Backpacking Weekend : Take a Friend

#12 of my 2022 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: Bjorkland Trail, Lake Maria State Park, Monticello, MN This hike took place on the traditional territory of the Wahpekute and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. I respect the histories, languages and cultures of these peoples, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant and changing communities. To learn more about the … Continue reading Backpacking Weekend : Take a Friend

Heading West : Solo Backpacking Weekend, Part 1

#34 of my 2021 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: North Country Trail, Sheyenne National Grasslands This hike took place on the traditional territory of the Yanktonai, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and Mdewakanton. I respect the histories, languages and cultures of these peoples, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant and changing communities. To learn more about the tribes … Continue reading Heading West : Solo Backpacking Weekend, Part 1

Let’s Go Back to the Isle: Day One

July 2017 Trail/Park: Isle Royale National Park Months of planning had gone into this day. My first solo backcountry backpacking trip. I'd been training, though I was sure I had not done quite enough. I learned the map of Isle Royale so I could see my route in my head. I packed and unpacked and … Continue reading Let’s Go Back to the Isle: Day One

#Latergram: Weekend Shakedown

One of the best ways to prepare for a backpacking trip is to do a shakedown trip or two. Especially if you will be tackling a lot of miles with a group. Shakedowns give you time to hone your personal and group gear down to what you really need. It offers the chance to learn … Continue reading #Latergram: Weekend Shakedown