Guide to Colombia’s La Ciudad Perdida Trek (Lost City)

It's like Machu Picchu, but remote and not overrun by tourists. So definitely put La Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City) near the top of your travel list!  La Ciudad Perdida is a vast, ancient city in the jungles of the Sierra Nevada mountains on Colombia's Caribbean coast. It is believed to have been built by the [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Trip Guides, Trip Reports|2 Comments

Low Carbon Appalachian Trail Section Hike via Train – Harpers Ferry WV to Harrisburg PA

Take the train to the AT—low carbon, low stress. No car, no complicated shuttles. Just great hiking! This AT section hike has it all—an ideal blend of natural beauty, history, small towns, great local parks, and meeting interesting people. It's a perfect example of what makes hiking on the AT a unique and special experience—why people come from [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Beginners, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|8 Comments

10 Pound Backpack to Hike 100 Miles

That's the total weight of everything in my backpack—gear, food, water, and stove fuel to hike 102 miles of the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park in 3 days. No fair weather hiking: with rain, sleet, light snow and hard freezes at night. I think I am very close to dialing in a Light Pack that is also supremely efficient at covering long trail miles.

By | April 17th, 2016|Hammocks, Skills, Trip Reports|18 Comments

Benefits of Early Spring Backpacking

Each year Alison and I look forward to our early spring backpacking trip. Usually a 3-day weekend in early spring, this trip is a key element for the success of our upcoming backpacking trips for the year. We thought others might be interested in the Benefits of Early Spring Backpacking, and possibly to incorporate some version of it into their own backpacking routine.

By | March 29th, 2016|Beginners, Skills, Trip Reports|0 Comments

Wind River High Route – A Guide

The Wind River High Route is mile for mile, the finest non-technical Alpine route in North America. It stays close to the crest of the Continental Divide in one of the most rugged and glaciated mountain ranges in the lower 48. The route is thrilling and the scenery spectacular. [Revised Jan 2016]

By | January 27th, 2016|Gear List, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|0 Comments

Technical Peak Climbing Yosemite Backcountry Part 1

Technical Peak Climbing Yosemite Backcountry: Mt. Conness - West Ridge. The third peak of our trip and one of the finest alpine routes in the Sierra Backcountry. The route follows the obvious ridge which forms the sun/shade line. Technical Peak Climbing Yosemite Backcountry Part 1 The first of a three part series - [...]

By | December 21st, 2015|Trip Reports|0 Comments

Old Trip Reports – 2008 to 2000

Looking for old trip reports? They're likely here: We just launched an entirely new site. Some of the older trip reports (2008 and earlier) haven't made it over yet. Scan through the list below and what you were looking for is probably there.

By | September 27th, 2015|Trip Reports|4 Comments

2.4 Pound Extreme Ultralight Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail

2016 Update: I have redone this with a a new post "Practical Light Gear List Appalachian Trail," which I believe is a far better approach to light on the AT. This new gear list is both light and practical. It can be used by many AT hikers to increase both their enjoyment and miles covered per [...]

By | September 10th, 2015|Beginners, Gear List, Trip Reports|0 Comments

4.7 lb Super Ultralight Pack in the Sierras

Light shelter: We weathered two days of rain and wind, completely exposed at over 11K. Our Gossamer Gear Spinn Twinn tarp kept us dry at just over 4 ounces per person. A 15 lb pack (with food & fuel) for 7 days in the High Sierra It’s been six years since Colin dropped 30 [...]

By | September 9th, 2015|Beginners, Gear List, Trip Reports|3 Comments

4.2 lb Olympic Mountains 2008

You can do amazing things with only 4.2 pounds of gear! Through coastal rain forest, montane forest, sub-alpine forest, alpine meadows and finally the rock and ice of Mt Olympus. We bivied in the snow in +45 bags. Link: 4.2 pound Olympics Gear List (PDF) We started our "backpacking" trip with no intention of climbing, but [...]

By | September 9th, 2015|Trip Reports|0 Comments