Trail Mix

Here’s what knot to do: The clove hitch

Here’s what knot to do: The clove hitch

Hey gang, Over the past few years, I decided if I was going to enjoy backpacking and camping even more I had to learn some knots -  or at least learn which ones were the best to use for certain jobs. As it turns out, when you get into it a little, knots matter,...

Understand your trail markings

Understand your trail markings

Hi friends, Let's clear something up because we talk a lot about gear, cooking, climbing mountains, crossing streams, long miles and where to sleep when we are in the woods. But do you know where you are going and how to get around when you're out for a stroll in...

Seven Tubs near Wilkes-Barre is must see

Seven Tubs near Wilkes-Barre is must see

Seven Tubs Natural Area near Wilkes-Barre is one of those places that I've heard about for years and never went. That was a stupid mistake. Right upfront I'm going to tell you it's a MUST visit for a bunch of reasons. First, the access is insanely easy. I went from...

Coming Sunday: Trails you need to visit

Coming Sunday: Trails you need to visit

Hey gang, There's something exciting coming up this weekend for you guys to check out. Staff writer Caitlin Heaney West has compiled a list of some of the trails you can visit right here in Northeast Pennsylvania. It's a project for the Lifestyles Department, and they...

Some trail walking in Rhode Island

Some trail walking in Rhode Island

Hey loyal readers. I've got a treat for you today. We've got a guest columnist. Assistant News Editor Cecilia Baress is taking you to Rhode Island for some music and a walk along a cliff. Enjoy! Listen up, music lovers: You can't go wrong with a trip to Newport, Rhode...

Bad hiking jokes (you’ve been warned)

Bad hiking jokes (you’ve been warned)

Hey guys. I just wanted to thank everyone for reading and sharing this blog. (It's showing up in all kinds of places I never expected) When it started not long ago, I didn't expect the emails, messages and other encouragement. I was just hoping people would check it...

There’s a storm coming and you need to be careful

There’s a storm coming and you need to be careful

Heads up, hikers! A storm is a brewin' and you should pay attention to this. Hurricane Florence is on the way and it is predicted that it will bring high winds and heavy rains to parts of the Appalachian Trail, including and the Mid-Atlantic region. Don't take chances...

Running barefoot and in sandals (with video)

Running barefoot and in sandals (with video)

Alright, we are talking trail running. Well, really we are talking about something near and dear to me - running without shoes. In the past couple of years around Scranton, I've kind of become the "Hey, there's that guy running without shoes" guy. I'm not sure it's an...

Let’s do some cooking

Let’s do some cooking

I know I said previously that I don't really like to cook when I'm backpacking, but that doesn't mean I don't know how to do it, and as the nights start to get colder I'll cook more. A warm belly before hitting the sack definitely matters. Before we get too far, keep...

Filtering your water. Yes you should

Filtering your water. Yes you should

A buddy of mine asked me a couple of weeks ago what I do for water when I'm out hiking for multiple days. That's a pretty pertinent question because water is a THING when you are out in the woods. It's not really a huge deal in the eastern part of the country - at...

Chad Sebring

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Chad is the news editor at The Times-Tribune. He has been a journalist for roughly 20 years, making the all-too-common jump from beer truck driver to journalist in the mid-90s.

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