Mareth G.

Bridge Day – It’s a Real Thing

If you aren’t in the habit of regularly throwing yourself out of airplanes or high structures, you may not have heard of Bridge Day, a festival held every October in West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River.   The festival is most well-known for the colorful parade of BASE jumpers leaping from the top of the […] Read more…

Enjoying a Layover in Iceland

Returning from a hiking trip in Europe, my mother and I recently took advantage of a two-day stopover in Iceland.   While two nights wasn’t nearly long enough to get an adequate look at everything Iceland has to offer, it was all the time I had before I needed to return to the  US for work […] Read more…

Sourcing Wild Berries in Alaska

I’d already been entrusted with the keys to their truck and the care of their dogs before my Alaskan cousins would even consider letting me in on the secret location of the family berry patch.   When I was finally invited to go berry-picking with them – three years after I’d started working in Alaska during […] Read more…

Escaping the Crowds

One thing I notice after returning to my home in Alaska after nearly three months working and traveling elsewhere: I spend a lot more time than I remember standing in lines.   With the population of the town nearly doubling with the influx of snowbirds and seasonal workers, not to mention the large numbers of tourists […] Read more…

The Importance of Wilderness Medicine

If you spend any time recreating in outdoor areas – especially more remote areas, where you may be miles from the nearest road, hospital, or glimmer of cell service – you should consider taking a wilderness medicine course.   These are offered by a wide range of outdoor organizations and range in duration from a couple […] Read more…

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…

DIY: Adventure Kits

During my first winter in Alaska, I kept a lot of things in my car.   Extra woolen blankets, a snow shovel, a bag of kitty litter, fire-starting materials, granola bars, and anything else I could think of that might come in handy if my car were to break down halfway over some isolated, snow-covered mountain […] Read more…

National Trails Day: June 4th 2016

On June 4th, the American Hiking Society invites you to lace up your boots and head outside!   First started in 1991, and celebrated every year on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day is meant to encourage people to get outside, and to explore the many recreation options available on America’s public lands. To […] Read more…

Hiking: Don’t Wait Until Summer

Our newest addition to the Campgear.com Blog team, Mareth, writes about spending a Seattle spring in the hills.  The past few weeks have brought an unusually quick start to spring in the Seattle area – warm temperatures, clear skies, and an abundance of plant growth are all heralding the coming of spring – and early-season […] Read more…

Trekking Pole Lubrication and Cleaning

Have you noticed your trekking or hiking poles are becoming harder to collapse?   Perhaps your quick locks are no longer holding your poles at the correct height?   These both can be common problems with collapsible trekking poles, especially if they aren’t regularly cleaned.   It’s important to make sure that at the end of a hike, […] Read more…