National Parks Crash Course: Part 1–Permits, Reservations, and Deadlines

|| National Parks Crash Course Series || The U.S. National Parks system is an amazing natural resource and protects some of America’s most prized natural treasures. With over 61 national parks, and many more national monuments and protected areas, the NPS system is vast. As a visitor, there are many rules, regulations, and procedures that are useful to know when planning a visit. The purpose of this Crash Course series is to provide some small insights learned from personal experience…

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False Polish Traverse, Aconcagua

|| Saturday, December 14, 2019 || Another adventure is just starting! It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally headed down to Argentina. Planning, preparation, sponsorships, all have led to this. We loaded up our packs and our stomachs at my house and went straight to the airport. Easy and quick through TSA. . . dropped off the bags, got our boarding passes, and walked through security. Once at the airport, travel itself was a breeze. We loaded…

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Travel Insurance 101: What is It? Do You Need It?

Inherent Danger. . . Risk. . . Injuries and Accidents. . . the outdoors can be an intimidating environment, filled with uncertainty, doubt, and more than anything else, the possibility for a situation to go south, fast. The best form of “insurance” is experience in the mountains, the “know-how” and ability to make smart and prudent decisions. There is no substitute for knowing how to identify dangerous storms, snow conditions, and other environmental hazards. That said, whenever I travel, explore,…

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Gear Review — Altra Lone Peak (3.5 and 4.0)

For around 3 years I have been using the Altra Lone Peak as my “go-to” backpacking shoe; I’ve used it on 4 different continents at this point: North America Alaska, Southeastern United States, Colorado, California, Washington Europe Corsica, France — GR20 trail New Zealand Dusky Track, Fiordland National Park (South Island) South America Ecuador So. . . what are my takeaways? || Background ||  I first started hiking with a bulky pair of Asolo PowerMatic boots. They were rugged and…

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