There’s a Book for That!

As more and more people look to hiking for exercise, as a hobby, as a challenge, for improving their mental health, and simply as a way to enjoy nature, many need advice on where to go.  I often see Facebook posts from people asking for ideas...

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Hiking Tucson

Hiking Around Tucson This August

[Note: the following information was current as of August 1, 2020.] The Bighorn Fire, named for the bighorn sheep that roam the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, began after a lightning strike hit those mountains on June 5th, 2020. Fanned by high winds and exacerbated...

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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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