backpacking

  • Risk and Rescue and Recovery: 5 Longreads

    Kayaking trips down the Nile and the Congo. Hikes, adventures, and races through back country Alaska. Mountainside rescues in the mountains of Colorado and in the rugged expanse of Iceland. Month-long search efforts in the Costa Rican jungle... these are stories of lives saved and lives lost in some of...
  • Tales from the Trail: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Day 3

    Growing up in rural West Virginia far from even a small town’s lights will give you an appreciation for a dark night. The quiet. The stillness. The twinge of fear of the unknown.All these were present in the early hours of my final night in Dolly Sods. Under the thick...
  • Tales from the Trail: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Day 2

    The morning of Day Two. After a quick breakfast of (somewhat)instant oatmeal, I broke camp and retraced my steps back up the hill to the intersection of Red Creek Trail and Rocky Point Trail and took the latter trail west.The trail definitely lives up to its name. A majority of...
  • Tales from the Trail: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Day 1

    The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night,Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation;The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer,I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky.                        Walt Whitman                        from Song of MyselfWhy do we venture...
  • Tales from the Trail: Otter Creek Wilderness

    In mid-July some friends and I decided to take a weekend off from the Morgantown heat and go camping in the Otter Creek Wilderness area—located in the northern part of the Monongahela Nation Forest, the area contains roughly 50 miles of trails and is centered around the Otter Creek watershed.We...

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