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Leave No Trace

Last week my son developed a PowerPoint presentation on Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and presented it to his Webelos den (Cub Scouts). He had a lot of fun adding pictures, sound effects, and motion to the presentation. The result … Continue reading

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Stop, Think, Observe and Plan

Earlier this week, two backpackers were rescued in Glacier National Park after five extra nights in the backcountry. This article, Missing Hikers Were Well Prepared, describes their ordeal and how they used “situational awareness” to stay safe. The term situational … Continue reading

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I Walk Slow

“I walk slow. I walk slow. Take my hand, help me on my way.” Lovers’ Eyes, Mumford & Sons When I’m out hiking or backpacking with my kids, I am often stopped by people who ask me how I got … Continue reading

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My Technicolor Dream

My dream for the next three to five years is big. It’s beyond big. It’s humongous. At least it seems that way to me. Life is so busy already just trying to keep up with work and all the kids’ … Continue reading

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Black Lake

Last Sunday the kids and I took a day hike up to Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The hike is about 8.5 miles round trip from the Glacier Gorge trail head. It is an out-and-back trail, not a … Continue reading

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Golite Shangri-La 3

At the beginning of the summer I weighed my two two-person tents. They weighed eight pounds each. Yes, they are backpacking tents (EMS and REI), but they are old. These days, a reasonable two person tent weighs in at about … Continue reading

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Leeches in Bear Lake and Rawah Wilderness

Before I had children, I spent my weekends kayaking and camping in the Colorado Rockies. During that time, I never once had a leech bite, saw a leech, or was even warned about leeches in our rivers and lakes. But … Continue reading

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