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

Geezer Tortoise-Hike Today

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There are days! Feeling so sluggish I didn’t want to get up. It’s Saturday, so why bother trying? Sure don’t feel like hiking.  Don’t even feel like getting second cup of coffee. I’m retired, so what difference will it make … Read More

Hiking With My Dallas Buddies

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I can’t believe they’d drive all the way from Dallas — for just two days of hiking. But they do love to hike! They wanted to see the new smokejumpers bridge in the Santa Barbara canyon. So, of course.   … Read More

How I Hike Alone When the Trails Are So Crowded

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It was difficult squeezing into the El Nogal parking lot this October Holiday Sunday. How then to get away from the crowd? Not difficult really. I hiked a couple of miles and saw only six people, most of them near … Read More

Smokejumpers Build New Hikers’ Bridge to Pecos High Country

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  Hikers can now cross the West Fork of the Santa Barbara River with dry feet because brain surgeon Jim Schmidt drove all the way from Portland, Oregon and with six other volunteers sawed, chiseled, hammered and bolted together logs … Read More

What’s Missing On Our Long Trails?

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Thanks to Congress and to God we have eleven National Trails, ten besides the Appalachian Trail. They were set aside for hiker in 1968 — 18,000 miles of foot trails, all told. The Appalachian Trail is the only one that … Read More

Spirituality I Find in Hiking

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I had spiritual experiences while I was on a seven-month mountain climbing adventure. I didn’t quite understand this at the time.   So, suddenly back in the city, I missed seeing the moon and getting up at sunrise in the … Read More

God Can Be Found Outdoors! Really?

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I guess I am just plain lucky. I grew up loving the outdoors. I spent as much time as possible out there. In my old age ‘back then’ was when . . . there were no telephones or radios in our homes. So … Read More

I Learn Something New Today on an Interpretive Hike

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Okay, Ranger Kimmie Henkel proved that I’m not too old to learn.   I’ve been hiking here since 1986. And almost daily since I moved out here in 1994. I know the Vista Verde Trail blindfolded. Yet I learned things … Read More

The San Leonardo Trail near the Pecos Wilderness

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The other day I hiked the San Leonardo Trail. With a name like Leonardo how could I resist? While the DaVinci was not a saint, he certainly is one of my all time heroes and a mountain climber centuries before … Read More

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