Sawtooth Mountains

Sawtooth Mountains | Idaho Centennial Trail

This article is a reading companion to Episode 4 in our Wild West Trail 2018 series. Sawtooth Mountains Backpacking At around the 2-week mark, we made it to the Sawtooth Mountains in Central Idaho. Named for their jagged peaks, which resemble the teeth of a saw, the Sawtooths are a mountain range located in the […]

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Ramen Hacks For Hiking

Instant Ramen Hacks – For Hiking!

How To Make Instant Ramen Better What Is Ramen? Quick cooking noodles made from wheat, they are a cheap and essential item for hikers the world over. Most notably packaged as “Maruchen Ramen” or “Top Ramen,” they are usually sold for around 25 cents a pack. Each pack contains 480 calories. That is around $1 […]

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Backpacking the Jarbidge Wilderness

Owyhee Desert | Idaho Centennial Trail

Jarbidge Mountains – Owyhee Desert Day 2. We take the lower elevation alternate route, on a century old pack trail, through the Jarbidge Wilderness into the Owyhee Desert. Notice the spectacular views; relatively few people have ever seen this. Words and videos won’t do this place justice. There’s something deeply spiritual about being out there, […]

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Natural remedies For Psoriasis

Hiking Away Your Psoriasis

How to Make Psoriasis Go Away Fast What is Psoriasis? A chronic autoimmune condition, Psoriasis will manifest itself as thick scaly patches on your skin. It’s genetic, not contagious, and unsightly – sometimes itchy. And that was it, or so I thought. I was first diagnosed with psoriasis in my late twenties. I had noticed […]

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Walking (Thoreau)

Walking (Thoreau)

Henry David Thoreau was an American in the truest sense. A critic of development which encroached on wilderness, he was a philosophizing naturalist; a surveyor and tax resister; a poet and historian; a transcendentalist – his best-known works include “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience”.   A month after his death, in May of 1862, The Atlantic posthumously […]

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eating in camp

Stoveless Backpacking Meals

Stoveless Backpacking Meals Eating is obviously an essential part of hiking, although it should not be the main focus. The main focus of hiking should be hiking! When I first started out I made the mistake of putting too much emphasis on what I was going to eat, and not enough emphasis on getting to […]

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Water Cache | Idaho Centennial Trail

Is There Water in The Owyhee Desert?     The first 927 miles of Wild West Trail (WWT) follows the route of the Idaho Centennial Trail (ICT), which begins in the Owyhee Desert on the border of Idaho and Nevada. We decided to begin the hike in Nevada in order to enjoy the Jarbidge Wilderness. […]

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