Women of the White Blaze, Menasha Ridge Press, Birmingham women hiking Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail

Reflections: Women of the White Blaze

The Women of the White Blaze are yawning as dusk falls around them, their tired bodies begging them to lie down for the night. But something more important than sleep beckons on this night. Their shuttle bus driver mentioned that they might get to see the...

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Women of the White Blaze, Menasha Ridge Press, Birmingham women hiking Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail

Cutting Weight: The Women of the White Blaze

The women sit in a living room chatting. Laughter bounces off the walls. Wine flows freely and snacks fill the table. If you were to close your eyes, you’d envision a cocktail party full of fancy ladies and juicy gossip. Only the juicy gossip here is...

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Women of the White Blaze, Menasha Ridge Press, Birmingham women hiking Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail

Defying Expectations: The Women of the White Blaze

The three women awoke in a shelter on the Appalachian Trail, stretched their stiff hiking muscles, made coffee and oatmeal, and broke camp. They paused to check the weather forecast warning of thunderstorms and possible hail. Normally, weather like this would be alarming, but there...

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John Muir Trail, section hiking the JMT

Day and Section Hiking on the John Muir Trail

Declared as one of the top five hiking trails on the planet by National Geographic’s Adventure magazine, the John Muir Trail runs a spectacular 211 miles from fabled Yosemite Valley to the foot of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48. Thousands of...

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Exploring Havasupai, Greg Witt, bucket list vacations, Havasu,

How to Get to Supai from Hualapai Hilltop

You’ve drooled over the photos. You’ve decided what time of year to go. Now, how exactly do you get to Havasupai? With a hot, 10-mile hike down into the belly of the canyon, it’s not exactly easy to get to paradise. Luckily, you have options! From Hilltop to Supai Although...

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Alaska Highway, Havasupai, Five Star Trails: The Ozarks, Mount Whitney, Bend

Trips in 2017 to Feed Your Wanderlust

Happy 2017, fellow outdoors enthusiasts! If you haven’t already started, now is a great time to take a good look at your calendar and start planning your travels for the coming year. If you have lots of ideas but no set plans, take the next step,...

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Meeting Nimblewill Nomad in the Ouachita Mountains

[caption id="attachment_4039" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jim Warnock and Nimblewill Nomad, both Menasha Ridge authors, meet in the Ouachitas.[/caption] Would I like to schedule a book signing in Northwest Arkansas on October 22 or drive into the Ouachita Mountains and meet Nimblewill Nomad? The answer was easy! Saturday...

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Watch Your Weight When Packing Food for a Hike

We followed Jim Warnock, our author of Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, throughout his John Muir Trail thru-hike this past summer. And while the gear has been cleaned and stored and the food has been eaten, Jim's advice about preparing for a thru-hike still rings true. If you're preparing for...

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