travel

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…

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…

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…

Packing for your Big Trip

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Christopher McCandless Be it Costa Rica for two weeks, backpacking through Europe over 2 months, or volunteering in the Philippines […] Read more…

The Hoodworks Gear Gate

Hoodworks, a company based in Portland Oregon just released the greatest thing to happen to adventure trucks in a long time. For those of us who use their vehicle as a storage locker for out addictive outdoor habits, the Hoodworks Gear Gate is a game changer. It comes complete with a tool kit, locking chain, […] Read more…

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite – A backpacker’s dream

Yosemite is iconic to both the hardcore climber, the once a year hiker and everyone in between. There is something for everyone in Yosemite. You can drive the valley floor and get views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls without ever leaving your car. In the summer you will probably pass a tractor ride full […] Read more…

Christo Redentor – A Different way to the top

Rio De Janiero has an unmistakable landscape. Granite domes litter the sea, urban sprawl seems to have been invented here, and the jungle still has its grip on many parts of the city. The environment provides a fix of both metropolitan hustle and outdoor adventure steps from your door. Staying in Ipanema, one of the […] Read more…

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