I woke up from the back of my car, the rainbow colored prayer flags that hang from my trunk fluttered in the dusty rusted sand, and I watched ash skies envelope the Six Shooter’s towered architecture. Across the fields of sagebrush, and over the black stained bacteria of the cryptobiotic soil, a small rabbit scurried […]Read more "In The Heart Of The Creek"
For my entire climbing career, I wanted to climb Castleton. That was my tower, it was my goal. Castleton Tower is a majestic 400-foot spire of magnificent Wingate Sandstone that sits proudly on a 1,000-foot cone of loose, rotten, decaying boulders. When I first came to Moab in 2011, my first time climbing outside, I […]Read more "Castleton Tower: The North Chimney"
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"
A few weeks ago, a group of hikers and adventurers through Twitter had a chat about some of the biggest problems that were facing public lands. Among the issues of not having enough money or having enough volunteers, a very underreported problem arose. The destruction and defacing of ancient Petroglyphs. The Petroglyphs are pieces of […]Read more "Protecting Petroglyphs"
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"
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"
In climbing, the key to a successful ascent is preparation. A climber must be able to rely on a strong body, a calm mind, and reliable equipment. Whether in the gym, or scaling monolithic desert towers, a good climber is always ready for changing conditions, carrying the supplies to keep them safe, secure, and energized. […]Read more "Get In Gear: The Five Basic Items Every Climber Should Have"
Spring break is a hallowed time for all college students where the possibilities for travel are limitless. In those ten days, away from books, exams, research and deadlines, many offer themselves to the idea of tropical destinations, adventure, or finding their own in a place rich in cultural and historical significance. However despite the destinations […]Read more "Spring Break Travel: Travel Farther, Spend Less!"