Backpacking Memories — Hiking with Rangers

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Hiking With the Park, Forest and Land Management RangersBeing the founding editor and owner of Backpacker magazine, there were always rangers wanting to hike with me. Since I hold rangers in high regard, I was honored to hike with them … 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

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

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