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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The John Muir Trail: A Few Steps in Paradise

Earlier this summer, we shared how Jim Warnock, author of our upcoming guide, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, packed for his John Muir Trail thru-hike. 21 days and 210 miles later, Jim has completed the journey. Follow along as he tells the story: Beginnings: We began our 21 days on the trail from Tuolumne...

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What to Pack for the John Muir Trail

Jim Warnock, author of the upcoming Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, will embark on one of the most scenic thru-hikes in America, the John Muir Trail. Packing for 20 days requires a lot of time, preparation, and thought. Here's how Jim chose what to bring with him. There...

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5 Reasons to Keep a Hiking Journal

When you're on a thru-hike, the days can easily blend together. This is where a hiking journal can come in handy!  Pack a notebook to document every detail of the journey—it'll be worth its weight in gold one day. If you're on the fence about lugging around a few extra ounces...

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How to Switch to an Ultralight Pack

A backpack is arguably the most important piece of your hiking equipment. It needs to withstand the weight of your gear and allow you to hike comfortably over a long distance. As a conventional backpacker, you may be hesitant to take the leap to an ultralight...

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Understanding Comfort and Misery in Backpacking

Backpacking is becoming more mainstream, but that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone is doing it comfortably. How many times have you thrown your pack down in frustration over its weight, realized you had packed way too many things, or even cut a trip short because...

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Books to Take Backpacking

Hiking is all about your senses. The views for miles. The feel of the mountain breeze. The smell of pine trees. The taste of the cold (filtered!) alpine lake. The sound of birds echoing through the forest. But once you take off your pack and settle...

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Lessons Learned from Nimblewill Nomad

This past weekend, Trekalong attended the AT Trail Fest in Dahlonega, Georgia, where I got to spend time with one of our Menasha Ridge authors, Nimblewill Nomad. Nimblewill is a hiking legend—he has thru-hiked the Triple Crown and all of the National Scenic Trails, and...

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