Sleep In The Dirt

How To Pack For Backpacking

Essays From the Field

The time has come to pack your backpack, hit the trail, and sleep in the dirt. Backpacking is an adventure combining hiking with backcountry camping, so be ready for a deep thigh burn and dirt under your fingernails. Living out of a backpack combined with the lack of conveniences makes

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The Lasting Friendships of Thru-Hiking

Essays From the Field

My first thru-hiking experience was the Appalachian Trail in 2011. I was 24, and high on fumes for the first three weeks, consumed by my learning experience. What was this life of shelters and trailside banter? People spoke lingo, calling each other NOBOs (north bound hikers) and discussing plans for

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Climbing in The Grand Canyon

Essays From the Field

30 miles, one sketchy summit, and the joy of a shared meal while climbing in the Grand Canyon.  

As we started down the half icy, half muddy trail that led to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I knew it would be a trip to remember. We’d missed our sunrise

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