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Some August 2017 JMT Conditions and Thoughts

I’ll have a fuller report and pictures soon. Gear notes are here. And 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 half of … 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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Mike’s TMB Gear List – June to September

Having just walked the Tour de Mont Blanc, I thought I’d share gear recommendations. You’ll find it easier walking 110 miles (170 kilometer) up and down through mountain passes if you keep your gear light. And on the TMB, you’ll … Continue reading

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The Tour de Mont Blanc (or how much risotto could a woodchuck eat if a woodchuck could eat risotto?)

There are different kinds of challenges. Sometimes you might want to see how much scuba gear you can carry through the desert. Other times, you want to see how the newbies fare on long Grand Canyon hike. After my friend … Continue reading

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