Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Wilderness Press 50th anniversary

The Time Before the Pacific Crest Trail

The trails in the Sierra and the PCT are so engrained in our 50 years as guidebook publishers that it's hard to imagine a time before the iconic Pacific Crest Trail weaved its way from Mexico to Canada. Yet Wilderness Press was already a year...

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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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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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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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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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Bend, Mount Whitney, Havasupai, Ozarks, Alaska Highway, trips to take in 2017

How to Snag a Permit for Mount Whitney

The most likely stumbling point during the planning stage is getting a permit to enter the Mount Whitney Zone. Between May 1 and November 1, trailhead quotas are in effect and permits are required for both day hikes and overnight backpacking trips. The catch is that all permits for both...

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Bend, Mount Whitney, Havasupai, Ozarks, Alaska Highway, trips to take in 2017Bend, Mount Whitney, Havasupai, Ozarks, Alaska Highway, trips to take in 2017

Trips in 2017 to Feed Your Wanderlust

Happy 2017, fellow adventurers! Can we all agree to take a collective sigh of relief and vow to make this year better than the last? Breathe in the mountain air, breathe out the doldrums of 2016. If you haven’t already started, now is a great time...

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