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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

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

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 »

Mount Whitney Trail, Ice Axes, and Crampons: Mount Whitney Part One

Heading up the Mount Whitney Trail

Prologue When my oldest friend Tim invited me to California to hike Mount Whitney, I swelled with excitement for the opportunity to summit the highest mountain in the continental US. I hoped that I could write a nice article about my experience on the mountain. It’s early in the season, and the Sierras witnessed more snowfall than they have in… Read more »

Hiking in Colorado: A Warm (and Then Cold) Welcome to the Rockies

“Hiking in Colorado” is part of a series of posts from our 2016 road trip. For other stories from the road, check out On the Road, my collection of posts related to that adventure. On the morning of day six of our journey, we said our goodbyes to Eric and Alicia and left Rapid City in fog and rain, heading… Read more »

Microadventure: What It Is and Why You Should Have One

Microadventure hike at Black Hawk State Historic Site

Anyone can take a microadventure, and everyone should, including me and you!

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 spent  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 »

The Road So Far…

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The Road So Far

We’re ten days into our road trip, and life on the road has been great. We started with a brief stay in Sioux Falls before moving on to Badlands National Park, where we spent a day hiking before staying overnight in Sage Creek Campground. On day four, we headed into the Black Hills to meet our friends, the Boes, who treated… Read more »