My Big Questions About “Time”

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Adults Thought I Was Nuts! Whenever I brought up my “big questions” as a youngster, people left the conversation for a “more interesting” subject. Some though, were more direct, gave me a weird look and asked, “Why’d you want to know?” When … Read More

Geezer Backpacking

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I’m an Old Guy Backpacker It is really about how much I love the backcountry. I’m 87 years old and still backpacking. I’m making my camp in my favorite Ponderosa pine forest during the full moon. I try to do a backpacking … Read More

Why Is there Something and Not Nothing?

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What’s Out There in the Beyond? I’ve slept out under the stars many times, particularly in deserts.  One time in the Grand Canyon I had begun backpacking late in the afternoon, heading down the Thunder River Trail. After crossing about a mile … Read More

My Living Trail Hero — Jim Kern

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You’re a Good Man, Jim Kern Back when I first started Backpacker magazine I met the man who founded the Florida National Scenic Trail.  Jim Kern came to my magazine office to sell me a story about the trail.  I … Read More

Hiking with My Dog Tessa

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  Tessa’s a Man’s Dream. She loves being with me almost as much as she loves hiking. When I lie in bed a little late, Tessa jumps in and licks my face to tell me it’s time to go hiking. She … Read More

HikaNation: Hiking Across America

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How about a Coast to Coast Hiking Trail? Some years ago a few of us got together and had an idea that a hiking trail across America would provide an unequalled opportunity to slowly see our great nation in all … Read More

Another Memorable Trail Moment

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My Spiritual Side of Mountaineering   I climbed and camped in the “high peaks” that summer with a few groups of rock climbing friends from the ‘Gunks. I spent from April through October climbing in California, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, British Columbia … Read More

Best Times of My Life

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I’ll confess right up front. I am an obsessive hiker. I was on my first overnight as a twelve-year-old Boy Scout. I was an avid hiker as an adult, week-ending as often as possible year round. And I still hike at eighty-eight. … Read More

Campfires Are So Alluring!

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Isn’t there something romantic? , , , about sitting with friends around a campfire, our faces aglow from flickering flames, our voices joined in song. And doesn’t just the word, “campfire,” bring out the story-telling impulse from deep within us? I’m reminded of a couple … Read More

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