A Sarajevo Rose

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The photo is nothing special unless you know what you’re looking at. I studied the breakup of the former Yugoslavia for a presentation back in high school and became fascinated … Read More

On Love and Japan

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Sometimes the most spectacular pictures are not about what is in front of the camera, but what is going on behind it. When I was in college I took a … Read More

Blue Ridge Mountains

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  I’ve been inspired by photos and stories of Smokey Mountain National Park, Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail for many years. This past fall I … Read More

A Guide to Safe Drinking Water

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This should be your go-to cheat sheet for maintaining a safe water source. Lifted straight from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this thorough chart lays down the law in … Read More

3 Best Skiing and Snowboarding Apps

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    Well, at least they are the best in my opinion, but that is always subject to change! This is currently my favorite app combo for hitting the slopes. … Read More

Calculate your gear weight with LighterPack

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A few months ago I got the opportunity to try out the website LighterPack. It is currently being built by Galen Maly as an online inventory and organization tool, mainly … Read More

What Knot To Do

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Tying knots has never been my strong point. It really has nothing to do with them being complicated or difficult to tie, but rather a memory problem. I can’t remember … Read More

Figure 9 – Tighten ropes with less knots

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This is currently my favorite method for tightening a ridgeline, tie-out, guy-out, clothesline or any other sort of line. The Figure 9 from Nite Ize does a great job tensioning … Read More

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