Connect with the Spirit of a Place: Rule #82

Seek not the perfect spot for Instagram or Snapchat. Instead, find a place that speaks to you. Have an experience that changes you. The world has a lot to share with you, if you’re willing to seek it out. That’s why you should strive to connect to the spirit of a place, whether you’re adventuring across the globe or just around the corner.

Getting a Little Lost (but Having Fun) on Old Baldy Trail #66

There’s no shortage of great public lands trails in the Black Hills — enough that a hiker will never get bored. Old Baldy Trail #66 is one of these awesome trails that are worth a visit. There are a few areas where it’s easy to take a wrong turn, but I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to enjoy hiking Old Baldy.

My Dog is Just a Dog. And That’s Okay.

In a world where some people pay thousands of dollars for pedigrees and others fake service animal certification just so they can take their dogs places they’re not allowed, it’s okay — even good — to admit that our dogs are, well, just dogs.

Stop Bending the Map: Rule #81

We all bend the map at one point or another. Sometimes we’re lost in the woods and desperate to find our way home. Other times we’re making decisions that will impact our lives for years to come. In either case, it’s better to see reality instead of what we wish was in front of us.

Hiking Crow Peak Trail (#64): Elevation and Elation Outside of Spearfish

Despite the fact that it provided the literal backdrop for everything we’ve done in Spearfish, I had given little thought to hiking Crow Peak. Don’t make that mistake! It’s a beautiful hike, with even more beautiful views at the top. During a recent visit from my brother-in-law, we made the trek to the summit, and the experience was worth every step. Ready to find out for yourself? Here’s everything you need to know about hiking Crow Peak Trail.

Reflections on my Mount Whitney Experience: Two Years Later

Two years ago I joined two friends in an attempt to summit Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48. We never made it. Instead, we found ourselves in over our heads and wandering directly into the search for a missing hiker. The experience had a major effect on me —I carry it with me every time I head out into the woods, and I’m a better outdoorsman because of it.⠀⠀⠀⠀