Category Archives: Real Talk

Why Microadventure Matters: The Quest for Adventure Despite Limitations

Why Microadventure Matters

I’ve been a big advocate of microadventure since reading Alastair Humphreys’ book, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes. Humphreys’ examples take place in England, but the philosophy of microadventure fits just as well in the US. I encourage you to read his book if you have the opportunity, or to check out my posts on the subject (here and here),… Read more »

Use What Works, Disregard What Doesn’t: Rule #77

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Local Adventure - State parks

I know lots of people that perpetually seek out new lifehacks. They endlessly try to find ways to make themselves more creative, more resilient, and more productive. I’m all for self-improvement, but we’re all different; the tools and resources that work for you might not work for me. That’s why we should use what works, and disregard what doesn’t. For… Read more »

Four Ways to Use Instagram for Adventure (and Two Warnings)

instagram for adventure

NOTE: I wanted to share this post again with a few edits and updates, most notably, the Leave No Trace Center’s Social Media Guidelines which I was unfamiliar with when I originally published this post. I’m bad at social media. I very much love to use it, to share and consume content, but I’m not consistent. I’m sure that part… Read more »

Real Adventurers Have Day Jobs

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Real adventurers have day jobs.

I spent my life dreaming of adventure; aspiring to travel, try new things, and explore everywhere (and everything) that I could. The dream spoke to me, trying to guide my decisions, but like many would-be adventurers, I listened less and less over time. “Oh, I still want adventure,” I’d tell myself. “But it’ll have to wait until I finish college.”… Read more »

America’s Toughest Mudder: I’m Not Ready (But I’m Gonna Do it Anyway)

Spartan race

In December 2015 I flew to LA to run a Spartan Race with one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. That experience beat me up a little, but I found it enjoyable in some regards. I also learned a lot from running the Spartan Sprint, about the adventure community and about what I’m capable of…. Read more »

The Joy of Here: Four Reasons to Have a Local Adventure

Local adventure

Last month I had the good fortune to briefly play guide to a fellow blogger, Kovas of Midwest Basecamp, while he visited the Quad Cities. I led him, his son, and some friends on a local hike, and then Clarissa and I joined our new friends the next morning for some stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. We had a fantastic… Read more »

Morning at Bighorn Park and Hiking Back: Mount Whitney, Part 5

The waterfall at Bighorn Park

This post is the final chapter in a five part story about Mount Whitney. If you haven’t read the previous installments you can find them here. Part Five We awoke to a beautiful morning at Bighorn Park; the sun radiated off of every surface, the snow glowed brightly in the light, and some hot coffee hit the spot. We weren’t… Read more »

Search and Rescue, a Fireside Chat: Mount Whitney, Part Four

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ice axes on Mount Whitney

This post is the fourth part of a five part story about Mount Whitney. If you haven’t read the previous installments you can find them here. Part Four I leaned against a log in front of the fire as Tim boiled water for dehydrated meals. Jon experimented with melting snow for water and we all talked. The couple we met… Read more »

Avalanches, Waterfalls, and Glissades: Mount Whitney, Part Three

Crossing the field of avalanche debris

This post is the third part of a five part story about Mount Whitney. If you haven’t read the previous installments you can find them here. Part Three Andrew’s route led us up a deep snow bank. The incline started gradually, but grew steeper as we walked. Up we went, nearing a waterfall to our right. As we grew closer,… Read more »

Lost Trails and Helicopters: Mount Whitney, Part Two

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Bighorn Park

This post is the second part of a five part story. If you haven’t read the previous installment you can find it here. Part Two Feeling empowered by the crampons on our boots, we quickly crossed a couple of streams on wooden log bridges, and then stepped back into snow. Then came the time to test our new-found confidence, as… Read more »