Author Archives: James Kirby

About James Kirby

Our group has been hiking, backpacking and camping in various parts of the world for over 50 years. We have been from Alaska to Texas and from Virginia to California. There have been extensive extreme levels overseas both in Europe and the Pacific while some of us were in the military. We have experienced the good times and survived the bad times. You will be amazed at how creative you can be when you forget something that you need! Through it all we have never lost our sense of adventure and are still looking to see what is over the next ridge line.

Foggy Alert in Germany

Foggy Alert in Germany The area in Germany where we were stationed is one of the foggiest in the world. Trying to get to your post at 0100 hrs when the fog is so thick you can’t see the white … Continue reading

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Sun and Fun in Vietnam

1969 – Vietnam – 1st Unit My first 12 months in Nam were with the 1st BDE, 101st Airborne Division.  This unit was located in I Corp, which is found right below the DMZ.  12 months in the sun and … Continue reading

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Danger Hiking for the Adventurous

Is Danger your middle name? This article is about some of the dangers that can be found while hiking on trails, streams, mountains, and ridgelines with an idea to get around the situation (this should make your significant other happy) … Continue reading

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Dental Issues

In the Wild Whether you are hiking, backpacking, camping, or fishing, dental problems can occur while you are out and about.  Having survived an abscessed tooth on an 11 day 150 mile hike, I was about ready to yell louder … Continue reading

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Alaskan Moose

Alaskan Moose In The Camp We were out camping somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Alaska.  Our camp is all set up, we are in day 2 of the camp-out.  Along comes mama moose and 2 calves (unusual to … Continue reading

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Jeros Cuban Yo-Yo – Rigged with Handline

Jeros Cuban Yo-Yo – Handline Fishing 6″ Yo-Yo Rigged with 1-oz. egg rig hook Coated wire 300-ft. work line Spool Buy One today! If you have ever been out in the wild and running out of food, the Jeros Cuban … Continue reading

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Tundra Hike

There I was, beady blue eyes shining, getting ready for my first “Official” hike with my grandpa off across the Alaskan tundra.  It was the early 1950’s and Alaska was still a territory.  Grandpa drives out to the middle of … Continue reading

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Just Starting Out

When you are just starting out in this new adventure on your first few hikes, you will want to make them easy.  Success is what you are initially after and having a good time all at the same time.  The … Continue reading

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In The Beginning

In the beginning there was a definition: Backpacking is accomplished by adding an overnight stay to a hiking event. Obviously, this will require a little bit more gear than a brown paper bag with your lunch in it. Therefore, we … Continue reading

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