John Edward Harris

I am a thru-hiker want-to-be who has hiked sections of the AT in NH, NJ, PA, VA and NC. I fell in love with hiking and backpacking over forty years ago. Yes, I am that old! Along the way I took a NOLS Outdoor Educator Course, a LNT Master Educator Course., and two Wilderness First Aid Courses. I also enjoy sea kayaking and most recently cycling. In other words, I love the outdoors and adventure.

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More Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

More Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

That's me just after being dropped off at the trail head. The snow had melted by our next day backpacking. Backpacking in the Snow A year

Aug 15, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

Reflecting on some of my earliest backpacking adventures, I sometimes wonder how I managed to survive. For example, over the Christmas / New Year’s

Jul 27, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Gear Review: BearVault BV450

Gear Review: BearVault BV450

Garcia Machines Model 812 Backpackers Cache – Bear Canister in my pack and backpacked on Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail with a BV450

Jul 13, 2017 : John Edward Harris
My Portable, Transferable, Multi-Sport Essentials Kit

My Portable, Transferable, Multi-Sport Essentials Kit

I think most backpackers and hikers agree on the importance of the ten essentials, even though we might quibble about what exactly those Swiss Army

Jun 23, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Do You Remember Your First Time?

Do You Remember Your First Time?

Do you remember your first time? Soon after Christmas 1977, four of us met up somewhere in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for a few days of

Jun 8, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Review of Chris Bolgiano’s The Appalachian Forest

Review of Chris Bolgiano’s The Appalachian Forest

Review of The Appalachian Forest, A Search For Roots and Renewal by Chris Bolgiano (Stackpole Books, 1988, 280 pages) Anyone backpacking the

May 25, 2017 : John Edward Harris
My Sleeping System: I Am Satisfied With Its Performance

My Sleeping System: I Am Satisfied With Its Performance

I recently upgraded my sleeping system. It now consists of four main components: a sleeping bag, a stuff sack that serves as a pillow, a sleeping bag

May 10, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Do I Really Need All These Packs?

Do I Really Need All These Packs?

With so many diverse brands and styles of packs available, each designed for a different type of use, each appealing to various needs, wants, and

Apr 27, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Go-to GORP Recipe

Go-to GORP Recipe

Most hikers and backpackers probably have their favorite trail mix which is some variety of GORP, or Good Old Raisins and Peanuts. While there are

Apr 13, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Not too “Tired” to Hike

Not too “Tired” to Hike

Sometimes the most hazardous and problematic part of hiking is just getting to the trailhead. For example, I recently set out to drive thirty-five

Mar 23, 2017 : John Edward Harris