In Defense of Running

Walking very slowly is nice, too, and I wrote about that here. I used to think that running was for people who were trying to achieve something or trying to be better than someone else.  I used to wonder why you would put yourself through such an uncomfortable thing if you weren't competitive or athletic. ... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Walking Very Slowly

To see my essay about hiking very fast instead of very slowly, click here. Things that have happened when I walked slowly or without any ambitious goal in mind:  When Wade and I went to a small park in Washington we didn't know anything about, we explored the network of short trails without a plan. ... Continue Reading →

A Different Kind of Gear List

Approximately 20-25lbs of home: One very special purple, scratched-up titanium spork that Wade gave me for my birthday on the AT (because what else do you give a thru-hiker?). A tiny bottle of Doc Bronner's we barely ever use, so God knows where or when we actually bought it. One lighter of similarly mysterious origin.... Continue Reading →

Hiking Buddy Application

Note:  This is not actually meant to be a method of  judging people to be fit or unfit as hiking partners, it is just a slightly tongue-in-cheek idea I had after some conversations about What Makes a Good Hiking Buddy (an undefinable concept).  It might be a good way to get to know people before... Continue Reading →

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