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Tenkara Instructor and Fishing Guide, Ken Elmer, fly fishing on the Swift River

Tenkara Fly-Fishing and Hiking in the White Mountains

I like learning new skills and Tenkara Fly Fishing is my latest new foray. This is a minimalist, ultralight form of fly fishing using a telescoping 11-12′ carbon fiber rod (weighing 2-3 ounces), a line, fly, and net, making it ideally suited to fishing on day hikes and backpacking trips where you don’t want to […]

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Canister on Little Wildcat

AMC Map and Compass Course

Joe Comuzzi and I taught the AMC’s Map and Compass Course again last weekend at Harvard Cabin in Pinkham Notch, a 2-day class which combines a morning of instruction with two hikes to practice off-trail compass and navigation skills. The instruction includes some lecture time and individual and group problem solving, before we head outside and […]

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Learning How to Navigate with a Compass

Advanced Notice: Map and Compass Instructional Weekend

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use a compass for off-trail navigation, I’ll be co-teaching an Appalachian Mountain Club Compass Navigation course on Friday September, 25, 2014 – Sunday, September 28, 2014, with Grid-finisher Joe Comuzzi, who’s been teaching this class for some 30 years, and taught me. The class will be held […]

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Andrew Skurka teaches compass navigation and map reading basics

Backpacking in the White Mountains with Andrew Skurka

If you want to learn how to backpack but want to pick up the skills required quickly without spending a few years doing it, taking a Backpacking Fundamentals Class with Andrew Skurka is the way to go. This is a hands-on course that Andrew teaches in multiple locations each year across the United States. I […]

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Autumn in the White Mountains

Andrew Skurka’s White Mountains Backpacking Fundamentals Trip, 2013

Last weekend, I participated in another fantastic three-day backpacking fundamentals trip with hiker extraordinaire Andrew Skurka and nine students. This year, we hiked in the remote and little used Stinson-Carr-Kineo region of the White Mountains which proved to be absolutely delightful in crisp, late autumn weather. Southeast of Mount Moosilauke, the terrain here is varied with […]

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