Hey Mom, This is Why I Backpack
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Hey Mom, This is Why I Backpack

My mother thinks I’m nuts. She doesn’t understand why I backpack. Who would subject themselves to the physical and mental deprivations involved with an intense backpacking wilderness experience? I can’t blame her. There are so many benefits to backpacking, and I have come up short time and again trying to answer that question “why?” Well…

Leave Limits Behind

Every year we take motivated people of all ages and experience levels into the Sierra and Grand Canyon, but this year we hit new records with our youngest participant ever, Brooks “Hooks” (9 years old), and our oldest female participant ever, “Effing” Ita (72 years young). About their stories “Hooks” got his trail name backpacking…

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Sharing the Truth on Mother’s Day

(by Chris Casado, Co-Founder, TSX Challenge, originally published 2019, updated 2020) It’s time to come clean. Two moms are largely responsible for making TSX a reality. I started TSX in late-2010 with the help of Mike Murphy and incredible family support. At that time, our family had two full-time working parents, two young kids under…

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Keeping It Real With 30 Outtakes

Great stuff comes with backpacking the Sierra and Grand Canyon. You’ve seen the glamour shots, inspirational quotes and incredible achievements. Less appreciated (but often more rewarding!) is the laughter, sweat, tears and and friendships that build the journey of each experience. Here’s a peek into the less glamorous moments that keep it real and make…