Sometimes when I receive gear to review, I often wonder if I’ll end up testing it enough. This usually leads to me being extra hard on whatever it is by (accidentally) smashing it into rocks, dropping from heights, sliding down cliffs, and lots of other fun things. Well, fun for me… maybe not the gear. However, I can finally say that I feel like I’ve tested something to the extreme and back… and neither… Read More

I’ve always known that at some point in the process of reviewing outdoor adventures I’d run into a bad experience. What I didn’t expect was that I’d end up feeling so conflicted about writing something negative, though entirely honest. Yesterday’s adventure has left me in a bit of a furious wind of “What do I do?”. Do I write a horrible review for every possible customer to find? Do I go nuts… Read More

On my never ending list of things to try, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has always been pretty high up on there. I can’t exactly explain the lure behind it, but something about the merge of kayaking and surfing has always struck me as pretty darn appealing. So, needless to say – I was pretty stoked to try it last weekend. Within minutes of getting on a paddle board, I could already feel… Read More

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to grow up in an area that isn’t a popular tourist destination. I grew up knowing that every fall hundreds of thousands of eager eyed “leaf peepers” will slowly drive our curvy and steep roads in search of “that view” – the one that suddenly explodes with vivid color so vibrant that no photograph will ever capture what the eye can truly see. I’ve… Read More

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but for the briefest moment ever, my wanderlust is satisfied. I’m usually obsessively checking Southwest’s sales, getaways on The Clymb, Groupon, and LivingSocial, and just generally scheming about the next place I’m going to go. But after the past six weeks I have to admit it feels awfully nice to just be at Basecamp (aka, home). But don’t fear – the wanderlust is already starting to… Read More

A little while ago I was rather humbled to be tagged by Paul of The Outdoor Adventure to answer the call of the Liebster award. In short, as Paul explained in his post, in an effort to share great blogs with more people, this “award” (a Blogstöcken meaning “blog stick”) has been passed around for nearly a decade. Each tagged blogger is asked to answer 11 questions, come up with 11 more of… Read More

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