Exercise — good for health and good for hikers …

Exercise: Keep it social Want to get the best benefits out of your fitness routine, whether it be in the gym or outside on the...

Off the Main Roads: Dawn’s Early Light …

One of my favorite things about backpacking is the way your body shifts over time to fall in line with natural cycles of dark...

Off the Main Roads: Surviving With Snow Forts …

Now that wintertime is truly here in full force, it’s finally time to play in the snow. I don’t know about you, but I’d...

Off the Main Roads: The Clocks Within Nature …

Your own body follows a clock. All of its processes flow in a sweeping daily rhythm, merging into a larger seasonal cycle. Our daily...

Off the Main Roads: The Scent of Rain …

California has had its share of woes surrounding the topic of rain. Too much results in catastrophic mud slides and too little creates a...

Off the Main Roads: Trail etiquette tips …

Sitting on a trailside rock, eating my lunch and throughly enjoying the cool breeze, I happened to witness an encounter that reminded me of...

Off the Main Roads: Life through the lens …

Out on a forest trail, I was just closing on a particularly gorgeous specimen of Passiflora Edulis Sims with my iPhone camera when the...

Off the Main Roads: Old friends, new places …

It was a great morning. Fluffy omelets, multiple refills of rich, dark coffee, and a chance to reconnect with old friends under tropical skies....

Off the Main Roads: The mountains are calling …

“The mountains are calling and I must go,” wrote John Muir in a letter to his sister. Now, good old John Muir didn’t say, “The...

Off the Main Roads: Nature’s soundscape …

I was recently hiking a rugged mountain trail when I realized that a man was approaching from behind me. I realized this when he...

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