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"
After six months of training and preparation I finally flew out west to test my skill and my evolution as a climber on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. It was a week that served as my introduction to mountaineering, climbing on snow, and ultimately having to make a difficult decision. Although our early morning climb […]Read more "That Didn’t Go As Planned: I Didn’t Summit Rainier, But I Didn’t Fail Either"
Tomorrow I set off for the mountain i’ve been training six months to climb. I’m flying out to Washington to take on Mt. Rainier, the queen of the Cascades. At 14,400 ft she is the highest mountain in the Pacific Northwest and the 4th highest peak in the lower 48 states. It’s the culmination of […]Read more "Chasing My Highest Dreams: A Preview of My Climb to Mt. Rainier"
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"
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!"