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For the Collector of Ray-Way Books

From the Ray-Way Warehouse, we are now selling new copies of our Collector Editions. These books have been in storage since first published. They are new and un-read. Supply is limited.

The PCT Hiker's Handbook, First Edition 1991

This is the book that popularized lightweight hiking. The first of its kind.

See our PCT Handbook page for more info.

Now for sale: Order Form

The Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Handbook, Second Edition 1996.

See our PCT Hiker's Handbook 2nd-Edition page for more info.

Now for sale: Order Form

Beyond Backpacking, 1999. This version of our lightweight hiking book was the predecessor to Trail Life.

See our Beyond Backpacking page for more info.

See our Order Form

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My current project: another water fast. days and counting ... (More info)

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Jenny's Women's Trip to Japan

Jenny is thinking of organizing a small group of women for a trip to Japan - for hiking in the Japanese Alps and optionally climbing Mount Fuji. The trip would be eight days in Japan plus travel, departing in September. Her group would be limited to three women, besides Jenny. No guide fees, the participants would pay only their own expenses. If interested, let Jenny hear from you.

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"Four Thumbs Up on the Blood Cleaner. I just wanted to let you know that this is the 2nd healthcare professional that I've seen within the past week who, upon learning of your device, encouraged me to continue using it, saying that it sounds plausible as a treatment for blood-borne pathogens. I would not have stopped using it regardless of their recommendations. But I was cheered by that and wanted to share that with you. Thank you for your time and expertise. I appreciate you and all the things you do more than you'll ever know." -Donna C.

 New Book 

More Than Seven Hundred New Photos!

Read It For Free

Extreme Fun

Wow, this is a Fantastic Book!! Incredibly interesting, and the photos are SUPERB. Congratulations, Ray and Jenny, for completing such an amazing journey. You are very courageous people, and Jenny is one strong lady. It's wonderful to see people loving the world/life. Makes me kind of feel like I haven't lived yet. Absolutely tremendous job on the book!!" - Sherry B.

Our Blood Cleaners are for sale

Concept 300 Blood Cleaner
More Info   Order One for Yourself.

"I am living proof that the Blood Cleaner works! My head has totally cleared up, I can think clearer, concentrate better, and my body is in a much more calm relaxed state. My body aches are gone by 70% , it's just amazing how far I have come in these five months, it's astronomical!!!" - Sherry B.

Sherry's Story

"When I get some time I would like to write a detailed account of my personal experience of using the Blood Cleaner, but in brief it is truly amazing, I feel so much more robust/stronger. This winter I have been shrouded by people with colds, flu, and odd and new bugs, and have managed so far to avoid getting any of them. Amazing!" -Martin L., UK

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Blast from the Past

The TransAmerica Trail is a great trip, and for anyone looking for something to do this summer, I recommend it highly.

Bicycling the TransAmerica Trail

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"The god of Long Trail Hiking, Ray Jardine,
Really Came to Tottori Japan!"

We had a fabulous time in Japan. Our Story
Be-Pal magazine Jan 2017
Be-Pal magazine March 2017

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2016-07-31: I've returned home, after completing my Appalachian Trail section hike. That makes four AT hikes now: three thru-hikes and another section hike. This hike was also a big success and I couldn't be more pleased!

Congratulations Ray!
Ray summited Katahdin on July 29, completing his Appalachian Trail section hike.

For the record, I hiked the trail in three sections:

  • Sec 1: Springer GA to Harpers Ferry WV, 1,022 mi in 49 days - Mar 1 to Apr 18, 2013
  • Sec 2: Harpers Ferry WV to Lincoln NH, 777 mi in 44 days - Apr 12 to May 25, 2016
  • Sec 3: Lincoln NH to Katahdin, 389 mi in 24 days - Jul 06 to Jul 29, 2016

I have just started to post a few photos of Part 3 of my section hike. I will be adding more when I get time.

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My yearly fast, Oct 2016: 14 days and 23 pounds lost.

I started with a week of raw foods, eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables, with some seeds and nuts thrown into the mix. Then came the fast, eating nothing and drinking nothing but distilled water for 14 days.

A water fast is not too fun, but its super effective at regaining health. It cleans the body, gut and arteries like a roto-rooter.

This time I experienced a new and unexpected benefit. Over the last decade I have been unable to hear high-pitched sounds, and this is a normal aspect of aging. For example, I can't hear my wristwatch alarm, because it's too high-pitched. But yesterday I was startled by someones alarm. This was first time in 10 years I have heard that sound.

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We invented the frame bag in 2004, for our Hello America Bicycle Tour. Here, Jenny is making another one for my current bike.

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 "When I mentioned to a friend that Ray Jardine was certainly one of the top 100 athletes and adventurers of all time, I was asked, "How do you know that?" My response was: Show me someone else who has accomplished the same type feats for so many years, and they would be number 101. However, the chances are that they would be under the influence of commercial sponsors, steroids, political persuasions or other special interest groups. Ray is independent of these entanglements, and self made. And truth is, he's probably among the top 10 or 20.

Most of his "fun trips" (as he refers to them) have been self-propelled, assisted only by harnessing the forces of nature with his own ingenuity and intelligence. It is simply amazing that he continues to endure world class sports - years after having reached "retirement age."

One might ask, "How does Ray do it?" Well, among many things, based on my sports activities and conversations with him, Ray has the ability to concentrate better than anyone I know. Surviving the types of challenges that he has overcome requires attention to 100 percent of the activity, 100 percent of the time.

In addition to his thinking methods, his education, training and perseverance are traits he has in common with many other champions. Ray clearly exhibits these in his accomplishments. The fact that these are so numerous is a testament to the application of these and other factors. One can refer to public records and journals for verification.

