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West Coast fires: How we outran a California wildfire 1 apeman
3:01 a.m. on Sep 16, 2020
by apeman
Fire season 32 balzaccom
6:36 p.m. on Sep 15, 2020
by ppine
Solo Trips and Their Risks 42 ppine
3:28 p.m. on Sep 1, 2020
by balzaccom
Forget bears--worry about boars! 3 balzaccom
10:55 a.m. on Aug 18, 2020
by PhilNC
Devils Bite - Newfoundland 2 Sean Hall
3:26 a.m. on Aug 1, 2020
by pillowthread
Raccoon in a hammock 6 g00se
12:29 a.m. on Jul 12, 2020
by ppine
Backpacking and Heart Issues 13 ppine
5:20 p.m. on Jul 2, 2020
by Old Guide
Back(pain)packing 14 PhilNC
9:32 a.m. on Jun 23, 2020
by PhilNC
Hiking with Bugs 16 balzaccom
8:23 p.m. on Jun 12, 2020
by ppine
Hiking with Snakes 20 KiwiKlimber
6:35 a.m. on Jun 8, 2020
by Old Guide
How we spent 4 months living in a tent and why everyone should try it? - Our story 12 Angelina
11:44 p.m. on Jun 7, 2020
by whomeworry
Backcountry Reading 73 PhilNC
6:56 p.m. on Jun 7, 2020
by ghostdog
What are your backcountry indulgences? 49 Bentbrook
5:59 p.m. on Jun 7, 2020
by 300winmag
my admission 17 Jerry Caldwell
5:48 p.m. on Jun 7, 2020
by 300winmag
Just had a few years taken off my life 20 Phil Smith
5:25 p.m. on Jun 7, 2020
by 300winmag
Dry Camps? 22 PhilNC
3:53 a.m. on May 27, 2020
by whomeworry
My extra shirt for the summit.... 4 Kato Baker
10:56 a.m. on May 19, 2020
by andrew f.
Backpacking with a dog 4 WILL1E
3:17 p.m. on May 14, 2020
by ghostdog
bear bags or food bags 20 Jerry Caldwell
11:58 a.m. on Apr 11, 2020
by 1100 Remington Man
My podcast inteview about fly-fishing 1 balzaccom
2:09 p.m. on Apr 9, 2020
by balzaccom
Avalanche article 8 andrew f.
6:59 a.m. on Mar 27, 2020
by andrew f.
LNT.org Recommendations 2 LoneStranger
11:21 a.m. on Mar 19, 2020
by balzaccom
Death Valley 2020 9 ppine
11:07 a.m. on Mar 16, 2020
by ppine
hiking in sub freezing temps and sweat 13 Patman
9:09 a.m. on Mar 4, 2020
by LoneStranger
How Do You Cope During Long Periods of No Hiking? 13 Jerry Caldwell
2:16 p.m. on Feb 18, 2020
by Patman
What really Ticks you off on the trail? 27 John Starnes
10:59 a.m. on Feb 14, 2020
by ppine
Getting a tent 14 Adam Papp
1:24 p.m. on Feb 11, 2020
by PhilNC
I Just Want To Ride - Lael Wilcox and the 2019 Tour Divide 4 GaryPalmer
2:58 p.m. on Feb 10, 2020
by 300winmag
Sierra Stories 8 balzaccom
7:22 p.m. on Feb 8, 2020
by ppine
My photography set-up for hiking and backpacking. 2 Randall Purrett
7:08 a.m. on Jan 18, 2020
by BigRed
New camera: photography on the trail. 5 Randall Purrett
1:25 a.m. on Jan 12, 2020
by whomeworry
Soft shell vs. hard shell. 6 Randall Purrett
11:01 a.m. on Jan 2, 2020
by andrew f.
