William Kemsley, Jr. BackpackerBill

Writer in Taos, New Mexico

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My new website is up and running now -- http://williamkemsley.com

I post three times a week, mostly on spiritual aspects of hiking and backpacking. For some reason unknown to me the url above does not work on this site. Copy it and paste it in your address bar and it will get you there.

I'm known as BackpackerBill for my love of the wilderness. All my life I have been an avid backpacker and mountaineer. And I had a seven-year stint as a rock climber. In 1973 I founded Backpacker magazine which I sold in 1980.

I was an early environmentalist along the lines of Dave Brower of the Sierra Club.

I founded the School of Practical Philosophy of Santa Fe in 1994, offering tutoring in practical spirituality,.

I live in a cabin in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico with my wife, Joy, and our poodle, Tessa. We are nine miles from town, and a mile off any paved road.

Since 1987 I've been hiking the numerous trails in the four Wilderness Areas in Northern New Mexico.

My new blog site, Williamkemsley.com went live in mid-September. I will be discussing many philosophical and spiritual topics.

I am the author of several books and have written numerous magazine articles that have appeared in leading publications like the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Ford Times.

Hardcover Book now available at Amazon: Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook.

Here are some of my ebooks:

Fleeing a Fearsome Father

Peter Maurin: Saintly Founder of the Catholic Worker