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Go Bigger

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Rule #1 when you’re planning a hike through Glacier National Park: Let your ambition match the scenery. See larger version

My first long piece for BACKPACKER offers a simple recipe: Mix an off-his-meds bipolar II friend with some of North America’s deepest, most scenic, and megafauna-packed wilderness, add a dusting of snow, and let it marinate for 10 days. This ran in the June 2011 National Parks issue.

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Am I Dying?

Sometimes you’re screwed. And sometime it just feels that way. Learn which symptoms should scare you–and how to treat them–with this diagnostic chart. See larger version

Cramps and coughing? Rashy and short of breath? Follow this flow chart to diagnose yourself from 12 common backcountry illnesses and learn whether to evacuate immediately, or simply stop complaining. In this Aug. 2010 piece for BACKPACKER,  I interviewed experts and crunched Center for Disease Control data to find out which diseases and care about and how to tell them apart on the fly.

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