Badlands Traverse – Trip Report

The Badlands of South Dakota is one of the jewels in America’s National Park System. It combines a fauna-abundant prairie land with a moonscape of other-worldly rock formations, to form one of the country’s most unique natural environments. Last month I hiked the … Continue reading

Five Tips for a Successful Tarp Pitch

Theoretically speaking, tents are easier to set up than tarps. Same deal every time; give or take an extra guyline or two. Tarps on the other hand require a little more thought and creativity. Options are many and your choice … Continue reading

Preview – A Traverse of Badlands National Park

The Badlands of South Dakota. An ethereal maze of buttes, pinnacles, spires and cliffs. Sculpted by the elements over thousands of years, this fossil-rich region combines otherworldly rock formations with a fauna-abundant prairie land to form one of North America’s … Continue reading

Sangre de Cristo Traverse

On the afternoon of September 5, I completed an eight day traverse of Colorado’s Sangre De Cristo (i.e. “Blood of Christ”) mountains. My route began in the town of Salida and finished at the informal trailhead for Blanca Peak, just off … Continue reading

10 Greatest Walking Songs of All Time

Long day in the office……….mind beginning to wander …………..thinking about an upcoming hiking trip I have planned. The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)”, is on in the background ………….still love that song after all these years …… hmmm……what other songs … Continue reading

Minimizing Food and Water Weight

For lightweight backpackers, the combined weight of food & water will regularly exceed that of all the gear they are carrying. For example, five days food equates to approximately 10 lbs. Half a gallon of water is roughly 4 lbs. … Continue reading

Southeastern Serpentine Trail

The Southeastern Serpentine Trail (SST) is an almost 600 mile route through the southern Appalachian mountains. It passes through four states and consists of a combination of the Foothills, Bartram and Benton Mackaye trails, along with the Smokies section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). … Continue reading

The Secret to Hiking Longevity

Last week I shared a photo on social media of three friends of mine on the Sierra High Route. What I didn’t mention is that two of the ladies pictured, namely Christy “Rockin” Rosander and Nancy “Why Not” Huber, are … Continue reading