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I spent most of last weekend at the dining table, making final edits to the Guide.

Done! Pfiffner Traverse Guide

This morning I put the final touches on the First Edition of the Pfiffner Traverse Guide. It was a monstrous project and I’m thrilled to finally have it out there. The Guidebook alone is 23,000 words; the package also includes Mapsets and Datasheets for the Primary Route and for seven Section-hikes. Thankfully I enjoy the […]

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Perhaps the most powerful backcountry skill is the ability to navigate, and it's a big focus of our trips. Learn how to read a map, operate a compass, and use an altimeter and GPS.

Job posting: Backpacking guide for High Sierra trips

I am seeking one exceptionally accomplished backpacker to join my guided trip program. Employment will be short-term and seasonal. This year I need help in guiding one 3-day Backpacking Fundamentals course and two 5-day Adventure trips, starting Friday, September 21 and finishing Wednesday October 3. The trips are in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in California. If you are not local, you would […]

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For solo and short trips, I recommend decanting salve from the 2-oz jar into a smaller .25-oz jar.  The first 30 orders will receive a lip balm, too.

Back in stock: Bonnie’s Balm || For wet feet, chafing, and cracked lips & skin

Last year the owner and founder of Bonnie’s Balm, Bonnie Searcy, had a host of health issues (among other things, two black widow spider bites) and the business seemed to evaporate. Orders went unfulfilled, calls and emails garnered no response, and the website even went down. As a long-time supporter and distributor of the products, […]

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A classroom tutorial in upper Buck Canyon, on the Kings Canyon High Basin Route

Guided trips in Rocky Mountain & Sequoia-Kings: Apply now, through January 21

After a year off in 2016, I resurrected my guiding program last year, ultimately offering six 5-day Backpacking Adventure trips in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Originally, I had planned to guide just three sessions with Flyin’ Brian Robinson. But for the 24 spots I received 52 applications, many from alumni. So I doubled the schedule and flew out […]

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Perhaps the most powerful backcountry skill is the ability to navigate, and it's a big focus of our trips. Learn how to read a map, operate a compass, and use an altimeter and GPS.

Job posting: Backpacking guide for 2018 trips

I am looking for one additional person to help guide my 2018 trips. Employment will be short-term and seasonal: probably 11 days total in July or September, in either Colorado or California. You will work with other world-class backpacking guides, including Alan Dixon, Flyin’ Brian Robinson, Mike Clelland. Necessary qualifications Please apply only if you have: […]

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The new Nitro bags, which are classic mummies with a few thoughtful features and best-in-class prices. Available in 35, 20, and 0 degree ratings. Women-specific bags in 20 and 0.

Less different but better: Brand flip of Sierra Designs in 2018

Last week was the semi-annual sales meeting for Sierra Designs, during which shelters, sleeping bags, backpacks, apparel and accessories were shown to our domestic and international sales representatives. Most products will release in February 2018. Sierra Designs is a 52-year-old brand, and for decades was a dominant player in multiple categories. But due to a […]

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