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Ukelady and Possum Get Spoiled by New Jersey

We are back on the trail! Here’s the account of our New Jersey adventurings, straight from the Ukelady’s mouth. August 15 – 5 miles After a long and wonderful week of traveling through PA and NY to see our friends and family, we woke up at the Church of the Mountain ready to get hiking.......

Homage To An Umbrella

My SnowPeak Ultralight backpacking umbrella weighs the equivalent of a deck of cards—and is worth every inch of those additional 4.7 ounces....

Hiking Goat Lake

3 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

Few hikes give you this much bang for your buck. Even though the 10-mile roundtrip trek might seem daunting to less experienced hikers, the elevation gain of a mere 1300 feet is minimal. While most lakes nestled in the Northern Cascades make you work for a refreshing dip by forcing you to climb an exhausting amount in a shorter…

Hike Kilauea Iki and the Thurston Lava Tube

5 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park protects one of the most active volcanic areas in the Pacific Basin, if not the world. On an almost daily basis, liquid hot magma works its way up to a pair of volcanic vents and occasionally spills over to flow down slope toward the sea. The park’s accessible infrastructure and scenic trails…

The Benefits and Drawbacks of a Supported Through Hike

In my last post I gave some reasons why I decided to do a supported through hike in 2016, with my wife following along and picking me up at the end of the day when possible. We calculate it might be possible about two-thirds of the time. I had some good reasons. Now the list...

Mountain Biking in Winter Park

Ahhhhh, you guys! My love for {some} of the two-wheeled wonders has returned! It’s really only for mountain bikes.… The post Mountain Biking in Winter Park appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

Malta Coastal walk

13 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Walkopedia recommends Malta Coastal walk (155km) as one of the best hikes in the world: Outstanding sea views Unspoiled natural environment Dramatic cliffs Azure window and Inland sea Archaeological remains Tranquil countryside Forts, towers and churches Diversity of habitats and plants The … Continue reading ?

My Friend Who Never Grew Old

By Michael Lanza The finger-numbing morning shadow of Maine’s highest peak, Katahdin, hung over us as we organized ropes and gear to rock climb the Pamola Cliffs, a slab of heavily fractured granite rising several hundred feet above us. Somewhere … Continue reading ?

Outdoor Herbivore: Vegan Cheddar Garden Herb Sauce

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Outdoor Herbivore’s Vegan Cheddar Herb Sauce is a great way to dress up ramen noodles or instant mashed potatoes and turn them into a tasty powerhouse of a meal. Entirely vegan and non-dairy, you’ll swear there’s cheddar cheese  in this sauce even though it’s just a mix of nutritional yeast, whole wheat flour and spices. […]            

Now or Never

I’m not quite sure when the A.T. fever set in. Maybe it was when I purchased my A.T. planning guides. …No, it was before that. Maybe it was when I happened upon the A.T. Founder’s Bridge Festival at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. … No, surely it was before that. Maybe......

Kolby Kirk – engaged on the trail

One of my favourite blogs is The Hike Guy edited by Kolby Kirk. How did his last trip go? :-) more photos

Endless Virginia

More Virginia updates… some days, it really felt like we were never going to be out of Virginia!  Hope you enjoy. Day 88 – VA-43 to Bryant Ridge Shelter Miles: 10.4 Today was a day of scattered emotions and thoughts, one that lived up to the adage “the only constant in life is change.” A......

Canyoneering the Seven Teacups

For entry-level, class C canyoneering, it doesn’t get any better than the Seven Teacups. This is a top-notch route found along Dry Meadow Creek, a tributary of the Kern River in Sequoia National Forest. A short hike leads to a series of pothole waterfalls cascading down polished granite slabs into the Kern. Then, it finishes…

Day 1 – Hell Hike and Raft 2015 – The Adventure Begins

Buzz…Buzz….Buzz…. My alarm is going off and there is a monster of a storm raging right outside my window. The lightning and rain started last night before I had settled down for the night. I had not gotten much sleep due to the weather, and excitement of what was to come. I made some coffee, […]

Every Kid in a Park Kicks Off

Earlier this year, to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of the National Park Service, President Obama announced the creation of a program called Every Kid in a Park (which we like to think of as No Child Left Indoors). The program was to allow every American fourth grade student and their family free access to…

The Best Blue Blazes on the Appalachian Trail – Part 4

This article is part four of a four-part series. Be sure to check out part one, part two, and part three here. So here we are. The end of line. The last chapter. The final countdown. So far in this series we’ve brought to you 30 spectacular blue blazes to watch for during your journey along the......

Ask Me: What Do You Recommend For a Versatile, Mid-Size Backpack?

Hello Michael, I saw your gear reviews on your blog and I want to ask which backpack you’d recommend for long trails for a man: Osprey Xenith 75 (or 88) or Gregory Baltoro 75? Normally I take from 15 to … Continue reading ?

Backpacking the Three Garfields in the Pemigewasset Wilderness

There are three Garfield Mountains along the Garfield Ridge Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness (of New Hampshire’s White Mountains), although you’re probably only familiar with the tallest one on the four thousand footer list. TheShow More Summary

Nepal – Swayambhunath Temple

The second in a series on hiking the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal with Active Adventures. In the hills just to the west of Kathmandu Valley lie one of the holiest sites in Newar and Tibetan Buddhism – and an important Hindu site as well – Swayambhunath Temple. An important holy site since the 3rd…

Why Shakedown Hikes Are So Important for New Backpackers

A good shakedown hike can make a big difference in how well prepared you are for a thru-hike. But just how should you go about it and what should you expect out of it?...

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