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Glacier National Park Backpacking Trip – What a Place!

I went to Glacier National Park  in the latter half of September with 3 other members of my backpacking club (Northeast Ohio Backpacking Club), all of whom had been to Glacier at least once before. Our plan was to acclimate with a couple of day hikes, then do two 5-day, 4-night backpacking trips, separated by […]

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Boating with the Mariposa Backpack

Packrafting and Backpacking

I first got excited by packrafts (really excited) when reading about people who were using their boats to open up routes in the wildernesses they backpacked through. It was a long time before I could rub enough pennies together to get out there and do it myself, but I was intent that I wanted to […]

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Scouting 50 Miler

Planning a Boy Scout 50-Miler

Defining a 50-Miler In doing research for this post, I found there are a lot of differing opinions about what the Boy Scout 50-Miler Program is all about. In a nutshell, the award recognizes a Scout who travels 50 miles in at least five days. Some describe it as a self-supported, high-adventure activity only for […]

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Chili & Pepper

Getting My Trail Angel Wings in Drakesbad

Little did I know how drastically my life would change when I accepted an invitation to spend a weekend in 2010 camping at Drakesbad. I knew nothing about Drakesbad, but it didn’t matter because the part of the invitation that had captured my attention was hiking to destinations with intriguing names such Devil’s Kitchen, Boiling […]

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The CDT runs 3,100mi along the spine of N America from Mexico to Canada.

Reflections On Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide trail is an intimidating trail. Still shrouded in a veil of mystery, relatively few have completed the 3,100 mile, high elevation trek that runs the spine of North America. Said to be 70% completed, it is touted as one of the most rugged and remote trails out there. Stories of extreme remote […]

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Baldy Mountain Single scout w flag

Lightweight Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch

I was lucky enough to go on another Philmont trek this summer with 8 Boy Scouts and two other adults. This was very memorable in that out Scoutmaster Lance Kistler (65y/o) was able to go on a trek with his son, John, and grandson, Hayden. Once Hayden called Lance, “Grandpa”, you know what Lance’s nick […]

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