The Early Bird Bags The Peak

The Early Bird Bags the Peak

  • August 17, 2017

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”

The “Precious”

  • April 27, 2017

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

How to Use Trekking Poles

  • April 14, 2017

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

Trail Volunteers in Action at Tsali

  • November 7, 2016

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

An Hour Before Sunrise

  • August 11, 2016

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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A Walk In The Woods: Making It Your Own

A Walk In the Woods: Making It Your Own

  • September 21, 2015

The Bill Bryson book is a best-seller, and the Robert Redford film is out. Want to have your own walk in the woods? Several Milestone Press guidebooks include hikes along the Appalachian Trail; they're a great source for the best day hikes…

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Passing The Torch Of Outdoor Leadership

Passing the Torch of Outdoor Leadership

  • July 19, 2015

Jim Parham is out of the office at the moment—working, as he does each July, with summer camp counselors and their young campers. Here are a few of his reflections on sharing adventures with the next generation. Right now I am sitting…

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Backpacking For Foodies: Freezer Bag Cooking

Backpacking for Foodies: Freezer Bag Cooking

  • June 8, 2015

  Finding trail food that packs up light and is inexpensive, tasty, easy to prepare, and simple to clean up has always been a challenge for backpackers. Jim Parham found a solution he’s been using for years. It’s been decades…

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Stalking The Wild, Elusive Oconee Bells

Stalking the Wild, Elusive Oconee Bells

  • March 24, 2015

  Oconee Bells are blooming now. This elusive early spring wildflower is found only in a few locations in Upstate South Carolina and just over the border in North Carolina—mostly in the Jocassee Gorges region. If you want to see them,…

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