Batsto Lake

Batona Trail Thru Hike

The Batona Trail stands for BAck TO NAture.  It’s a 52.7 mile trail in the Pinelands National Reserve, America’s first National Reserve.  It goes through Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Franklin Parker Preserve, and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.  Camping is only allowed at designated sites (for a small fee), but they are more… Read more »

PCT Canadian Border

Our 2015 PCT Class Video is Amazing!

Over the past 10+ years, there has been a tradition of creating a class video for each year of PCT hikers.  For 2015, over 200 people sent in over 13,000 pictures and videos and Ratatouille spent over 100 hours putting this all together.  Many thanks to Ratatouille for doing such an amazing job!  It was great… Read more »

Rancocas State Park

Banff Mountain Film Festival

It’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour time!  But first, Kelly and I stopped at Rancocas State Park for a little hike on the way there.  It’s finally getting far enough into spring that the trees are starting to leaf out in New Jersey and it was a prettier hike than others I’ve gone on… Read more »

Round Valley Reservoir

Round Valley Reservoir

After rigging the canoe on top of Kelly‘s new car with pool noodles and driving over to Spruce Run Recreation Area, we discovered it was too windy to canoe.  No one else was on the water, and a ranger said it was likely we’d get out from shore and not be able to get back.  So… Read more »

pacificcresttrials

Book Review: Pacific Crest Trials

I read Zach Davis’ first book, Appalachian Trials, back before my Appalachian Trail thru hike.  I found it very useful then, and was excited to be able to contribute to his new PCT edition!  I met co-author Carly Moree briefly on the AT in 2013, right after I broke my big toe, and ran into… Read more »

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Film Review: DamNation

DamNation is an impactful documentary about what to do with our country’s aging dams and whether many of them have outlived their usefulness.  Most dams were originally built for hydroelectric power, flood control, water storage, diversion of water to agriculture, and had the added benefit of creating jobs.  However, some dams are so old that they… Read more »

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Wire Pass – Buckskin Gulch

We stayed at the Stateline Campground, a very nice, free BLM campground on House Rock Valley Road that is also the northern terminus of the Arizona Trail.  In addition to the AZT, it provides great access to Buckskin Gulch, the longest and deepest slot canyon in the country, possibly the world.  The Wire Pass trailhead… Read more »

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Coyote Buttes South

In the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, there are two permit areas called Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South.  Use is limited to twenty people per day each.  Ten permits are distributed in a lottery online months ahead of time, and ten permits are reserved for a next day lottery at… Read more »

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The Toadstools

The Toadstools in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are easily accessible with a trailhead right on Route 89.  It’s a quick 1.5 mile hike to check out the hoodoos and balanced rocks.  They form when a layer of softer rock is topped by a layer of harder rock.  The softer rock erodes more quickly than the… Read more »

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Lick Wash

Firecracker, a PCT friend, met me for some hiking in Southern Utah.  We decided to check out the area around Kanab, starting with Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  The first hike: Lick Wash. We took Johnson Canyon Road north from route 89 and made a right onto Skutumpah Road to get to the trailhead.  The road… Read more »

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  • Batsto Lake

    Batona Trail Thru Hike

    The Batona Trail stands for BAck TO NAture.  It’s a 52.7 mile trail in the Pinelands National Reserve, America’s first National Reserve.  It goes through Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Franklin Parker Preserve, and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.  Camping is only allowed at designated sites (for a small fee), but they are more… Read more »

  • PCT Canadian Border

    Our 2015 PCT Class Video is Amazing!

    Over the past 10+ years, there has been a tradition of creating a class video for each year of PCT hikers.  For 2015, over 200 people sent in over 13,000 pictures and videos and Ratatouille spent over 100 hours putting this all together.  Many thanks to Ratatouille for doing such an amazing job!  It was great… Read more »

  • Rancocas State Park

    Banff Mountain Film Festival

    It’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour time!  But first, Kelly and I stopped at Rancocas State Park for a little hike on the way there.  It’s finally getting far enough into spring that the trees are starting to leaf out in New Jersey and it was a prettier hike than others I’ve gone on… Read more »

  • Round Valley Reservoir

    Round Valley Reservoir

    After rigging the canoe on top of Kelly‘s new car with pool noodles and driving over to Spruce Run Recreation Area, we discovered it was too windy to canoe.  No one else was on the water, and a ranger said it was likely we’d get out from shore and not be able to get back.  So… Read more »

  • pacificcresttrials

    Book Review: Pacific Crest Trials

    I read Zach Davis’ first book, Appalachian Trials, back before my Appalachian Trail thru hike.  I found it very useful then, and was excited to be able to contribute to his new PCT edition!  I met co-author Carly Moree briefly on the AT in 2013, right after I broke my big toe, and ran into… Read more »

  • damnation

    Film Review: DamNation

    DamNation is an impactful documentary about what to do with our country’s aging dams and whether many of them have outlived their usefulness.  Most dams were originally built for hydroelectric power, flood control, water storage, diversion of water to agriculture, and had the added benefit of creating jobs.  However, some dams are so old that they… Read more »

  • DSC01960

    Wire Pass – Buckskin Gulch

    We stayed at the Stateline Campground, a very nice, free BLM campground on House Rock Valley Road that is also the northern terminus of the Arizona Trail.  In addition to the AZT, it provides great access to Buckskin Gulch, the longest and deepest slot canyon in the country, possibly the world.  The Wire Pass trailhead… Read more »

  • DSC01665

    Coyote Buttes South

    In the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, there are two permit areas called Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South.  Use is limited to twenty people per day each.  Ten permits are distributed in a lottery online months ahead of time, and ten permits are reserved for a next day lottery at… Read more »

  • DSC01573

    The Toadstools

    The Toadstools in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are easily accessible with a trailhead right on Route 89.  It’s a quick 1.5 mile hike to check out the hoodoos and balanced rocks.  They form when a layer of softer rock is topped by a layer of harder rock.  The softer rock erodes more quickly than the… Read more »