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Mystery corpse found on Mt Williamson, Sierra 3 whomeworry
6:48 p.m. on Oct 18, 2019
by John Starnes
Is the compass obsolete? 42 Randall Purrett
3:24 p.m. on Sep 26, 2019
by ghostdog
Walking sticks for self defense. 89 Randall Purrett
10:24 p.m. on Sep 25, 2019
by ppine
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.
Soft shell vs. hard shell. 2 Randall Purrett
1:27 p.m. on Aug 22, 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 FlipNC
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 FlipNC
Trekking poles revisited. 2 Randall Purrett
1:00 p.m. on Jul 22, 2019
by andrew f.
Hobby, Passion, or Therapy?? 24 FlipNC
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 FlipNC
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
Getting lighter not a new Idea... 32 FlipNC
10:27 a.m. on Nov 12, 2018
by Zalman
First Aid Items never used... 8 FlipNC
1:01 p.m. on Nov 7, 2018
by Brian Blanton
Bear PTSD 28 LoneStranger
4:44 p.m. on Nov 6, 2018
by whomeworry
What are your top 5 backpacking moments? 21 FlipNC
9:22 a.m. on Nov 6, 2018
by denis daly
A Year Backpacking in the PNW 10 NorthWestWanderer
11:50 p.m. on Oct 10, 2018
by Mike Mineart
Daypacks: hip belt or no hip belt? 8 Randall Purrett
3:41 p.m. on Oct 9, 2018
by andrew f.
On peak bagging. 19 Randall Purrett
2:51 p.m. on Oct 7, 2018
by ghostdog
Is returning a greeting, on the trail, too much to ask? 24 Randall Purrett
11:25 a.m. on Oct 2, 2018
by ppine
Pump filter or gravity/ squeeze filter? 5 Curtis Evans
12:03 p.m. on Oct 1, 2018
by Patman
Trail Mascot or Lucky Charm? 16 FlipNC
8:04 p.m. on Sep 25, 2018
by Paul Lapierre
Outfitting at Walmart. 21 Randall Purrett
8:02 p.m. on Sep 21, 2018
by ppine
Cairn isn't pronounced Karen! 20 Randall Purrett
12:20 p.m. on Sep 1, 2018
by LoneStranger
Protecting yourself on the trail. 29 Randall Purrett
6:33 p.m. on Aug 22, 2018
by ppine
hiking and social media 3 andrew f.
8:41 p.m. on Aug 18, 2018
by denis daly
WEST MICHIGAN HIKERS LOOKING FOR HIKING PARTNERS 2 HIKER1
9:10 p.m. on Aug 17, 2018
by ppine
Bank holiday camping/hiking - suggestions please 1 Gloria Andrade
11:02 p.m. on Aug 15, 2018
by Gloria Andrade
Leaving a Mark 28 balzaccom
10:07 p.m. on Jul 30, 2018
by Adrian_D
Penn State Bars Outing Club From....Outings 3 andrew f.
10:09 a.m. on Jul 17, 2018
by andrew f.
chump vows to open Superior NF and BWCA to Mining 6 ppine
6:04 p.m. on Jul 12, 2018
by whomeworry
Good Boy! 3 LoneStranger
12:44 p.m. on Jun 23, 2018
by LoneStranger
Do you save space with the sea to summit x pot? 5 marilyn liddell
2:33 p.m. on Jun 22, 2018
by FlipNC
chump vows to open Superior NF and BWCA to Mining 1 ppine
11:25 a.m. on Jun 22, 2018
by ppine
chump vows to open Superior NF and BWCA to Mining 1 ppine
11:25 a.m. on Jun 22, 2018
by ppine
What age to start kids into winter backpacking? 25 TheRambler
2:08 p.m. on Jun 20, 2018
by SharBear
Achilles Tendon Injury 11 ppine
10:29 a.m. on Jun 15, 2018
by andrew f.
Leaving going light. 22 Oldman Mike
6:59 a.m. on Jun 14, 2018
by JRinGeorgia
Tick Illness Hitting Close To Home 9 Sean Van Cleve
3:14 a.m. on Jun 8, 2018
by Marie Wright
Aspens Leafing Out 5 ppine
1:13 p.m. on Jun 2, 2018
by ppine
have you ever had to triangulate with map and compass? 25 Patman
6:41 p.m. on May 31, 2018
by FlipNC
Whats everyones plans for trips this spring and summer.? 33 denis daly
6:24 p.m. on Apr 28, 2018
by John Starnes
"National Parks don't need your Misty Eyed Reverence" 27 Patman
2:39 p.m. on Apr 11, 2018
by ppine
Bought my last national park pass! 4 GaryPalmer
2:46 p.m. on Apr 9, 2018
by LoneStranger
Looking for a hiking partner near Cook County IL 1 David Schibilla
7:05 p.m. on Apr 8, 2018
by David Schibilla
Survive the scenario 47 Lori Pontious
10:55 a.m. on Apr 2, 2018
by SharBear
A KIND WEST MICHIGAN HIKER LOOKING FOR HIKING PARTNERS 1 HIKER1
2:15 p.m. on Mar 26, 2018
by HIKER1
SUL gear for geezers? 9 300winmag
6:25 a.m. on Mar 26, 2018
by denis daly
Found a pair of boots to replace my old Pivettas 18 Anthony Foor
2:42 p.m. on Mar 23, 2018
by apeman
Backpacking with a pocket-sized shortwave radio 1 Bruce Prior
1:30 p.m. on Mar 22, 2018
by Bruce Prior
Hikers High? 11 FlipNC
10:55 a.m. on Mar 14, 2018
by ppine
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