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

Five Tips for Buying Hiking Boots

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I’ve been hiking for close to 85 years already and have worn out at least a dozen pair of hiking boots. I’ve heard a lot of hype about buying “the perfect hiking boot.” Most is interesting but not very useful. … 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

Boomer Hikers Enjoying the Santa Barbara Trail

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Yesterday my friend, Dennis Robins, and I hiked into the first stream-crossing on the West Fork of the trail, had lunch and were ambling back out. We bumped into a bouncy bunch of Boomers out for a Labor Day Weekend of … Read More

Out-of-Body-Experience in the Woods?

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A Strange Thing Happened —  one day a few years ago while I was hiking. My listening was opened wide. I was hearing the wind in the trees and the crunch of my boots on the grit of the trail. Then, for a fleeting … Read More

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