UFOs At Our Backpacking Camps

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  We saw the most disturbing UFO at our camp in the Aravaipa Wilderness. t suddenly lit up about the size of a softball and hovered just above the rim of the canyon wall. “What’s that, Kenn?” I asked my … Read More

Crossing the Grand Canyon on the Horse Thief Trail — Backpacking Geezer’s Memories

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I was eager to hike the Grand Canyon long before I began publishing Backpacker magazine in 1973. I was completely taken by Colin Fletcher’s classic backpacking book, The Man Who Walked Through Time. It’s an account of his two-month backpacking trek from … Read More

Oh-Be-Joyful Dave Sumner – Backpacking Geezer Memories

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Maroon Bells Wilderness. One of my all-time favorite backpacking areas! I spent oh-so-many days and nights out in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with my good friend, Dave Sumner. The night air is brisk and morning sunshine sparkling! Dave was the Rocky … Read More

Hiking Alpine Mountain Passes — Backpacking Geezer’s Memories

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My most gentrified hike was nine days through the Bernese Oberland, over the passes among some of the most spectacular mountains of Switzerland. We began at Montreux, Switzerland on the shore of Lake Geneva. And ended nine days later at Mönchshutte, … Read More

Backpacking Memories — Hiking with Rangers

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Hiking With the Park, Forest and Land Management RangersBeing the founding editor and owner of Backpacker magazine, there were always rangers wanting to hike with me. Since I hold rangers in high regard, I was honored to hike with them … Read More