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Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 25.08.2017

Trail Guide - King Meadows Trail No. 63 (7.6 miles) The trail can be summarized in 3 sections. The first section 1.25 miles is a steep climb from Snowbird Creek. The next section is a typical single track following ridges and skirting peaks to Deep Gap. The final section from Deep Gap to a house near Hooper Bald generally follows ridges along logging roads and deeply rutted roads. Detailed Trail Description: From near Snowbird Creek, trail ascends steeply (Strenuous) in first 1.25 miles with a climb from elevation gain of 1000...

Articles, Going Solo / 01.05.2017

When hiking solo, you don't have the option of leaving one car at the destination trailhead. The easiest solution is to choose a loop hike or at least a loop that leaves you minimizing the trail distance you have to retrace. Look for "near loops" where you might be able to add a short road walk to complete the loop. Even better, use a bicycle for the road portion of the trip. I've often used a bicycle to complete a loop.  I have ridden on paved and unpaved roads....

Articles, Going Solo / 01.05.2017

One of the most amusing activities of backpacking is watching while someone else tries to throw a bear bag line. This usually starts with finding a likely branch, then looking for a stick or rock to tie to the end of a rope. Given how many rocks you wear your feet out on while hiking, it's amazing how you can't find a rock when you really want one.   Easy Way to Hang a Bear Line The real fun starts as the hiker begins throwing. Over and over again. Typically the...