Joshua Tree

A dose of Joshua Tree medicine

Joshua Tree is a place to get lost in and leave feeling sun soaked and renewed, stepping out of the dusty golden tinged landscape. The sunrise and sunset are framed by outlines of the contorted spiky Joshua Trees and boulder studded rock formations. The park isn’t all sleeping boulder giants, it’s palms and vistas and hidden […] Read more…

Alex sleeping bags

Gear Guide on Sleeping Bags

  If you’re nothing like me, you don’t spend hours reading all the technical details about outdoor gear and you probably don’t have a closet – more like room – full of gear for all the conditions you’ll encounter on your adventures. My goal is to provide short and sweet gear tips and guides that […] Read more…

Grand Canyon

Rafting the Grand Canyon

  This past summer, my good friend Emily explored the Grand Canyon by raft — I was so jealous of her! I’ve been dreaming about doing it, but alas haven’t made it a priority yet. Anyway, I roped her into recounting her trip for us and am even more stoked to go after reading it. Enjoy! […] Read more…

Wild Unknown

Upgrade your walk in the park

In the ten years I lived in San Francisco, I relied on two places most to de-stress: Golden Gate Park and Chrissy Field. I chose my apartments based on how close they were to one or the other. Being able to step out of my apartment, get in a long run and get a little […] Read more…

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Gift back this season

    On average Americans plan to spend close to $900 dollars on gifts this holiday season. $900!! That represents a lot of purchasing power. Let’s direct some of that power toward supporting some of the many brands that make rad goods, while also giving back to good causes. Here are a few of my […] Read more…

Tumbleweed tiny house

Happy Friday! My favorite things this week

Tiny houses. I’ve day dreamed about having a huge plot of land with sweeping views. Many people are making that dream a reality by buying their slice of heaven and building a tiny (affordable) house. Check out the documentary, TINY, on Netflix now to follow along with a young guy in Colorado who builds his […] Read more…

Chantarelles

A fall-filled weekend: chanterelle foraging

Fall is here! This generally means pumpkins, turning leaves, and apple cider. Now that I’m back in the Northwest, I’m adding chanterelle foraging to that mix. The frilly ochre mushrooms (brighter depending on where you go) pop up from the pine needle ground cover in early fall. At the store chanterelles typically cost close to $20/lb, so trekking […] Read more…

Coconut Oatmeal

Camp or kitchen: Coconut blueberry oats

My goal here on my blog, as far as cooking goes, is to share food that you can make just as easily in your nice fully stocked kitchen as you can car camping or specifically for backpacking. Easy and simple is key here, but so is delicious. Don’t forget delicious. Here is a recipe that I whip […] Read more…

Wedding

Putting new meaning to walking down the aisle

These two couples, one from Wyoming and one from British Columbia, have thrown out the concept of a traditional wedding venue in favor for something more personal: a summit. Instead of an aisle they’ve chosen an outdoor journey; one a bike, hike and climb to the summit of Pingora Peak in Wyoming; and the second a […] Read more…

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