Live bait while backpacking... 19 WILL1E
9:05 a.m. on Dec 20, 2019
by Old Guide
Wildlife right here at home 3 balzaccom
12:03 a.m. on Dec 20, 2019
by ppine
Walking sticks for self defense. 91 Randall Purrett
10:28 a.m. on Dec 17, 2019
by Old Guide
Nite Ize vs. knots 7 Harvey Gunderson
3:09 p.m. on Nov 30, 2019
by ghostdog
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 3 of 3 5 Jerry Caldwell
1:01 p.m. on Nov 27, 2019
by ppine
Going Forward 4 Jerry Caldwell
5:30 a.m. on Nov 26, 2019
by Jerry Caldwell
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 2 of 3 6 Jerry Caldwell
10:54 a.m. on Nov 22, 2019
by Jerry Caldwell
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 1 of 3 3 Jerry Caldwell
10:52 a.m. on Nov 21, 2019
by ppine
Hiking Utah, Wyoming,or Other? 25 Adam Midden
7:40 a.m. on Nov 12, 2019
by Patman
Mystery corpse found on Mt Williamson, Sierra 6 whomeworry
12:21 p.m. on Oct 30, 2019
by andrew f.
Is the compass obsolete? 42 Randall Purrett
3:24 p.m. on Sep 26, 2019
by ghostdog
Free topographical maps and hybrid aerial views anywhere USA 4 GaryPalmer
6:48 p.m. on Sep 22, 2019
by freedeep
Desalination of seawater 22 GaryPalmer
4:23 p.m. on Sep 17, 2019
by GaryPalmer
Rx: nature 5 balzaccom
7:58 p.m. on Sep 7, 2019
by Oldman Mike
Let the flame orange wars begin 15 balzaccom
12:07 p.m. on Sep 3, 2019
by DrPhun
Attempt on Taylor Peak and thoughts on gear I chose. 8 Randall Purrett
11:18 a.m. on Aug 26, 2019
by andrew f.
Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam 4 GaryPalmer
2:47 p.m. on Aug 17, 2019
by ghostdog
LNT in the new millenium 11 PhilNC
8:43 p.m. on Aug 16, 2019
by John Starnes
The argument for a single trekking pole and rubber tips. 9 Randall Purrett
10:47 a.m. on Aug 9, 2019
by BigRed
getting lost in the woods 16 andrew f.
5:28 a.m. on Aug 3, 2019
by BigRed
Talking to the 30 Mile a Day Club 12 ppine
9:43 p.m. on Jul 22, 2019
by stevet
How many light sources. 37 Randall Purrett
9:31 p.m. on Jul 22, 2019
by PhilNC
Trekking poles revisited. 2 Randall Purrett
1:00 p.m. on Jul 22, 2019
by andrew f.
Hobby, Passion, or Therapy?? 24 PhilNC
4:29 p.m. on Jul 18, 2019
by ppine
What is the best backpacking stove for the mountains? 7 Randall Purrett
11:00 p.m. on Jul 17, 2019
by stevet
Misunderstanding Wilderness Areas 32 ppine
1:32 p.m. on Jul 7, 2019
by Oldman Mike
Hammock vs. tent. 10 Randall Purrett
6:13 p.m. on Jul 6, 2019
by whomeworry
Chair vs. hammock. 11 Randall Purrett
5:11 p.m. on Jul 3, 2019
by PhilNC
Perfect Pot... 7 pillowthread
10:49 p.m. on Jun 29, 2019
by pillowthread
NorCal backcountry sites 6 Sarah
12:10 a.m. on Jun 29, 2019
by balzaccom
Hiking Paintbrush Pass Conditions and Suggestions 4 jackie
10:34 a.m. on Jun 27, 2019
by ppine
Stacking rocks 28 balzaccom
10:14 a.m. on Jun 27, 2019
by FromSagetoSnow
So Many Lost Hikers 30 ppine
5:38 p.m. on Jun 26, 2019
by ppine
Teton Crest Trail- Anyone hiked this year 1 jackie
1:36 p.m. on Jun 25, 2019
by jackie
West Michigan Hiker seeking hiking friends 1 HIKER1
12:40 p.m. on Jun 17, 2019
by HIKER1
Hiking carts... 15 WILL1E
10:23 a.m. on Jun 17, 2019
by ppine
Hiking with teenagers 15 andrew f.
