Nimblewill Nomad, Ten Million Steps, Ozark Highland Trail Association

Come and Meet the Legendary Nimblewill Nomad

Loyal Menasha Ridge Press followers may recognize the familiar face of Nimblewill Nomad, a beloved author and accomplished thru-hiker. We have sung the praises of Nomad quite a few times, sharing lessons he has passed along and avidly following his yearly odysseys. And we're not the only...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks

Sauntering Through the Ozarks

Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! ~ John Muir Today was about checking my 4-mile adopted section of the Ozark Highlands Trail. I’d recently read the above John Muir quote and planned to...

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Five Star Trails: The Ozarks

Sharing My Love of the Trails

During a phone interview with Kyle Kellams of KUAF, I mentioned how hiking and writing about trails go together for me. I couldn’t imagine doing one without the other. He said, “So, in addition to being a thru-hiker, you’re a ‘thru-writer.'” I thought, what a cool...

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Photographing 100 Steps of Mindfulness

Here are a few photos from an assignment I thought up during a morning hike on my home trail. I took a photo using my smartphone camera every 100 steps, allowing myself to move up to ten steps from each stopping point to locate a...

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Mount Magazine, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Hiker-dog, hiking in Arkansas

Arkansas’ Island in the Sky

Residents of the Ozarks hanker for higher elevations this time of year. I wish Arkansas had an 8,000-foot mountain, but it would be crowded with the whole state huddled at the top through July and August. Fortunately, there is a place where you can sometimes escape...

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Hiking the Marinoni Scenic Area with Exploring Arkansas

Hiker-dog and I scouted the Marinoni Scenic Area recently in preparation to share with Chuck Dovish of Exploring Arkansas. Chuck’s program is aired by Arkansas Educational Television Network. He has done programs since 2005, so finding an area of Arkansas he hasn’t covered was a challenge....

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When in Doubt, Write

As a child, I thought writing was magic. For real writers, words must flow without effort in finished form, or so I thought. My senior English teacher was Inez Taylor. She was pretty tough but got me excited about writing. I worked particularly hard on a short story...

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Jim Warnock, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, hiking for beginners

Everything You Need to Know for Day Hiking

[caption id="attachment_4300" align="alignleft" width="300"] Day hikers using their new copy of Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks[/caption] What do I wear? What do I bring? Where should I go, and when? What are the dangers? Will a bear get me? Many questions come to mind when spring temperatures entice you toward the trails....

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