On August 9, 2014 hiker Allison Nadler completed a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail.
It took her 15 days, and the trail conditions she encountered were pretty different from what I experienced when I hiked the JMT in 2012.
She’ll be posting her trail journal at Trail to Summit over the next few weeks. She just posted day one yesterday, and it’s a great read. I’m looking forward to the rest!
And while you’re there, check out the rest of her site. It’s full of great tips, recipes, and techniques for backcountry adventuring.
The Next Adventure
As you likely know, I really enjoyed my solo hike of the John Muir Trail in 2012. But even though I enjoyed it, I really missed my family during my two weeks on the trail.
So when I started thinking about my next adventure, I wanted to do something that I could try with the entire family. None of the regular family trips seemed grand enough, though.
After some conversations with my wife, we decided to go big. Real big. Think global proportions big.
That’s right, starting August 19, our family of four will be departing the United States to begin our year-long trip around the world.
And you are hereby invited and encouraged to follow along with us at Taking on the World.
Just when I thought I was done posting about how to tie a bow tie, Alton Brown made a bow tie tutorial video. And it’s great.
This is a notable video for a few reasons.
- He uses a different technique than I learned when I taught myself. I tried Brown’s method and found it worked very well.
- He delves into the different styles of bow ties and who was known for sporting them.
- He discusses the the easiest and quickest methods (there are two, it turns out) to figure out how to get the length of your bow tie just right, which is good information to have (there’s a little math involved).
And if all that doesn’t pique your interest, he drops the phrase “bow curious,” which was pretty fantastic.
So check out the video above or visit Alton’s site to learn more.
As anyone who’s ever listened to me talk about tents can tell you, I am quite fond of my Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1.
I’m also known to sing the praises of my Big Agnes Big House 4, which has performed flawlessly for our car camping trips for five years running.
So I’d be hard-pressed to give up my Big Agnes tents. But this Tentsile Stingray 3 Tree Tent sure looks like a lot of fun.
All you need to do is find three trees growing together in a roughly triangular formation, ratchet it up (just like you would a like a slackline), and you’ve got yourself a tent suspended in the air.
It’s probably a lot like cliff camping — though suspect it’s a little easier to pitch a Tentsile than a portaledge.
Check out the whole Tentsile gallery on Flickr.
[Via Outside Magazine.]