Author Archives: jnunniv

About jnunniv

I like outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and scuba diving.

Our adoption story

I’ll apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I believe it is well worth the read. First, a little bit of history.  I have two children from a previous marriage and had a vasectomy shortly after they … Continue reading

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My LAST (new official trail) hike in the Sipsey Wilderness!

​Well,  I finally did it! After a couple of years in the process (I’m slow, I know) I have finally hiked every step of every official trail in the Sipsey Wilderness.  That’s just over 50 miles of trail.  I have … Continue reading

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Four Horseman and My Little Pony trip in the Sipsey Wilderness

A couple of friends have been planning a winter backpacking trip in the Sipsey Wilderness since earlier this fall. In the beginning, the trip was planned to be four of us that have spent a lot of time in the … Continue reading

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Improved water filter system

​I wanted to provide an update to my water filtration system.  The main reason I changed my system was twofold: Higher rate flow of filtered water and ease of collecting unfiltered water.  While this system works great for me, it … Continue reading

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Trailblaze Challenge 2017

If you follow this blog or have read nearly any of it, you know one of my passions is hiking.  I like the physical and mental challenge of hiking.  I love the sights and sounds of being in the woods. … Continue reading

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Sipsey Wilderness/Thompson Creek area exploration 

My hiking buddy (Wayne) and I had plans to go and explore a new to us portion in Bankhead National Forest this past weekend. I was excited to get back to my favorite area and find some new things now … Continue reading

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Gaia GPS App vs Garmin GPS

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I believe you should first have and know how to use a map and compass when backcountry hiking. The advantage of a map and compass is that it never needs batteries, works anywhere, and is … Continue reading

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