Great River Trail Trash Trek: Today is the Day!

The Mississippi River via the Great River Trail

Greetings all! Barring any unforeseen complications, I’ll be on the trail by the time you’re reading this! I’m very excited, and I hope that you’ll be joining me in some small way! Remember that you can track my progress via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Feel free to tweet at me or message me on Facebook if you like or want… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #47


Rule #47. Go local. We’re all part of a community, and we each have the capacity to add to or detract from it. That’s one of the reasons that I write for QC Outside; I’ve only lived in the Quad Cities for three years, but this area has welcomed my wife and I with open arms. We’ve found our place here… Read more »

Great River Trail Trash Trek: All Geared Up!

All the gear I'll need for the Great River Trail Trash Trek

It’s now officially less than one week until my departure date, and though I still have packing and shake down to do, I feel ready. In my previous update I outlined my itinerary, so as I enter the final stages of preparation I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the gear I’ll be using for… Read more »

Fitness, Friendship, & Fun: My Experience with Plan For Adventure

Plan for Adventure

It’s a few minutes before we get down to business. About ten of us are milling around, chit-chatting about work or looking at a chalkboard on the wall that holds today’s workout. We recognize the exercises, but not necessarily the formula for how the circuit works out. I shake out my legs and arms a bit. Then Mike shouts, “everybody… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #46.


Rule #46. Safety gear is cool. Several years ago I needed to tear down an old steel shed in my family’s backyard. The screws, nuts, and bolts holding the monstrosity together had long since rusted into one large chunk of metal, so taking it down in an orderly fashion was out of the question. Instead, I found myself wielding a heavy… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #45


Rule #45. Maintain an explorer’s mind.
Do you find yourself getting bored easily? That’s no good!
The best way to defeat boredom is by having (and using) an explorer’s mind.
Read on to learn more!

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #44


Rule #44. “I live for myself and I answer to nobody.”
This week’s Rule for Intrepid Living is a quote from Hollywood legend, Steve McQueen.
What was the king of cool getting at when he said it?
Read on to find out what I think.

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.