UFOs At Our Backpacking Camps

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  We saw the most disturbing UFO at our camp in the Aravaipa Wilderness. It 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

What I Learned from the Gita This Morning

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This morning before meditation and my hike I studied a few verses from the Bhagavad Gita. It always amazes me how often I can read the same few words and get more meaning from them the next time I read … Read More

Why Hike?

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A lot of young people mean well. They want to “help” us geezers by telling us we look younger than we are. Or that we can still do things we once did when we were younger. But what a set-up for failure! … Read More

Backpackerbill on Crutches?

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My hiking companion, Brandon, takes a few minutes before we start hiking to stretch his legs and torso.  And he does them when we complete our hike. I wait patiently. I have a set of stretching exercises that are much … Read More

Why I Read the Bhagavad Gita Before Taking My Hikes

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For a few minutes every morning, before I hike, I clear my mind in silent meditation. I then read a few verses of the ♥ Bhagavad Gita. ♥ (see footnote) I consider the Gita a universal, philosophical view of the reality that’s out there … 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

Why We Geezer Hikers Have Better Brain Power!

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It’s true! Just moderate amounts of hiking actually sustains our mental abilities. This is not just anecdotal opinions of health advocates. It is results of dozens of studies conducted over the past few decades, involving thousands of geezer participants. Rush … 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

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