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An Early Morning at the Lake

This post is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own. I may have mentioned this before,… The post An Early Morning at the Lake appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

Caterpocalypse New Jersey

I pushed a long rocky day out of Pennsylvania to meet my best friend Sean in Delaware Water Gap, a town on the border with New Jersey. We camped that night and caught up over campfire quesadillas, guacamole, beers, and cigars, courtesy of Sean’s preparedness. It was a great evening. He joined me for......

Possum and Ukelady Continue To Own Virginia

Day 104: July 9th – 1.7 miles We woke up in the most comfortable bed, showered, and ate a cereal breakfast. Grace’s cousin, Bob, was leaving around 8 AM for work so he drove us back to the James River crossing. During the ride Kallena and I played a card game about bluffing that neither......

The Heaviest Pack on the Appalachian Trail? A Tribute to Uhaul

So, who is Uhaul? Whenever I talk or write about pack weight, I can’t help but think about Uhaul, a 2011 AT hiker. He was one of those hikers you hear about along the trail before you meet them in person. Some hikers attract trail notoriety for excessive pack weight. I wonder if Uhaul may......

How to Score Cheap and Discounted Food for Your Thru-Hike

Discount grocery stores stock their shelves with colorful packages of processed goods ranging from fruit snacks, protein bars, cookies, crackers, pop tarts, whole fat dried milk, cereal, chips, candy, tuna packets, trail mix, mashed potatoes, noodles in pouches. Any of that sound familiar? And all of that priced at roughly half off what you would pay at the grocery store....

DIY Bouldering wall – Part 2 – Done!

After many months of outdoor adventure we took an opportunity to finish off this indoor adventure project. We started our bouldering wall a while ago, but this weekend was a weekend in (due to rain) and we made a lot of progress.   The kits came with a tool to attach the holds, as well...

Gear Review: Osprey Talon 18/Tempest 16 Daypack

Daypack Osprey Talon 18/Tempest 16 $90, 1 lb. 5 oz. (S/M Talon 18) Men’s Talon 18 sizes: S/M 16L/976 c.i., fits torsos 41-51cm/16-20 ins. M/L 18L/1,098 c.i., fits torsos 48-58.5cm/19-23 ins. Women’s Tempest 16 sizes: XS/S 14L/854 c.i., fits torsos 33-43cm/13-17 … Continue reading ?

Hammocks: Continuous Ridgelines or Not?

Many hammock hangers choose a continuous ridgeline for suspending their tarps between two trees. I used this technique after buying a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock and Superfly tarp from a friend who’d set up his tarp suspension system...Show More Summary

Why I Left the Jetboil at Home

I had visions of eating super healthy during my trek. I scoured the net looking for calorie dense backpacking meals that were specifically made for “cold cooking”, or would at least not take hours to hydrate via soaking in my empty powdered Gatorade container....

Absurd Pack Weight: A Tribute to Uhaul

Whenever I talk or write about pack weight, I can’t help but think about Uhaul, a 2011 AT hiker. He was one of those hikers you hear about along the trail before you meet them in person. Some hikers attract trail notoriety for excessive pack weight. I wonder if Uhaul may have set a record......

Everyone Loves a Discount

Discount grocery stores stock their shelves with colorful packages of processed goods ranging from fruit snacks, protein bars, cookies, crackers, pop tarts, whole fat dried milk, cereal, chips, candy, tuna packets, trail mix, mashed potatoes, noodles in pouches. Any of that sound familiar? And all of that priced at roughly half off what you would pay at the grocery store....

Getting Over the Hump: Peekskill, NY to North Adams, MA

I had a hard time getting through Connecticut and Massachusetts. Connecticut seems to be the place where a lot of people hit a wall, and I unexpectedly hit that wall. It rained about 2-6 days a week for weeks on end, and the trail was filled with many "PUDs" - Pointless Ups and Downs (basically, big climbs with no view at the top). Show More Summary

Bribery: It Can Work in Cambodia

A few years back, I began sharing stories from my various travels around the globe. It began as a… The post Bribery: It Can Work in Cambodia appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

5 Tricks For Getting Tired Kids Through a Hike

By Michael Lanza After hiking 1,000 vertical feet uphill on the dusty Upper Yosemite Falls Trail in Yosemite Valley, baking under a thermonuclear Sierra sun, we sat on rocks for a snack and a much-needed break. My seven-year-old daughter, unprompted, … Continue reading ?

Great Hikes: Speckled Mountain and the Blueberry Ridge Trail

Speckled Mountain (2906?) is the site of an old firetower in Evans Notch, just inside the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest. Hiked together with the above-treeline Blueberry Ridge Trail, they provide...Show More Summary

Venturing into New England (1683 Miles)

Greetings from Rutland, Vermont! After six days in the woods I’ve temporarily escaped the green tunnel for some rest at a hostel in Vermont. The trail scenery has greatly improved in New England and the countdown to Maine has begun. Instead of looking at the miles hiked so far, the focus is now on how......

Because Things and Stuff!

Why this girl is leaving the homeland to take on the AT next spring!...

Chunk Hiking is the Best

Author thru-hiking the CDT in 2011 Why not Thru-hiking? I’ve thru-hiked the ‘big three’ — Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.  I like thru-hiking.  I like it a lot! But there are downsides to it too, not least of which is just making available a several month continuous span of...

Gear Review – Outdoor Research Helium II Women’s  

Disclosure: The following product was donated for the purpose of review.  This article might sound more like an ode to the Helium II than a review, but for good reason. I really put this jacket to the test: I hiked during a downpour in Colorado, as the weather transitioned from hot and dry to cold......

How to Be a Diva Hiker (Gear Review: The Diva Cup)

Hiking long distance is hard; hiking long distance while on your period is brutal. I have long felt that menstruation is the ultimate ill-humored joke of the universe. As a woman who has never wanted children and has long been obsessed with the outdoors, my period is nothing but a dreaded difficulty (though admittedly sometimes a......

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