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A Time to Rest: Nature’s Message for Us

Like most hikers, I thrive on logging sunny, summer miles on the trails. Planning for the next summer was the only th...

A Peakbaggers Journey Along the West Highland Way

Hiking around Scotland has been a lifelong dream. My oldest niece was born there and so my family visited when I was ...

Traveling With Less

A fundamental principle in the world of ultralight backpacking is to carry multipurpose items in order to reduce the...

How to document an experience while still living in the moment

 I’ve written two trail memoirs—Mud, Rocks, Blazes quoted above and Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Each is a detailed a...

Looking Back, Looking Ahead:

The start of a new year always brings a sense of reflection, as well as a chance to look ahead and set new goals. For...

Passing the Torch: A Chat with the Youngest Calendar Year Triple Crowners

In 2016 I completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail to become the youngest k...

Use It Up & Wear It Out: Part II

In the first installment of this blog series, I emphasized the importance of care and repair to keep your gear and ac...

Use It Up & Wear It Out: Part I

Part 1: Repair My father was born to a poor farm family in the waning years of the Great Depression. Thus, he raised...

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