Puma concolor aka: mountain lion, cougar, panther, puma, catamount. It's said that there are over 40 different names for this elusive creature, but no matter how you know them; you know them. Pretty much everyone I know who spends any amount of time in the wilderness has voiced their concern about meeting a mountain lion … Continue reading How To Handle A Mountain Lion Encounter
How one backpacking trip in the Eastern Sierras taught me everything I needed to know about camping in mosquito country. “They’re voracious little bastards, aren’t they?” I ask as I smash one into my forehead. “Yeah, they sure are.” Lynne replies, seemingly unperturbed. They’re buzzing around my ears, going up my nose, biting me on … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide To Being Eaten Alive By Mosquitoes
How I Managed My Period While Backpacking The John Muir Trail. The day was hot. My feet were wet from the most recent creek crossing, the loose, powdery trail dust was quickly filling my shoes and turning to mud. My feet started blistering. We planned on having a big mileage day and I was determined … Continue reading Girl Talk: Techniques To Manage Your Period In The Backcountry.