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JoelSalvino

Addicted to the dark areas on light pollution maps, I focus on documenting the world's remote spaces. I hope to inspire others to be an active member of the ecosystem all around us. Our most valuable resources, clean air, clean water, and open spaces are being parceled off and destroyed at an alarming rate. Let's enjoy Earth and share it with future generations. You can check out my blog Not A Guide Book

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McKittrick Canyon to Pine Springs (Texas)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)18 mi (21km) DIFFICULTY TIME2-3 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOTrails in Big Bend National Park SOLITUDE Amazingly diverse hiking in a park that’s nearly forgottenHidden in Western Texas, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is one of the least-visited parks in the system. Bordered by Carlsbad Caverns to the North, this park is part of a large desert ecosystem. […]

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The Grand Enchantment Trail (New Mexico)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)396mi (637.3km) DIFFICULTY TIME20-30 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe Continental Divide Trail SOLITUDE Through the Land of EnchantmentEnding or beginning in Albuquerque, the New Mexico section  of the Grand Enchantment Trail stays in the remote reaches of America’s southwest, climbing high altitude mountains.The majority of New Mexico hiking takes place through Gila National Forest. The highlight […]

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Southern Tetons Loop (Wyoming)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)30 mi (48km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe Great Range Trail SOLITUDE Escape the crowds, not the beautyThe youngest mountain range in the Rockies, only 6-9 million years old, the Grand Tetons are some of the most photogenic and iconic mountains on the planet. Their awe striking beauty makes the park one of the […]

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Eagle Cap Wilderness (Oregon)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)41mi (66km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOPacific Crest Trail SOLITUDE High Altitude SplendorEagle Cap Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Oregon and it encompasses some of the most scenic terrain in the West. Also the state’s largest high alpine area, the flora and fauna are unique to the region and offer a glimpse […]

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White Cloud Mountains Wilderness Trek (Idaho)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)32 Mi (51km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOSawtooth Mountains SOLITUDE Magical, Unforgettable IdahoThe White Cloud Mountains are one of the most recent wilderness areas in the country, designated in 2015. Most people associate Idaho politics with conservatism and not environmentalism but the society in this great state has a soft spot for wilderness. Smaller than the […]

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Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop (North Carolina)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)22.3 mi (35.88km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOArt Loeb Trail SOLITUDE Extreme Topography in the Blue Ridge MountainsThe Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Western North Carolina features some incredible hiking, and I’m not just talking about Smoky Mountain National Park. This entire region […]

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Siyeh Bend to Logan Pass (Montana)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)95 mi (152km) DIFFICULTY TIME4-6 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOGoing-To-the-Sun-Road SOLITUDE The Crown of the ContinentGlacier National Park is the center of the largest pristine ecosystem in the lower 48, it is so large it even encompasses parts of Canada. This large swath of preserved landscape is still home to 100% of the species that existed […]

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Best Backpacking Tents of 2017: The Ultimate Guide

By JoelSalvino

Your outdoor shelter / backpacking tent is the most important purchase you can make before a trip, it is the difference between life and death.From my experience, nothing beats using a tent. It is a versatile shelter, making it easy to setup and easy to carry.Tents have saved me from hypothermia when caught in a […]

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The 11 Best Backpacking Hammocks [2017 Buyers Guide]

By JoelSalvino

Looking to invest in a new backpacking hammock?Or maybe you are a newcomer who hasn’t tried sleeping in a hammock when out in the woods before. Either way, we’ve complied this list to help you figure out which one is right for your situation.Hammocks make excellent shelters for overnighting: they are lightweight, easy to pack, […]

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Grand Enchantment Trail (Arizona)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)331 mi (533km) DIFFICULTY TIME20-30 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe Arizona Trail SOLITUDE An unknown trail through unmarked territoryThe Grand Enchantment Trail is still relatively unknown and only the most serious thru-hikers attempt it. At over 770 miles long, the western half of the sendero is in Arizona, the Eastern portion in New Mexico. Beginning on the […]

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