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Colorado 1977

As we’re in the midst of our own family adventure traveling around the world , I can’t help but think of an family adventure I went on nearly four decades ago into the wilds of Colorado.

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Your Smartphone as a Backcountry Survival Tool

Even the most experienced outdoor adventurers can use digital tools to help bridge the gap between potential catastrophe and survival. When I hiked the John Muir Trail, I carried my iPhone, using it mostly in conjunction with my Spot Connect GPS to record my position so my family would know I was safe — or if I wasn’t.

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On Pack Weight: How to Lighten Your Pack

I carried 30 pounds or less for the two weeks I hiked the JMT. But some people I met doing an overnight to Mt. Whitney carried significantly more than that. It doesn’t have to be that way, people.