Posts Tagged ‘backpacking’

Fall is finally here!

It’s time to log some miles on the trails. Wildlife is stirring, storing for the winter. Many birds are migrating. Snow is falling in the high country and the foliage is changing.

Backpacking or hiking in the cooler temps is my favorite (next to smiling, of course).

When asked about why I love to hike, I often respond “the views.”

The physical challenge is bleh and the conquering drive to join some “14-er” club is just not in me. I like to look out and see the scope of the world I live in. I like to soak in the warm, fall sun and not get in a hurry. I like to see how small I am in comparison to the rest of God’s creation. And, if it’s going to be a butt-kicking hike, I enjoy training so that I’m not dead when I get to the lookout.

One of those places I want to enjoy before dying is the John Muir Trail or JMT. Here’s a trailer from a JMT documentary in progress, appropriately called, The Muir Project.

Speaking of great scenery. What a spectacular view in Grand Teton National Park in this shot!

Sneak peak at an ultralight backpack from Gear Junkie.

REI is always a helpful source. Here’s an infographic about scenic U.S. trails and the “10 Essentials.”

Hiking the Beautiful USA: US National Scenic Trails Map

Looking for some advice on getting started hiking or backpacking?

Try Backpacking 101: Wilderness Class with Andrew Skurka

Here’s also a good resource to consider…



Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to get in some miles before the cold weather and snow set in.

REI’s blog has a list of favorite fall hikes.

National Geographic Adventure blog outlines the quintessential Yosemite hike–the Mist Trail.

Some years ago I spent a few days hiking on a southern segment of the Appalachian Trail. I credit those few days with birthing my love for backpacking. Because prior to that, I had been burnt out on long-distance heavy-pack ruck sack marches in the Marines, and swore off backpacking as a hobby. While I have no plans to take 6-months off to thru-hike the AT, I have a great love for the protected, open spaces and hikers who do attempt a thru-hike. I found this article a nice overview of the Appalachian Trail since this year marks the 75th anniversary.

Reality show star, author and survival expert, Bear Grylls, recently went on camera to share his love of the outdoors and story of his faith in this short 700 Club video.

He says something I really like, paraphrasing here … “Adventure is more about the camaraderie and relationship bonds you make…”

Outdoor people are a breed of their own. It takes a special type of person to hear the Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park calling, “Come down here,” or Mt. Rainer saying, “Come up here,” and then do it.

Speaking of special people…disabled veterans demonstrate their mettle and mental fortitude in this pair of Elevation Outdoors posts called “Coming Home to the Wild” and “What’s Your Excuse?” I’d love to be involved in some ministry to combat veterans one day.

Outside Magazine put together this list of gear needed for your next climbing project.

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