Find Your Park: The Centennial Year

There’s a very important birthday coming up later this summer, on August 26th, to be exact.   This date commemorates President Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 signing of legislation officially creating the National Park Service.   The National Park Service is making the most of this historic milestone, with many parks planning special events around the centennial, such as hayrides at Great […] Read more…

Travel: Perspectives on Pooping

For some people, the idea of pooping in the woods sounds so horrible that they would rather forego wilderness camping entirely: The Glampers – glamorous campers with all the beautiful photographs, but none of the discomforts. For others, the solution is to not poop at all until returning to an actual bathroom: The Willfully Constipated. […] Read more…

Life Lessons in International Caving

“Malayo ang hospital, mas malapit ang coffins.” The hospital is far, the coffins are closer. Entering Lumiang Cave in Sagada, Philippines and passing rows of ancient burial coffins, our guide’s attempt at a joke contained a ring of truth: hundreds of meters below the earth’s surface is the least ideal place for a serious injury. […] Read more…

My Favorite Hiking Snacks

Hungry on the trail? Be sure to keep these Hiking Snacks close at hand.  G.O.R.P. G.O.R.P., historically is the go-to hiking snack of backpackers everywhere. The name is an acronym, standing for either “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts,” or “Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts,” depending on who you ask. Fortunately, as the years have progressed GORP […] Read more…

What’s the Best Way to Carry Your Water?

Highlighting the pros and cons of using water bottles vs. using water reservoirs.  Water is an obvious necessity when working in the field. The experts say you’re supposed to consume a liter per hour while playing outside which can make the logistics of carrying and consuming a bit tricky. Water weighs just over 2 pounds […] Read more…

Human Made Beauty: The Ifugao Rice Terraces

The romantic destination of a trekking enthusiast is often so far into the backcountry that all evidence of human establishment has faded from view: pristine natural beauty. However if beauty and awe are one’s end goals, the pride earned through isolation in the wilderness may overlook an entire category of human-built beauty. Declared a UNESCO […] Read more…

Sunrise Yoga & Abs

Camping may award you with a rare opportunity to witness the majestic colors of sunrise and truly appreciate the crisp dawn air. Perhaps your muscles are a bit sore from yesterday’s trek or maybe you are craving the alertness brought on by the rise in blood flow from basic stretching. Wriggle out of your sleeping […] Read more…

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