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Featured Trail Narratives
These are updated from time to time. Click on the header to read the narrative
Kinishba Ruins AZ very short but interesting essay, with a terrific series of photos on one of the underrated native American sites in the southwest. This is a neat read from Dave & Michele's adventures on TheNaturalAmerican.com website.
The Dog Team Duofold Challenge: 50K in 50 States Here's an ongoing journal of "Cave Dog's" quest to complete a 50 km hike in all 50 states within a 100 day time frame. He's doing it in honor of environmental icon Bob Marshall, and intends to set a world record in the process. The journal articles and all the behind-the-scenes stuff is great, but what's really cool about this is you can join the Dog Team for all or part of a hike when they roll through your neighborhood. This is sort of the ultimate in "slackpacking," as they do all 50k in a single 24 hour period.
Hiking Alone: Olympic Solo Narrative of a week-long solo trek in western Olympic National Park. Not a lot of "where" but you'll certainly enjoy the "why." Excellent essay by William Chamberlain.
Continental Divide Trail: The Blister Report Here's a great narrative of a CDT hike that lets you experience highlights of the trip. Reading it here, on your computer screen, will enable you to enjoy some way cool terrain without leg cramps, back spasms, twisted ankles, bug bites, hunger, or sunburn. Watch out for carpal tunnel syndrome...
Appalachian Trail journal of Free Spirit's hike - indexed Georgia to Maine journal with daily photos plus summaries, gearlist, etc. 8 hikes cover all 174 days and 2,160 fabulous AT miles. Click on the individual section on the right column, then read the daily diary -- well done; gives you a good feel for the "ups and downs" of an AT thru-hike.
Sierras: Here's a link for Californians to enjoy, The Diamond Valley Company's "Trek of the Month". These are the good folks at Trail Blazer Books, and they do a great job of describing a hike with a key photo and detailed instructions. Good click.
Booting Up: We're pleased to point out another "media mention," this time in the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune. Click here and look for mentions of slackpacker.com near the end of the article.
Iowa • Yellow River State Park
16 mile backpack trip, thoroughly enjoyable reading. Page by Brian Simon Added November 2003
Portland Oregon • Wildwood Trail
Hike to Pittock Mansion, other highlights through Portland and environs. This is a very well done page on the "Coon Family hiking club" website. Good narrative & numerous photos. 2003
Redwood Regional Park/Bay Area
This is a brief narrative about a "barefoot hike" through this Northern California park. It's on something called "unshod.org" and is penned by Mike Berrow. Hey, we're willing to try new things. Perhaps.
Humphreys Peak • Arizona
The highest point in Arizona. With the trailhead at 8800', this was a tough climb for a family of easterners. 2002
Knobstone Trail • Indiana
Take a journey on one of the Hoosier State's most notable trails, via this entertaining and informative site by young hiking family "Mike, Aimee & Maria." 2002
Mt. Washington • New Hampshire
personal journal of the classic trek in New England, with stops at the Lake of the Clouds Hut and the summit complex.
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