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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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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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 Find International Hikes, Wilderness Press

How to Choose the Best International Hikes

Thanks to social media, it's really easy to get FOMO while sitting at home looking at everyone's jaw-dropping hikes across the globe. Also thanks to social media, it's actually quite simple to hop on a plane and go on some epic hikes yourself. Last year I traveled...

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How to Eat Tacos on the Trail, Wilderness Press, SortaBeta, Cinco de Mayo, trail tacos

How to Eat Tacos on the Trail

Today is Cinco de Mayo. It's also a Saturday. You have a very important decision to make. Do you spend the day partying hard like every other Cinco celebrator, or do you make yourself somewhat productive and take the party to the trails? Yeah, that's what...

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How to dress for spring, sortabeta, wilderness press

How to Dress for Outdoor Adventures in the Spring

Spring is such an idyllic time of year. The cold, gray winter is over, plants are blooming, animals are frolicking, the sun is shining. Perfect. So perfect. Yeah, right. Spring is perfect in theory. In reality, it's angry and unpredictable and beautiful and cold and warm...

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How to Pee in the Woods, Wilderness Press

How to Pee in the Woods

Peeing in the woods. If you spend any time exploring in the outdoors, you'll end up having to do this sooner or later. And while it sounds self-explanatory, if you've ever tried to pee outside while it's windy, avoiding getting bitten by mosquitoes, or accidentally...

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How to Find a Leprechaun in the Woods

March 17th. St. Patrick's Day. If we're all being honest here, no one actually knows who St. Patrick is. But everyone knows who leprechauns are and what they look like. Since 2018 is the year you are living your best life, make this the year that you catch...

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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego, Don Endicott, Jerry Schad, San Diego wildflowers

Best Hikes to See Spring Wildflowers in San Diego

Sunshine. Water and waves. Blue skies and mild temperatures. San Diego is a perfect destination all year round for hikers. But come springtime, it's absolutely spectacular. Folks who visit San Diego want to pack up and move there forever, and residents pat themselves on the...

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