Monthly Archives: December 2016

Drinking clean in the winter backpacking season


While backpacking on the Appalachian Trail or any trail for that matter, water can be an issue all year round. It does not have to be during the dry heat of summer that water comes in sparing supply. However, winter adds its own problem. When the temperature drops below freezing, it should be obvious that water freezes. However, some will see running streams and ground temperatures above freezing but forget that the water in your filter, bottles, and hydration bladders can still freeze. For example, take the MSR SweetWater Microfilter. It is a great water filter that withstands cold temperatures, […]

Is life smothering you? Come up, get some fresh air in nature


Do you ever feel as if you are smothering? Are you suffering from anxiety or depression? You’re not alone. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that anxiety disorders affect some 40 million adults in the United States. The World Health Organization says that some 350 million people worldwide have depression. You are not alone. What can you do? First, if you are overwhelmed by feelings of depression and want to bring harm to yourself or someone else, you should seek professional help. There are people available 24/7 to support you confidentially and free. Everyone hurts. Everyone gets down […]