Category Archives: Hiking

What I wished I knew before I starting backpacking and hiking, but didn’t…. Part 7: Staying clean on the trail (HBA)

This is the 7th part of a series HBA stands for Health and Beauty Aids.   I don’t know why I started calling it that, but I did. It pertains to all things related to how do you stay clean when … Continue reading

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How I pack by backpack. Every single time.

I’m taking a short break to the series to give some more details. I had an earlier post about packing my backpack and thought it needed a more in-depth entry. I will start with my backpack fully loaded and unpack … Continue reading

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What I wished I knew before I starting backpacking and hiking, but didn’t…. Part 6: Tools/ miscellaneous

This is the sixth part of a series.  Please read the other sections. I labeled this section as miscellaneous because it doesn’t fit any of my other categories. There could be pages upon pages written about each individual topic as … Continue reading

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What I wished I knew before I starting backpacking and hiking, but didn’t…. Part 5: Cook system

This is the fifth part of a series. The fourth item on the “Big Four” is your cooking system. When it comes to cooking, the choices are nearly endless but break down into several categories. You can cook over a … Continue reading

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What I wished I knew before I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 4: Shelter

This is the fourth part of a series. The second “Big Four” item is shelter. You should NOT go build yourself a shelter out of tree branches except in survival situations. It devastates the environment, is time consuming, and takes … Continue reading

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ANYONE can go hiking

While I am an experienced hiker/backpacker, I also enjoy introducing others to my hobbies.  Like many of you, I enjoy watching YouTube. If you haven’t heard, there is an individual attempting to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 3: Backpack

This is the third part of a series. If you have been out of backpacking or hiking for several years, when you think of a backpack, you probably think of the ones with the external metal frame. Times have drastically … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 2: Clothes

This is the second part of a series. What do you wear? You may think a visit to the local outfitter store is needed before you can go backpacking or camping. If you go that route, the chances are they … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 1: How to get started

I’ve been told to write a book.  I’m not sure why.  I didn’t invent anything and I don’t have knowledge that’s not available to the general public.  I HAVE spent a considerable amount of time in the woods and I … Continue reading

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Lessons learned during my 26.3 mile Trailblaze Challenge Hike for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

I completed the 26.3 mile hike for the Alabama Make-A-Wish Foundation this past Saturday, May 5th, 2018. I started at approximately 5:15 am and crossed the finish line at 4:13 pm.  There were aid stations/resupply points at miles 8.49, 13.44, and … Continue reading

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