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“This is how hikers die,” I thought, watching my husband half walk, half slip down a sheer rock face. We were in the middle of a week-long backpacking trip in Colorado’s Rahwah Wildnerness and things had taken a turn for the worse. We’d spent the morning hiking above tree line, with only cairns (rock piles meant to guide hikers) marking an otherwise indistinguishable trail. By midday we realized it had been an hour since we’d last seen a trail marker…. Read More »

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