able to hike weeks or even months at a time. I’ve seen the spring flowers of the Appalachians, the first snows hinting at an upcoming winter in the Rockies and the green of summer giving to the brilliant colors of fall. I’d put […]

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Reducing the weight and size of small items makes it easier when you have to carry 7 liters of water and tools for 3 days of dry camping and trail maintenance.

Making Small Things Smaller to Save Weight and Space

Inspired by my friend Trail Ambassador Rik Christiansen who unpacked all his hygiene and other random little items for me one night, I decided I would try to shave even more weight from my pack by going through everything and seeing if I could make it smaller. This kind of “gram weenie” behavior smacks of […]

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Admiring one of the many lakes in the Wind River Range, WY

The Continental Divide Trail: A Long Way from Nowhere

After the last several months of spending my weekends behind a laptop, I’m happy, proud, and excited to announce the publication of my third book, A Long Way From Nowhere: A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail, an account of my 2013 CDT hike. While preparing for the CDT, I often felt like I […]

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Guthooks Guides

Guthooks Guides Turns Two

Switch to the Android demo video: http://youtu.be/o7APMjsJM-A Two years ago, a series of iPhone apps called “Guthook’s PCT Guides” hit the App Store, and became a mainstay of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. The next year, we added several new guides to our line-up, including the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, John Muir Trail, and Tahoe Rim […]

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Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Planning and Logistics

When I set out to hike my first section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in October 2000, I had no aspirations of hiking the entire trail. Planning this first hike had been rather complicated for an A.T. novice, so 2200 miles of trail seemed out of reach. On subsequent trips, as state lines were […]

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