Why I Read from the Bhagavad Gita Before I Take My Morning Hike

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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

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

Cougar Tracks on a Therapy Hike with a Post-Cardiac Geezer

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My Texas friend, Jack — arrived to hike in Northern New Mexico just four days after his angioplasty. The docs placed ten stents in Jack’s arteries and told him it was okay for him to take “moderate” hikes, like “easy-does-it” … Read More

Seven Tips for Geezer Hiking with Heart Problems

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I seem to be hiking these days with a lot of old geezers carrying nitro-glycerine tablets in their pocket. Of course, we are all still hiking after having had our tickers acting up. So if you are one of us … Read More

What’s Not to Love about the Love of a Dog!

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Yep, we have a trail dog. Stanzi is getting good at trail behavior. And as soon as we are sure she will come when called, regardless of distractions, we will feel completely comfortable with her on our hikes. She’s not … 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

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