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Less Than a Month to Go, or Ready or Not (Here I Come)

I’ve been training at the gym and on the trail to get my body ready. I’ve used my Google-Fu to to get my psyche ready. I’ve collected and tested my gear to get it ready. So, after all that, I should count on being ready, right? Continue reading

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Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap, or These Knees Are as Old as I Am (Unfortunately)

Imagine my surprise when I finally hit the trail and learned that muscle or lung or heart failure weren’t going to stop me from achieving my goal, but my knees just might. Continue reading

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Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket, or I Got Exactly What I Wanted (on Clearance)

As I have mentioned previously, I’m not much for foul-weather outdoorsmanship. I know there are people who love to hike and camp and fish and what-have-you in the cold rain. I am not one of those people. It’s part of why … Continue reading

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The Gear List, or What I Need to Bring With Me (For a Goldilocks Pack)

One of the innumerable benefits of booking my Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike with a professional tour company is this: Every bit of planning from before dawn on day one until we’ve emptied the tank on day five has been done … Continue reading

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Werk!, or The Weather Around Here Sucks Lately (So I’m Stuck at the Gym)

I got a lovely and terrifying email from Wildland Trekking yesterday with the gentle suggestion that I might want to make sure I’m training enough to hike the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. Here’s a representative section: This trip demands a high … Continue reading

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It’s Official! or, How I Beat Grand Canyon National Park’s Byzantine Permit System (by Getting Someone Else to Do It For Me)

I almost still can’t believe it’s true, partially because there was a very real possibility that a scarcity of permits would obstruct the whole enterprise. Continue reading

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The Initial Research, or How the Internet Solved All of My Problems (As Usual)

What I really needed was information. I limbered up my Google-fu. Continue reading

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