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5 Incredible off the Beaten Path National Parks

We always hear so much about the big players; Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park to name a few. They’re surely magnificent in every way imaginable, altering your perspectives upon first arriving. In fact, their beauty has drawn so much attention that their popularity makes them often crowded at certain […] Read more…

New Year’s Resolution: One New Country or State a Year

Think of the last time you were stopped in your tracks by something beautiful, a moment of true awe. The more you travel the more you realize how much of the world you have not yet seen. As an outdoor enthusiast, my list of desirable travel spots exceeds both my bank account and my available […] Read more…

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…

Your International Mountain Guide

Meet Raymond. You arrive at the park entrance center on your international vacation hoping to do some mountain climbing before you fly home.  The park headquarters just assigned Raymond to be your guide on a 3-day expedition to summit the most technical mountain climb in the Philippines. He does not speak English. Do you trust […] Read more…

5 Must Visit Destinations for Fall

Labor Day has passed and fall is in the air. For us outdoors lovers, that means prime camping season is in full swing. As temperatures start to fall, the dirt hardens, the rock dries out and those pesky bugs finally start to go away. The fall season is the optimal season for camping for a […] 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…

They’re Finally Making a Movie About Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey is a god damn legend. Don’t know who he is? Well, he’s the original Dirtbag, he started the whole thing, quit his job, quit society and dedicated everything he had to be in the mountains. Ski bums, river rats, gear heads, van life, it all spawned from Fred Beckey. Sure, if it weren’t […] 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…

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