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Sunscreen – Essential for a Reason

Sunscreen – Essential for a Reason

If you were like me as a kid, you never put sunscreen on.  I didn’t sit out to tan often and I never used baby oil when I did, but I rarely put on sunscreen.  My approach was to get that first burn of the season, let that peel and then just keep getting...

Trouble with Tent Poles

Trouble with Tent Poles

A few years ago, a friend and I decided we wanted to hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.  I found out the best way to get a permit for the hike was to apply for an overnight backcountry camping permit at Little Yosemite Valley.  This meant getting all...

Let’s Talk About Ticks

Let’s Talk About Ticks

Now that spring is here, I think everyone is enjoying the warmer weather.  I know I have plans for more hikes now that it’s not freezing outside.  Of course, we're not alone in enjoying the warmer weather.  Things such as birds, wildlife, pets and oh...

Pivoting Goals for the Win!

Pivoting Goals for the Win!

November is the month when we all start looking at what goal we set for ourselvesfor the 365 Mile Challenge for the year. We look at the miles we’ve gotten andcalculate what we thought we would get. Some of us start to PANIC because nowthat goal doesn’t seem likely....

Filtering Water on the Trail

Filtering Water on the Trail

When you are hiking a long hike or in the back country, what is one of the heaviest items you carry?  Water!  You can’t even pay more to get “ultralight” water like you can for most other gear.  Each liter of water you carry weighs 2.2 pounds.  I...

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