Over the years of my thru-hiking endeavors I have progressed in my ability to be a better hiker. I think most long distance hikers naturally strive to do the same, no matter the pace and skill level. Our skills and knowledge about the gear we use, the food we eat, management of our bodies and […]
Remember the Clint Eastwood movie, The Eiger Sanction? During the climbers meeting, Clint suggests that their planned route leaves no room for retreat and the head honcho snidely chides him for planning for defeat. Most of us want to think that our planned trips will go, well, as planned, but circumstances arise that can throw […]
This ultralight backpacking gear list was contributed by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Philip Werner. You can follow all of his adventures on his popular hiking and backpacking blog SectionHiker.com.
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 […]
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 […]
This gear list was contributed by Trail Ambassador Dave “Lucky” Brunstein who leads about 20 hikes per year for the Arizona based Backpacking, Canyoneering, and Hiking Club (BCH).
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. […]
We have reported on OR since 2006, so this is our 9th year and 18th OR that we have covered. The Show format has not changed much, but it gets bigger and broader every year with more exhibitors and attendees. OR has its roots in backpacking, hiking, camping, and climbing. But over the years its […]