Articles by: Greg Christensen

Open Letters to People Who Shouldn’t Have Been On The Trail

Open Letters to People Who Shouldn’t Have Been On The Trail

Yes, this part of the trail is paved, so it looks like an easy hike. But for every minute you spend on your descent, you’ll spend almost five on the way back up. I don’t care what kind of arch support you have in there, those tasseled slip-ons aren’t going to be doing you any favors.

by September 25, 2013 0 comments Community
Inuit Boot Drying Trick

Inuit Boot Drying Trick

I noticed my friend Wilson tying his wet hiking boots to a large stick he’d dragged out of a nearby copse. He’d rigged his boots to the branch like he was creating found-object abstract art along the trail. When I asked what he was doing, he simply responded, “Drying my boots.”

by June 3, 2013 0 comments Skills
The Narrows Zion National Park

The Narrows Zion National Park

The Narrows in Zion National Park are the Venice, Italy of backcountry hikes. And it’s not just the water flowing in tight spaces that draws[Read More…]

by October 10, 2012 0 comments Community, Trails
Best Vacation – Backpacking

Best Vacation – Backpacking

Backpacking is reinvigorating. There’s nothing like a view of a waterfall-lined mountainside to remind you that not all the best images are jpegs. And knowing the only deadline any of us has to meet it making the next campground by nightfall is refreshing.

by September 5, 2012 0 comments Fireside
Teton Crest Trail

Teton Crest Trail

In preparation, some of my friends had packed bear pepper spray, which I thought a novel precaution – more of a souvenir than a necessity. But reading the “Bear Safety Tips” brochure that came with the spray on the way up from Salt Lake City didn’t make for the most calming drive.

by August 26, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
The Best Books for Backpacking

The Best Books for Backpacking

C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know that we are not alone.” And my experience with Bryson’s book is one of the reasons I always throw something to read into my backpack.

by May 16, 2012 0 comments Gear