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Make Way for Bear Canisters

For years now, backpackers on the west coast have been using bear-resistant canisters for food storage while camping in the backcountry. Most of the national parks there (Yosemite, Sequoyah, Kings Canyon, Olympic) and many of the national forests require their…

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A Geography Geek Finds North Georgia

Sooner or later, those who hike or bike the trails of the Southeast (and draw maps of them) delve deep into the lay of the land. Here’s what Jim Parham says about locating a region he covers in several of…

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In Pisgah, Rain Comes In Many Forms

Over the course of the last decade I’ve spent part of each summer leading biking and hiking trips into the popular Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest. Most folks around here just refer to this area as Pisgah, but…

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Hiking Boot Heaven: Rest In Peace, Boot Hill

  All hikers know this scenario. You go through two or three pairs of hiking shoes or boots and then finally you find that pair that really, really works for you. You love them. They are AWESOME. You hike in…

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The Early Bird Bags the Peak

I admire people who get up early. In my opinion, they get to experience the best part of the day and can accomplish more by sun-up than other folks do by sun-down. I don’t always get up early, but when…

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The “Precious”

Jim Parham has been out on the trail this spring, doing field work for a backpacking overnight guidebook to north Georgia. Along the way, he's had time to ruminate on an essential piece of adventure gear—one that might surprise you. Every…

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How to Use Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles. Certainly you can hike without them, and many folks do. However, if you want to save your knees for many years of hiking to come; are planning a trip that includes lots of rocky, rooty, steep terrain; or…

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Trail Volunteers in Action at Tsali

When mountain biking first came on the scene in the southeastern United States back in the late 1980's, people could ride their bikes on almost any trail. Seeing a cyclist on a “foot-only” trail was a novelty for most people. As…

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An Hour Before Sunrise

Over the course of a year, I spend a lot of time in the backcountry. Many a night I'm sleeping on the ground or suspended between two trees in my hammock. I love it, and I swear it’s much better…

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