The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

Leave no trace principals have long been followed in the backcountry world, and are now starting to gain momentum in the mainstream. Leave no trace basically means treating the environment respectfully, leaving it in better condition than you found it: no one wants to see trash, campfire ash, or human waste/toilet paper out in nature. These seven principles are an important practice to preserve the environment for everyone to enjoy!

Top 3 Places for Social Kayaking

Top 3 Places for Social Kayaking

Intense kayaking has its place as one of the most rewarding experiences available to adventurers who love nature, but social kayaking deserves its chance in the limelight, too. Enjoying nature and relaxing in a kayak is a perfect way to get outside with friends and family, especially if the scenery is beautiful and the path leisurely. Finding the perfect place to enjoy some gorgeous outdoors is essential when it comes to creating a group experience, so here are three locations worth traveling to that are perfect for a social kayaking trip.

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is America’s second great hiking trail, established some 30 years after the completion of the Appalachian Trail. Many of the trails along the PCT were built half a century before the route was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, though the PCT was not officially completed until 1993

Why Camping and Hiking With Your Dog Will Make You Both Live Longer

Why Camping and Hiking With Your Dog Will Make You Both Live Longer

You love camping and hiking for so many reasons you’ve probably lost count. Their benefits are limitless, and from elevating cardiovascular health to advancing more introspective goals, hiking and camping do the body and mind good on infinite levels. But did you know that you aren’t the only one who can reap the benefits of outdoor adventure? Next time you head outside, make sure you grab the leash. Man’s best friend will thank you.

Wild Women: An Interview Series Part 1

Wild Women: An Interview Series Part 1

This campaign inspired me to conduct my own interviews with amazing outdoor women in my life, and why it is that they are so drawn to the wild. Not only that, but I was wondering how they started to get involved in the outdoors as well as why they continue to return to it time and time again. This is the first interview that I conducted, and it is a broad look at what drives a person, who influences them, obstacles they’ve overcome, and why it is they keep going outside.

Feminism is a Dirty Word, but so is the Wilderness

Feminism is a Dirty Word, but so is the Wilderness

It isn’t a coincidence that most women in my life feel safer walking alone in the woods than walking down most city streets at night, or any time of the day really. Perhaps part of this is attributed to the fact that I surround myself with a strong support system of “wildy” women, and women that work and/or play outdoors. Personally, when I’m hiking or trail running alone, I never am very concerned about the people that I may meet along the trail. The number of people I encounter is few and far between, but most of them are either other runners or the occasional mountain biker. I am aware that there are reported kidnappings of trail runners from time to time, but compare that to the kidnappings, rapes, and attempted sexual assaults on streets we drive or jog along daily. It is almost like with the wilderness, women are free to be whoever they want to be, without societal judgements or cat calls ringing in their ears.

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

Leave no trace principals have long been followed in the backcountry world, and are now starting to gain momentum in the mainstream. Leave no trace basically means treating the environment respectfully, leaving it in better condition than you found it: no one wants to see trash, campfire ash, or human waste/toilet paper out in nature. These seven principles are an important practice to preserve the environment for everyone to enjoy!

Backcountry Camping Checklist

Backcountry Camping Checklist

When embarking on a backcountry trip of any length, it is best to be as prepared as possible. When you’re in the backcountry, you never know what you may run into, but you also want your pack to be light and easy to carry during the trek. These may be two conflicting ideologies, and that is

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

Leave no trace principals have long been followed in the backcountry world, and are now starting to gain momentum in the mainstream. Leave no trace basically means treating the environment respectfully, leaving it in better condition than you found it: no one wants to see trash, campfire ash, or human waste/toilet paper out in nature. These seven principles are an important practice to preserve the environment for everyone to enjoy!

Backcountry Camping Checklist

Backcountry Camping Checklist

When embarking on a backcountry trip of any length, it is best to be as prepared as possible. When you’re in the backcountry, you never know what you may run into, but you also want your pack to be light and easy to carry during the trek. These may be two conflicting ideologies, and that is

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is America’s second great hiking trail, established some 30 years after the completion of the Appalachian Trail. Many of the trails along the PCT were built half a century before the route was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, though the PCT was not officially completed until 1993

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Wild Women: An Interview Series Part 1

Wild Women: An Interview Series Part 1

This campaign inspired me to conduct my own interviews with amazing outdoor women in my life, and why it is that they are so drawn to the wild. Not only that, but I was wondering how they started to get involved in the outdoors as well as why they continue to return to it time and time again. This is the first interview that I conducted, and it is a broad look at what drives a person, who influences them, obstacles they’ve overcome, and why it is they keep going outside.

