My name is Jim, though on the trail I'm occasionally known as Simba. When I retired a few years ago I returned to backpacking and found, for me, the sweet spot is long trails, but not that long. In the past few years I've thru-hiked the Colorado Trail, Long Trail, JMT, Tahoe Rim Trail, Sheltowee Trace and others. To me, these 200-500 mile trails can be life changing, without taking so long that I have to change my life to accomplish them. I think they're a great alternative for those that don't have the time, ability, circumstances, or need to hike one of the Triple Crown. I'm a Past President of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and through the years have written other articles and a few books about backpacking. Much of my local hiking is covered at backpackohio.com.
Two Thousand Miles to Happy is an illustrated children's book that chronicles Earl Shaffer's historic thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Adrift on the Pacific Crest Trail: A Thru-Hiking Story Author: Clay Bonnyman Evans MSRP: $14 Publisher: Pony Tales Publishing Clay Bonnyman
On a recent hike through Glacier National Park, my wife, Michelle, and I encountered multiple bears. Michelle had a more than healthy respect for the
Yes, you read that right. Despite the recent surge in unemployment, there is a position available that requires hiking the Appalachian Trail and
The Foothills Trail runs from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park, both in South Carolina. In between, the path meanders through Sumter
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I’d been in the market for a new sleeping bag for a while. My 55-degree bag was light, but only useful for summer trips at lower elevations. My older
The recent killing on the Appalachian Trail of Ronald Sanchez has shattered many people’s confidence in their personal safety while on the trail.
Bikepacking the Ohio to Erie Trail Length: 326 miles Location: The trail runs from the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland Trail