Appalachian Trail

A Mountain, A Beer, and a Big Birthday

One of our favorite long trails is turning the big 8-0 this month. In honor of this momentous occasion, we asked one of our favorite Appalachian Trail authors, Lafe Low of Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail: New England, to pen a birthday post. So the Appalachian...

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Wilderness Press 50th Anniversary, Sierra North, Thomas Winnett, old guidebooks

The Magic of an Old Guidebook

It’s safe to say that bibliophiles appreciate the tactile aspects of reading. The smell of new ink. The satisfying feel of cracking open a new hardcover. The crinkle of pages turning. The sight of a tattered, earmarked, well-loved novel. Now imagine holding in your hands a...

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Walking Washington, D.C., National Trails Day, Barbara Saffir

How Washington, D.C., Celebrated National Trails Day

From all accounts, National Trails Day was a sweeping success! Trails were hiked, friends were made, adventures were had. One particularly unique National Trails Day celebration occurred in Washington, D.C. Barbara Saffir, author of Walking Washington, D.C., hosted an urban hike that traversed bustling sidewalks, skirted a mirrored...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County, Scott Turner, Wilderness Press, San Diego hiking

Photographing the Pages of my Favorite Book

Every once in a while, there’s a moment in life where a single choice will send you down a profoundly different path. One of these choices happened to me in Spring 2011. I received an unexpected chunk of change, and with all that coin burning...

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Sex in a Tent, Wilderness Press 50

The Story Behind Sex in a Tent

As Wilderness Press celebrates 50 years in 2017, my own Wilderness Press book, Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple’s Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature, is marking 10 years since its release in 2007. I was inspired to write Sex in a Tent after embarking...

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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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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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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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#LivethePCT, Jordan Summers, Pacific Crest Trail guide, Wilderness Press, thru-hiking, best bevy spot PCT

What Jordan Packed for his PCT Thru-Hike

Ah, the life of a PCT thru-hiker. Carrying all your worldly possessions on your back day in and day out, not unlike a turtle. Since I've done this thru-hiking thing a time or three, I have a pretty good grasp on what exactly I need,...

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Run with Wilderness Press in Bend!

Trail running at Archie Briggs Canyon has it all—rivers, rapids, wildlife, and cliffside running all within a short drive from downtown Bend. Lucas Alberg, trail runner and author of Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon, favors this trail because of its diverse and eye-catching scenery. If you...

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