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James Tracy added a review of Barr Trail (Pikes Peak)

Brutal, challenging, popular, but always worth it. IT's a very well known trail in CO, only for seasoned hikers. The...
on Apr 14, 2015
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of Estes Cone

Edit, forgot to include my 5 stars!
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Estes Cone

One of my favorite hikes. It's a fairly unknown trail, so it's more wilderness than other areas in the state....
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Illinois & Michigan Canal National Herit

Less a traveled campground and more of a primitive campground, the National Heritage Corridor campground consists of several sites with...
on Apr 14, 2015
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of Green Ridge Campground

Green ridge is pretty cool. It's fairly unknown to all the toursts, and a bit of a drive to get...
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Moraine Park Campground

This is one of my favorite places to camp. It's a touch expensive, and a touch too family friendly for...
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Estes Park KOA

KOA can be summed up in a phrase: good for beginners, not enough for advanced campers. It's a nice little...
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Estes Park Campground At Mary's Lake

Maybe I missed something all together, but this is a hiking trail, not a campground. If I'm wrong I'm wrong,...
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Adeline Jay Geo-karis Illinois Beach State Park

Zion is a nice little campground in northern IL, not far from Lake Michigan. It's a nice little place, but...
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a comment on Review: Root Beer GU Energy Gel
Good to hear. Usually that kind of flavor turns me off as being probably too fake or overpowering.
on Apr 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Bear Grylls Parang & Nylon Sheath

Nice size and design. However, the one I was using didn't seem terribly durable, or worth the Bear G. brand...
on Apr 9, 2015
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of REI Camper Jacket - Men's

What this should be considered is a medium weight jacket. It's not particularly durable, waterproof, or windproof. It's a decent...
on Apr 9, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of McDowell Grove Forest Preserve

McDowell grove makes for some decent scenery and a nice hike. Too close to civilization for my taste, but for...
on Apr 9, 2015
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of Knoch Knolls

This is a a stop along some dupage river hiking trails. It's well hidden by trees, but too close to...
on Apr 9, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Centennial Trail

A fairly exposed hike with some decent views. Too close to civilization. Some of the paths are right up against...
on Apr 9, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Saw Wee Kee Park

Saw Wee Kee features long hiking trails along the fox river, with multiple start and end points. The scenery along...
on Apr 9, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Lakewood Valley Circle

This is a short little hike, basically through suburbia. The lake that it circles around is nice, but unfortunately, has...
on Apr 9, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a comment on March Outdoor Photo & Review Contest Winners
Thanks guys, I'll be looking forward to that email!
on Apr 8, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 28 photos.

 
on Mar 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 8 photos.

 
on Mar 6, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 17 photos.

 
on Mar 6, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a comment on 5 Benefits of Backpacking with Your Significant Other
Great article. The follow up should be "how to work your spouse up to camping"
on Feb 17, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 45 photos.

 
on Feb 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added Whalon Lake
Preservation The 249-acre Whalon Lake was acquired between 1992 and 2007. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which...
on Feb 14, 2015
 

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James Tracy added Spinnaker Park
Larger park with fields and a lake, along a neighborhood 5 mile hiking trail.
on Feb 1, 2015
 
 

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James Tracy added Lakewood Park
Along a 5 mile trail through barrington drive.
on Feb 1, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 16 photos.

 
on Feb 1, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 24 photos.

 
on Jan 30, 2015
 

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James Tracy added Lakewood Valley Circle
Lakewood Valley is a short trail located outside a homeowner's association clubhouse. While the clubhouse is for owners only, the...
on Jan 30, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a comment on Review: GU Roctane Endurance Gel
I also liked this gel. However, if I didn't space it out with water, I'd start to feel queasy. Probably...
on Jan 30, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Kelty RedCloud 5600

Solid bag! Plenty of space, and extremely durable. It's held up for a few years now, through some rough travels....
on Jan 27, 2015
 

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James Tracy added a review of Oakhurst County Forest Preserve

This preserve is still relatively unknown, but a great little find. Plenty of trails circle a 55 acre lake. The...
on Jan 27, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 13 photos.

 
on Jan 27, 2015
 

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James Tracy added 39 photos.

 
on Jan 2, 2015
 

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James Tracy added Oakhurst County Forest Preserve
Oakhurst is a premier example of environmental restoration and a fine natural oasis in an urban setting where a silt-laden...
on Jan 2, 2015
 

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James Tracy added Commissioners Park
Large open park offering playing fields, playground, ice rink, covered picnic area, pond & more
on Dec 7, 2014
 
 

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James Tracy added Prairie Point Community park
Sports fields and several hiking trails. Pets welcome!
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Blakes Landing Nature Preserve
Nearby the fox river resort and Wedron IL
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Millbrook South Forest Preserve
Right off the fox river, close by silver springs state park. Half a mile south of Millbrook north.
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Millbrook North Forest Preserve
Right off the fox river, close by silver springs state park
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Silver Springs State Park
A pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of...
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Brook Crossings Park
Small park right along a creek that feeds into the dupage river
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Brook Crossings Park
Small park right along a creek that feeds into the dupage river
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added Frontier Park
Park district spot with playground, ball fields, bocce & skate park plus picnicking & trails
on Dec 7, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a review of Paul Douglas & Crabtree Trail (Paved)

Good trail for running or biking. It's not really wilderness, but it's a nice walk through nature in the middle...
on Nov 18, 2014
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of St. James Farm Forest Preserve

The good: Decent trail in suburbia. One of the only equestrian trails in the local area. The bad: Too close to...
on Nov 18, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a review of East Branch Forest Preserve

A decent hike through some woods. There are a surprising number of flowers. Worth checking out.
on Nov 17, 2014
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of Danada Forest Preserve

The trail is more for biking than hiking. It's not bad, just surprisingly few trees and real nature.
on Nov 17, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a review of Busse Forest - North

Its a decent hike. Unfortunately close by 355 so you constantly hear traffic. However, it has nice views and solid...
on Nov 17, 2014
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of Jericho Lake Park

Very short but sweet hike around a decent sized lake. Lots to see and do, despite the small size.
on Nov 17, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a review of Buffalo Creek Preserve

Solid but short hike through long grove. Not a ton to see, but it does have plenty of flowers.
on Nov 17, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a review of Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

Excellent as a backup source of water. It is small and portable, making it excellent for a bug out bag....
on Nov 10, 2014
 
 

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James Tracy added a review of 9.5 Inch Steel Frying Pan

This is probably the most used piece of cooking gear in my arsenal. It's not the lightest thing in the...
on Nov 10, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a review of Nalgene 32oz Wide Mouth

Notoriously solid water bottle. Extremely durable and cost effective. My only complaint is that the wide mouth bottles don't fit...
on Nov 10, 2014
 

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James Tracy added 10 photos.

 
on Nov 6, 2014
 

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James Tracy added a comment on Car Camping VS Backpacking: Is one better than the other?
The real winner? Canoe/Kayak Camping. A big part of it has to do with what bodies of water are close...
on Nov 6, 2014
 
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