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This is Day Two of our Five Day Backpack in Glacier National Park. Click here to read a report on Day One. I’m lying down, face up, on the rocky shore of a remote alpine lake. Nearby I hear the sound of water falling 1,500 feet into the cold, turquoise, lake . For now the sun is warm, the breeze is welcome, and I believe I have found heaven on earth. My first view of Lake Francis It is the end of our

In early 2010 I entered and won, a contest hosted by Agion Active. My prize? An all expense paid trip to Glacier National Park through Glacier Guides. All year long I waited patently for what ended up being the trip of a lifetime. So in early August my wife and I took a Guided 5 day backpack through Glacier’s Backcountry. We started at the head of Waterton Lake and traveled 26 miles over Brown’s Pass to the foot of Bowman

I have just recently returned from an extended vacation that took my family and I all the way to Glacier National Park, up into Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, down to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons and finally through Arches National Park in Utah before finally coming home. This trip marked the end of a long and busy summer that has unfortunately kept me from blogging as often as I would like.You may remember my pleas for you votes last

Since the first time I set foot in the Davis Mountains I have been in love. The Davis Mountains are the largest chain of mountains in Texas and second highest chain in the state. The problem is, most of this chain is privately owned, which means hiking and camping are off limits in all but just a few places. Mount Livermore, Davis Mountains, TexasOne of the only exceptions is the Davis Mountain Preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy. But even

It has been more then a week since my last post. Mainly because I have been out of town engaging in many hikes and other activities I hope to share with you soon. Until then I wanted to point out something I have been slightly excited about.Not long ago I was contacted by Backpacker Magazine about a trip report for Guadalupe Peak. They asked me for some information and said they wanted to feature my trip in their June National

Over mother’s day weekend my mom and dad came into town and wanted to go camping with the family. Due to some other obligations we couldn’t be gone long. So we headed down to Balmorhea State park for a short overnight trip. Balmorhea State ParkBalmorhea State Park is located southwest of Balmorhea, Texas in the foothills of the Davis Mountains. We arrived in the park just before sunset with enough light to set up camp. With the tentsup we took

Next Thursday May 12 at 8:00 am the entire Lincoln National Forest (including all three districts) will be closed to the public due to extreme fire danger. All National Forest System roads and trails will be closed, but all interstate highways, state and county roads through the forest will remain open, according to a U.S. Forest Service statement. The Forest Service has also stated that campfire and smoking restrictions have been effective minimizing the number of fires, but the

This summer I am taking a group of teenagers Backpaking in the Arapaho National Forest outside of Denver Colorado. We plan to spend 3 nights in the backcountry and summit a 13,000 foot mountain. Many of these young people have never been backpacking, or camping and some have never even been hiking. I knew many of them had signed up without knowing what they were getting themselves into. So as a “warm-up” hike we headed out to Guadalupe Mountains National

The Last Chance Fire continues to burn in the steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain of the Guadalupe Mountains. Thanks to a comment from an anonymous reader I have just discovered the Fire has also burned areas of Sitting Bull Falls including picnic pavilion overhang covers, electrical poles, associated trail systems, and climbing area at end of Forest Service Road 525A.Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area before the Last Chance FireAs I posted earlier this week the recreation area is closed for the