Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

The Urge for Hiking in the Winter

[caption id="attachment_5384" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ice crystals on the high ridge of Hare Mountain[/caption] I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down When the sun turns traitor cold And all the trees are shivering in...

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How to Prepare for Multi-Day Backpacking Trips

[caption id="attachment_5318" align="alignright" width="292"] Taking a short break with a light pack[/caption] A reader emailed several good questions while preparing for a backpacking trip on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. I enjoy responding to these type of inquiries and decided to write this post.  Many trip failures...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

The Gift of Writing in the Ozark Mountains

In November of 2012, I began this blog as an online scrapbook to record my adventures on the trails. I hoped it would help solidify memories of good times and lessons learned. It has more than fulfilled this wish. Sometimes I skim back through posts...

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Leave No Trace, Lake Alma Trail, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

Advice for Litterbugs on the Trail

  The sight of trash in the Ozarks sometimes interrupts my enjoyment of the walk. I try to contain my emotional response to seeing an abandoned cup, because it confuses Hiker-dog. She’s always happy in the woods and worries if I’m not enjoying my time, too. I’ve...

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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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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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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, Menasha Ridge Press, Boston hiking

Delivery Notice—One Healthy Boston Hiking Guide

Delivery Notice: One Perfectly Healthy Boston Hiking Guide. Name: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston Weight: 312 pages Length: 9 inches Author and book are doing well! My copies of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston arrived the other day. That was certainly cause for celebration, especially when I cracked...

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