The 2002 Crew ready to head to Philmont!

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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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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“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber. Have any of your adventures lately ended up with a different destination? Share your stories by tagging your photos with #hikingthetrail.

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If you never leave your home or neighborhood think of all the things you could be missing! Where did your adventures take you this past week? A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their photos. Keep tagging them with #hikingthetrail to be featured! “The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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The dreaded day three was here. Everything was literally down hill from Hibbs Cow Camp. The distance from our camp to the river was somewhere between six and a half to seven miles. It is hard to know the exact mileage due to the the shifting of the trail. The trail is poorly maintained by the local agencies but the crew of Americas Rafting Company put in a ton of work and did an amazing job keeping the trails passable.

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I finished section hiking the Appalachian Trail last summer after only 14 short years! With all of the hype about the upcoming movie A Walk in the Woods, I’ve been inspired to write about some of my AT experiences. I recently shared an experience on how Bill Bryson’s book motivated me to begin my first […]

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It was another early get up. My alarm clock went off and I reluctantly rolled out of bed. I was going to spend the next 6 days sleeping on a thin sleeping mat in a tent. I truly love it but it makes you miss a comfortable bed. I finished packing and made sure I was not leaving everything behind. Tossed my bags into the rental and set my pack outside. Coffee was ordered and keys turned in.

The guides arrived and we loaded up the van. The crew jumped into the van and off we went. It was a several hour drive up into the mountains from the hotel. Most of the drive was on narrow dirt forest service type roads. We arrived at the Windy Saddle trailhead parking lot in good spirits and ready for the adventure to begin.

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Hello, followers of Hiking the Trail! My name is Bryan and I am a friend of Adam’s from the days when we both lived in Kansas City. I was asked to write a guest post to discuss my current move into the world of hiking and backpacking. Allow me to start by giving you a […]

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Welcome to another #AdventureMonday. Lots of great adventure photos and videos were shared this past week. I sure do have the wanderlust bug and I am sure all of you do as well. Where will your adventures take you this spring and summer? Keep tagging your photos and videos with #hikingthetrail.

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2015 started out with me hitting the ground running. I flew back from visiting family in Iowa and had a few days of down time before flying to Las Vegas for the SHOT Show. The Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show is the worlds largest gun, knife, and outdoor sport accessory trade show on the […]

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In part one we discussed how to measure yourself or a friend to help choosing a properly sized pack. The next step in making sure the pack fits is to fill the pack with weight and adjust the straps. Packing the backpack! When packing a backpack especially for long hikes you will want to make […]

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Having a backpack that does not fit properly can potentially make any backpacking trip painful and not very fun. Today we are going to take a look at how to measure your torso and your waist to ensure a proper fit. All major retail stores and outfitters who specifically cater to outdoor sport like hiking […]

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While looking for something on Amazon.com  I saw a recommended instant video.  It happened to be Flip Flop Flippin. A documentary I had been wanting to find. I took at look and ended up renting it.  From there I ended up going down this rabbit hole of videos and shows I could rent very cheaply. […]

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Even if we don’t get to climb and we just hike, I don’t care, I’m happy as long as we’re in the mountains. That’s what my friend told me a few days before we left for our first outdoor climbing trip. We were heading to the mountains of North Carolina with no knowledge of the […]

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The Offpiste Ultra Pack is a new twist on old technologies. Backpacks have been around for years and have come a long way, but the Offpiste takes the backpack to a whole new level. This pack is extremely comfortable and easy to use. The coolest part of the pack is its ability to be adapted […]

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Hiking in Romania’s mountains offers a powerful experience, which can only be compared to what adventurers felt, while exploring areas where people haven’t, or rarely set foot before. The untamed wilderness is harsh, beautiful and mesmerizing, demanding and rewarding at the same time, giving you the opportunity to reconnect with nature at the most basic […]

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  Hiking is a learned skill. Sure it is simply walking but we can always improve our techniques to allow for faster hiking speeds. Here is a list to help you begin increasing your hiking speeds. 1. Invest in your footwear. Finding the right shoes and socks are key in helping you increase your speeds. […]

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