I just filed my first Trail Report

I have successfully entered my first Trail Report on Trail Sherpa. I hiked 12.5 miles at the Greensboro Watershed, which is about 40 miles from my home west of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Note our trail reports are split into tabs -- one for … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa Design wants to build your website

Trail Sherpa Design is a full-service web-design solution for anyone who wants to create an outdoor-focused website. We built Trail Sherpa to gather the stories of people who walk under the sky and sleep under the stars. Storytelling is our … [Read more...]

Our Team: Brian of Brian’s Backpacking Blog

My love of the outdoors started at a very early age, almost as far back as I can remember. I was born in the south of England at a time when spending all day outdoors as a small kid was considered perfectly normal. I was the youngest of four … [Read more...]

Our Team: John Roan, the Mountain UltraLight guy

I'm John Roan,  Trail Sherpa contributor and author of Mountain UltraLight, the outdoor blog with a nerdy twist. I have always loved the wilderness, but once I discovered ultralight backpacking, I became an addict; uhm, make that fanatic. … [Read more...]

Our Team: Tim and Robin Bird of Appalachia & Beyond

A  Q&A with Tim and Robin Bird from Appalachia & Beyond, who have just joined Trail Sherpa. Q: What is your blog about? A: Appalachia & Beyond is our way of sharing the Southern Appalachian, and more specifically, the East … [Read more...]

Our Team: Rebecca of Calipidder.com

Someone recently called me "The Perfect Woman: Equal parts computer nerd and mountain sports freak." I believe the topic of conversation started around my dirty nails and calloused hands one morning at the climbing gym, but I took it as a … [Read more...]

Our Team is ready to lead

It's been months in the making and we're just getting started.  But I am very excited to introduce Our Team here at Trail Sherpa, or at the very least the founding members. The concept I had in my head was simple: I wanted to build a team of my … [Read more...]

What’s the story of your first time…backpacking?

I'm excited to get out for my very first overnight of the year! Sounds crazy given how late in the season it is but we had our second son in May and it's taken me months to get back to level. But as I prepare to hit the trail with Trent, it occurred … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa has a new content editor

I'm Tom Mangan, the guy from Two-Heel Drive who can't shake off a curious urge to combine hiking and blogging. Tim Miner, the creator of Trail Sherpa, has a similarly inexplicable desire to combine hiking and social media. Tim's idea: create a … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa’s taking a seat at the adult table

The coming weeks are going to represent a defining shift in the history of Trail Sherpa. What was launched as a hiking blog is about to become so much more. My team and I started Trail Sherpa nearly two years ago as a hiking blog where I would … [Read more...]

Mary Jane Falls and Big Falls Loop

Switchbacks, a half mile snow field, ice bridges, and crevasses - all in the desert less than an hour from Las Vegas! About an hour west of Las Vegas lies the Spring Mountain range home to the Mt Charleston Wilderness.  It's the summer hangout … [Read more...]

The best Father’s Day hike in Red Rock ever!

That's a strong title for a blog post and it's going to be difficult to make sure the following story lives up to it...but I think it will! This Father's Day was my third but just the first as a father of two.  Earlier in the week I received an … [Read more...]

Introducing the Trail Sherpa Community

We are very pleased to introduce the new and improved Trail Sherpa website now with a members community. Our community is powered by a collection of plugins working in concert with BuddyPress.  Our goal for the community is to simply provide a … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park – a climber’s perspective

[tab:Overview] I have a great group of hiking buddies here in Las Vegas.  There is always someone that is ready and able to tackle a trail with me regardless of the timing.  My friend Brian is solely responsible for getting me back into nature … [Read more...]

Preserving the Epic Trails for the Next Generation

As lovers of everything outdoors, the Trail Sherpa family is looking for ways to have an impact on preserving the epic trails for future generations.  Our upcoming launch of the Trail Sherpa Store is one example.  A portion of all proceeds will go to … [Read more...]

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Grand Canyon Backcountry

We'd like to welcome Kelli to the Trailsherpa family! She's a runner and hiker located in Lawrence, Kansas. This story reflects a trip she took into the Grand Canyon backcountry a few years back. A while back a friend offered me the chance to … [Read more...]

Looking back – a year in pictures 2010

I know it's a bit early to start with all the "Top 10..." lists and even the "Year in Review" type posts, but here is my first for 2010 anyway. I have been migrating most of my digital media from my laptop to an external drive to free up some … [Read more...]

Shelli Johnson

I found Shelli (@yellowstoneshel) online a few months ago and exchange a few tweets with her over time.  I saw her post in May recounting her Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim trek in the Grand Canyon and immediately knew that she is someone that I wanted to get to … [Read more...]

Jeff Hester

I had the pleasure to interview Jeff Hester, @TheSoCalHiker, the other day about his recent John Muir Trail adventure. This was his second successful thru-hike on the JMT, nearly 30 years after his first time! Jeff is one of the more giving people … [Read more...]

Havasu Falls Backpacking Gear List

I made my first backpacking trip to Havasu Falls this year as part of a larger group.  The group we joined has been doing this trip for years and is led by a seasoned backpacker named John.  He sent an email to all of us before the trip with … [Read more...]

Derek Loranger

This Twitterview was conducted between Tim Miner (@TrailSherpa) and Derek Loranger (@100peaks) via Twitter on Wednesday, July 30, 2010 and is part of the Trail Sherpa Blog Series #hike2020. Derek Loranger is the voice (or should I say "hiker") … [Read more...]

Pamela Wilton – 8 Thousand Kilometer Challenge

This Twitterview was conducted between Tim Miner (@TrailSherpa) and Pamela Wilton (@8Thousand) via Twitter on Wednesday, July 29, 2010 and is part of the Trail Sherpa Blog Series #hike2020. I met Pamela Wilton on Twitter (@8thousand) and like I do … [Read more...]

Introducing our new blog series #hike2020

We often hear the phrase that hindsight is 20/20.  That same expression applies to hiking.  Some of my best trail experiences came on my second or third time on a trail.  What you learn from your first walk on a trail can make your next visit even … [Read more...]