Why Do You Hike?

Trail Sign

It’s a pretty simple question, but have you ever stopped to really think about it? What is it about hiking and backpacking that motivates you enough to go outside, give up the so called ‘comforts’ of home, and sleep outdoors? Is it the sense of freedom? Sense of adventure? The peace and quite? Solitude? Time […]

How do You Pass the Time on Long Nights?

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Here is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series of reader questions. Jan-Willem Bol (@janwillembol) of the Netherlands writes: “Ok, so the thing about hiking in winter is that there is always a fair chance of bad weather, the low temperatures and the long nights. That last one got me thinking. I […]