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A Northbound Hike on the John Muir Trail -August 2017

More a collection of thoughts than a detailed report. (See also a strange itinerary, a gear list, and a collection of photos.) Having slacked off for a few months, starting with a three-week, eat-too-much float down the Colorado River in the … Continue reading

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Spring/Fall Grand Canyon Backpacking List

Here’s my basic gear list for backpacking in the Spring and Fall in the Grand Canyon. I tweak the insulation layers depending on how close to summer I am and the weather forecast right before I leave.  I’ve provided measured … Continue reading

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Some August 2017 JMT Conditions and Thoughts

Update: I now have a fuller report and pictures, and gear from the trip.   The following are a few quick thoughts which might help those leaving in the second half of August/September, based on my two-week NOBO trip the first … Continue reading

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Women’s March on Washington

This didn’t look like most hikes I take, but it will likely remain one of the more important days walking I’ll spend walking (well, stood, mostly, although we did cover about 8 miles on foot). HOLY CRAP! What an amazing … Continue reading

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Part 2: Tatahatso Canyon

If you were tooling down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon somewhere near RM 38 in Grand Canyon river parlance, you’d pass the mouth of Tatahatso Wash. You might notice the pool at the mouth, but not give the … Continue reading

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A few short ones in RMNP: Thunder Lake, Lily Mountain, Estes Cone

While in Colorado last week for a reunion with some of my favorite people in the world (fellow Peace Corps volunteers in the Central African Republic), we managed to tack on a quick overnight, and some other short hikes in/around … Continue reading

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6 Day (or 6.5 Day!) Tour de Mont Blanc Itinerary

I walked around Mont Blanc (read a bit more narrative and see some pictures). Here are my thoughts on how to cover the TMB in 6 or 7 days. Your mileage may vary. And there are lots of ways to slice … Continue reading

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