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Ohlone Trail is a good start..here's another
I enjoy hiking close to my Oakland hills house without the hassle of driving. The Ohlone trail is a nice getaway and hiking from Del Valle to Sunol is a good overnight hike. People can pick you up ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for beginner backpacking trip in Bay Area
March 03, 10:02pm

River crossings..watch it as you age
As a US Marine and a longtime Sierra backpacker, I have training and experience crossing swollen creeks with a heavy pack. Last summer I thought all of my skills/experience would make a Trinity Alp...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole Part 2: The Snowy Sierra
February 12, 10:43pm

Sonless with daughters
I have a son and have been a Scoutmaster and an outdoor educator for near 15 years. Early in my career, I knew very little about girls or young women. I grew up with brothers, played sport, hiked, ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » UL Scouting for Girls
August 06, 10:17pm

Nylon is taking over
I like the idea of the nylon clothimg, but honestly the best piece of backpacking gear I carry is a wool sweater or a wool shirt. In the West I wear Carhart cotton shorts, wool ragg socks, and a wo...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Keeping it light for 5 night trek -- advice
August 06, 9:48pm

trip troubles
One of things I think is vital in a good 50 mile trip is having the crew members, not the adults, make many of the choices. One of the best ways with boys is to use active questioning in your pre-t...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » 50 miler gone bad
July 28, 11:43pm

bag for Boy Scout
My son wore out a North Face Cat's Meow bag. I bought it the day he was born and he used it in Scouting for seven years. It kept him warm, was light, and compressable. He's a big college ru...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Sleeping Bag Recommendations
July 28, 12:43am

Wal Mart has good finds
Here's what I buy at WalMart: 1) Sturdy cotton khaki hiking shorts- $10-lasts for five years and I wear them nearly every day. 2) Hiking pole- I bought a red, collapsible pole 12 years a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style
July 27, 10:14pm

Scouters sometimes play it too safe
I'll weigh in a bit. A good share of BSA's struggle are the local council and district leaders. One issue about teaching Scouts low impact/lightweight camping is the structure of the ou...

In Editor's Roundtable » The 45-Year-Old Boy Scout
July 26, 6:21pm

patrol activities
I remember this argument with one of my Scoutmasters as a member of the Grizzly Patrol in the early 1970's. He was adament..no patrol only camping or hiking. We did it anyway. All of the lit...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Patrol camping
July 21, 3:17pm

Stoves on JMT
The stove choice depends on the menu. Four people cooking, not simply rehydrating food takes more burn time. When I "cook" food, not simply boiling water I go back to my old and ancient S...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cooking on the JMT?
July 20, 11:41pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Sagehorn

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Smart Wool Lightweight Block Tee
I found two of these black T-shirts at a retailer. I'm a fairly good sized rugby player and shopping for XXl in performance clothing is tough. These fit great and perform out hiking and skiing ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
July 26, 11:39pm