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July 31, 2019

If you've been on Facebook lately, you may have noticed a lot of promotional ads for Arctic Cool.  They sell cooling shirts, hats, and other accessories that are supposed to cool down the more you sweat.  Since I am looking into starting a hiking/backpacking/trail runn...

January 7, 2018

 Tree Arch, North Country Trail, Wampum, PA - off Tony Ditko Road

2018 - a bitter start this year, with most of the United States mired in single-digit temperatures with below zero wind chills.  Snowfall has been heavy, reaching record totals in Erie, PA, and as far sou...

December 30, 2017

Have you ever done all your research and felt completely prepared for a hike, only to find out that you had SO MUCH MORE to learn once you got on the trail?  Yeah, that's what it was like when we hiked Camelback.  

Now, my son and I are pretty experienced hike...

November 29, 2017

Dear Outdoor Clothing Manufacturers:

Believe it or not, women go outside.  We hike.  We camp.  We fish.  We hunt.  We ski.  We do all kinds of things in the outdoors.  The one thing we are unable to do, however, is find a pair of cargo pants for women that actually have...

November 15, 2017

In April, 2017, I was working not only on my Hike100 Challenge for 2017, but also on my own personal goal of hiking all of the North Country Trail in Pennsylvania.  April 1 was a good day weather-wise for hiking - but turned out not to be very good for my NCT-PA goal!

I...

October 17, 2017

 Brandywine Falls, from the lower observation deck

Brandywine Falls is easily accessible from several trails located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Sagamore Hills, OH.  Trailhead parking for the Brandywine Gorge Loop Trail is located at 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamo...

October 5, 2017

 Alpha Pass Trail, McConnell's Mill State Park, Portersville, PA - leading to Alpha Falls

McConnell's Mill State Park in Portersville, PA, hosts a number of interesting and historic sites, including a historic grist mill that provides demonstrations throughout the summe...

September 17, 2017

Last year, I set a goal of completing the NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.  I blew it out of the park, and ended up with 200 miles on the North Country Trail in 2016.  I wasn't going to work towards that again in 2017, but the NCTA came out with a different patch, so I had to...

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