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Black Mountains XXIV, the Buncombe Horse trail and the 5 planet alignment. 6/22

Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. Back in May I had planned on going up to Mt. Rogers, VA, to watch the total eclipse of the Moon but the weather was not going to cooperate so I stayed … Continue reading

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Tips on flying long distance to backpack in the US

I frequently see in online forums people asking questions about flying with backpacking equipment to distant hiking places.  Having done so over two dozen times I thought I would condense all of the tips I have learned over the years … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XVIII, Sue Peaks and the Dead Horse Ridge run, the last hard walk (maybe), 12/21

Dec. 8-13, 2021 50 miles with pack, a few more without A second trip to the park in one year?  I have actually done it twice before in 1973 and 2017, so not unheard of but I am trying to … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XVII the Rainy season in the Chisos, 8/21

Texas Summer Road Trip- Big Bend, BBQ and Bourbon August 6th-18th, 2021 Big Bend portion the 10th-16th. I have always wanted to see Big Bend in the rainy season, see it green and without lots of people.  August is the … Continue reading

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Wilson Creek area (Harper creeks and the Lost Coves), 10/20

Oct. 21 & 22, 2020 21 miles Bob and I badly needed to get out after long backpacking hiatuses due to the coronavirus.  8 months for Bob and 10 for me except I did slip out for a few nights … Continue reading

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Walking into the 6th decade

50 years ago today, July 31st 1970, was my first backpacking trip, I was 13.  I was enthralled with the idea of camping and going deeper and farther into the woods than car camping and day hikes allowed.  We had … Continue reading

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My Home Walking Trail

This winter I established a walking trail around the farm for my daily walks because I don’t like walking on the road so much.  I not only walk it for regular exercise but will also carry a pack when getting … Continue reading

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Congaree National Park, SC 12/19

December 4-6, 2019 About 28 miles The time we got lost or as Daniel Boone said “I have never been lost but I was bewildered once for three days” We were planning to go to Virginia but the forecast was … Continue reading

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Wind River Range (Scab Creek Trailhead), WY, 8/19

Middle Fork basin, Bonneville basin, the Great Sheep desert August 22nd-27th, 2019 ~46 miles For my first trip in semi-retirement I decided to go big and bold.  I hadn’t had a real summer backpacking trip in 40 years that wasn’t … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XVI, Tule Mtn. and Alamo Creek, 1/20

Tuff Canyon to Tule Mountain and explorations of upper Alamo Creek Dec. 31st, 2019-Jan. 5th, 2020 42 miles with pack, maybe 4 more without Here is my equipment list My sixteenth trip to Big Bend and the first of the … Continue reading

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