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Lake Lovely Water Trail, B.C.

7 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

The Tantalus Range is easily viewed from the “Sea to Sky Highway” that travels from Vancouver to Squamish and Whistler. Lake Lovely Water is a Mountaineer’s and Scrambler’s Paradise. But it’s not for the inexperienced nor ill-prepared. There is a 6.5 … Continue reading ?

A 500-mile solo hike cured my loneliness

10 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Willow Belden, a rookie, successfully completed perhaps the best 500 miles in the USA, the Colorado Trail. Alone. Her trip report is succinct. Highly recommended. :-)

how did the rodent get in my car?

21 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

I parked overnight at the Cheakamus Lake trailhead near Whistler B.C. Vandals have been known to break into vehicles here, so I was careful to lock up tight. On my return, I found that a bag of sunflower seeds had … Continue reading...

The Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof Map

I’ve been exploring many of the trails in the White Mountains North Country this summer, including those maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) which maintains the trail systems immediately north and south of Rt 2 in the Northern Presidentials (Mts Madison, Adams, and Jefferson), the Crescent Range, and the Randolph Community Forest. If you […]            

Hike Mt Chocorua

Mt Chocorua is one of the most frequently photographed mountains in the world according to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide. Located near New Hampshire’s Mt Washington (6082?). Chocorua is far from being the highest mountain in the White Mountain National Forest only rising to an elevation of 3475?. But it’s a hiker’s mountain […]            

Back on the Trail

It’s time for my family and me to get back on the trail. Look for reviews soon. – To be honest we’ve done plenty of hiking, but with kids the hikes haven’t made this site. That will change soon.

Loggers Lake – Whistler, BC, Canada

On a trail run/hike out of my residence, Whistler’s Athletes Lodge, I passed this pretty volcanic crater lake. You can’t lose hiking near Whistler B.C. It’s all good. One of the easier Whistler, BC, Canada lakes to access by walking … Continue reading ?

Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated Camping Meals

Good-to-Go is a new gourmet camping food company that’s on a mission to create the best tasting and nutritious dehydrated camping meals available today. Based in Maine, they bring a Down Home sensibility to their dehydrated meals which are gluten-free and available as vegetarian or pescatarian entrees. My wife and I tried three Good-to-Go meals this […]            

Leave No Trace Toothbrushing

Maintaining dental hygiene is just as important when backpacking and camping as it is at home. But the question arises, what’s the best way to practice leave no trace toothbrushing and rinse out the toothpaste in your mouth after your brush? My answer may surprise you. Swallow It! While many leave no trace practitioners advocate […]            

cycling Lost Lake, Whistler B.C.

Whistler Ski Resort is a cycling mecca in the summer. There’s something for everyone within a very short radius. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Rockin’ Ronnie and I thoroughly enjoyed the medium difficulty network around Lost Lake. (The … Continue reading ?

Whistler Athlete’s Lodge

For the second time in 2014, I’m staying at an athlete’s hostel built for the 2010 Winter Olympics near Vancouver, B.C. Inexpensive. And brilliant. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. If you want to be inspired to do more … Continue reading ?

Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a 54 liter ultralight backpack that is lightweight even by today’s standards. Weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces (19 ounces) it is truly frameless, without even a foam back pad behind the shoulder straps. Despite its low weight, the Virga 2 is a fully featured Granite Gear backpack […]            

Advanced Notice: Map and Compass Instructional Weekend

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use a compass for off-trail navigation, I’ll be co-teaching an Appalachian Mountain Club Compass Navigation course on Friday September, 25, 2014 – Sunday, September 28, 2014, with Grid-finisher Joe Comuzzi, who’s been teaching this class for some 30 years, and taught me. The class will be held […]            

Pacific Northwest Trail – cougar

GearJunkie contributing editor Jeff Kish is hiking the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail this summer. Check one of Jeff’s photo rich trip reports – Alone With Lions: Thru-Hiking The ‘PNT’ Thanks Kolby.

History Inside the Blue Line: Place Names of the Trans Adirondack Route

I sometime wonder if Erik Schlimmer and I live in parallel universes. I don’t know Erik very well and we’ve never met face to face, but I can understand why he’s so fascinated by hiking in the Adirondack Park and the region’s unique history. It’s the same passion I have for hiking and exploring New Hampshire’s White […]            

#1 tool for your hikes?

Morry Banes surveyed hiking bloggers with a simple question: What’s the no.1 tool for your hikes? I like this answer better than my own: Chad Poindexter from In my opinion, the “no. 1 tool for hikes” (for anyone) is … Continue reading ?

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Once you’ve been up on the Roof of Africa in the Ethiopian Highlands, you won’t want to come down Jemima Sissons: … I spent my first few days in Ethiopia exploring the capital, Addis Ababa, then caught a flight to … Continue reading...

Raffle: ENTER to WIN a FREE Kelty TrailLogic TN3 Tent

Click to Watch the Kelty TN3 Video Overview (shown above) The new Kelty TrailLogic TN3 Tent is a roomy, well-ventilated tent for 3 people that features a roll-up rain fly for campers who like to look at the stars at night. With room for 3 people, this tent is lightweight and compact enough to carry for backpacking or car […]            

Wild Horses Monument, WA

The trail leads out of the parking area and climbs steeply to the fifteen surprisingly lifelike horse sculptures. These beauties stand on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. Constructed out of welded steel plates, they are the work of Spokane … Continue reading ?

Campsite Regulations: The 200 Foot Rule

I recently met a pair of new backpackers, Bill and Elena, and they asked me my opinion about the 200 foot rule. This is a  a backcountry camping rule in many federally regulated forests. Check your local regulations for specifics because they vary accross different federal and state jurisdictions. If you hike within the White Mountain National […]            

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