You love hiking during the day with the sun on your face, the clouds above you and a great view of nature. You are an experienced hiker and know all the equipment and preparation you need before heading out in the morning. But have you ever come close to getting stuck on the trail as […]

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Warm weather is approaching and that means it’s time to plan that big backpacking trip you’ve always talked about. First things first, decide on the trip you want to take, decide how many days you want it to last and when you want it to happen. Normally, for your first trip, it would be wise […]

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This year’s fall weather has clearly shown that it is changeable, summer like in one day and sometimes the change happens on the same day. So as you plan your hiking trip in Montana, prepare for this eventuality for a safe hike. Follow these tips on preparing for your trip: 1. Plan well for daylight […]

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You’ll need more than an awesome playlist and a tank full of gas to get you through this U.S. summit hike road trip. Our trip will take you across the continent and to the very top of some of the most iconic and fulfilling summit hikes in the nation. Each hike has its own unique […]

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The Jeep was comfortable to sleep in however the large number of people also staying at the trailhead were up all hours of the night. Car alarms were set off, people were randomly screaming, and random rowdiness. The wend blew all night long rocking me back and forth as I dozed between outbursts from the vehicles around me.

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I had taken the day off to make the long drive up to the Havasupai Falls trailhead however I needed to take care of a few things before heading off. The drive was going to be an eight or so hour drive and the folks I would be hiking with would not get there until later in the evening. I took my time getting around and headed north.

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You don’t leave for a walk in the woods without some essentials, right? You run through your mental checklist of first aid kit, raincoat, shoes, hat and sunscreen, then you’re off and running. Here are a few additional essentials that you should consider adding to your checklist.

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Two weekends ago I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Havasupai Falls. The trip was beyond words with crazy weather and great company. Follow the links below to see the photos and video from the trip. A full write up coming soon!

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Talk to anyone you know who spends lots of time in the backcountry and they’ll tell you that it’s basically impossible to develop a one-size-fits-all backpacking checklist.

Every camping trip has different conditions, and it’s essential to know what they are before you start planning your gear list.

To make sure you have everything you need for your upcoming trip — and aren’t carrying anything you don’t need — you need to understand what you’re heading into.

Here are the 10 most important factors you’ll need to be aware of when planning and packing for your next backpacking trip.

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Madera-Easter

A short video from my hike in Madera Canyon this past weekend(Easter Sunday 2016).

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A thru-hike is a hike from one point to another. You don’t backtrack; you start at point A and arrive at point B. Famous thru-hikes include the Pacific Crest, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail, among many other thru-hikes that aren’t as well known. Many people attempt these hikes, but few finish them. […]

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While most hikers and campers are stuck at home during the coldest parts of the year, or spend their time outside struggling to keep warm, visitors to Big Bend National Park are enjoying some of the best weather in the country. The challenge is getting there, since Big Bend National Park is in one of […]

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Recently I was cleaning out some boxes and found my old trail journal from my Philmont Scout Ranch 2002 Backpacking Trek. Philmont Scout Ranch its located in New Mexico and allows young men and leaders in Boy Scouts to partake in a 12 day High Adventure backpacking trip. You can learn more about Philmont over at their website which can be found here.

I wanted to not only digitize my journal but also make sure that I had a record of it kept someplace that is not a tiny little notepad. It will be interesting to see what my 19 year old self had to say during the 12 day trip.

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My first trip to Madera Canyon was a fun and enjoyable day. At the trailhead for the Super Trail is posted a plaque (pictured below) telling hikers that Boy Scout Troop 301 and Venture Crew 301 cautions you to be prepared. This was to honor the three Boy Scouts: David Greenberg (12 years old), Mike Early (16 years old), and Michael J. La Noue (13 years old), who had lost their lives on November 15, 1958.

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I had some fun writing this post for Sierra Trading Post. I always enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. In this post I go over five tips for hiking in the desert. This is only a preview of the full article and you will have to head over to the Sierra Trading Post […]

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Twenty-five miles southeast of Tucson is a great little hidden area for hiking. Madera Canyon lies nestled in the northwestern part of the Santa Rita Mountains. The Santa Rita Mountains prior to 1908 was the major feature of the Santa Rita National Forest. After 1908 the Santa Rita Mountains were combined with other smaller forest areas to create the larger Coronado National Forest. Coronado National Forest covers nearly 1.78 million acres of land Covering southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

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