Gear Review: Big Agnes UL Fly Creek 2 (original model)

home sweet home

[Disclosure: Big Agnes has come out with a newer model of my tent called the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2. I have not yet reviewed this model. If Big Agnes wants to hook me up, however, with this newer tent, or a Copper Spur 2 Platinum…]

When I started backpacking, I was surprised at the role mental and emotional factors played in a successful and fun adventure. There’s always the primitive, instinctual need for shelter, of course; but I found there’s also a craving for a sense of “home” when you are out for more than just a few nights.

Enter the Big Agnes UL Fly Creek 2 tent. Most nights, after 20+ exhausting mountainous miles, I would get to camp, do my “chores” (which included tent setup), and eat a hot meal. Once ready for bed, I would unzip my tent door, crawl inside, read for a while or map out my next day, and fall fast asleep. It was my home.  Continue reading “Gear Review: Big Agnes UL Fly Creek 2 (original model)”

First trail run of 2018

Humility, mud, and what I wore

For the first day in what seems like forever, the weather got into the high 50s/low 60s and the sun was shining. It was a perfect Saturday morning. I went trail running at Percy Warner, a route I’ve done many times, but this time was different: I ran my slowest time ever.  Continue reading “First trail run of 2018”

Trail Review: Burgess Falls State Park

Add some truth to that dating profile

We all have a friend that lists “hiking” on their online dating profile but hasn’t been in the woods since that one-mile concrete stretch of greenway they did once when they were dog sitting. The short round-trip trail at Burgess Fall State Park is a perfect way to re-introduce them to nature, add some truth to their profile, and perhaps fashion them into an awesome backpacking buddy.   Continue reading “Trail Review: Burgess Falls State Park”

2018 Cumberland Transit Ambassador

#ventureready

At the beginning of this year, I became a Cumberland Transit Ambassador! I am beyond honored and excited to further CT’s mission of sharing a love of the outdoors and adventure with everyone. Along with being Nashville’s oldest and largest locally-owned outfitter, CT’s staff has decades of experience with all the outdoor activities you love and want to learn. Cumberland Transit is more than just a store with sweet gear and awesome old wooden floors; they are a staple of the outdoor community in Nashville and offer something for everyone – novice and expert – through events, activity groups, and community involvement. I hope this upcoming year I can share this great outdoor community with you and encourage you to grab an old friend, make a new friend, and get outdoors!

New year, new gear, new goals

2018 is going to rock, y’all!

Happy 2018!!!

I hope everyone got some shiny new gear from their wish list this holiday season. And since winter is still a great time to backpack (no bugs, less people, plenty of water), I hope some of you have already made plans to play with your new toys and gear outside soon.  Continue reading “New year, new gear, new goals”