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I Bailed Out: Another Successful Failure of a Camping Trip

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Hiking in the Black Hills

Recently I realized that I haven’t had any alone time in the woods in months. In need of a little nature therapy, I parked my car at a trail head here in the Black Hills National Forest, set off on foot along a motorized trail, and searched for a spot to set up a shelter. Despite hiking for seven miles,… Read more »

No More Excuses: Smash Through Obstacles and Have an Adventure

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I’m a pretty busy person. I’m not unique in the regard; you’re pretty busy too. Sometimes, it seems like we’re too busy to do the things that we really want to do. We’re too busy to work on our goals. We’re just too busy. But then again, maybe we’re not. Maybe we’re wasting time that we’re not even aware of…. Read more »

The Mora Companion: The Best Twenty Dollars You’ll Spend on Gear

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Gear is expensive. Spend a little time shopping for equipment, and it won’t take long to learn that a proper outdoor kit can really hurt the wallet. There’s plenty of cheap stuff out there, but I’ve been burnt enough to know that often you get what you pay for when it comes to outdoor gear. There are exceptions, however, and… Read more »

Poison Ivy: Seven Things You Need To Know Before You Hit the Trail

Poison Ivy alongside the trail.

When I was kid, early on in my scouting career, I made the rookie mistake of wiping my butt with an unidentified leaf. As you can probably guess, given the nature of this post, that was a very bad call. I had an itchy rash in areas I would have preferred to remain itchy rash free, but I learned a… 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 »

Lessons in Microadventure from a Rainy Night of Stealth Camping

Our view while stealth camping

“Ready to go?” my friend Mike asked, as I finished a beer while I sat in his living room. I told him that I was as I made my way towards the door. I tied my boots and started layering up. I finished with a rain coat, then slung my Volta onto my shoulders. Time to go. Typically I don’t… Read more »

Adventures in America’s Best Idea: Four National Parks We Visited in 2016

Four National Parks visited in 2016

Our National Parks have been referred to as “America’s Best Idea,” and after Clarissa and I spentĀ  a month traveling the country by car, I can attest that there’s definitely something to that. The National Park Service, and the men and women who work in its employ, labor to ensure that our public lands and history are well taken care… Read more »

On the Road: A Good Stay in the Badlands

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This is the first installment of a new series of posts titled “On the Road,” detailing our adventures during our month-long road trip in Autumn 2016. There’s a lot of material I hope to cover from this adventure, and I hope you enjoy reading about our journey. If you’ve read the post about our first trip to the Badlands, you… Read more »