6 Tips For Safer Hiking – Part 1

There have been several reports in the news lately of hikers getting lost while exploring a new trail or new area. In each instance, if the hikers had exercised these 6 basic safety tips for hiking, they would have either not gotten lost, or at least been more comfortable while waiting for rescue. These are 6 principles I exercise on EVERY hike, no matter how short, familiar, or close to home. You never know when you’ll roll your ankle, trip over a tree root and break your leg, or take a wrong turn and not know your way back. Follow these 6 tips for a safer hiking experience: [Read more…]

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – Minnesota


Boundary Waters Rainy RiverPack your tent and your canoe and head to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota for a long weekend of fishing and exploration. With over 1 million acres of land, more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes mapped, and no roads to cross, it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Outdoorsmen come from all over to fish, hike, and canoe, drawn to the crystalline waters and abundant wildlife. [Read more…]

Emerald Lake Hike – Colorado

Emerald LakeThe Emerald Lake hike starts at the Pine River trailhead in Vallecito, Colorado. Stop in to The General Store on your way for locally made beef jerky and last minute supplies. There is a campground at the trailhead if you want to stay the night and get an early start. Emerald Lake is about 13 miles into the Weminuche Wilderness from the trailhead, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea. The first several miles are relatively flat over a well traveled trail. Be aware that hikers must yield to horses (donkeys and alpacas too), of which there are many in the summer and early fall. The grassy pastures through which the Pine River flows and a couple of private ranches will be your view for only the first couple of miles until you reach the wilderness area. The trail here starts to climb slowly. By the time you [Read more…]