While I definitely have first-hand experience playing in the great outdoors, I also do a lot of research on trails, gear, and other topics before I set out. Here are some sites that have been very helpful in the past few years with my gear, the AT, el Camino, and general recklessness.
Feel free to comment with your own helpful links for others!
Continue reading “List: Helpful Links”
[I’ve been in Idaho for the past two weeks attending a NOLS Wilderness First Responder course, so I’ve been lax on the articles. I’ll be posting more this week!]
This is a small post with a big point: take pictures of people. Eventually, all the gorgeous summits look the same. Yes, flowers are pretty. And so is that deer. That old church looks a lot like all those other old churches (amirite, Camino folks?).
Trust me, when you get back home from your epic trip, it might be nice to share those vista and summit and adventure pictures with folks, but the ones you will revisit over and over, the ones you’ll show to complete strangers in bars, the ones you’ll have the best stories about… are the people. Take pictures of the people.
Pictured: Professor, Firestarter (me), and Backtrack in Damascus, Virginia. Yes, my tramily was full of very tall humans.
There are a lot of questions that beginner backpackers have. We were all beginners once, and we all had to learn a vital skill: how to poop in the woods.
When I talk about backpacking (to a meetup group, REI backpacking class, or just curious bystanders), I am often asked about going to the bathroom. People are usually shy or reserved when asking the question, so I always make sure to give them a straight answer. They may not have the nerve to ask someone else! Continue reading “Trail Tip: The Poo Post”
Tip: Never go into the woods without duct tape. The end.
Here are some ways that I and others on trail use this miracle product: Continue reading “Trail Tip: Duct tape”
In the words of M*A*S*H’s Major Frank Burns, “It’s nice to be nice… to the nice.”
A lot of trail etiquette is the same we use everyday – treating others politely and taking care of our surroundings. Here’s a list of certain “rules” and tips for keeping proper trail etiquette on the Appalachian Trail, el Camino, other long trails, and in your local park. Continue reading “List: Trail Etiquette”