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Saguaro Cacti in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona

It's finally cooling down in the dersert regions of Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson areas). So when you are out hiking, you cannot miss the cacti towering over you about 10+ feet. Many of you may be familiar with the Saguaro Cactus, whether you know it or not.  If you are...

November 15, 2017
Chupacabra - Blood Sucking Goat Eater

It is almost Halloween and everyone needs more to read about ghosts, creatures and other ghoulish things that exist in the western United States.  Today's bedtime story, children, is about a couple monsters living here in Arizona and other parts of the Southwestern...

October 28, 2017
Phantom Ranch Grand Canyon at night

Hiking is not supposed to be scary, or is it?  Aside from rattlesnakes, steep trails and absolute isolation, there is nothing to be afraid of.  But, add some spirits to your hike and your hiking adventure gets that much more, well, adventurous.  If you think I am talking...

October 19, 2017
showering in the backcountry

One of the most frequently asked questions we get for our backpacking trips is "Are there showers?" Well, you are in the big, bad, outdoors so, no. However, that should not keep you from experiencing life in the outdoors - which is so worth foregoing the shower.  Here...

September 24, 2017
Tuolumne to Yose Valley

Hiring a backcountry guide is a great idea for all sorts of reasons, but that is for another time. In short, if you’re looking to go backpacking in an area that you have never been or unfamiliar, hitting a guide can cut the learning curve substantially. Guides provide...

September 3, 2017
Woman Stretching before run

The title says it all! This article is about minimizing muscle soreness when you hike - key word, MINIMIZE (not eliminate). So don't go following the advice of this article and whine that your muscles were sore yet you did everything I said.

August 16, 2017
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