The Patron Saint Of Backpackers

The Patron Saint of Backpackers

St. Bernard of Montjoux is the patron saint of alpinists, climbers, backpackers, and skiers. His memorial day is May 28. A French monk who founded hospices in the Alpine passes, St. Bernard is variously called St. Bernard of Menthon, St.…

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Quest For Clean Water In Guatemala

Quest for Clean Water in Guatemala

The water is the color of hot chocolate. The 85-mile Rio de Paz (Peace River) is a natural border between El Salvador and Southeastern Guatemala and it empties into the Pacific Ocean. It originates in the mountains of Quezada, near…

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God Likes Mountains

God Likes Mountains

On a fall weekend in 1972 we hiked the white dot trail to the summit of Grand Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire for the first time. Hiking and scrambling to the 3165-foot summit wasn’t a huge accomplishment by most standards,…

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