Sleeping Bags Vs Quilts

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know.” – Ernest Hemingway Perhaps the most beloved item in a backpacker’s kit. After a long day on the trail, there aren’t too many things … Continue reading

Gear Review: Tarptent ProTrail

A few months ago I posted about a prototype tent that I was taking to the Peruvian Andes. The “ProTrail” is a one person, single wall silnylon shelter. It represents the latest offering from Henry Shires and the folks at Tarptent. … Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Trail

Distance : 1200 miles (1931 km) approx. Avg.Time:  65 days Start: Cape Alava, WA. Finish: Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park, MT. Maps & Guidebooks: As of May, 2017 the primary resources used by most PNT hikers are as follows: Online … Continue reading

Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

In September, 1996, three friends and I were all set to hike Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash circuit. Supplies and maps had been bought, transport to the trailhead arranged. The night before we were due to leave Huaraz (the regional capital), news … Continue reading

Ouachita Trail

The Ouachita National Scenic Trail is a 223 mile pathway that winds its way through the Ouachita (pronounced wa-she-ta) mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Relatively little-known outside of the US long distance hiking community, it is a non-motorized single track … Continue reading

PNT – Stage 6 – Bonners Ferry to Waterton Lake

Distance:  225 miles (362 km) Time:  8.5 days  (8/8/11 – 8/16/11) Avg. Miles per day:  26.5 miles (42.6 km) Total Miles:  1184 miles (1905.1 km) Highlights: Polebridge Mercantile:  My second favourite trail bakery in the USA after the undisputed champion, Stehekin, WA. … Continue reading

PNT – Stage 5 – Northport to Bonners Ferry

Distance:  149 miles (239.7 km) Time:  6 days  (8/2/11 – 8/7/11)……..includes rest day in Northport. Avg. Miles per day:  24.8 miles (40 km) Total Miles:  959 miles (1543 km) Highlights: Metaline Falls, WA:  Population 238. Possibly my favourite town on the PNT. Stayed … Continue reading