Backpacking Basics – Course Complete!

How to keep those fun tokens!

I had the pleasure of teaching a four-week backpacking basics series throughout March for Nashville Community Education. The combined eight hours of lectures were a lot of work to put together (thus so few website articles last month!) but the effort paid off – we’ve got a great group of 20 folks ready to go explore the great outdoors. While I won’t be posting all the messy notes/outlines I used or the presentation decks, I’ll definitely be using them as the basis of future posts.

Thanks for your patience as I devoted my time and energy to this course; more gear reviews, trail tips, and articles coming soon!

Photo credit: Laura Forester

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”

Not a guide for starting fires

(at least not right now)

Howdy, all!

Welcome to Firestarter’s Guide to Gear, Trails, and General Recklessness.

After the eighth time explaining how the scariest encounter I had on the Appalachian Trail was with a porcupine, and after helping multiple people on el Camino adjust their load lifters on their packs to carry weight appropriately, I decided it would be easier to just write it all down online for anyone to reference.  Continue reading “Not a guide for starting fires”