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Pitching a Tent in Snow

In this epic snow year of 2017, summer backpackers may find themselves pitching their tent in snow. If that happens, they will quickly discover that regular tent pegs will pop right out of the snow. I’m no snow expert (unless I’m on skis) but this year I’ve started to acquire some snow backpacking skills. First … Continue reading »

Planning a Tour of Mont Blanc hike

When planning a hike of the Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB), which circles around the Mont Blanc massif, the choices immediately get overwhelming. Once you’re on the trail it becomes even more obvious that, while there may be an official TMB route, the variations are endless. About the TMB The Tour of Mont Blanc is … Continue reading »

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 4

Day 4 of backpacking the Santa Cruz Trail in the Cordillera Blanca dawned with welcome sun to help us dry out. To see how we planned for our independent trek, see Planning an independent backpacking trip on the Santa Cruz Trail, and to read about our first day, see Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 1. In … Continue reading »

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 2

We had completed our first day of backpacking the Santa Cruz Trail in the Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range in Peru, and were ready to tackle the second day. My husband and I were hiking independently but had camped in a designated campsite near a guided group. To see how we planned for our independent … Continue reading »