Fifteen years ago now, in August 2004, I embarked on the first of my three mega long-distance hikes. From Cape Gaspe, Quebec, I followed a network of existing long-distance hiking trails — including the International Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, North Country Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Northwest Trail — for eleven months…

Matt is our resident interpretive ranger, and in 2020 will be guiding with us in West Virginia. He has a PhD in environmental science and works in Washington DC on federal climate change policy. His backpacking adventures include thru-hikes of the Long Trail, Sierra High Route, West Highland Way, and Cotswold Way; loops on the…

On Sunday I began accepting applications for my 2020 trips. This will be our ninth year in operation, and the program has evolved since I started guiding under my own company in 2011. By the end of that first season, I’d made three realizations: The clients generally lacked the requisite backcountry skills for interesting routes,…

This spin-off on the classic oatmeal breakfast is rich and decadent. Combined with our Coconut Chia version, we’ve taken oatmeal up a notch or two. Meal Stats: Recipe Weight: 4.5 ounces Calories per Ounce: 136 Total Calories: 612 Ingredients The chief benefit of this recipe is that the ingredients are widely available and easy to…

In spring 2011 I purchased the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles, and used them for about 450 days over the next eight backpacking seasons. Some of this use was mild (i.e. short days and on-trail) but a considerable portion was not — they probably endured over 1,000 miles of talus and scree, spring…

Jessica is a backpacking Triple Crowner, a full-time yoga teacher, and former K-12 teacher. She’s been with the program since 2018, and clients adore her. “Jessica was the highlight of our trip. Her energy, kindness, and knowledge were incredible.”

Paul is one of my longest serving guides, going back to 2012. He’s completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, Colorado, and Great Divide Trails; and more recently has completed off-the-beaten path treks like a 500-mile loop through northern New Mexico and a month-long walk across Utah.

Dave recently retired from a long and successful career in Asia as a Senior Executive for a major paper company, so he’s now filling his days with a lot more fun stuff. He started guiding with me in 2018 and says that it’s the best “job” he’s ever had. His most notable trips include the…

If you are/were an active member of online communities like r/UL and BPL, or if you own a X-Mid 1P or 2P Tent, you already know of Dan. His experience includes thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, yo-yo’ing the Great Divide Trail, and completing the Bob Marshall Open five times (each time as the fastest finisher).