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,

S’more Good Hiking Posts – The Sweetest Reads of the Week #2

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.

One Foot, Two Foot, Wet Foot, Dry Foot

Whether you step in a stream or get caught in the rain, if you’re going to hike, you’re going to get wet boots. Sometimes it can’t be helped. And wet boots aren’t comfy. But how do you safely dry your boots? Greg Christensen over at Seattle Backpackers Magazine shares this ingenious boot-drying method.

Inuit Boot Drying Trick

“My friends and I had been on the trail three days when the rain hit. It started as drizzly rain, then changed to a fat-drop rain, then to a misty rain and then to a sprinkling on- and-off rain. We’d been hiking in an open valley, and by the time we reached the relative shelter of a distant pine forest, we were….” Read more…

Thanks! But I Think I’ll Walk

Looking for adventure in the Himalayas? Here’s one trip where the flight in and out may prove to be more adventurous than your hike. From his blog, Words From Swaziland, Steve shares his personal experience with the Lukla Airport in a humorous – and slightly anxious – fashion. I was certainly on the edge of my seat and I wasn’t even on the plane.

Flights of Fancy

“Aside from the lady who was throwing rice over her shoulder as an offering to whichever Hindu deity deals with flying, the passenger complement comprised nervous trekkers, one cheerful chap and one morose chap from the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority, a Buddhist Monk and a Flight Attendant. I know that the Flight Attendant is obligatory and have a sneaking suspicion that the Monk is also on the airline’s payroll….” Read more…

A Family That Hikes Together…

One of my favorite things is to see families hiking together – or rather, families who enjoy hiking together. Jeff, from The Path Less Beaten, is gracious enough to share his family’s love for hiking with insight, wit and a whole lotta great pics. Thanks, Jeff, for another great trip.

Backpacking To Kinney Lakes

“We originally started off the year with the goal to hike the entire Tahoe Rim Trail before year’s end. We started off with good intentions, hiking from Big Meadow to Echo Summit. As the summer progressed though, we started to realize some of the challenges that the trail posed.” Read more…

A Stroll Through The English Countryside

Ok! I’ll be honest. Until recently, England was not the first place I thought of for adventure hiking. No offense to my British friends, but I’ve never been to the UK. My primary experience of England comes from watching British TV shows, like Inspector Lewis, Luther and Sherlock which only deal with the British countryside when someone’s been murdered. So, you can see it’s not my fault. But that’s all behind me now. I’ve repented. And I owe it all to Martin from Adventures Close To Home. Here’s another one of his great posts that makes me want to hike through the English countryside.

Hit the North! – Stage 8 : Melton Mowbray to Grantham via the Grantham Canal (with thrilling wild camp!)

“After some time faffing about in the suburbs I found Melton country park from where I could join the Jubilee Way which in turn would eventually lead me to the village of Stathern.  My wild camp for the night was to be just beyond Stathern in the woods of the Vale of Belvoir.” Read more…

How Far Would You Go?

Whoa! That’s some serious desire. But I’m not surprised by David’s plans. Hardcore hikers will do just about anything to go on a special trail, especially if there is a lottery for spots. We wish you well, David! Looking forward to your follow up report on An Epic Adventure.

Why Go On This Hike?

“The Enchantments is a place I’ve dreamed of going ever since I first heard about it back on Monday. It’s known as the hike in Washington; as in the best. Permits are next to impossible to get and are…” Read more…

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

See ya’ on the trail,

S’more Good Hiking Posts – The Sweetest Reads of the Week #1

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.

You’re So Cheesy!

Anyone else crave cheese when you’re out on the trail? If you’re going for a day hike, it’s generally not a problem. BUT what about long hikes and backpacking trips? What’s the best cheese to take with you? Melissa over at Chasqui Mom has some ideas for you.

The Toughest Backpacking Cheese
“I’m a burger and fries kind of girl.  I crave healthy fats and bad fats but after hiking for long periods of time or in particular backpacking trips, I want meats and cheese at the end of the day.  I’ve managed to address my meat craving with Trader Joe’s Chianti Red Wine Artisan Salami, which is absolutely delicious alone or in a dish.” Read more…

Déjà vu…Well, Sort Of

I came across this next sweet read by Steven Berei from Lake Tahoe All Access. It didn’t take me long to recognize this place and remember how much I loved this spot. It’s fun seeing someone else’s experience of one of your favorite places in the world.

It’s a very short hike with spectacular views!
“If you live in or have been to Tahoe, you may have called this one.  Yup, it’s Cave Rock!  Cave Rock was created over 3 million years ago, and is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe.  You can see the rock structure from almost any point on the lake.  It’s still considered sacred to…” Read more…


You never know where – or when – that “ah ha” light bulb is going to turn on. Dave from WildernessDave.com got an epiphany that challenged his idea of adventure from, of all places, a bored hipster. Who knew, right?

Bored Hipster Seeks…Adventure!
“It’s interesting the conversations you overhear, out of context, that resonate with you.  It happened for me at camp this weekend in Grand Canyon at the Desert View Campground.” Read more…

Manhandling Those Meddlesome Mossies

Mosquitoes taking a bite out of your outdoor adventures? Don’t lose another drop of blood. Andrew  Skurka’s got you covered…literally.

My clothing system for backpacking in peak mosquito season
“Were it not for some scheduling constraints, I would have preferred to schedule these trips at another time of year since they coincided precisely with the region’s peak bug season, which historically happens around the summer solstice, June 21.” Read more…

“Staggeringly Beautiful Landscape”

Well, after seeing the video that accompanies this article from Lets Be Wild, I’d say that’s an understatement. You owe it to yourself to check out this amazing story about the adventures of a couple of talented film-makers.

64 Days of Learning
“For 64 days, film-maker Sim Warren and Mia Xerri headed to North America for two months of exploration in Canada and America’s best loved and most beautiful national parks, blogging about their trip as they went.” Read more…

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

See ya’ on the trail,