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Tales From The Trail & Other Stories

Love & Trail Magic in Glacier National Park

Love & Trail Magic in Glacier National Park

6 min read

That young man had some big brass you know whats! He had a plan to propose at a certain spot and he followed it through to the end regardless of forgetting his hiking boots. I couldn't thank them enough and even told several campers what had happened. The entire hike had taken me over 12 hours. I was wiped out to the point I didn't even make it to Lake Elizabeth. 
The What If's

The What If's

4 min read

I’ve made the choice to dedicate my life to my passion, and that doesn’t come without sacrifice. There are more days than not that not having a wife, a family or an established career can eat away at me. I experience a lot of loneliness because of my choices. I’m 45 years old, and there are days I wonder if I’ll ever have a different response to the questions people ask me. Sitting on a mountain top, tent flap open, sun going down, a majestic aura all around me fills me with inconceivable joy, but it also has its moments of aching solitude. 

It's OK To Be Bad At Stuff

It's OK To Be Bad At Stuff

4 min read

Actually, I had lost sight of what brought me up to the woods in the first place: the friends, the solitude, the enjoyment of skiing through a quiet forest in winter. Which I was totally missing out on because I couldn’t let go of my expectations. I couldn’t slow down, take my time, focus on each downhill slope, and lean into the occasional crash.

We Should All Be Spending Time Outside

We Should All Be Spending Time Outside

3 min read

Hiking is an easy way to appreciate nature and offer your mind time to reflect, space to appreciate, and you get to experience the warmth of the sun touching your face. You can hear the whistling sound of the wind rushing through the trees and you get attuned to the earth with every step.
How Dare You Accomplish Something

How Dare You Accomplish Something

3 min read

Three months ago, I climbed the Grand Teton as the culmination of my summer job leading outdoor trips for students. The certificate for that feat, signed by our three guides, is currently pinned to my refrigerator. Because I’m proud of it, goddammit. I did a thing!
How to Choose the Right Trekking Poles for Your Hiking Style

How to Choose the Right Trekking Poles for Your Hiking Style

4 min read

The best trekking pole does not come from the expensive brands, but from the brands that combine all the essential elements of a useful, functional and reliable trekking pole. Experienced trekkers and climbers understand that functionality, safety, and comfort come together in finding a reliable trekking pole.

Yes, Hiking Poles Really Do Make a Difference!

Yes, Hiking Poles Really Do Make a Difference!

3 min read

Knowing this, I invested in my first ever set of sticks – the Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles – after reading faaaar too many reviews online. I gave them a test run the week before on day hikes to Laguna Esmeralda, Laguna Turquesa, Vinciguerra Glacier and the Valle de Olum near Ushuaia, and was surprised at what a difference they made!
Mount Katahdin, the end of the Appalachian Trail.

The Beauty of Perseverance: Tragedy and Tribulations on the Appalachian Trail

4 min read

 I know I’ll never forget the beauty of a sunset over an ocean of mountains or all of the nights under the stars and the peace of waking up in nature, where I belong. I won’t forget the taste of a cold spring or the sweet smells of a lush, green forest.
6 Tips For Hiking After Dark

6 Tips For Hiking After Dark

3 min read

It is important that you remain fully aware of your surroundings when hiking in the dark. You must be extra cautious of any downed tree limbs, uneven roots, or jagged rocks along the trail. This, too, might come along with having to move a bit slower than you normally would on a normal day hike. Slow down and be mindful of your surroundings. If you encounter any wildlife, be wary and show respect. When hiking in the woods at anytime of the day, including night, be sure that you are aware of what to do in this type of situation...