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Heads-up, Hikers: What’s Next for National Monuments?

Next up for potential National Monument shrinkage are Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon, Gold Butte in Nevada, the Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll.  I’ll focus on the former two since those clearly affect hikers the most.   But first, bear with me . . . . Since this whole issue has provided massive fuel for online,…

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What the Heck Just Happened in Utah?

On December 4, President Trump, flanked by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, announced his intention to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by about 40%.  The former constitutes the largest shrinkage of protected public land in history.  Swirling around this announcement is a great deal of…

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Section Hiking

I used to dream of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In these visions, I’d duck out of my everyday responsibilities for five months, give or take, to embark on what I knew would be a life-changing adventure. I would feel wild and free, reveling in the dirt, playing in the woods, and forming lifelong friendships,…

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Hiking the Hidden Gems to Find Peace – Snowy Range Mountains

  We drive through Laramie, Wyoming and turn west toward our destination. Antelope dot the horizon in every direction, herds gracefully graze together. Before long we arrive in Centennial, Wyoming population 200 something; the hub for the Snowy Range Ski Resort. We stop for firewood at the local grocery store, feeling as if we have…

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Great Hiking Trails Around the World

Choosing the trails to be included in Great Hiking Trails of the World was a little like choosing the “world’s best foods.” I based this book on 18,000 miles of my own hiking experience, visits to trails on six continents, and – in the cases where I haven’t hiked on the trail myself – on reports from…

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Take the 5 R’s of sustainability to the trail.

1) Rethink your consumption. In the long haul, higher quality, more expensive gear will last longer, perform better and leave a smaller footprint than cheaply made items that get thrown away sooner. 2) Reduce waste by consuming less.  Even small shifts in your buying behavior make a difference over time. At the grocery store, opt…

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Request a Volunteer Trail Crew for 2018

Land managers, volunteer coordinators, trail and park organizations…we want to send you hardworking and dedicated volunteers to fulfill your trail project needs in 2018!  We understand that with reduced budgets and limited resources, trail building and maintaining needs often get backlogged or remain incomplete.  Our Volunteer Vacations program is designed to send you a crew…

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