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More Hiker Holiday Treats

By |December 18th, 2015|12 Gifts, 2015 posts, Current|Comments Off on More Hiker Holiday Treats

Sage suggests some great hiker gifts and gear for under $50. Did you know you can buy rain gear that works for under $40? You can give your hiker the gift of cleanliness in the backcountry with a few of the tips on Day 8. Want to put trail worthy treats in the stocking? Find Sage's snack attack favorites on Day 6.

Gifts & Gear suggestions- Upcycled

By |December 16th, 2015|12 Gifts, 2015 posts, Current|Comments Off on Gifts & Gear suggestions- Upcycled

Gift & gear suggestions for hikers under $50. Sage shares some of her favorite trail worthy gear in her 12 days of Christmas blog posts. Adjust her recommendations to fit your hiker's style- maybe they are more a kilt hiker than a skirt walker... but there is something for every style of adventurer in this guide.

Backpacking: In Camp

By |November 12th, 2015|Current|Comments Off on Backpacking: In Camp

Watch Sage pack a backpack & setup camp in this short video from her time on the Oregon Desert Trail. Discover a few tips & find links to some favorite pieces of gear.

Scotland: Whisky, Wool, & Rain

By |October 21st, 2015|Current|Comments Off on Scotland: Whisky, Wool, & Rain

As fall begins to set in I keep flashing back to my summer trip, hiking in Scotland. Adam and I spent a wonderful two weeks eating haggis, hill walking, and sipping single malt in the verdant land of whisky, sheep, and rain. Our time in Scotland was short, so we chose two week long trails on which to spend our trip. First, we took a bus from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye in northwestern Scotland to spend a week on the Skye Trail. It was a wet and beautiful 80 mile trek north to south across the island. Check out my Scottish Oboz Trail Tale for a story from our smooshy walk across the Isle of Skye.

We knew the Skye Trail would be the more challenging of the two hikes, but it took the onset of the first storm for us to realize what we had gotten ourselves into. After our feet got soaked on day one, they never dried out-for the whole vacation!

We found ourselves stumbling through boggy sheep dotted hillsides with no trail to follow. Navigating through the stormy, treeless landscape was an enjoyable, but exhausting challenge. Hill walking was hard, but it wasn’t a complete suffer fest, read the Oboz Trail Tale to see how we found joy.

After a blustery end to the Skye Trail we fled the windy west coast for the more sheltered east and the Speyside Way. We found warm pubs, delicious whisky, and pastoral paths winding along 80 miles of the River Spey, from the ocean to the high peaks of the Caringorms.

The Speyside Way is one of many official Scottish paths. We chose it because of the length and the lore of the region. Accessing the coastal […]