Douglass Field-S Oil Lighter.
This thing lasts forever.
PCT SOBO DAY 74 — a new day.
The Sonora Pass Resupply man offers a service to hikers, for a fee, where you can order stuff from him, send him stuff and he will bring it to the Pass on a prearranged date.
Getting Your Car Ready for the Trailhead.
One topic that gets a one line mention in some guidebooks is to have your car in good working order. This cannot be stressed enough in the 4th season
Sonora Pass Resupply:
I have been an avid hiker in this and surrounding areas for over 45 years. My passion for hiking and respect for the environment have helped me to identify the need for mid-point resupply and offer this service.
An Epic Life:
Solitude — We All Need It, and Most of Us Do Not Get Enough Of It.
"With all due respect, I don't think it's a waste of time to figure out where we are, so we can figure out where we're going."
Backpacking Tips and Destinations.
Anatomy of a Backpacker
To set the scene, this four day trek is the only one to take you along the original Inca Trail, an authentic hand-built stone footpath where you walk in the footsteps of ancient Inca royalty.
A fork in the road:
What the funk?
The driver reflexively rolled down her window even before I could get my door shut. I knew what she was thinking. "This guy's a thru hiker and I bet he smells to high heaven."
Guest Post: How to Bug Proof Your Hammock by Serac Hammocks.
What about bugs?
Harms and the Man.
Beattie sent me a list of some of the stranger complaints on the list: Urban rabies. Lobster-claw hand. Complete loss of teeth, unspecified cause.
Reflections on Water:
Dams are contributing approximately 1.5% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.
Bare landscape and arid hills, which poet Mario Luzi once described as "a rough sea of washed out crete".
Stories of people who transformed their lives by picking up their feet: Cheryl Strayed / Werner Herzog / Emma Gatewood / Jules Pretty.
Mikko Lagerstedt Photography:
Capturing emotion of places through photographs.
Apparel Made from Spider Webs.
No, this is not a Halloween prank. Spider web fabric is a real thing.
The Hiking Life:
Badlands Traverse — Trip Report.
I hiked the length of Badlands National Park. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first time that such a traverse had been completed.
REI Coop Journal:
Ask an Expert: Can I Hike in Yoga Pants?
Liz recommends tights that are made for triathlons.
Living High On Life:
Creepy Moments on the Appalachian Trail, Part Two.
If my memory serves, in 5,000 miles of backcountry adventures, I've been in exactly five human interactions that have engaged my fight-or-flight response.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear:
Essential Tarp Camping.
The essence of going lighter is about the adoption of a simpler, less cluttered approach to one's time backpacking.
The Atlantic Monthly:
Flying Above Antarctica With NASA's Operation IceBridge.
Getty Images photographer Mario Tama recently spent several days accompanying NASA scientists making 12-hour research flights over West Antarctica.
Washington Trails Association:
Highlights from Washington State Trails Conference.
Transit to trails may be closer than you think.
Hiking For Her:
Hiking Gear Malfunction: Don't Ditch It, Fix It!
When gear breaks in the middle of a hike, you learn a lot — your capacity for patience and for modifying your hiking plans.
Hiking in Finland:
The Week in Review 253.
"The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have." — Reinhold Messner
How to Open a Bearvault Bear Canister.
A credit card can solve this problem.
A Death in Yellowstone.
On the trail of a killer grizzly bear.
There's something strange going on inside the US's deadliest volcano.
Despite being responsible for the deadliest eruption in US history, and the most active volcano in North America's Cascade Arc, the volcano is actually cold inside.
Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings:
OR — John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Hiking opportunities are very limited, so I'd consider this more of a series of meandering walking tours.
Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings:
Dear Friends & Family, If I become a Missing Person....
This is what I've done to hopefully be found sooner than later.
Fixing Your Feet:
Green Goo Salve for Feet.
This summer at the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City I discovered Green Goo products.
Erik the Black's Backpacking Blog:
Ultimate Gear Guide #3: Lightweight Sleeping Bags.
Here is a list of every sleeping bag I know of that weighs 3 lbs or less.
Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent Review.
When used without the inner-nest, the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent is worth a serious look.
Bogley Outdoor Community:
Standing Rock tribe protests over North Dakota pipeline.
Thousands of Native Americans have been camping out in North Dakota since April to protest against a pipeline that is meant to cross sacred burial grounds and the Missouri river — the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Opinion: Malheur Verdict Erodes Trust in Democracy.
Imagine running a business and a band of disgruntled customers barges in with guns, takes over your office, and spouts nonsense about how you have no right to exist.
The 23 Best Ed Abbey Quotes.
Ed had something to say for every occasion, if every occasion demanded independence and rabble rousing.
The Outdoor Society:
Two of the Five "High On Life" Idiots Plead Guilty in Yellowstone.
...agreed to pay over $8,000.00 in fines, restitution, community service payments paid to Yellowstone Forever, and fees.
Announcing the winners of USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.
From thousands of entries, Oregon-based Alex Noriega's photo of a misty Mount Rainier at sunrise was selected as the overall winner.
NASA Scientists Suggest We've Been Underestimating Sea Level Rise.
A new study, published this month to Geophysical Research Letters, found evidence to suggest that historical sea level records have been off — way off in some areas — by an underestimation of 5 to 28 percent.
PDN Photo of the Day:
Lake Powell Dries Up.
In Peter Goin's 1987 panorama of Forgotten Canyon, the water is at full capacity, its blue edges lapping at red rock.
Dress On the Edge: Extreme Portrait Adventures with a Parachute Dress.
As anyone who has seen our work knows, we do a lot of on-location photography, often in pretty exciting places.