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

The Seven Backpacking Commandments: Leave No Trace

Leave no trace principals have long been followed in the backcountry world, and are now starting to gain momentum in the mainstream. Leave no trace basically means treating the environment respectfully, leaving it in better condition than you found it: no one wants to see trash, campfire ash, or human waste/toilet paper out in nature. These seven principles are an important practice to preserve the environment for everyone to enjoy!

Backcountry Camping Checklist

Backcountry Camping Checklist

When embarking on a backcountry trip of any length, it is best to be as prepared as possible. When you’re in the backcountry, you never know what you may run into, but you also want your pack to be light and easy to carry during the trek. These may be two conflicting ideologies, and that is

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is America’s second great hiking trail, established some 30 years after the completion of the Appalachian Trail. Many of the trails along the PCT were built half a century before the route was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, though the PCT was not officially completed until 1993

Primitive Fire Making Methods

Primitive Fire Making Methods

Whether we are camping, backpacking, or spending a weekend at the lake, the center of our social activity tends to be focused around a fire. However, when we think of survival in the wilderness, it is often the pinnacle of life or death. To humans, fire is a great comfort as well as a tool to keep us alive. Growing up, I loved to fantasize about what I would do if I somehow ended up stranded on an island or if my plane crashed in the mountains somewhere remote. How I would make fire was always a focus in these fantasies. Just this last year, I have had the privilege to not only work in the wilderness, but to learn from some amazing wilderness survivalist. Although I have an array of skills, one of the most valuable is that of fire making. Fire making without matches or lighters, but primitive fire building through strictly natural means.

Why Camping and Hiking With Your Dog Will Make You Both Live Longer

Why Camping and Hiking With Your Dog Will Make You Both Live Longer

You love camping and hiking for so many reasons you’ve probably lost count. Their benefits are limitless, and from elevating cardiovascular health to advancing more introspective goals, hiking and camping do the body and mind good on infinite levels. But did you know that you aren’t the only one who can reap the benefits of outdoor adventure? Next time you head outside, make sure you grab the leash. Man’s best friend will thank you.

Feminism is a Dirty Word, but so is the Wilderness

Feminism is a Dirty Word, but so is the Wilderness

It isn’t a coincidence that most women in my life feel safer walking alone in the woods than walking down most city streets at night, or any time of the day really. Perhaps part of this is attributed to the fact that I surround myself with a strong support system of “wildy” women, and women that work and/or play outdoors. Personally, when I’m hiking or trail running alone, I never am very concerned about the people that I may meet along the trail. The number of people I encounter is few and far between, but most of them are either other runners or the occasional mountain biker. I am aware that there are reported kidnappings of trail runners from time to time, but compare that to the kidnappings, rapes, and attempted sexual assaults on streets we drive or jog along daily. It is almost like with the wilderness, women are free to be whoever they want to be, without societal judgements or cat calls ringing in their ears.

Find the perfect spot to pitch your tent

Find the perfect spot to pitch your tent

Tents need to be set up on flat ground and in safe areas. The nylon material that makes the bottom of your shelter is very slick and your sleeping pad will not have much grip. If your tent is setup on a slope, your sleeping pad and sleeping bag will eventually slide down, taking you with it. This is not a comfortable sleeping position and if it is raining, you will become thoroughly soaked leaning against your tent wall.

Day Hiking Tips

Day Hiking Tips

Nothing beats hiking on your day off, a long walk through your nearest conservation area can brighten the whole week. But this is no walk in the park, getting into the outdoors and away from civilization means you need to rely upon yourself. Understanding how to be prepared on your day hike is the difference between an enjoyable experience and a miserable one.

Top 3 Places for Social Kayaking

Top 3 Places for Social Kayaking

Intense kayaking has its place as one of the most rewarding experiences available to adventurers who love nature, but social kayaking deserves its chance in the limelight, too. Enjoying nature and relaxing in a kayak is a perfect way to get outside with friends and family, especially if the scenery is beautiful and the path leisurely. Finding the perfect place to enjoy some gorgeous outdoors is essential when it comes to creating a group experience, so here are three locations worth traveling to that are perfect for a social kayaking trip.

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