man and dog 60 days off-trail

Ace Kvale turned 60 last fall, and to celebrate, he planned a 60-day, off-trail backpacking trip around Utah’s Canyon Country, leaving from his front door.

He had a dozen friends join him for different sections of the trip, and one friend who joined him for the whole thing: his blue heeler, 10-year-old Genghis Khan aka ‘Desert Dog’. …

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

related – Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg

(via Outside)

Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart …

An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn 

I’ve read a number of books on the PCT. I believe this is my favourite.

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Carrot Quinn was raised in Alaska on welfare by a schizophrenic single mother. A rough life. In fact, she became a hobo riding the rails.

This book reads as a blog. That’s because it started as blog posts from the trail.

reaching the Canadian border

reaching the Canadian border

If you are one of those who disliked Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild … because it had too little actual hiking … know that this extended trip report is all about the hiking. 🙂

It’s funny. It’s real. It’s surprising. Carrot makes no apologies.She’s a big advocate of trail romance. Even sex.

I’ll certainly buy any of her other books that get released on audio.

related – Carrot did not love the Continental Divide Trail. She did love the Hayduke Route.

best sections of the Florida Trail

Cam Honan hiked the Florida Trail in the winter of 2011/12.

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He enjoyed most St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and Big Cypress National Preserve.

Highlights included sunrise and sunset on this Trail.

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Local fauna.

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Cam bumped into legendary thru hiker Billy Goat. Two legends, I’d say.

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Read Cam’s Florida Trail Backpacking Guide.

Dave Adlard on Adventure Sports

So, people ask me about this “adventure racing thing,” (and the mountaineering thing, and long hiking and, and…😉 ) and “the thing” is, many people have heard about it. About people who do this crazy race, or climb this or that hill, taking time out of their “normal” lives to traipse through the wilderness, maybe for a few hours, maybe for longer than a week straight, and a few crazy folks will think “YES. That. I want to do that.”

That’s how I started…

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You write a blog. You post photos of breathtaking landscapes that most people will never see in a lifetime. The sunrise above the clouds, from 14,000 feet, with the shadow of the mountain stretching hundreds of miles behind you. Remote places you can’t drive to or even reach with a four-wheeler. Jaw-dropping scenes like these were a huge part of the allure of doing a race, or climbing that mountain. But when you were actually out there, you discovered it was so much more. The sum of so many things impossible to capture in a photograph. …

On Racing or Climbing, and why I do them…

Greater Patagonian Trail update

GearJunkie:

The Greater Patagonian Trail (GPT) is 1,300 miles long and counting. It is a growing network of backroads and rutted trails stitched together to form an enormous route across South America, and almost nobody knows about it.

That’s because it’s been built quietly, the entire route put together by one couple who hope to share a love of hiking with the world.

At 1,300 Miles, Remote ‘GPT’ Is Longest Trail In South America

I met Swiss-German hiker and explorer Jan Dudeck and his Chilean wife Meylin Ubilla last January. And hope to get back to Patagonia again in 2017.

Laguna Caracol

Laguna Caracol