Baja by Mule–Pointers from the Baja Mule Diva

editor’s note: The tireless David “el Codo” Eidell recruited Baja mule diva Teddi Montes to write this fantastic article for us. Big thanks to Codo, Tedi, and to Trudi Angell for the photos. by Teddi Montes If you’ve never been on a mule, and want the adventure of a lifetime, just once experience a trip into the Sierra San Francisco and see what it’s all about. You can go in for just a one to two nighter, or you can […]

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In Memory of Caballo Blanco

People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby remembers the legendary Micah True, who passed away suddenly this March. True forged ties with the Tarahumara community and instigated the famous Copper Canyon Ultramarathon.  by Mike Huckaby I remember the first time I met Micah. It must have been 1996, and we were coming back from a big Semana Santa celebration in Norogachi. We had taken the five hour dusty, rutted dirt road in by way of Cusarare. Noragachi sits on the banks of […]

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Copper Canyon Adventure Part III

By Mike Huckaby People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the second installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. Read Part 1 and 2 Here We filled up too, and started on our way. Down and up. Up and down. The Tarahumarans you meet on the trail aren’t known for conversation, but what talk there is usually centers on arriba or abajo. […]

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Spring Here and There

  photos by Tina Rosa Here in the Oregon Coast Range, the winter has been a long sodden slog. We’ve endured a flood, a March snowstorm, and more sleet than I care to contemplate. Today, the sun is actually shining for the first time in weeks. It’s a little wan, yes, but it sparkles on the spiderwebs and budding branches and leads me to fanciful thoughts. Hmm…perhaps this corner of the world is not such a dreary place after all, […]

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Copper Canyon Adventure–Part II

by Mike Huckaby People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the second installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. Part I Next morning, the trail continued down more steep, rocky switchbacks; and then we were at the Rio Urique, lifeblood of the Copper Canyon. The river was about 40 to 50 feet wide, with alternating areas of boulders with deep water pockets, […]

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Copper Canyon Adventure – Part I

People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the first installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. by Mike Huckaby of Copper Canyon Trails With freedom from the encumbrances of full-time employment, wanderlust bloomed like spring wildflowers, and a perfect alignment of the stars foretold another fun-filled hike along the trails of the Copper Canyon. I had bamboozled a couple who lived nearby […]

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Memorial for Geronimo Mancinas

Sad news from Mike Huckaby of Copper Canyon Trails: “Geronimo Mancinas passed on January 7, 2012. Gero was our lead guide, and had been guiding the canyons for many years. His parents said no one knew the canyons like he did. As avid hikers ourselves, we enjoyed describing our hikes to him, and he always knew another gem to tempt us with. As a boy he had a job finding water sources for the numerous mines in the area. He […]

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Mexico Trails: A Book Review

By Gerry Reckseidler Review by Felisa Rosa Rogers I am always happy when I see it: a campsite in the middle of the desert, the loan gringo living in an obscure Oaxacan village, even the relatively common sighting of the adventurous gourmand hunkered in a market fonda. Each glimpse is proof that Mex-trippers continue the tradition I grew up in: exploring the riches hidden in the shadows of Mexico’s high rise hotels and well-kept autopistas, even if it means going […]

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