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

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs on the Santa Barbara Trail

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Another day on the Santa Barbara Trail, USFS Trail #24. And more dogs. Eric and I met three dogs (and their owners) on a great day-hike on the Santa Barbara, one of our all time favorite trails. First we encountered … Read More

Six Steps to More Spirituality In Your Hiking

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There’s a lot of talk these days about yoga, meditation, karma and such. Most is good, I am sure. But, I wonder how many hikers realize just how spiritual your hiking can be? I began toying with meditation and spiritual … Read More

Another Welcome Hiker!

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Amanda Machado adds her voice to the growing chorus of women of color claiming their place in the rugged outdoors. via Women of Color Are Blazing New Paths on Old Trails — Longreads

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

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