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There is something about the interaction between young kids and burros that is enjoyable to watch.  Maybe it’s because burros are smaller than horses and not as imposing or maybe it’s because of their calm, gentle demeanor but kids seem to connect well with burros.   This past weekend I was able to see this first hand on my son’s Boy Scout camp out. I brought along one of my burros (Sabina) to be used on a day hike into the Lost Creek Wilderness.  After breakfast Saturday morning the boys gathered around Sabina as I gave them a quick history lesson...

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Panniers -

For the past 20+ years I have been an enthusiast of ultra-lightweight (UL) packs and gear.  I have logged hundreds of miles on the trail with a pack on my back.  Admittedly, I am a little fanatical about weight.   I keep detailed spread sheets of the items I pack with the weights in pounds and ounces and write the weight on my gear to help me decide if what I’m bringing along is really worth the weight.   Being an UL back-packer equates to being a minimalist.  The goal for someone like me has been to find items with multiple uses...

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Traditional panniers are designed to haul gear from the trail-head to camp.  The wrangler loads the panniers, straps them to the pack animal, covers them with a manty and a well placed barrel or diamond hitch and heads off down the trail.  Once the animal arrives at camp the panniers are removed from the animal and the contents unloaded.  This is a great system that has worked for hundreds of years and it’s a trusted method for hauling gear in the back-country or on the trail.    However, traditional panniers are not designed for someone who’s on the ground, walking with...

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