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Burro Packing: Epic failure becomes legend
I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, so I thought I'd discuss one of my more memorable hiking trips as a youth.  This isn't really in line with the same type of backpacking trips that I'd be interested in planning and taking today, but I've always thought it ...
I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, so I thought I'd discuss one of my more memorable hiking trips as a youth.  This isn't really in line with the same type of backpacking trips that I'd be interested in planning and taking to...
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Isle Royale traverse
A friend of mine here locally, who knows that I'm an avid outdoorsman and hiker, and considers himself someone who's also very interested in picking up the hobby while he still has boys at home who are both old enough to successfully do it and young enough ...
A friend of mine here locally, who knows that I'm an avid outdoorsman and hiker, and considers himself someone who's also very interested in picking up the hobby while he still has boys at home who are both old enough to succ...
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Gear still to pick up (about $200 worth)
Here's the gear on my list that I'm still missing. A tarp (Outdoor Products All Purpose Tarp at REI) $8 River shoes -- I could use some existing ones, but I'd really like closed toe river sandals, and I don't see any benefit in pricey Keen or Merrell ones v...
Here's the gear on my list that I'm still missing. A tarp (Outdoor Products All Purpose Tarp at REI) $8 River shoes -- I could use some existing ones, but I'd really like closed toe river sandals, and I don't see any benefit...
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It's decided: High Uintas
Well, I've decided on potential summertime trips--to be taken in very late June, straddling the first week of July, most likely.  Although there's a chance up to two of my sons might be involved, and a very slight chance that some friend or one of my brothe...
Well, I've decided on potential summertime trips--to be taken in very late June, straddling the first week of July, most likely.  Although there's a chance up to two of my sons might be involved, and a very slight chance that...
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This summer's backpacking trip...
My plans for the year continue to be in a bit of flux.  I have a fair bit of my vacation already "spoken for," including a cruise with the family.  I might go on a nearly two-week spread of day-hikes in the West with my family, if things work out.  If not, ...
My plans for the year continue to be in a bit of flux.  I have a fair bit of my vacation already "spoken for," including a cruise with the family.  I might go on a nearly two-week spread of day-hikes in the West with my famil...
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Hiking pants, redux
I recently bought two pairs of "hiking pants."  Specifically, they are Cabela's brand "Lookout Peak Trail Pants."  They normally retail for $55 (about par for the course for hiking pants) but I kept my eyes open for a decent sale and bought they just under ...
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Grumble.  Hiking season is still a couple of months away for me. 
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Summer mountain trip
Well, a little later than I'd like, I finally pushed the button and ordered the Trails Illustrated maps that I want.  I got Wasatch Front North and High Uintas; both of them highlighting wilderness areas in the mountains of northern Utah.  The High Uintas W...
Well, a little later than I'd like, I finally pushed the button and ordered the Trails Illustrated maps that I want.  I got Wasatch Front North and High Uintas; both of them highlighting wilderness areas in the mountains of n...
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Gear weight
http://www.backpacker.com/december_07_gear_the_skills_ultralight_or_bust/gear/11065 Nice article.  I've said before and I'll go ahead and say again (and will probably do so many times yet), I'm not a fetishist of ultralight backpacking.  Then again, anythin...
http://www.backpacker.com/december_07_gear_the_skills_ultralight_or_bust/gear/11065 Nice article.  I've said before and I'll go ahead and say again (and will probably do so many times yet), I'm not a fetishist of ultralight b...
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Hiking in trail runners
In addition to all that I talked about in my last post, I'm going to be doing a bit of an experiment.  I found some $70 Trail Runner type shoes on sale for less than $30, and I snatched them up to use as everyday tennis shoes type shoes that I'd wear on wee...
In addition to all that I talked about in my last post, I'm going to be doing a bit of an experiment.  I found some $70 Trail Runner type shoes on sale for less than $30, and I snatched them up to use as everyday tennis shoes...
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Cabela's XPG line
I really like Cabela's, and for a variety of reasons, I'd rather shop there for my outdoor stuff than REI, or Dicks, or some other Joe Blow sporting goods store.  However, Cabela's is very focused on hunting and fishing, and where I'm looking for technical ...
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Hiking abroad
I've said before, and I'll reiterate now--I love the American landscapes.  Especially the American West.  I can get all the hiking I'll ever need in the Rockies, the Sierras, the Cascades, the Great Basin, the Appalachians, etc.  Heck, I can probably get al...
I've said before, and I'll reiterate now--I love the American landscapes.  Especially the American West.  I can get all the hiking I'll ever need in the Rockies, the Sierras, the Cascades, the Great Basin, the Appalachians, e...
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Samyassa
One of the more curious powers that wanders, unknown to most, the wild places of the Land of Three Empires is Samyassa, the Fallen Angel.  It is unknown exactly what his story is, and he tells very little of it to the few he will speak with.  But what littl...
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