Backpacking Across The Gorge

Ever since I started working here in the Red River Gorge Geological Area back in early March, I longed to set aside time for some backpacking in the area. I've been focused on my job for much of the year, working as much as 55 hours a week during the busy months when visitor use … Continue reading Backpacking Across The Gorge

3 Days Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

I didn't think that the autumn season here in the Red River Gorge was going to be as busy as I had thought back in the summer. On a Saturday in October, Gladie Visitor Center tallied over 800 people for the day; according to a seasonal employee, it was the highest number of visitors she … Continue reading 3 Days Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

Summer Backpacking in the Gorge

To say that the Red River Gorge Geological Area is a popular attraction is an understatement. I cannot give accurate annual statistics in regards to visitor usage, but believe me, there are days (weekends and holidays) with long lines at both ends of Nada Tunnel, when trail-head parking overflows, when the Red River itself becomes … Continue reading Summer Backpacking in the Gorge

3 Days Backpacking The Irish Wilderness

Two weeks ago, I drove down south near the Missouri-Arkansas border to complete my solitude monitoring data in the largest Wilderness in the state, the Irish. But this time, I chose to seek my refuge within the forest itself, instead of the pampered comforts of more "civilised" life in Winona. I was also eager to … Continue reading 3 Days Backpacking The Irish Wilderness

5 Days Backpacking the Irish Wilderness

Well guys, I'm back from spending some time in the Irish Wilderness :D. Last week my supervisor, Big John the Badass, informed me that I would be heading down into the Eleven Point Ranger District to work with an AmeriCorps intern to monitor the wilderness. But because of all the wildland fire activity out west, … Continue reading 5 Days Backpacking the Irish Wilderness

DIY Ultralight Esbit/Hexamine Stove

In my Yuletide Ives' Trail Winter Hike article, I mentioned the use of Esbit/hexamine stoves as an effective means for cooking meals in extreme conditions. This post is a follow-up and I will go through the process of making a DIY Esbit burner that is very light, so that my readers will be able to … Continue reading DIY Ultralight Esbit/Hexamine Stove