10:50 a.m. on Jun 13, 2019
by ppine
A backpacking tent for 2. Any suggestions? 9 Daniel Perch
12:27 p.m. on Jun 5, 2019
by denis daly
Safety on the Trails 11 andrew f.
9:04 a.m. on Jun 3, 2019
by whomeworry
Hacking the JMT permit process 5 balzaccom
7:11 a.m. on May 29, 2019
by BigRed
The Best Campgrounds at the Spanish Atlantic Coast | Camino del Norte accomodations 1 Angelina
7:09 a.m. on May 22, 2019
by Angelina
First post in a while 7 Pika
2:10 a.m. on May 6, 2019
by Nick W.
Back Packing Mistakes (Need some feedback) 11 Brandon Arrastia
9:53 a.m. on May 1, 2019
by ppine
What are peoples objections to spending time in the outdoors? 32 Brandon Arrastia
10:02 a.m. on Apr 29, 2019
by ppine
Couple Night Routine while Camping and Hiking 1 Angelina
7:49 a.m. on Apr 10, 2019
by Angelina
Just a bit of rambling. 15 Phil Smith
6:06 p.m. on Mar 17, 2019
by Old Guide
colorado rescue...mind the weather 3 andrew f.
7:31 a.m. on Mar 15, 2019
by andrew f.
Brass, telescoping, candle lanterns 10 al tobin jr
10:48 p.m. on Mar 12, 2019
by whomeworry
Candles in an igloo? 22 BigRed
11:59 a.m. on Mar 11, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
What is a National park? 28 hikermor
5:00 p.m. on Mar 2, 2019
by ppine
Hiking clubs in the Washington DC metro area 1 andrew f.
10:08 a.m. on Feb 27, 2019
by andrew f.
Would this work on mosquitoes? 1 balzaccom
10:54 a.m. on Feb 21, 2019
by balzaccom
Stove-nested cookware smells/tastes like fuel 7 Backpacker Newb
10:50 a.m. on Feb 13, 2019
by Backpacker Newb
pitfalls 6 Jim S
4:33 p.m. on Jan 29, 2019
by whomeworry
hi everyone 24 Jim S
1:47 p.m. on Jan 26, 2019
by Jim S
How Many Good Years Left in the Outdoors? 31 ppine
8:50 a.m. on Jan 21, 2019
by hikermor
Great story from Pemi Rescue 23 LoneStranger
6:34 p.m. on Jan 17, 2019
by LoneStranger
On heart surgery and a second chance on life. 6 Randall Purrett
7:54 a.m. on Jan 17, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
What size daypack do you use? 14 Randall Purrett
2:32 p.m. on Jan 14, 2019
by Jayson Merryfield
Another 18v drill thread 5 thompson emmamilla
9:32 a.m. on Jan 11, 2019
by ppine
National Park Service 7 balzaccom
11:04 a.m. on Jan 9, 2019
by ppine
Trail optics. 7 Randall Purrett
8:42 p.m. on Jan 2, 2019
by andrew f.
Clarence Kine 1 balzaccom
10:05 a.m. on Jan 1, 2019
by balzaccom
Axes, Saws & Knives 14 Eric Billard
7:16 p.m. on Dec 27, 2018
by ppine
How To Get Water From Trees 5 GaryPalmer
10:27 a.m. on Dec 8, 2018
by ppine
Still looking for that elusive perfect footwear for hiking. 22 Randall Purrett
10:23 a.m. on Dec 8, 2018
by ppine
Long trail hiker vs. vacation backpacker, vs. weekend backpacker. 28 Randall Purrett
4:44 p.m. on Nov 30, 2018
by andrew f.
THE Guardian writes about our national parks 10 balzaccom
2:23 p.m. on Nov 26, 2018
by ppine
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