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Philosophy

November 9, 2016

I went for a walk in the woods. I didn’t have a map, and I didn’t make a plan. I didn’t turn my GPS on, didn’t record how far I went, how much elevation I gained, or how fast I got there. In fact, there was no “there” to get to. I did have to cross a few things off…

Read the PostA Forest Poem

June 27, 2016

As I sit down to write, I realize that easily half (and probably more) of the trail runners I know are dealing with some sort of injury, including myself. It’s almost inevitable, especially when find ourselves in pursuit of longer distances, faster times, or both. Although the root cause of many common running injuries have still not been pinned down,…

Read the PostRunning Injuries, Injured Pride, and the Reality of Failure

September 18, 2015

No pretty pictures today, just a short essay. Some thoughts on running “in pursuit of” and the elusive nature of quality time – which comes in so many ways. Maybe a day at the beach with the family just going with the flow, an afternoon spent swinging in a hammock while sufficiently intoxicated, or just going out for a short…

Read the PostSoul Running and the Selfie

July 29, 2014

Labor Day is just about a month away now. If you’re anything like the masses, you’re probably thinking about spending the weekend outdoors. I was reminded of its imminent approach whilst reading the latest edition of San Fransisco magazine recently. Feeling in the mood for yet another response-type piece, I decided to put together the Hike It. Like It. Labor…

Read the PostYour Labor Day Escape?

July 28, 2014

Once upon a time I went for a run. It happened to be a nice very nice run among the giant Sequoias of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. For me running has turned from something I once swore off to something I need to do. This summer I find myself in a lull, having not been able to run at…

Read the PostFootprints in the Paella

March 31, 2014

In the upcoming days I have 2 friends departing on thru hike attempts of the PCT, one friend heading abroad to India for several months, and my own mini adventure of the Zion Traverse trail run all taking place. Another friend just completed her first half-Iron Man triathlon. Everyday people DO do exceptional things. These are the sorts of things…

Read the PostHere’s to New Adventures

July 19, 2013

Some of you who stop here to read my ramblings on cameras probably know that I’ve been using a Sony NEX 5N along with some small manual focus lenses to make a fairly compact, lightweight, and capable camera system. Well, this year has been the year of new gadgets and adding more weight to my pack, so I guess it…

Read the PostThe Evolution of a Backpacking Camera System

July 17, 2013

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that backpackers have their own kind of language when it comes to talking about gear, people, life, even food. Some of it is sort of neo-hippy hesh surfer slash 80’s breakdance, and some is… less straightforward. Most of the time it doesn’t really matter what we’re saying as long as we understand each…

Read the PostGear Jargon for your Noggin

April 24, 2013

Thank you for following along with our series focusing on Kids and Backpacking. For this installment, Manfred Kopisch shares some thoughts on using geocaching as a tool to interest children in being active, getting outdoors, and ultimately getting them backpacking. I’ll let Manfred take it from here… Geocaching with Children Over the last years I have seen many articles that…

Read the PostTreasures Discovered – Geocaching with Children

April 3, 2013

Hiking is great fun. Hiking with your significant other is better yet! Though, if you spend enough cold nights in close quarters you may eventually find yourselves waking up to strange sounds. Nope, not those pesky deer crunching around in the forest, more like the sorts of sounds related to hungry tummies wanting warm milk! Yes, the inevitable… children! So…

Read the PostWhere the Wild Things Are