2008/02/29– Western States Endurance Run

I met a couple of guys today doing trail maintenance to qualify for the Western States Endurance Run (aka WS100). This is a 100 mile wilderness trail run through the California mountains (Squaw Valley to Auburn) to be completed in 30 hours or less. The two guys I talked to are attempting to complete the…

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2008/01/13–Recent Trail Happenings in the News

I’m sure by now most news hound hikers have heard about the death of Merideth Emerson, the 24-year-old hiker from Georgia. I wasn’t sure if I would—or for that matter, should—write something about the incident. On one hand, this is mostly a nuts-and-bolts kind of site, with some input from me on various topics. On…

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2007/12/30– Frank Hall

As is normal for me, I’m a little late with the breaking news. I found an article about the passing of Frank Hall of Hall’s Dog Sleds fame. He made the dog sled I owned during high school/college. He was a talented craftsman and left a legacy in the world of sled dog sports. He…

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2007/12/20– The Torontoist

Today I found an article in The Torontoist about snowshoeing–much more popular there than here in Southeast Indiana where we’ve lost most of this year’s snow (40 degrees for Christmas, baby!). They linked here for the pattern about making your own wooden pack (swiss-army) snowshoes. Some of my readers may remember when I started UberPest.com…

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2007/12/17– Trail Construction and Maintenance

If you are at all involved with trail construction or maintenance, please take a look at the USDA Recreational Trails Program publications. Even if your involvement with trails is only as a user, it’s interesting to see why things are built the way they are. It might even make you pay better attention to how…

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2007/12/10– Beau’s UKC C.A.T.S. Show Results

Beau showed this weekend at a United Kennel Club dog show hosted by Canine Activities and Traditional Sports in Danville, Indiana. Here are his results: Saturday, Show 1, Judge Diana Allen: Group 4 of 5 Saturday, Show 2, Judge Joe Allen: Group 1 of 5 Saturday, Show 1, Judge Jeanne Heger: Group 3 of 5…

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2007/12/09– Traildogging Survey

Hey folks, I found this survey about hiking and backpacking with dogs. I have nothing to do with it, however it’s definitely in line with info found on this site. Even if you don’t take the time to fill it out, please take a look at it. It’s a good look at how traildoggers are…

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2007/12/04– Two-Heel Drive

I went to the presentation by Jeff Alt last night and had lots of fun. I now have some reading material, new friends, and some events to post on here in the upcoming months. When I got home I got an email from Tom Mangan of Two-Heel Drive. When I saw the email my jaw…

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2007/12/03– Cleaning Out the Gear Closet

I’m cleaning out a bunch of stuff from my gear closet, so I’ve got several things for sale, prices are in US dollars. Buyer pays shipping and I will ship pretty much anywhere. A portion of the sales price will go to support BackpackGearTest.org and The Wildebeat. If you are interested, email me using the…

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