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Big Bend N.P. XIII (Arroyo Venado loop), 2/17

The Arroyo Venado Loop to Gregorio Marufo’s Vega and Beyond, the Final Frontier Feb. 6th-10th, 2017 60 miles walked, 48.5 with pack, 11.5 without Like most of these trips this one has been rumbling around in my head for some years … Continue reading

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Big Bend N.P. XII (Southwest Sierra Quemada Ramble), 1/16

Dec. 30th-Jan.3rd, 2016 51 miles walked, 43 with pack, 8 as a day hike A southwestern Sierra Quemada ramble, what does that mean?  How much area do the “burned mountains” actually cover?  Most of us just refer to everything below … Continue reading

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Grand Gulch III, Kane to Collins 11/15

Nov. 9th-15th, 2015 42 miles with pack, lots of scrambling without Grand Gulch, the place has held a special place in my memory bank since the last time I walked through it 38 years ago.  In the late 70’s relatively … Continue reading

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Black Mountains XVII (the Great loop), 5/15

May 24-26, 2015 ~30 miles I have never gone backpacking in May, ever.  But Bob was turning a significant number on the birthday odometer and I suggested we should go walking to mark the event.  He said OK but he … Continue reading

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AT/Torry Ridge loop, (Maupin Field to Humpback Rocks) 1/15

Jan. 1-3, 2015 32 miles To break in 2015 Bob and I wanted to try a new area.  We had both, separately, tried to figure out a loop that included the AT with the famous Humpback Rocks and Torry Ridge and … Continue reading

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Down the Heart of Death Valley

Hottest (not this time of year), Driest (not this trip), Lowest (check that) Dec. 3rd-9th, 2014 88 miles walked, 79 with pack, 9 without “Death Valley!  Why?” was the standard reply when I told people that was where my next … Continue reading

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The Search for the Perfect Pack

For me, especially for the desert and the occasional heavier loads This piece is as much about the decision making process, what I wanted in a pack, as to which pack I ended up with.  It took nearly a year … Continue reading

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