Magical Moments

Magical moments…those backcountry experiences that we find so hard to explain to others, but that make all of the hard work and challenges and dangers worth every bit of the effort.

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Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a rare total solar eclipse passed through the south-eastern United States.  The eclipse was forecast to be 97% of totality near my house, and I initially planned just to stay home to watch it.  A couple of days before the eclipse, however, I…

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Satellite Communicators

One safety-related device that can really spark a debate among backpackers is the satellite communicator. On one hand you have a group that argues they interfere with the wildness of the backcountry. And on the other hand you have a group that argues they are an essential…

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