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Inland Taipan Tips for Hiking in Snake Country Saturday, March 29th, 2014 - Whether you are walking down the trail, sleeping under the stars or taking a sneaky number two behind a not-quite-big-enough bush, snakes aren’t interested in biting hikers. That being the case, snake bites generally result from lack of awareness or … Continue reading
Pyrenees Climb Up & Down Saturday, March 1st, 2014 -  “You hike up a mountain with your heart and down a mountain with your legs.” Tweet
Timberline buffet 10 Top Places to Eat on America’s Long Distance Trails Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - Food represents the most regularly anticipated and most commonly fantasized about subject that occupies a thru hiker’s mind. Yep, even more than that other one. That being the case, it stands to reason that no matter whether you are a … Continue reading
IMG_2439 Mantra for the Inebriated Hiker Monday, February 24th, 2014 - “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.” - Dave Auerbach                                       Tweet
12 Long Walks - 2 Tips for Hiking in Tick Country Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 - Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that are generally encountered when walking through long grass or overgrown, brushy terrain. If you take the necessary precautions and are diligent in your body checks (see below), they represent more of an inconvenience than a … Continue reading
Donkey 10 Reasons Why a Donkey is the Ideal Hiking Companion Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - This morning I received a comment on The Hiking Life Facebook page about donkeys being good hiking companions. It got me thinking. This post is the product of those thoughts; ten reasons why a donkey makes for an ideal hiking … Continue reading
2010exodus1 How to Fill a Backpack in 5 Easy Steps Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - 1.  What Type of Pack?: If you are using a frameless pack, begin by inserting your sleeping mat** into your backpack (either in cylinder form or flat against the back). If you have a internal frame pack begin with Step … Continue reading
donkey-cart-1 Backpacker Magazine & Lucky Pablo Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 - The latest edition (March) of Backpacker Magazine includes tips and advice from long distance hikers Matt Kirk, Heather “Anish” Anderson and yours truly. I haven’t actually seen a copy as yet. The Mexican postal service is a little slow at the … Continue reading
Three Bears The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiking in Bear Country Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - With thru hiking season just around the corner, many first time hikers have their knickers in a twist about bears. “Should I hang my food? Do I need a canister……….if so for what sections? What about bear spray?” There are a … Continue reading
images Chafe Problems? Try Bag Balm Friday, January 31st, 2014 - In more than two decades of hiking I had never had a serious case of chafe. Indeed, I occasionally made fun of hiking buddies who moaned and groaned about tender thighs or raw behinds. With a wry grin, I would … Continue reading
img_0506 Copper Canyon Traverse (CCT) Slideshow Sunday, January 26th, 2014 - On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 24 day traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. It was an eventful journey, marked by memorable characters, amazing scenery, challenging … Continue reading
img_3779 CCT – Stage 4 – Batopilas to Cumbres de Sinforosa Sunday, January 26th, 2014 - Date:  December 6-12 ( 6 days) Start:  Batopilas Finish:  Cumbres de Sinforosa Distance: 130.5 miles (210 km) Daily Average:  21.7 miles (35 km) Total Distance:  381 miles (613 km)   The Highs and Lows of the CCT We reached the fog … Continue reading
img_3597 CCT – Stage 3 – Divisadero to Batopilas Saturday, January 18th, 2014 - Date: December 2-5 (3.5 days) Start:  Divisadero Finish:  Batopilas Distance:  65.9 miles (106 km) Daily Average: 18.8 miles (30.3 km) Total Distance: 250.4 miles (403 km) Urique High Route Leaving Divisadero, our route skirted the western rim of Urique canyon. … Continue reading
img_3362 CCT – Stage 2 – Creel to Divisadero Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 - Date:  November 27 – 30 (3.5 days) Start:  Creel Finish:  Divisadero Distance:  41.5 miles (67 km) Daily Average:  11. 8 miles (19.1 km) Total Distance:  184.5 miles (297 km) The Junkie Whilst hiking out of Creel at the beginning of … Continue reading


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