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Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)



Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the textbook definition of explorers. Let’s look at the life of Meriwether Lewis, a troubled guy with an ending you didn’t learn about in fourth grade. It’s a melancholy week at Nature’s Call, as, once again, I mourn the loss of a guy who died before I was born (shout … Continue reading Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)


Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)



My buddy Simon and I hit the road to Arkansas. We parked at the Little Missouri Trailhead in Ouachita National Forest and camped for the night before heading out on our epic backpacking, hitchhiking adventure! Get on the trail with us in a series of trail diaries direct from the trail! Action! Excitement! Bears (or, a … Continue reading Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)


How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)



John Wesley Powell, Union Civil War vet, amputee, and valiant adventurer, set off with his crew to do something that had never been done (and shouldn’t have been replicated). They navigated the Colorado River (and Green) from Wyoming all the way through the Grand Canyon. They did it in rowboats. Almost everybody survived. The source … Continue reading How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)


Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds



The winter of ’76/77 was an extraordinary time in Yosemite’s backcountry. Dirtbaggers rolled in cash, they bought steak dinners and left $100 tips, they showed up with new gear and nice vans to live in. The source: thousands of pounds of primo weed in Lower Merced Lake. Camp 4, infamous habitation of famed climbers was … Continue reading Yosemite’s Green Winter: Backcountry Crashbuds