17 articles Tag hiking

Portland: Plenty of Water in this West Coast City

Portland: Plenty of Water in this West Coast City

Since moving to Portland less than a year ago, I’m still in awe of the nearly constant presence of water. It falls from the sky, though not nearly as much as I expected, and it pools up in small ponds around town, and some wetlands a bit farther out. But water’s real presence can mostly be found in the rivers. As an inner Southeast Portland dweller, that mostly means the Willamette, and occasionally the Columbia. …

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Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Even with snow and rain and ice, hiking in the winter can be a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. You just have to be prepared. And that brings up the question, what clothing to wear? I’ve been hiking in winter for many years, and here’s what I’ve found almost always works. Avoid Bulk I was a Boy Scout, and they taught us the mantra “layers, not bulk.” Big bulky coats, …

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REI’s Flash 18 Day Pack

REI’s Flash 18 Day Pack

Rating: 4/5 Pretty Darn Nice I’ve used this pack to summit Colorado 14er Long’s Peak and for many smaller day hikes. Its so light and packable, you can bring it with you inside your overnight backpack for a day hiking pack option. This is a frameless, basic pack, really just a stuff sack with shoulder straps. That makes it very light and versatile, which all works well as long as you don’t need to carry …

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Hiking Footwear: Boots, Shoes or Sandals?

Hiking Footwear: Boots, Shoes or Sandals?

When it comes to footwear on the trail, I keep it simple. I pick a style of trail running shoes that is lightweight, fits well, is a good balance between flexible and stiff, and seems reasonably rugged. I typically hike once a week, on a Saturday or Sunday, and occasional multi-day hikes throughout the year. These shoes last for about a year and a half. I only wear hiking boots when I need protection from …

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Book Review: Best Region Boulder Hiking Trails

Best Region Boulder Hiking Trails By Bette Erickson Published 2009 Full color, 272 pages Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers Rating: This handy little book was the very first I bought when I moved to the Boulder area in 2011. It’s a local bestseller and I can see why. The organization is good, it includes lots of photos (so many hiking books have bad or few photos) and it’s well written and concise. The only improvement I could …

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Hike: Dowdy Draw-Spring Brook Loop, Boulder, Colorado

Hike: Dowdy Draw-Spring Brook Loop, Boulder, Colorado

This is a great after-work hike if you live nearby, or a mild weekend hike if you only have a couple of hours. You’ll find nice open areas with views of the mountains and a bit of ponderosa pine forest on the Spring Brook portion as well. These trails are very popular with mountain bikers, so be careful when coming around the bends. Quick Facts Hike Dowdy Draw-Spring Brook Loop Highlights Open views, prairie with …

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Book Review: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide By Andrew Skurka Published 2012 Full color, 224 pages Publisher: National Geographic This is the book I wish I had years ago when I first started backpacking. Read The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, and you may look at backpacking differently. This is not a day hiker’s book. It’s really for a subset of backpackers, what the author calls Ultimate Hikers. Ultimate Hiking is his term for those seeking a lighter …

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Map Review: Rocky Mountain National Park – Trails Illustrated

National Geographic Trails Illustrated™ – Rocky Mountain National Park Published 2008 Full color Publisher: National Geographic Rating: I bring this map with me every time I hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the free map provided at the park entrance is pretty good overall, it does not include campsite locations. This map does, and specifies which are group and pack animal sites. This information helps me scout out future camping locations when I’m doing …

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Packing List, Rocky Mountain National Park (3 Nights, Summer)

Here’s a list that worked well for me on an easy four day/three night hike with a single back country site in Rocky Mountain National Park. What you bring will depend on the time of year and location. This was a relatively easy hike with warm and dry conditions, although I was prepared for rain. Note: bear canisters are required for food storage for back country camping inside Rocky Mountain National Park. The extra weight …

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Hike: Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike: Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

A nice mountain hike through varied forest to an alpine lake, with interesting eroded areas due to a 1982 dam failure. A long uphill climb brings you to a high valley surrounded by high peaks and with with scenic vistas to the South. Allow most of the day and watch for quickly changing weather conditions. Quick Facts Hike Lawn Lake Location Rocky Mountain National Park, off Old Fall River Road Map GPS, trailhead 40.407059,-105.626857 Overall …

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