List: 5 reckless mistakes to avoid

If you do these, you’re gonna have a bad time.

In honor of the Red Bull Flugtag in Nashville this weekend, I wanted to share five reckless mistakes that can be avoided while you’re having fun outdoors. While none of these are launching homemade, human-powered flying machines off a pier about 30 ft/9 m high into the Cumberland River, they are just as reckless.

[Side note: my boyfriend is the pilot for the Vanderbilt LifeFlight flugtag team, so cheer them on for the popular vote today by using the #votevandylifeflight and #redbullflugtag hashtags on all your social media. Each mention is one point to their overall goal of winning and supporting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!]  Continue reading “List: 5 reckless mistakes to avoid”

Trail Tip: Use gear company support

Help them help you

There are hundreds of gear manufacturers out there, and all have different policies on the level of customer support, warranty, gear replacement, and other services the provide. In my experience, when you are in a pinch on trail, they are eager to help. After all, the best advertisement for gear isn’t on a website or in a catalog – it’s in the woods, being used by a hiker that, though they and their gear reek, know what it’s all about.  Continue reading “Trail Tip: Use gear company support”

List: Helpful Links

#themoreyouknow

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!

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Trail Tip: Take pictures of people

You’ll be glad you did!

[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.

 

Trail Tip: The Poo Post

When Nature calls

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, outfitter 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”