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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PlayCleanGo, invasive species

A Love-Hate Relationship with Invasive Species

If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with February. I love the excuse to give and eat lots of chocolate, but it can get to be a bit much. I love planning my summer trips, but hate having to wait for better weather...

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How to go on a snowshoe hike, Menasha Ridge Press, Mindy Sink, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Denver

How to Go on a Snowshoe Hike

There's no need to despair as the snow falls heavily, covering your favorite hiking trails until the spring thaw. All you need to do is strap on a pair of lightweight but clownish snowshoes and away you go! Snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity—it's as easy...

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What happens when you lose cell phone service

What Happens When You Lose Cell Phone Service

One of our goals in 2019 is to be more present with ourselves, our friends, and our environment.  Another goal is to go on more backcountry adventures. Which means putting that cell phone into airplane mode more. Pair these two goals together and something equal...

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Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes

Best Winter Camping on the Appalachian Trail

If you camp on the Appalachian Trail during peak season, you'll be in good (read: crowded) company. You'll cuddle with strangers in shelters in Tennessee, have next door neighbors inches from your tent, and eat like kings and queens with the starry-eyed starters at Springer...

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Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes

Best Winter Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail knows no off season. Yes, there are plenty of stretches that should be avoided once the snow starts falling and ice covers the roots and rocks (looking at you, Vermont and Maine), the A.T. is a wonderful place for winter hiking. For...

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New Year, Stronger You

With the holidays over and a few months of cold, inclement weather ahead, the days of hiking in the sunshine among wildflowers seem far away. But these dreary months are important—you can use them to shake the cobwebs off your gear and get your joints...

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