Adventure is best when it’s off the grid, completely improvised, imperfect, and when it comes with a big surprise at the end. My friend Anh, who up until now I’d only known through the online #HikerChats asked me if I wanted to fly out to Moab and hike a 22-mile loop around Canyonlands National Park. […]Read more "Lost and Found In The Canyonlands"
Sierra Trading Post is hosting a chat on outdoor backcountry mistakes (Thursday @ 6 PM EST/3 PM PST) and as my contribution, I’m telling the story about how I nearly lost my tent in a brutal windstorm at Vantage, Washington in March of 2013. We knew the weather was up when we arrived in the […]Read more "My Biggest Backcountry Mistake: Tie Down Your Tent"
What is truly surprising about Washington state is the diversity of the landscape. The Olympic and Cascade ranges dominate the west with their soaring peaks extending all the way to British Columbia, the beaches in the east are lined with lush, mossy coastal rainforest, and in the east, the gray of the city opens up […]Read more "First Hike of the Year: Ancient Lakes"
Tonight I am proud to be a guest of In Ice Axe We Trust, a mountaineering podcast where i’m telling my story of our Mt. Elbert winter attempt in which we faced wolves, freezing temperatures, and snow which resulted in a turn around just 1,000 feet under it’s 14,400 ft summit. As a companion piece […]Read more "Mt. Elbert: A Climb Told In Photographs"
The holiday season can be as much as an adventure as a week in the Grand Tetons. Instead of treacherous peaks, deep crevasses, and sketchy traverses, the madness moves to the shopping malls of treacherous spending, deep discounts, and sketchy salespeople. Shopping for the climber and outdoorsman can be tricky given that they tend to […]Read more "Gear Of The Year: My Top Five Favorite Pieces of 2012"
This Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12 marks the final free national park day weekend of the year. It’s an excellent opportunity to get outside, enjoy the last days of pleasant fall weather before the winter chill hits, and get lost in the wilderness. It’s also an opportunity to teach the responsible care of our national […]Read more "Save Our Land: Three Endangered National Parks"
I am a constant, ceaseless, and sudden traveller. I like planning trips on a whim, I don’t like to wait too long between ideas and action, and if I see an opportunity i’ll take it at any cost. My recent jaunt through the Northwest from conception to execution was planned out in the span of a few […]Read more "Travel Cheap and Travel Often: The Laws to Traveling On A Whim"
The long hot lazy days of summer are over and while work and school influence a majority of the day, it doesn’t mean that the outdoors isn’t still calling. In fact, fall time is the perfect season to venture outside and enjoy some spectacular scenery. Foliage turns to yellow and gold, animals are out in […]Read more "Make the Most of Fall: Why Autumn is Adventure Season"
Mike Off the Map has gone quiet. Too quiet – and to my fans I apologize for the long wait in between updates. So what’s been going on? There’s been a long period of activity, projects for other sites, planning and executing trips and adventures, and I had little time to get back to my […]Read more "An Update and the Reveal of My Future Plans"
The town of Fayetteville, West Virginia is like any other small town in America. It has one main street, a couple small cafes, a local art gallery for the cultural type, and it sits in the picturesque New River Gorge, spanned by the 2nd highest arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. However this town has […]Read more "New River Gorge: Discovering One of America’s East Coast Climbing Capitols"