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John Muir Trail

A much younger Leon at a silver mine in the Beartooth Mountains in Montana.

My 1976 John Muir Trail Journal

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…even the lousy weather can’t change the beauty of this mountain range. It’s all worth it, when I come over a ridge and can look at all the trees and mountains. The mountains are so beautiful in the mornings, I usually get up early just to watch the sunrise. The air is usually pine-scented. Walking through the forest is like walking through a cathedral. Underfoot, there is a thick carpet of pine needles, which muffles my foot steps. I have walked right up on several herds of deer, just because I was so quiet. I’m really glad to be out here.

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Wool fedora: Is this the best outdoor hat?

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Being a balding guy, I need the protection a good hat offers. But not just any head covering will do. Here why a felt fedora may be the best choice for you.

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rainy forest

How to cope with the precipitation: Ten tips for comfortable camping in the rain

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There is nothing like rain to make you appreciate sunshine! After decades of backpacking and scouting, I have learned some ways to cope with rainy weather while camping.

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Stuff that works: My Buck 317 folder served me well for decades

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Equipment users find good gear and work it hard. That happened to the Buck folder I bought 40 years ago.

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I still use the 15-foot canoe that carried me all the way to the gulf.

About Leon Pantenburg

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Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn’t claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newspaperman for four decades, covering search and rescue, sheriffs’ departments and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense may have changed the outcome. Leon now teaches common sense survival techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters.

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