Body Appreciation Through Hiking

No one would ever describe me as an athlete, so I am probably late to the game in appreciating my body’s functionality. Being blessed with good genes so that I’m generally healthy also means that I tend to take my body for granted.  The truth is,...

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Practicing Light Backpacking in the Backyard

The world is a weird place (and probably not the safest to explore) right now. We hope you’re tucked in and doing OK. Staying healthy. And staying home. But if you are (and if you’re like us around the office at Menasha Ridge Press), you’re...

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Minky Sink sits and meditates in the snow

10 Zen-ish Things I Learned from Hiking 60 Trails

By Mindy Sink As I was updating the book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder, I found myself learning new things—about myself and hiking. I hit the trails mostly on weekends to complete more than 60 hikes for the book in every season. Here...

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Pack Weight Revisited

"Carry as little as possible but choose that little with care."~ Earl Schafer Carrying 14 lbs. with food and water I have an obsession with pack weight. I got it early in my backpacking days while carrying a base-weight that must have been in the 45-pound range....

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#Optoutside 2019

There is much to be thankful for the season. And very little of it has to do with walking around inside, elbowing through the crowds and shopping. That’s why once again we’re locking arms with folks across the outdoor industry and shutter our online shopping cart...

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Hello, Bozeman: Chasing That Rocky Mountain High

The second part of our travels took us to Bozeman, Montana. We loved the low humidity and morning temperatures were glorious. Based on a recommendation, we stay at the Lewis & Clark Motel right on Main Street in Bozeman. It was being remodeled, but the rooms were comfortable,...

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Chasing That Rocky Mountain High

Arkansas gets hot in June! Even the most enthusiastic consider June through August the offseason of backpacking. Hiker-dog and I attempt to stay in shape with early morning walks at Lake Alma. I struggled to find the word that describes how I feel about camping...

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