S’more Good Hiking Posts – The Sweetest Reads of the Week #3

It’s time for a campfire, some good company and S’mores – S’more Good Hiking Posts, that is. Here’s a collection of some of the sweetest reads I’ve found around the web this week.

Lighten Up, Will Ya’!

Are you new to lightweight backpacking? No need to be so heavy about it. Follow these 5 tips from GoLite and save yourself some trouble on the trail. It’s a great place to start for successful, safe and smart lightweight backpacking. These folks know what they’re talking about.

The 5 ‘Please Don’ts’ of Lightweight Backpacking for Beginners – Mistakes to Avoid

So, here you are. You drank the Kool-Aid so to speak and are convinced that lightweight backpacking is the way to go. Well, congratulations because you are right! Going light on the trail takes away unnecessary aches and pains and trades them in for more enjoyment and fun. But only if you do it right. Read more…

A Choice Every Outdoor Parent Has To Face

Kids change everything! How much risk are you willing to take on your hiking adventures once you have a family? I know my willingness to risk it all decreased immediately when our first child was born. And I’m not the only parent who’s noticed this change. Check out Melissa’s experience over at Adventure Tykes.

Risk Taking As A Parent

Recently there has been a lot of discussion going around the blogosphere about adventuring and taking risks as a parent. Quite a few parents have been sharing stories about what risk takers they were pre-child and how their risk taking has toned way down or become null since they’ve become parents. Read more…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Experience is the best teacher – especially under extreme conditions. My friend, Andy, literally had all night  to think about the rainy predicament he found himself in and has some great suggestions to share with you in his post at Sierra SocialHub.

What I Learned While Not Sleeping All Night in a Rainstorm

Lying wide awake listening to the sound of rain drops pounding on my tent, I was beginning to freak out. As an experienced car camper, I wanted to make a run for the car and get out of this fierce rainstorm. Unfortunately, I was ten days into a 14-day backpacking trip and many miles from any vehicle or shelter. Read more…

The End Is In Sight

You can’t walk over 2,000 miles and not expect to have a bad day, a body ache, a strong emotion…or two. Likewise, you can’t deny the kindness, support and joy you find along the way. No one shares it with as much honesty or makes it as real – the real you can actually feel in your heart – as Kimberlie from The New Nomads. Each post, like this one, is a masterfully crafted portrait of her amazing journey on the PCT.

Mile 2155 – The Bipolar Section

Not the land.. No.. The land always just is what it is.. It’s me. I became a maniacal bipolar occupant of the land in these last 7 days. One day I’d wake up a reborn wood nymph, headed gleefully towards a bluegrass festival with fists full of black licorice and a vibrant awe in my gait. The next morning…. Read more…

What’s A Little Rain?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than walking in the woods on a rainy day. And I’m not the only one. Crystal, a member of our Google+ Thru-hiking Community, writes about her rainy day hike at Acadia National Park on her blog, A New Day Yesterday. I don’t know about you, but it kinda makes me wish I were there too.

Rainy day hiking in Acadia National Park

My original reason for coming to the East Coast was that I saw a picture of Acadia National Park one day and decided that I just had to go there. The scenery is just beautiful, and what better way to take it in than by hitting some of the park’s many hiking trails. Read more…

That’s it for this week. Thanks for visiting.

See ya’ on the trail,

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