Recent Trips

Yosemite National park

5 National Parks You Need to Visit this Winter

It’s one of the best feelings imaginable. As you first enter, you’re in awe. Expansion surrounds you and wonder fills every crevice of your mind. The landscape draws your attention and directs your gaze towards every curve and bend in the path ahead. The trees, rocks or mountains welcome you as you immerse yourself in […] 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…

Escape the Winter: Florida Camping

Standing in the security line at the Durango Airport in Colorado, everyone seemed to share the same destination: Florida. Escaping ice-cold fingers and wind-chilled cheeks sounded pretty ideal to me as I boarded the plane. The next day I found myself in High Springs, Florida just west of Jacksonville and just north of Gainesville. Ginnie […] 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…

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…

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…

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…

Camping on the Au Sable River

Every Memorial Day, I, along with a large group of friends, pack up the camping gear, some food, and coolers, and head north to Fairview, Michigan where I live in a tent for the better part of a week. The property is roughly 60 acres and has no power or running water. It’s just us, […] Read more…

A Day trip to Red Rock Canyon

One of our Photographers, Dave, recently spent some time hiking through Red Rock Canyon. Checkout his full trip report as well as a few stunning shots of the scenery.  Over the years I spent numerous summers helping run several summer camps. so while on vacation, I convinced some friends that aren’t into the outdoors 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…

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