PCT, Sierra hiking, Laura Randall, Pacific Crest Trail guidebook

Tips for 2017 PCT Hikers to Complete Section A

The first 100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail are often a heady mix of desert views, strong winds, rattlesnakes, long stretches without water, and free apple pie. As you start to plan your 2017 PCT hike, here are a few things to anticipate along Section...

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Spending Thanksgiving on the Trails

Last week, we shared how Wilderness Press will #OptOutside on Black Friday by shutting down our website for the day while we all spend time outdoors. We invited our authors to join us, REI, and other industry leaders and were met with a resounding "YES!" Here are...

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One Best Hike Mount Whitney, Lizzy Wenk, Mount Whitney, Mount Whitney summit, planning your Mount Whitney hike

Best Time of Year to Bag a Mount Whitney Summit

2017 sounds like a great year to cross "summiting Mount Whitney" off your bucket list. And since you probably want to maximize your chances of summiting, you have to time your trip just right. In the Sierra Nevada, the absolute best conditions generally exist during July and...

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Join Wilderness Press and #OptOutside This Black Friday

Black Friday: once a day filled with leftovers and friends and lounging on the couch, it has morphed into a bloodbath full of stampeding shoppers fighting over Furbys (or whatever is this year's hottest toy). Last year, REI took a stand against the increasingly oppressing consumerism...

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A Fork in the Trail, Laurie Ann March, camping dinner recipes, cardboard box oven

How to Make a Cardboard Box Oven

Thanksgiving is the time to fill your home with family, friends, and delicious food. But then you have dishes to wash, leftovers spilling out of the fridge, and relatives scattered about in a food coma. Why not do Thanksgiving a little differently this year and move...

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A Fork in the Trail, Laurie Ann March, camping dessert recipes, apple pie recipe

Making Apple Pie in the Backcountry

Yes, you can make pastry in the backcountry—all you need is a round water bottle for a rolling pin and a large ziplock freezer bag for rolling out the dough. It isn’t messy, and freshly baked pie is a real treat. This recipe from A...

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PCT, Sierra hiking, Laura Randall, Pacific Crest Trail guidebook

The Pacific Crest Trail’s Natural Art Gallery

Pacific Crest Trail hikers see plenty of stunning mountain and desert views from the trail. But every so often we come upon something so remarkable it cries out for pausing and tipping one's hat in admiration. I call it PCT Art, and here's my work-in-progress collection.   ...

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Planning for the Unexpected on the PCT

I was ready for the long stretches without water sources, the midday heat, and trail closures due to wildfires and endangered frogs. I knew exactly where to find the big elevation gains, confusing trail splits, and major road crossings. But, as I section-hiked the PCT...

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Friday Foods – Pumpkin Pie Leather

Portable pumpkin pie! Okay, it isn’t quite the same, but this recipe from A Fork in the Trail still tastes really great. Pumpkin Pie Leather Makes 4 servings 1 cup cooked canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ginger At Home Mix the pumpkin and spices together. Spread the mixture about 1/4-inch thick on lined dehydrator...

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Visit California Farms, Erin Mahoney Harris, California farm harvest, best California farms to visit with kids

Best California Farms to Visit With Kids During Harvest

Apples. Pumpkins. Hayrides. Animals. Fall is a great season to bring the little ones to a local farm. These three family-friendly spots featured in Visit California Farms, by Erin Mahoney Harris, are the perfect place to celebrate the season. Slide Ranch Muir Beach, CA  Situated on 134 picturesque acres overlooking the bluffs of Muir Beach just...

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