Afoot & Afield: San Diego, Scott Turner, Jerry Schad, hiking in California, San Diego

On Revising the Hiking Bible of San Diego

Since December of 2014, I have been working on a full revision and update of Jerry Schad’s hiking guide, Afoot and Afield: San Diego County. Part of my revision included hiking every inch of those 1,420 miles to determine what had changed and what was new. From...

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Then and Now – Camping Gear in 1967 versus 2017

As we celebrate all things Wilderness 50 in 2017, we are looking back and unleashing a wave of nostalgic blog posts. Or informational ones, if you're a millennial. Gear from the 1960s are relics Dinosaur. Extinct. In comparison, today's gear is straight-up from the Jetsons. Let's take a look...

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Honoring the Women of the PCT

Before there was Cheryl Strayed, there was Catherine Montgomery. In 1926, almost a century before Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her Pacific Crest Trail experience was published, Montgomery came up with the idea of creating a ridgeline track from Canada to Mexico. It seems fitting to pay tribute...

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what to pack for for Mount Whitney, Mount Whitney, One Best Hike: Mount Whitney

10 Things You Need for a Successful Mount Whitney Summit

Packing for long, strenuous day hikes is a balancing act. You don’t want to forget anything critical, but you also don’t want to carry any unnecessary weight. Packing for such a hike at 14,000 feet may seem slightly more stressful than usual. But fear not—the supplies you need...

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Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Top Trails: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Five Epic Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer the ultimate in natural and geothermal wonders, and the vast mountain ranges and steaming geyser basins make for thrilling hikes around every corner. But with more than 28,000 square miles (including all of the surrounding protected lands), how do...

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how to train for Mount Whitney, Mount Whitney, One Best Hike: Mount Whitney

How to Train for Mount Whitney

You have decided what time of year you want to summit Mount Whitney. You have applied for your permit. You’re growing excited. Now it’s time to start thinking about the task at hand—actually summiting the highest mountain in the Lower 48. Yikes! Hiking 21 miles is...

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Gilmore Girls on the PCT, Laura Randall, Wilderness Press, The Pacific Crest Trail Guide

A Gilmore Girl Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail?

This summer’s Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls held a plot twist that many didn’t see coming. In the third of four episodes, Lorelei, the hip, pop-culture-loving mom of the popular WB series, announces she’s heading to California to “do Wild” and hike the Pacific Crest...

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Mount Rose summit, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Rim Trail, Wilderness Press 50th anniversary, Tom Winnett

It All Started with a High-Altitude Cocktail Party

Hang onto your party hats and hiking boots—2017 is the 50th anniversary of Wilderness Press! In this digital world full of apps, we are the elusive silver fox of the outdoor publishing world—darting in and out of the trees, climbing mountains, swimming in alpine lakes, and...

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