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Backpackers Trade Trekking Poles for Paddles

As avid, goal-oriented adventurers, we like to be in control. This trait has served us well on previous expeditions that have depended on our calculated, careful steps, our detailed risk analysis, and if needed, our wilderness medical training. But this trip required something more of us. It required surrender.

7 Reasons Why Your Next Backpacking Trip Should be a Paddling Trip

There’s no question that hiking and backpacking offer rich rewards, but they come at a cost. Sore feet, muddy trails, and long days wearing backpacks. A paddling trip offers many of the same benefits as backpacking (nights in beautifully wild places, moving through the outdoors under your own power, and more) with a fraction of the discomfort and some undeniable perks.


For my son, who began this journey on the brink of his teenage years, the value of these experiences has been incalculable. They’ve transformed him into the capable outdoorsman he is today, one with a deep well of grit, confidence, and humility.


As I watched my 16-year-old son and his friend walk into the woods at the Massachusetts/Vermont border to begin their northbound thru-hike to Canada—alone—I fought the urge to run up the trail with them.

8 Steps to Planning a Family Bike Trip

A family bike trip can be a terrific way to reconnect with the people you love most. It requires some flexibility and a willingness to embrace the vulnerability that comes with traveling by bike, but if you can all agree to give it a try, you’re in for a memorable family vacation. Each trip begins with a plan. Here’s how to get there.

Prince Edward Island: Our First Family Bike Trip

We solved problems and shared in our successes. Together. We reunited as a family in a way that both can’t be done at home, and can’t be avoided on a long-distance cycling trip.

Burlington to Montreal

When we pass the album around the living room, it triggers memories of friendly encounters with strangers, delicious well-earned meals, sore muscles, gusty winds, warm rain, and countless small moments we shared throughout our journey. 

Spring on the GAP Trail

I don’t know where my sons will land…but for now I’m grateful that we’re all traveling together, and I’m comforted by the thought that they’ll carry our adventures with them as they forge their own paths. 

Self-Supported White Rim Trail Trip

From the first rays of sunlight illuminating the mesas, to the last shimmering beams casting a warm glow over the canyon, to the stunning display of stars at night, traveling by bike in the desert is surreal and spectacular and scary.

Cycling the Whites

Our last day was icy cold. Armed with proper winter cycling attire and hand warmers for extra security, we took off amidst flying snowflakes.

10 Tips for Transitioning from Hut Trips to Winter Camping

If you’ve become accustomed to using a full hut kitchen with shiny stainless steel appliances, or you’ve been putting in your breakfast and lunch order with the cook before you tuck yourself into your bunk, winter camping may feel like a long fall from grace. 

Green Mountain Stage Race

We were a hive. And even though I had never ridden in a peloton before, I was intuitively responding to it. We were working as a group, rolling along a beautiful Vermont road flanked by farmland. And for the moment, I was with them. 

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Wilderness Matters | Mountain Passages

The Winter Hiking Series Leads to New Adventures

In the pre-dawn hours of Christmas morning, my boys are leaving their warm beds, not to creep downstairs to check their stockings, but to don their hiking clothes and collect their pillows to prepare for the trek to Grafton Notch State Park. 

Biking Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

At Grand Pitch, several of us looked longingly at the trail ahead, but we decided to save it for another day. The Fiddlehead Festival was calling.

Grafton Notch Loop: My Introduction to the Appalachian Mountain Club

I emailed the trip leaders and assured them that I could keep up with any twenty-year-old. I didn’t have any recent evidence to support this statement, but I wholeheartedly believed it to be true.

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