Ray is not alone. His steadfast faith has given him spiritual nourishment and strength. And, since he invited Jenny to sail around the world with him 34 years ago, she has been there and accomplished many of these achievements.

Jenny and Ray are real people; bound by the same physical, mental, time, energy and space constraints as we all are. But the two of them are really a phenomenon, individually and collectively. Not just adventurists; they are an adventure in and of themselves. They exude goodwill and success. Like other supermodels, they give us something we can believe, and people we can believe in.

It is a dream fest to view their photos and to read the stories on their website. With a little imagination and/or experience with their activities, you will share the love that has driven them to these goals, and the emotions of joy, fear, love and victory that have accompanied them on their endeavors.

I encourage Ray to write more, because I have saved time, money and prevented many certain mistakes by simply studying his books. Most importantly, imparting of his knowledge and experience is the best way to preserve and bestow future student adventurers with the ability to extrapolate his teachings across a full spectrum of disciplines.

Thanks to Ray and Jenny for their love of, and contributions to the human spirit."

-Craig C.

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The GDR (Great Divide Route) is one of the toughest mountain bike rides in the country. Its 2,700 miles long, and runs from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. It's also possible with a dual-sport motorcycle. I've ridden it eleven times.
Six Thousand Miles of Dirt 30 days, 6,287 mi.

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Blast from the Past

I'm working on a few more stories:

Canoeing the Coppermine River
Northern Paddling Adventure #8
Yellowknife to Arctic Ocean
39 days, 960 miles, Jul-Aug 2005
350 photos
View our Campsites along the Coppermine route. (click this link and open with Google Earth)

Canoeing the Kazan River
Northern paddling Adventure #7
Kasba Lake to Baker Lake
25 days, 560 miles, Jul 2001
157 photos.
See our route along the Kazan River. (click this link and open with Google Earth)

Climbing Huascarán in the Peruvian Andes. 22 days, 22,205', Jul 1969. 91 photos Be sure to have a look at Betsy's witty trip report on page two of that article.

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For those who purchased a Two-Person Quilt Kit in 2014, but haven't sewn it yet, please note that there is a small mistake in the instructions that will leave you with 2" of extra insulation, in length, before making the stack. Simply trim the extra 2" insulation off. We have corrected that in our instructions, for future customers.

I've been re-designing our knife and sheath kits. Here Jenny is getting in on the fun, tooling a sheath.

 New from Ray-Way Products 

  • We are now offering One-Person Quilt Kits with only a single layer of Alpine insulation, for hiking the AT in summer.
  • We've added a few more colors to our Tarp Kits.
  • See our new "Candy Cane" handle on our Knife Kits.
  • New Ray-Way Washbag Kit
  • New Online Book: Global Voyage

Our NEW book Global Voyage
In the early 80's Jenny and Sailed our ketch Suka Around the World. The three-years journey was our favorite trip of all. After the voyage I wrote a book, and now I have published it on our website.
Read the Book Here For Free. 774 photos.

From a recent magazine article:
Ray Jardine placing a number-2 Friend on the Phoenix, Yosemite 1977. This was the world's first 5.13 rated climb.

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 New Tarp Kit Colors 

If you ever wanted a brown tarp, now is your chance. Look for it on our Order Form. Limited stock. Shown is a dual-color tarp with blue beaks.

Back in stock, we also have Cloud White. Seriously everyone, this is the best color performance wise. It beats the socks off all other colors. You will stay warmer under this color tarp, and experience less condensation. (Condensation is sign that you pitched your tarp too low-lying. But the Cloud White will help in those no-wind, high-humidly situations.)

The Cloud White is warmer because it reflects your lost body heat back onto you, greater than any other color. From a physics standpoint, Cloud White minimizes the radiating of your body heat up into the sky.

Knife Kit with a NEW Candy Cane handle
Candy Cane handle (mix of Apache-Plume and Cliff-Rose)

Our Knife Kits make excellent gifts!

This is a new color of handle. The wood is a unique and beautiful variegated tone, from red to reddish pink and blond to gold. Like the other Apache-Plume handles, the "Candy Cane" is pleasantly fragrant and easy to work with.

Just a reminder for Appalachian Trail hikers
The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential has a whole chapter on how to minimize a person's exposure to ticks and the diseases they can transmit. This topic is a concern for many hikers and campers, whether or not they are sleeping under a tarp and using a Spitfire or Net-Tent. As such, I think this is a critically important chapter for Appalachian Trail hikers, or other people who frequent the beautiful woods of the eastern states. Even if you have no interest in tarp camping, I consider the Ticks chapter essential reading for a safe and worry free trip.

NEW: Ray-Way Washbag Kit
Our new Ray-Way Washbag Kit makes a Washbag for laundering Ray-Way gear. Designed to hold your backpack, but also works extremely well on other things. Here it is holding my extra-large Net-Tent. Simply load the bag and toss it into your washing machine. It get things twice as clean, as compared to just leaving them loose, because the more confined space causes a more vigorous agitation. Also, keeps the cords and straps confined so they don't tangle around the other things in the washing machine but outside the bag. Simple and easy to make, this new Kit is now available! Look for it on our Order Form (in the Backpack Kit section).

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"Very happy to see that you want to write more. Your post today reminded me of Muir's statement that "I care to live only to entice people to look at nature's loveliness". His writings changed my life. Had they not, you and I would not have met. You ARE the modern John Muir, and your writing is modern and filled with both experience and technical wisdom as well as being beautiful in and of itself. Thanks again to you and Jenny." Craig C.


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