The Hidden Tracks: Wanderlust off the Beaten Path

Yesterday marked the US release* of my second book with Gestalten Publications, “The Hidden Tracks: Wanderlust off the Beaten Path.” In a nutshell, it’s a 272 page coffee table book that features 29 terrific hikes from around the world. Some of … Continue reading

The Three A’s

One of the things I’ve always loved about the wilderness is that everything is what it is. No masks, no motives, no hidden agendas. Mother Nature can be the hardest of taskmasters, but I’ve never found her to be disingenuous … Continue reading

Tips for Backpacking in Bear Country

Bears are the animals that everyone wants to see and doesn’t want to see. It is really just a question of timing and distance. Spot a grizzly bear on the other side of a raging river; fantastic. Walk around a … Continue reading

Triple Crown Gear List (2017)

Some four and a half years after finishing the 12 Long Walks – of which the Calendar Triple Crown constituted the last three hikes – the PCT, CDT and AT continue to be the trails I am asked about the most. … Continue reading

Is Thru-Hiking Really 90 Percent Mental?

This is one of those statements that you hear all the time in the US long distance hiking community. Indeed, it has been repeated so often in articles, online forums and books, that it is seems to be accepted as … Continue reading

Blood Mountain

On December 29, 2012, I finished the longest journey of my hiking life. A 14,342 mi (23,081 km), almost eighteen month odyssey called the 12 Long Walks. I had planned to end my trip at the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus … Continue reading

Review: Montbell U.L. Trekking Umbrella

“A reflective umbrella will keep you significantly cooler than a non-reflective model when hiking in hot conditions. That’s the long-time consensus in the backpacking community. There’s only one problem………..it’s largely a myth.“ I bought my Montbell U.L. Trekking Umbrella in … Continue reading

Colorado Trail Trip Report

I hiked the Colorado Trail (CT) during the first two weeks of September. No crowds, monsoon season practically over, the Aspens changing from green to flaming gold. A wonderful time to be outside in the Rockies. Coming in at around … Continue reading

Lightning Safety Tips for Hikers

Monsoon season is just around the corner in the southwestern United States. That means plenty of thunderstorms. However, when it comes to hiking in lightning-prone areas, most problems can be avoided by planning ahead, staying alert to changing weather conditions, … Continue reading

Continental Divide Trail | USA, 2012

Distance:  2,500 miles – 3,100 miles (5,000 km) | Depends on route choices. Avg. Time:  5 months Start / Finish: Southern Terminus: Crazy Cook Monument, NM (official), Antelope Wells and Columbus, NM (alternates). Northern Terminus: Waterton Lake, MT or Chief Mountain, … Continue reading

A Hiker’s Guide to Blister Management

To a certain degree, blisters are to hikers what carpal tunnel syndrome is to court reporters – an occupational hazard. The primary cause of these little bubbles of fun is friction. Long hours on your feet combined with ill-fitting footwear … Continue reading

A Peruvian Shepherd in Montana

The following meeting took place during my Continental Divide Trail hike of 2012: As I descended towards Morrison Lake, I was approached by a latino man on horseback. He greeted me with an enthusiastic, “Hola Amigo!” Much to his surprise, I responded in Spanish. … Continue reading

Quick & Dirty Guides to the Triple Crown

With the popularity of the Triple Crown increasing, the amount of information on the internet regarding the three long distance trails is staggering. Some of it is good; some of it not so much. That being the case, how does one separate … Continue reading

Top 10 Places to Eat on America’s Long Distance Trails

Food represents the most regularly anticipated and most commonly fantasized about subject that occupies a long distance hiker’s mind. Yep, even more than that other one. That being the case, it stands to reason that no matter whether you are … Continue reading

12 Long Walks Overview Map

July 2, 2011 to December 28, 2012……………..14,302 miles, 29 states, 4 provinces, 28 pairs of shoes…………..I originally planned on having the 12 Long Walks overview map ready in June……………2011……………timing never was my strong suit. Big thanks to Brian “Beardoh” Ristola … Continue reading

PCT Alumni Hike the White Mountains

I recently spent a fantastic few weeks in New Hampshire. In addition to the presentations for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), I had the opportunity to do some hiking with fellow Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) alumni Nancy “Why Not” Huber and … Continue reading

CDT – Days 38 to 41 – Beer Karma

DATE:  September 9 to 12 START:  Roadside ditch, not far from Rawlins FINISH:  Muddy Pass (thereabouts) DISTANCE:  169 miles (272 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  42.3 miles (68.1 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1414 miles (2275.1 km) The Beer Gods are Smiling: Maybe it’s … Continue reading

CDT – Days 33 to 37 – From the Penthouse to the Outhouse

DATE:  September 4 to 8  START:  Scenic spot, just south of Lester Pass FINISH:  Roadside ditch, not far from Rawlins DISTANCE:  203 miles (326.6 km) DAILY AVERAGE:  40.6 miles (65.3 km) TOTAL DISTANCE:  1245 miles (2003.2 km) Cirque of the … Continue reading