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Off the Main Roads: Permit? But I’m a local …

Next time you get annoyed when a ranger asks you for your permit, sit back and think for a moment. Do you like to hike our local trails? Look at the nice, smooth trail stretching out in front of you. It’s so easy to only see what is in front of us, and not all […]

Idyllwild’s trails:  A menu of outdoor pleasures

Idyllwild’s trails: A menu of outdoor pleasures

The Idyllwild area has trails to meet every need.

Off the Main Roads: Eating for hiking – how to heal …

Why is it that some people seem to bounce back and be ready for another day of hiking right away, while others may well be limping around in misery for days afterwards? Understanding healing Any strenuous activity such as hiking causes some damage to the body. This damage causes inflammation that kicks off the cycle […]

Off the Main Roads: Eat better for backpacking …

Ever find it hard to get back on the trail again after a big meal? Or be hiking along and suddenly bonk? When backpacking, when you eat can be as important as what you eat. In order to keep your body in the best shape to move up the trail, you need to eat the […]

Off the Main Roads: Survival steps for your gear …

For most hikers, winter spells the end of the hiking season until the spring thaw brings us back out from our caves. But wait, before you hunker down by the fireplace with a good book, take just a little time out to make sure you put away your gear properly so that it’ll be there […]

Off the Main Roads: Toasty toes: stay warm hiking …

On the last few rescues, a very distinct chill has been in the air. I’ve learned through hard experience that the essence of staying safely warm in the winter wilderness is having proper clothing layers and knowing how to use them effectively. Here’s some info to help keep you toasty while hiking this winter. Why […]

Off the Main Roads: Gambling with gear …

Gambling with gear … It’s the the night before your big backpacking trip. You’ve been a good camper and packed all of your 10-plus essentials, checked the seals on your water bladder and made sure you have enough chocolate Goo packets to feed a small nation. While test-hefting the final weight of your pack, your […]

Off the Main Roads: Rescue me! …

So, you’re lost. You’re not quite sure where you got turned around, but if you just keep going, you’ll probably figure it out, right? Maybe if you follow this stream downhill … didn’t Bear Grylls say something about water leading to civilization? The shadows start to grow around you and the trees that seemed so […]

Off the Main Roads: Making a safe cuppa joe in the high country …

With crisp fall days on the way in the high country, cooking up a mug of some steaming hot coffee on my little MSR stove is pure backpacking heaven. However, a camp stove can also be very dangerous if used carelessly. Here are a few strategies to keep you safe and your tummy satisfied. Check […]

Off the Main Roads: Beat the heat …

When I started backpacking over two decades ago, I was convinced that packing fresh food was “verboten.” The colossal weight of several extra ounces of avocado on your back were just not worth the delight of savoring it’s creamy green goodness. The hiking gods would never allow such a sin to go unpunished. If you […]

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