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

Hiking a Modified Tour du Mont Blanc — Backpacking Memories

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When my kids were young I wanted to take them on one of the world’s most beautiful hikes, the Tour du Mont Blanc. It’s a 105-mile hike around the highest mountain in Europe. The trail crosses several high mountain passes. It’s … Read More

A Good, and Maybe the ONLY, History of Hiking in America

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BackpackerBill’s Take on a New Hikers’ Book On the Trail: A History of American Hiking  by Silas Chamberlin Even though it’s a “history,” the guy writes very entertaining stories of hikers pioneering the way. And it is factually correct!  How do I know?  Simple. … Read More

Sunday Hike in Taos, New Mexico

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We wanted to have a whack at connecting a loop of two trails from river to rim in the Rio Grande Gorge from the Taos Junction Bridge out along the rim and back down.  We had each hiked sections of … Read More

An Early Early Spring Hike

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The other day we had a truly by-golly spring day after several days warm enough to melt much of the snow at our altitude.  Warm, sunny bright, better-be-outdoors day! My prayer book that day had this appropriate advice: Live outdoors … Read More

Out of the Wind – Into the Woods

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I Want to Be Alone! I usually have the trails to myself in winter when most outdoors folks have strapped on their skis for downhilling at our awesome Taos Ski Valley or cross-countrying at the Enchanted Forest. So of course I … Read More

Geezer Hiking When Other Hikers Pass Us By

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I’s Now OK That Hikers Pass Me On the Trail    I intended to hike the six-mile loop on the most popular mountain trail in this area today. It starts out steeply from the trailhead. And after a few hundred yards I … Read More

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