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"
The rain was pounding. The gray skies had opened up and the water hadn’t stopped falling for the last four hours. Our canoe weaved through the dense mangrove trails and we were cold and sopping wet. Trying to navigate through the dense weather, my crew and I were searching for the guide poles that led […]Read more "Deep Into Hell’s Bay: Everglades Canoe Adventure"
It’s that time of year again! For one week, all 397 National Parks across the United States are absolutely free from April 21-April 29. With free entrance it opens a host of options to hikers, campers, and climbers alike, as well as an opportunity to inspire the next generation to take care of our treasured […]Read more "A Week In The Wild: A Guide to National Park Week"
With National Park Week coming up, it’s essential to have all your tools ready. One of the most useful devices you can have outdoors is the invaluable smartphone. I’ve heard the opposition from the purists who say that we should abhor technology in the wild, but if used responsibly it can be an extremely valuable […]Read more "There’s an App for That: Five Apps For the Outdoors Season"
The great Nancy Sinatra once reminded the world that her boots were gonna walk all over you. While i’m sure Ms. Sinatra was not referring to multi-day treks in the Grand Tetons (and in the event she was i’m extremely impressed) she obviously had a commanding knowledge of boot shopping. Today’s hiking boots come in […]Read more "These Boots Were Made For Walkin’: Ten Things You Should Be Considering When Buying Hiking Boots"