My name is Jim, though on the trail I'm occasionally known as Simba. When I retired a few years ago I returned to backpacking and found, for me, the sweet spot is long trails, but not that long. In the past few years I've thru-hiked the Colorado Trail, Long Trail, JMT, Tahoe Rim Trail and Sheltowee Trace. To me, these 200-500 mile trails can be life changing, without taking so long that I have to change my life to accomplish them. I think they're a great alternative for those that don't have the time, ability, circumstances, or need to hike one of the Triple Crown. I hope to share that point of view on these pages. I'm a member of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and through the years have written other articles and a few books about backpacking. Much of my hiking is covered at oldmanoutdoors.net.
It may be because I’m getting older, but a decent night’s sleep while backpacking is getting more and more important. Gone are the days of using
Pictured Rocks is the setting for the Lakeshore Trail. The path runs the length of the park, approximately 43 miles, and is often within sight of
I’d been in the market for a new sleeping bag for a while. My 55-degree bag was light, but only useful for summer trips at lower elevations. My older
The recent killing on the Appalachian Trail of Ronald Sanchez has shattered many people’s confidence in their personal safety while on the trail.
Bikepacking the Ohio to Erie Trail Length: 326 miles Location: The trail runs from the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland Trail
Sierra Designs Convert 2 I was recently given the opportunity to test the Sierra Designs Convert 2 four-season tent. I had not used a four-season
Many readers of this website are intimately aware of the 70 miles of the AT that travel through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but there are
Sierra Designs High Side Solo Tent Late last fall I was given the opportunity to test the new Sierra Designs High Side solo tent before it became
The Midwest is certainly not famous for long trails or epic mountain hikes. For example, in my home state of Ohio, the highest point is 1,550-foot
In very northern Minnesota, there are over a million acres of preserved wilderness just waiting for you. Sitting on the thick bedrock of the Canadian