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Frank Church Wilderness

I’ve hiked 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 200 miles of the Colorado Trail. I’ve been backpacking for over 40 years and consider myself experienced. When my sons and I were planning a 50-mile loop in the Frank Church Wilderness of Idaho, it wasn’t a big deal with the exception of one caveat: we […]

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Bicycling and hiking in Taiwan

Taiwan is a unique landmass formed about six million years ago when the Filipino and Asian plates began colliding with each other.  The central mountain range formed from the Asian plate while the coastal mountains which run along the eastern seaboard formed from the Filipino plate.  Between them is a valley where the best rice […]

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Taiwan’s East Coast: A rugged, yet spectacular, area

The small mountain range that runs along Taiwan’s east coast is covered with lush green forests which accentuate the already spectacular coastline. Rugged in both its physical and cultural characteristics, the coast is dotted with fishing villages whose inhabitants are the descendants of hardy pioneers who first crossed the almost insurmountable central mountain range looking […]

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Exploring Taiwan: A Photo Essay

There was a compelling force within me, driving me forward, demanding that I push on. Riding a bicycle always does this to me. It gives me the freedom to explore and the exhilaration of discovery in a way that only bicycling can provide. As I rode up a Taiwanese mountain valley thru a lush, thick […]

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