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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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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Open Burner Type Alcoholl Stoves

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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Melted chocolate straight from the Ziploc

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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