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Learn about long-distance hiking at the fourth annual Inland Northwest Ruck on March 3.
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...
Jeff Garmire of Vancouver, Washington, hiked America’s three iconic long-distance routes – the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails – this year.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s little Lord of the Rings heroes walked all through Middle Earth in bare feet. Dave Murray, of Missoula, plans to hike the Continental Divide Trail the same way. Not to prove anything – it’s just the way he rolls.
HIKING -- A 34-year-old Seattle woman on Thursday set a UNSUPPORTED backpacking speed record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Heather Anderson, trail name Anish, is no fleeting moment...
“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.”
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.
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.
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.