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Water Caches, Trail Magic and Trash on the PCT

Water Cache at the Third Gate - just north of the cache at Scissors Crossing.

For most hikers, the Pacific Crest Trail begins in a blazing desert without encountering a sure water source for just over twenty miles. The trend continues – for the first 700 miles there is little shade, temperatures often reach over 100 degrees …

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Backpacking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

Plateau Point

The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest places to hike in all of the world. One of the classic treks in this unforgettable landscape is a hike from the North Rim of the canyon descending to the Colorado and hiking out …

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Hiking the Speckled Mountain and Haystack Notch Loop

Old firetower foundations on Speckled Mountain in Evans Notch

This hike started out as a one night backpacking trip climbing up Speckled Mountain and into the heart of the eastern White Mountains in Maine, down the Red Rock Trail, and looping back through Miles Notch and Haystack Notch, a distance of over …

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5 Essential Winter Survival Skills

Avalanche Danger

Winter is when the training wheels come off for hikers, climbers, and backcountry skiers. When all of the planning and preparation you did before your trip won’t help you get out of the jam you’re in. When your buddy hits his head on …

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