Category Archives: Colorado

Free Certified Good Hiker Kits for Earth Day

Welcome to all who arrived here from Claire Walter’s fabulous blog Mile High on the Cheap and other Cities on the Cheap! The Certified Good Hiker Kit is an outdoor education game that helps adults teach kids how to be … Continue reading

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Welcome MHOTC Readers! And Hello Spring

Welcome to all who arrived here from Claire Walter’s fabulous blog Mile High on the Cheap. The Certified Good Hiker Kit is an outdoor education game that helps adults teach kids how to be “good hikers” — how to have … Continue reading

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Parks Photo Contest Winners

A few months ago I posted about the photo contest being run by the National Park Foundation: the Passport to the Parks Sweepstakes. The winners were announced this week. I have to say, I’m a bit perplexed by the top … Continue reading

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Passport To Your National Parks

I love the U.S. national parks. I lived in Yosemite National Park for two months back in the 1980s (and got college credit for it, believe it or not), and I loved every minute of it. The parks always seem … Continue reading

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Outdoor Contests: Share Your Photos (or Just Your Name), Win Trips and Gear

Three cool contests that hikers and other outdoors people are sure to like: The Leave No Trace Trailhead Sign Contest wants your photos of trailhead signs that mention the Leave No Trace program. Post them on the Leave No Trace … Continue reading

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Free Admission to National Parks

Time to plan a hike! The National Park Service announced two more free-admission days –August 14 and 15 — at the 146 parks that normally charge an entrance fee (nearly 250 others never charge a fee). Rocky Mountain National Park, … Continue reading

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How Do Search and Rescue Dogs Find People?

[This is a reprint of an article I wrote for Smithsonian magazine a few years ago. My all-time favorite freelance assignment. Longer than your average blog post, but that's what writers did in those days.] Elbow by elbow, like a … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Backpack? The 10 Essentials of Hiking…and a Few More

What should you bring on a hike? I’ve always heard that there are “ten essentials” of hiking – the items you must bring on a hike to stay safe and warm. That list seems to vary a lot, though, depending … Continue reading

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Welcome to GoodHiker.com!

GoodHiker.com is here to help you and the kids in your life to get outdoors and have fun hiking, while also learning about minimizing your impact on the environment — in short, how to have fun, stay safe and tread … Continue reading

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