Bottled Oxygen

Hitting the bottled oxygen at 9000 feet near Devils Thumb in Colorado. Not quite the boost I expected. Tough to go from 1K to 9K feet in 24 hours. … [Read more...]

Wayah Bald

Had a chance to #hike the #AppalachianTrail last weekend to Wayah Bald in N.C. Beautiful spring day. The black trees against the blue skies were dramatic to see. Ridge to the right of this photo was covered with black barren trees. … [Read more...]

Episode 52: Cascade Hiker

In Episode 52, it's a first on the N2Backpacking podcast because I speak with a fellow podcaster - Rudy from the Cascade Hiker.  He approached me for an interview, but we end up trading questions and discussing a range of hiking and backpacking topics.  On the show, we talk about how we got in to backpacking, why we started podcasting, how we integrate our families in to our backcountry adventures, and the drastically different climates of the Pacific Northwest and Southern … [Read more...]

Episode 52R: Back To The Beginning

In Episode 52R, we relaunch the most popular podcast from the first few years of the show ... 30-Pack's enthusiastic recap of his 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hike.  With spring in the air and thru-hiker season underway - this is a great follow-up to our discussions with 3Dub in the last show.  Once again, you'll hear how the Trail takes hold of you - whether you're in your 20's or 70's - or anywhere between.  And how it can drive you to keep going ... on to the Pacific Crest … [Read more...]

Lost Wedding Ring

In 2003, I lost my wedding ring in this exact same spot while #backpacking on the #BentonMacKayeTrail at the #ToccoaRiver. Apparently I'm not the first. … [Read more...]

Backcountry Kitchen

When Therm Rider cooks in the backcountry, he does not play around. … [Read more...]

Episode 51: NOBO

In Episode 51, I speak with 3 Dub (aka the World Wide Wanderer) who spent 7 months hiking northbound or NOBO on the Appalachian Trail last summer.  On March 26th I had the opportunity to see him off at Springer Mountain, and in the podcast we speak about his preparations for the hike, experiences on the Trail, and what the vibe is like as a 50+ year old thru-hiker. With the long distance hiking season ramping up ... 3Dub and I talk right before he departed for Europe and his spring hike … [Read more...]

One Last Look

Alec and I are the last to leave the campsite this morning and the dogs are ready to go. One last look before we hit the trail... … [Read more...]

Strom Thurmond Lake

A view of Strom Thurmond Lake from our backcountry campsite. There is no boat to be seen on the water this winter evening. … [Read more...]

Rosman, North Carolina

Winter #dayhike in the Nantahala National Forest near Rosman, NC this weekend. This campsite looks worth a return trip. … [Read more...]