Setting Goals: What Kind of Backpacker Are You?

 Alder Springs

Whether you identify with the ‘ultralight’ crowd, leisurely packers, or somewhere in between,  let me explain that making plans for a trip has much to do with your goals in backpacking. In order to have a successful trip that leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, a goal (or goals) must be made for the trip to have purpose. Continue reading

Weavers Needle: A Rock Climber’s Dream, or a Novice’s Nightmare


The flight from the ever-rainy winter of the Northwest to the unseasonably hot desert sands of Phoenix, Arizona were received with open arms. It was my first time in the state. And though the giddiness of travel excitement may have been at the core of my good mood, I was stoked to have the chance to climb the great Weaver’s Needle in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness.Peralta Trailhead, AZ Continue reading