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Prepare for the big one: Long-distance hiking seminar in Coeur d’Alene

BACKPACKING – A day-long seminar for backpackers interested hikes ranging to weeks and months is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, in Coeur d’Alene. The 3rd annual Winter Ruck sponsored by the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lake City...

2,700 miles later: Speed-hiking queen of the PCT

“I ’m not a particularly fast walker,”  Heather Anderson said – much to the relief of  her interviewer – as she hiked a North Idaho trail last week. “The difference between me and the thru-hikers who have a fast pace is that I walked 3 mph all day and into every night, averaging 5 hours of sleep, without a rest day.”

Long-distance relationship: Sandpoint couple scores backpacking Triple Crown

After enduring six months backpacking the Appalachian Trail, Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker were pretty sure their relationship was good for the long haul. They confirmed they could go the distance a few years later with a five-month trek on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

North Idaho hikers find peak place close to home

The Scotchman Peaks area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is a roadless area the Sandpoint couple prizes. For seven years, Hough and Hunsicker have been leaders in Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness group promoting the roadless area for wilderness designation.

Backpackers gear down for long distance hikes

Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker have winnowed their long-distance hiking gear to a base weight (sans food and water) of 15-19 pounds, depending on how many luxuries they bring, such as MP3 player, GPS, camera, umbrella, cell phone, book or extra chocolate. Extra fleece and clothing and an ice ax for early and late-season hiking adds a couple of pounds to a load.