Articles by: Cheryl Talbert

Mountain Bikes on the PCT

Mountain Bikes on the PCT

All users must think big-picture and put their voices and actions to those steps which provide the most benefit against the critical goals of protecting quiet, primitive outdoor experiences and protection of one-of-a-kind scenic and natural resources. Be informed. Listen. Think. Participate. Encourage cooperative rather than polarized behavior. We all agree on the precious and unique value of the PCT and owe it to our grandchildren to act today so that it is maintained and enhanced for them to treasure as we have.

by January 29, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth, Trails
John Muir Trail Part II: Forester Pass to Rae Lakes

John Muir Trail Part II: Forester Pass to Rae Lakes

The John Muir Trail’s narrow tread stretched ahead across the flatland as far as our eyes could see, with ghostly grey-blue peaks framing the vista from southeast to northwest in the far distance, and the shadows of fast-scudding clouds zipping quickly westward across the flat lands in front of us.

by January 17, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Trail of the Week, Trails
Backpacking Meal Preparation: Tips and Recipes

Backpacking Meal Preparation: Tips and Recipes

Put a little love into your backpacking meals and you will enhance both your backpacking experience and, over time, your calorie consumption. Get rid of the water weight, trash and cleanup. I predict that you will never go back.

by January 14, 2013 0 comments Food, Skills
John Muir Trail Part I: Mount Whitney

John Muir Trail Part I: Mount Whitney

Most backpackers have felt it, that moment of quiet exultation when you’re sitting somewhere in the back country and you’re gifted with a moment of glorious wonder, of abject humility, at the display before you. In our case, it was an August evening in our camp next to Crabtree Meadow in the southern Sierra Nevada, looking east to the sun setting on Mount Whitney, 14,505 feet, and its companion spires.

by January 9, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Wind River Range Part II-Washakie Pass-Cirque of the Towers to Big Sandy

Wind River Range Part II-Washakie Pass-Cirque of the Towers to Big Sandy

We found ourselves in an incredible, almost unearthly landscape shaped by glaciers, rivers and inexorable wind – a quarter-mile-wide bench with little vegetation, piles of boulders, a high ridge some thousand feet above us to our east, and a steep thousand-foot drop to our west with the myriad peaks along a hundred miles of the divide stretched out beyond. The wind, mostly in our faces but sometimes blissfully off the starboard bow, was like a living thing, blasting, swirling, sometimes even lifting us up so that we would stagger to keep our footing.

by October 26, 2012 0 comments Earth, Fireside, Trails
The bear can meal plan

The bear can meal plan

When you habituate bears and other beasts to the availability of easy food from messy or poorly secured camps, it’s always the bear that suffers from the fallout – how often do you read about a ‘problem bear’ that had to be removed, or worse, euthanized? The “problem” very likely had a human cause. And that’s not to mention the added risk of losing your food, having your equipment damaged and or having to abort a life-list trip.

by October 18, 2012 0 comments Food, Skills
Wind River Range Part I: Green River Lakes to East Fork River

Wind River Range Part I: Green River Lakes to East Fork River

Maybe it was smoke from the dry-lightning fires burning far to the east and north, mixing with the multi-textured clouds and backlit by the setting sun. Or maybe it was just our eyes adjusting to the visual hyperbole of tortured rock peaks, white granite boulders, golden grass, deep green conifer and green-blue water.

by October 8, 2012 0 comments Earth, Trails
Cerro Torre Patagonia

Cerro Torre Patagonia

Before us, on the eastern edge of the massive South Patagonian Icefield on the southwest extent of the massif, were the striking pinnacle of Cerro Torre (3102m) with its ever-present cap of rime ice

by August 19, 2012 0 comments Earth, Fireside, Trails
Mt Defiance Scaling the Columbia Gorge

Mt Defiance Scaling the Columbia Gorge

On a recent bluebird Friday, three stalwart hiking gals from the Mountaineers took on the challenge of climbing every one of those feet and then some, scaling the gorge from the Starvation Creek rest area up to Mount Defiance, some 4980 feet in less than 6 miles.

by July 11, 2012 0 comments Earth, Trails
Early-season splendor from Dirtyface Lookout

Early-season splendor from Dirtyface Lookout

A strong, congenial group of 9 of us set out from the trailhead behind the Lake Wenatchee at a little after 9AM. The rangers hadn’t received any trip reports yet, nor had trail crews been out; the most recent WTA trip reports showed snow starting above 4000’, so we brought our microspikes and hoped for the best.

by June 26, 2012 0 comments Trails