Gear Review: The Cotopaxi Volta 35L Rolltop (Updated!)

Cotopaxi Volta out in the field.

Last year I reviewed my Cotopaxi Volta Rolltop. Now, with more experiences and insight under my belt, I’m updating that review.

Want to know how my opinion has evolved? Read on to find out.

Spoiler Alert: I still think this pack is excellent!

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #43


Rule #43. Not deciding *is* deciding.
Have you ever procrastinated when it came to making a decision only to be found it had been made for you?
Have you ever found yourself asking, “but, what if it’s the wrong choice?”
If so, this post is for you!

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #42


Rule #42. Be Present.
Wherever you are, there you are. Unless you’re not.
Have you ever found yourself doing one thing, while you’re mind is somewhere else?
Don’t spend your valuable adventure time worrying about other stuff. Be present.

Announcing the Great River Trail Trash Trek

The Mighty Mississippi!

I’m hiking the Great River Trail this summer, and picking trash up all along the way. For five days and four nights, I’ll be walking the trail, camping nearby, enjoying the mighty Mississippi, and cleaning up all the litter I safely can.
Want more details? Please read on!

Wrong Turns and Strange Precipitation: Camping at Sand Ridge State Forest

Good morning camping at Sand Ridge State Forest

In early April I drove a couple hours south to Sand Ridge State Forest to spend a night alone in one of the back country camp sites. I got a little lost on the trails, dealt with some unusual weather, and had a wonderful time by myself in the woods. Read on for the full story.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #40

Rules for Intrepid Living

Rule #40. There’s something for everybody. Not too long ago I got an e-mail from a reader. In the message, he exclaimed, “I went camping last weekend and hated it!” He was disappointed having read about a couple of my trips and really wanted to get into camping. It didn’t turn out well. He had trouble getting a fire started,… Read more »

Four Reasons to Get (or Renew) Your Passport… Not Including Travel Plans

New passport, old passport, passport case

International travel is awesome, and it’s the reason most of us get a passport. But even if you don’t have immediate plans to explore foreign lands, a passport is worth having. Here are four reasons to get a passport, even if you don’t have any plans for international travel.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #38

Rule #38. Every day is a whole new set of possibilities.
Nobody knows what’s in store for them tomorrow. We can plan, guess, and predict, but there are always going to be surprises. That’s because every day is a new set of possibilities! Do you know what that means for you? Read on to find out!

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #37

Rule #37. Be Yourself.
It sounds cliche, I know. You’ve heard it before (or read it on a cat poster).
Except I don’t mean be who you currently are, I mean be the real you, the version of yourself that you really want to be.
Read on to find out how.