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Hiking to Yoho Lake

Trip report by BestHike edition Rick McCharles. Yoho Lake was the site of the original Alpine Club of Canada camp in 1906. Early alpinists climbed Mt Wapta (south) and Michaels Peak (north). Returning from our Twin Falls hike, we resupplied at the vehicles parked at the Takakkaw Falls trailhead. Then started with great views over to …

Zpacks Pocket Tarp with Doors Review

The Zpacks Pocket Tarp w/ Doors is a one-person tarp weighing 6.1 oz with guylines attached. It is constructed from 0.55 oz/sq. yard Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF), a fully waterproof material that doesn’t stretch or sag when wet. I purchased this tent primarily for use in the desert southwest where shelters aren’t often needed and …

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Colorado Trail Segment 3: The Bikers

You’ve heard it before: after hiking the previous segment the previous weekend, I was geared up for the next! For the third weekend in a row, I continued my path down the Colorado Trail segments towards Durango. Despite the hikes being separated by work weeks, hiking the segments consecutively increased my enjoyment and feelings of accomplishment.

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Hiking to Twin Falls, Yoho National Park

Rock walls and waterfalls. Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles. Though Banff and Jasper are more famous internationally, locals like myself consider Yoho National Park even better for hiking. Golden is the nearest town.  Calgary the nearest international airport. We parked at the Takakkaw Falls trailhead. Takakkaw 254 metres (833 ft) is the 2nd …

Colorado Trail Segment 2: The Burn Scar

After backpacking Segment 1 the previous weekend, I was hooked on hiking another segment as soon as possible. Given my job and life situation, I didn’t (and still don’t) really have the energy slash willing hiking partner slash time to fill up 100% of every weekend with overnight backpacking sections in between working full-time weeks. Thus: the underappreciated day hike. Well, probably not underappreciated by the general public. Probably actually the most appreciated by most people. But in terms of balancing a busy workweek, maintaining some non-hiking time on the weekend, and still making progress down a long trail, I was eager to test out the day hike.

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The Burger: How to Perfect an American Classic

Many of us have settled for mediocre burgers for much of our life. We buy organic, farm-raised beef but then overcook it until it’s dry and tough, hoping that if we drown it in condiments it’ll take on the flavor we’re looking for. It won’t. Read up on some of the top tips for upping […]

CT Part 6- To The End!

With consistently wet weather in the forecast and only 75 miles left to go, I headed out of Silverton for my last few days on the trail.
Day 25- Hiking in the Ocean

The first day out of Molas Pass was very wet with off-and-on rain and the clouds hanging low over the mountains all day.

We passed by numerous waterfalls, including some flowing so strongly that they couldn’t be crossed without getting wet.

After passing Cascade Creek, ...

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