I discovered backpacking and this wonderful hiking community on the Florida Trail in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. I aim to positively impact other people making every step on the trail count for something more than my own enjoyment. The overall effect of hiking for something bigger than my own personal experience is what I call #HikeWithHeart. Part of that journey includes joining the 2019 Granite Gear Grounds Keeper team! I’m passionate about practicing Leave No Trace ethics so I can leave the outdoor spaces I visit a little cleaner than when I came. I’m also usually hiking for a good cause – charity! I hope to see you on the trail and share some of my adventures with the world. Cheers, Josh "Pace Car" Johnson – Instagram: @HikeWithHeart
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Backpacking stoves these days run on wood, esbit tabs, alcohol, and the ever-popular IsoPro canisters. The PocketRocket Deluxe runs on an IsoPro
I strapped on the The Nemo Switchback™ sleeping pad for testing because it was designed to deliver better thickness, comfort while still achieving an industry-leading pack size. The lightweight pad was fast and easy to use. Read the full gear review for details!
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When I tell people I hike long distance, I am often asked safety-related questions, like “Do you carry a gun?” or “Do you have a satellite device for
There's something magnificent about spending time outdoors. As a hiker, there are moments when you fall for the trail. You might witness a stunning
When I say "tropic thunder," I'm not talking about the comedy; I'm talking about the real thing. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. For now,
Maggie shuttled me to Burningtown Gap and, like her husband, she gave me a pre-hike hug to start my day off right. Those two are the nicest people.
Waking to the sound of silence is nice when it means the sound of rain is absent. It’s a stark contrast to last night’s rainstorm, and I was glad to