Month: October 2015

Backpacking: The Manistee River Trail

I was fortunate enough to get out and spend the weekend hiking the Manistee River Trail (MRT) this past weekend. Located just south of Traverse City, this 11-mile trail is a prime destination for fall color change. The hiking, while listed as “difficult” on online sources, is fairly mild with relatively no elevation gain and […] Read more…

Weekday Camping – The other hours of your day

Work hard play hard. This is a motto that outdoor adventurers live by, but many fulfill this lifestyle as a weekend warrior. What people forget is how they can take advantage of the hours between five and nine. It’s time to break the routine and take advantage of the other hours in your day!  Here […] Read more…

Bridge Snaps, Hikers Fall

There’s a video flying around the internet of a suspension bridge snapping with 4 French hikers walking across it. The bridge is located down in New Zealand and is a scary reminder of the unexpected dangers in the outdoors. Bridge safety is an often overlooked precaution when hiking. We take preemptive actions when crossing streams, […] Read more…

Conundrum Hot Springs: Four tips to beat the crowds

Conundrum Hot Springs is one of the most popular backpacking trails in Colorado, and for good reason. The trailhead sits a few miles from downtown Aspen and will make you forget city life in an instant. Ten miles of rolling trail, wild flower fields and log bridge crossings lead you to campsites surrounded by some […] Read more…

Wake Up, Eat Food, Go Climb.

Today, I was asked a question and it stirred up an idea for this blog. So here we are, “Sam, what is it like to be in a world that’s 100% about climbing, committing, and competition?” Well let me try and explain it to you in words that will help you imagine the world as […] Read more…