Peak Above the Nubble, White Mountains, bushwhacking, Lafe Low, Menasha Ridge Press

Bushwhacking in the White Mountains

Epic adventures sometimes have humble beginnings. I had a great conversation with an old ski instructor buddy of mine lately. He too is also an avid hiker. I had sent him a text saying I was dying to go hiking on the forthcoming weekend. He...

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Best Tent Camping: Illinois, Shawnee National Forest, John Schirle, Menasha Ridge Press

Braving A Hike on Snake Road in Illinois

Snakes.  Slithery, tongue-flicking, inevitably the bad guys in folklore and fantasy. Fascinating creatures to view at the zoo or in the pages of National Geographic, but most of us who enjoy the outdoors would rather avoid sudden encounters with them on the trail. Even when...

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Becky Ohlsen, Wilderness Press, Menasha Ridge Press, Portland hiking, Portland camping

Being Confident on the Trails (and a Giveaway!)

By Becky Ohlsen, author of Best Tent Camping: Oregon, Backpacking Oregon, Walking Portland, One Night Wilderness: Portland. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway to win a copy of Best Tent Camping: Oregon! OK, so maybe I’m the only one who feels...

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Gear Up Get Out, American Hiking Society, Menasha Ridge Press

All the Reasons You Need a New Guidebook

We are celebrating American Hiking Society's Gear Up. Get Out. campaign this week until September 7th, where 5% of all sales of our guidebooks will go toward protecting the trails we all love to hike. "That's great! I support your support of AHS. But I'm not...

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Labor Day Staycation, Menasha Ridge Press

The Best Staycation for Labor Day

Labor Day. The unofficial last hurrah of summer. A luxurious three-day weekend full of plans to pack the entire family into the car and go to the beach/lake/campground to cram in every last bit of summer fun possible. A relaxing time together spent eating ice...

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Red Rocks Trail System, Birmingham, Freshwater Land Trust

Exploring the Red Rock Trail System in Birmingham

Some cities are an obvious outdoor paradise. Mountains loom large over buildings. Trails lead directly to back doors of offices. Visitors flock there on vacation. Residents tube to work. Other cities are less outdoorsy to the naked eye. They look urban and full of concrete and...

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Becky Ohlsen, Wilderness Press, Menasha Ridge Press, Portland hiking, Portland camping

Appreciating the Surprises Found Around the Bend

By Becky Ohlsen, author of Best Tent Camping: Oregon, Backpacking Oregon, Walking Portland, One Night Wilderness: Portland. It’s one of the best things about traveling—you just never know what you might find around the corner. This is equally true whether you’re roaming the streets of a busy city,...

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