Now when I'm reading on an NPS or USFS website and see "gate closed until..." I don't see a barrier - I see an opportunity for solitude.
BPL columnist Maggie Slepian reminds new and old hands alike to prepare for shoulder-season backpacking accordingly.
Best practices when trip planning includes: booking transportation, gear selection and packing tips for complex backpacking trips.
Jeff Garmire is currently completing the Triple Crown in one year. He'll be one of the handful of people to accomplish this feat.