alpine start, Wilderness Press

How to Get Excited for an Alpine Start

3 a.m. Alarm going off. Groan at ungodly hour. Reconsider life choices. Reconsider waking up and running. No. Must go run. Ugh. Slide out of bed. Struggle into clothes set out enthusiastically the night before. Stupid idea. Running is stupid. Sit down to put on socks....

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Why Guidebooks are Better Than Geotags, Wilderness Press

Why Guidebooks are Better Than Geotags

Leave No Trace recently released their new social media guidelines, asking outdoor enthusiasts to pause for a moment to think about the impact their social media post may have on the lands we love. The first guideline is "Tag thoughtfully," referring to the geotags (a link...

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Father's Day

How to Go Green this Father’s Day

It's Father's Day! Today is the day for dads. Every year, your family celebrates with Dad in the same way. He's happy, you're happy, everyone is happy. But listen. We know old habits die hard. Family traditions are sacred. However, times have changed and new rules have...

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Finding Wildflowers On the John Muir Trail

There's no reason to mince words—hiking the John Muir Trail is hard! You're likely shuffling with your blistered feet, heavy pack, eyes glued to the ground below your feet. Fortunately, that ground is dotted in a spectacular rainbow of high alpine wildflowers! June and July are prime wildflower...

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Rail-Trails Northern New England, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Vermont rail-trails

The Best Vermont Rail-Trail to Visit This Summer

If you only have time to visit one epic rail-trail in the Northeast this summer, make it Vermont’s Island Line Rail Trail—a member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. It's the highlight of the region, with Lake Champlain virtually at trail users’ feet for long...

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National Trails Day, American Hiking Society, Wilderness Press

Stream of Consciousness Before National Trails Day

Before National Trails Day Oh man, National Trails Day is coming up. Wait, that means it’s almost June! Where has this year gone? Anyway. National Trails Day. What am I doing next weekend? Nothing that is more important than National Trails Day! I wonder what my friends...

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How to Pack for International Adventures, 10 essentials for international travel, Wilderness Press

The 10 Essentials for International Adventures

You're traveling abroad this summer! You've probably had it planned for months now, but I'd like to believe the post on how to choose the best international hikes had a role in your decision. No matter. Your destination is set, your ticket is booked, and now...

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