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Fire Tower Hike to North Kearsarge Mountain

The hike up to the fire tower on North Kearsarge Mountain is a surprisingly steep climb, gaining 2600 feet of elevation in a mere 3.1 miles. But the climb is well worth it, with jaw-dropping 360 views of the White Mountains, including views of the Presidential Range and Carter Notch, Evans Notch and the Baldfaces, Mount […]            

Up the Winding Cliffside Road

…Through puddles and over stones; Nimblewill Gap. Deserted, mind you, but our lonesome Jeep. It’s cold and a light rain threatening us to wait a day. No way José. Approach Trail via Nimblewill Gap was a fabulous decision. Those 500-some-odd steps from Amicalola seem less than desirable. Hiking in the rain, also less than desirable. Most......

Another Gear Post!

Once again winter weather has reared it’s ugly head here in New Jersey. Right now I was supposed to be hanging out in Georgia in 50 degree weather at the Appalachian Trail Kick Off. Instead I am stuck shoveling more of this white crap in New Jersey. 8 hours before my flight to Atlanta was......

Saving Mount Everest

8 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

PART 1 of 3 In recent decades, Mount Everest has earned the nickname “World’s Highest Garbage Dump.” Just in the past week The Guardian and Outside both ran stories about human waste reaching hazardous levels for visitors. However, a major international effort called Saving Mount Everest (SME) has begun to erase that reputation. It is…

Week 5 in New Zealand: Glenorchy/Rees River & Queenstown

So I’ve been a little distracted by the glory that is New Zealand and have let my blog posts slide. I’m sorry for that, so let me do my best to bring you up to speed on my travels starting with our trip to Gelnorchy and Queenstown. During our third ‘weekend’ off from class (we......

Why I Hike, or, Why Do I Hike?!

Why I Hike, or, Why Do I Hike?!?      This is my third attempt at a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. The first attempt had my mother biting her nails and asking why. My second attempt had her cheering me onward. When I completed the Pacific Crest Trail last year, I felt her lungs release......

Ask Me: Advice on a Hut Trek in the Swiss Alps

Michael, My husband is in love with backpacking and takes trips around the U.S. every year, but since this will be his fortieth birthday, he has chosen the Pennine Alps hut hike in Switzerland that you wrote about in Backpacker. … Continue reading ?

Lichter and Forry – 1st winter PCT

22 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

… Shawn “Pepper” Forry and Justin “Trauma” Lichter trudged up a muddy hillside during a desert downpour to reach the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. The two men had just completed what’s thought to be the first documented, … Continue reading ?

Reader Poll: Backpacking Spice Kit Ingredients?

The biggest challenge I face on most backpacking trips is eating enough. The problem is that the food I bring or resupply in towns is boring and doesn’t have that much variety. Ramen noodles, rice sides, couscous, pasta, mashed potatoes, refried beans – they’re all monotonous to eat over a 2-3 week period. I could use a […]            

Antelope Canyon 55K: The Down ‘n Dirty Details

If I learned anything from running 34 miles, it is this: it takes a whole lotta prep work! And,… The post Antelope Canyon 55K: The Down ‘n Dirty Details appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

Announcing the January 2015 Golden Boots Blogger Award Winners

The Golden Boots Blogger award is to recognize outdoor adventure bloggers who are adventuring and providing amazing stories. Congratulations to the January 2015  winners. Do you have a favorite blog that you would like to suggest? Click here to submit your favorite blogs. Show More Summary

It Takes a Village to Make Thru Hiking Dreams Come True

Friends, I am stoked, depressed, excited and worried all at the same time. Stoked. Lets start there. Tomorrow the first of the Hiking Forward AT Crew 2015 steps foot on the Appalachian Trail and starts his ( Michael "Rev" Kane ) journey on the to Katahdin. Show More Summary

Hiking the Victory Trailhead Loop

In the late 1990s, executives at the now-defunct bank Washington Mutual had its eyes on a nearly 3,000 acre tract of ranch land in the western San Fernando Valley near Calabasas, Simi Valley, Woodland Hills, and Agoura. The land was formerly owned by the Ahmanson Family, one of the most influential families in the history…

Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show – part 1 {the giveaway}

So this is happening! The Campsite Blog is over the moon excited to be checking out the latest in products, ideas and services at The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show being held March 21 and 22, 2015 at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta! Even better news is we want some of you (really ALL of you) to attend […]

Satisfying the Gardening Itch

Originally posted on the Creative Garden Patch:Our planning and preparation continues.  Seed inventories done, and browsing seed catalogs and seed websites continues.  New asparagus roots ordered, vegetable seeds ordered, and some seeds have already arrived. Show More Summary

Will I EVER be Ready?

I figured its about time to start writing.. Since this is my first post I’ll give you a little background about my self and some heads up to how I anticipate my future post to look and feel like. Waiting till the last minute seems to be how I do like 90% of everything in...

Winter Climbing on the Home to the World’s Worst Weather

Suddenly, like electricity sparking in my muscle, my leg started to seize. My mind locked for a moment; it was not just a mental game now, my body was shutting down. The freezing wind across my lap dropped the temperature to where the muscles were unable to contract on command and lift my whole body…

new Kilimanjaro route – 9 days

Adventure Blogger Kraig Becker: … When selecting the route for the Climb for Valor, the team at Tusker Trail decided that they wanted to do something a little different. The idea was to give the climbers on our team a … Continue reading ?

Reflections – What I Would Have Done Differently on My Thru Hike

Now that it’s been more than two years since my Katahdin summit and the end of the journey that has changed my life, I feel like I’m finally distanced enough to take a look back and see the things I wish I had done differently and will be applying to my hikes in 2015. While......

Inside the Pros Packs with Cam “Swami” Honan

To thru-hike one of the country’s three long trails puts you in rare company.  The ATC recognizes such an individual as a “2,000-miler”. Complete all three, and you’ve joined an even more exclusive club, known as a “triple crowner”.  Doing so requires nearly 8,000 miles on foot. There have been a select few to complete this incredible accomplishment three times.......

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