Hiking trail maps posted

We’ve started posting Appalachian trail maps in our hiking section and the plan is to post the entire 2,174 mile trail section by section. We’re starting with the southern end of the trail with Springer Mountain in Georgia and working our way north to Maine. Each trail map shows the trail, local roads in the …

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Leave no trace camping tips

You’ve probably seen the signs or posters at campgrounds and National Forest areas that advise campers to “leave no trace.” But what does this mean in practice? Here are five quick tips to minimize your camping footprint. 1. Set your tent on a durable surface. In areas where there are no designated campsites, avoid pitching …

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Hiking the Arizona Trail

October is Arizona Trail Month (in Arizona anyway) and several groups have organized various section hikes during the month. The Arizona Trail runs 807 miles south to north from the Huachuca Mountains at the Mexican border to Utah. Yep, that means the trail cuts right through the Grand Canyon and traverses some pretty diverse ecosystems …

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Las Vegas Strip Campground

The Long, Long Honeymoon blog posted about their recent experience camping at a $1.1B campground in Las Vegas. Though they didn’t mention the name of the campground, I’m pretty sure they stayed at the Circus Circus RV campground located just north of the Circus Circus casino and hotel on Las Vegas Blvd. I once stayed …

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NC Mountains to Sea Trail

Red dots represent planned portions of the route; green dots are completed trail sections. Long distance hikers and backpackers looking for a new challenge beyond the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails should take a look at the (still incomplete) Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina. One hiker, Scot Ward, recently made the 930-mile trek …

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Grand Canyon North Rim Trip Report

Last week the Tripleblaze crew had a chance to travel west to southern Utah and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We even stopped off at Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam for good measure – hey, we were in the area 😉 In St. George, UT we met up with some local mountain …

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Hiking is a healthy hobby

Dr. Joseph Guettler posted a great article on the health benefits of hiking at Hometownlife.com and I wanted to comment on some of the points he made. We all know that any kind of exercise – be it walking, running, or biking – is beneficial, so why not make it fun? Hiking is a fun, …

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Solar cooking

If you’re like most people the very idea of cooking a hot meal while camping can seem a bit intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Bringing the right pots and pans, the right stove (plus fuel!), and not to mention all the spices you’ll need is a real exercise in planning even for the …

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Camping & Hiking Books and Gear Reviews

Last week we added a new section to tripleblaze that allows you to find and review camping and hiking books and equipment. So far the equipment section has backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and cookware with more categories like GPS units and hiking boots coming soon. Our camping and hiking guide book section is quite extensive …

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Take your kids camping

ParentDish.com posted a quick article about camping with kids and it links to some good resources for planning your kids’ first camping trip. Although I’m not a parent myself I have spoken with neighbors who are considering their first family camping trip and one of the concerns is that the kids will have some sort …

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Urban hiking

Would you consider walking around an urban area hiking? I pondered this thought the other day as I jogged around town and I came to the conclusion that, yet, urban hiking is a legitimate form of hiking. One definition for hiking from Dictionary.com says a hike is “a long walk or march for recreational activity, …

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Camping Cooking School

Outside Magazine included a short blurb this month about the Camp Cooking School in Philipsburg, Montana. The Camp Cooking School offers 4-day or 2-week courses and students camp in wall tents without access to electricity or even running water! Personally I can get along just fine without electricity for a couple weeks but no running …

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E!Power tent: Wired camping

For those looking for a slightly more refined camping experience, Eureka has a new line of camping tents pre-wired with electric outlets and switches. Just plug in the rechargeable 12-volt power pack and you’ve got power for lights, fans, or even a wet/dry vac! All the wires are concealed within the tent fabric and the …

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Hiking season in full swing

For many folks Labor Day means the end of outdoor activities for the year but for me this is just the start of prime hiking season. In many parts of the country the leaves are starting to change and the air is getting cooler and hiking is a great excuse for getting outside. Here in …

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Camping numbers steady despite higher gas prices

New Bruswick, Canada campground managers report that campground occupancies are generally up this year despite a rise in gas prices. The only difference is that this year there are fewer campers from outside the province. Luckily the number of locals going camping is up this year for an overall increase. We’ve said it before and …

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