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Adventure Books

7 June 2013 10:31 pm0 comments
Adventure Books

I love adventure books. I first got into reading them one particular semester during grad school when I had a maxed out course schedule. Even though I was managing to hike about once per week, my sense of adventure felt seriously malnourished. A week between hikes is a long time [...]

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Tactical Book List

6 June 2013 7:28 pm0 comments
Tactical Book List

This tactical book list is a compilation of great books with actionable advice from men who have covered upwards of 25,000 or 30,000 lifetime miles. These books are not memoirs. Rather, they are the distilled practicable wisdom of amazing trail mileages. Each book places emphasis on different areas yet among [...]

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Measuring Progress

5 June 2013 1:00 am0 comments

Measuring your progress lets you objectively assess your physical conditioning. In other walks of life, people might measure their physical progress by pounds of weight lost or the amount they can bench press. With hiking, things can be slightly less objective. Over time, with attentiveness, you will gain a feel [...]

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2013 Old Dominion 100

4 June 2013 8:15 pm0 comments
2013 Old Dominion 100

About the Race The 2013 Old Dominion 100 Mile Endurance Run (OD 100) is the 35th edition of this annual race for ultra strong trail runners. Runners hit the trail at 4:00 am Saturday, June 1 to try their best to complete the course in less than 24 hours, which [...]

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Physical Conditioning

3 June 2013 4:42 pm1 comment
Physical Conditioning

Physical conditioning is an important pillar of trip planning. Without putting the proper sweat equity, you will find it much harder to complete, let alone enjoy, your trip. It is a common misconception on the Appalachian Trail that you will simply get into shape on the trail. This practice of [...]

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John Muir

2 June 2013 9:50 pm0 comments
John Muir

“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.” – John Muir John Muir was a naturalist with a profound love of wild spaces and an impeccable talent for writing about them. His love of the wilderness, botany, and geology began at an early age but [...]

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Trail Life

1 June 2013 12:40 pm0 comments
Trail Life

Jardine is a genuine adventurer. His 25,000 miles of trail experience just scratches the surface of his adventures. He was an accomplished rock climber for nearly 2 decades in the 1960′s and 1970′s. He pioneered some routes in Yosemite that were harder than had ever been climbed and invented some [...]

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Half-Safe

31 May 2013 10:29 pm0 comments
Half-Safe

Can you imagine setting off on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe using a single vehicle, a WWII surplus amphibious Jeep, for both land AND sea crossings? Probably not because it borders on insane. But in 1951, that is exactly what Ben Carlin and his wife Eleanor did in their [...]

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Called Again

27 May 2013 4:41 pm0 comments
Called Again

Jennifer Pharr Davis hiked the 2,181 mile AT in 46 days 11 hours and 20 minutes (averaging 46.93 miles per day) but this is not a book about numbers. The numbers and stats of this journey seem shocking and distant when you hear them alone in the cursory coverage of [...]

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Andrew Skurka

24 May 2013 4:46 pm0 comments
Andrew Skurka

Over the past 11 years, Andrew Skurka has hiked more than 30,000 miles. It’s a distance few of any age have covered but Andrew has reached at the age of only 31. His 30,000 miles afoot include many adventures, including three ultra long distance treks: An 11 month, 7,700 mile [...]

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