Brooke Gaynes and I became acquainted when she began liking a lot of my photos on Instagram. In turn, I noticed her and her husband's pictures were pretty incredible and awe inspiring. I added her on Facebook and she was more than happy to answer a few questions that I threw at her. Her story is pretty great:
She was born and raised here in Salt Lake City and considered San Fransisco as a place to live after she graduated. She started ...
El Misti is a prominent volcano about 45 minutes from the large city of Arequipa in South Western Peru. I decided to climb it when I was planning my month long trip in South America. I was unaware of how difficult the altitude would be and I was really excited to test myself on this climb.
The altitude was on my mind, and the temperature was not. Looking back, I should have taken both into consideration. I started the hike after a ...
If you come from an icy place, if the winter was long, or if your eyes have seen a wash of gray for months, a perfect escape is waiting for you in the Grand Canyon backcountry. What can I say about the American Southwest in the springtime? After hibernating all winter, certainly nothing in my lexicon can accurately describe the invigorating revival of human spirit; when new desert heat flows up your legs, a hot sun beams UVs through a blue ...
My second day on my backpacking excursion through Bolivia’s outdoors began early. I work just after the sun came up and packed up my gear. I ate breakfast and started onward.
By this point the mountains at the beginning of my hike were far behind me and ahead of me lay jungle.
The air was moist, the sun was warm, and the river I hike along was loud. This part of the hike did not change as much as the first day. The ...
There are a variety of types of backpacking trips that all require different gear, but in general you are going to want a set of basic things:
You will of course want a backpacking backpack. It is important when buying a pack to know how much stuff you plan to bring with you regularly, so you can adjust for size. You will also want to get straps around the hips (a normal backpack will not do). The most important thing about buying ...
This tour was one of my favorite backcountry adventures yet. My friend Jon and I reached the base of the mountain around noon in hopes that a late start would give the clouds time to clear. Unfortunately this did not happen, so we strapped in and began trudging through the fresh powder with flurries of light snow coming in and out.
The skin track we followed had been packed down by the early risers, but the light snowfall had laid a nice ...
There aren't a whole lot of experiences in my life that compare to my solo, 3 day trek from La Cumbre, Bolivia to Choro, Bolivia. Along a trail called "El Camino del Choro." The hike follows a foot path that connects the main highway to about 5 small villages.
I woke up around 7am and grabbed the free bread, butter, jam, and random assortment of fruit from the hostel dining area.
I climbed the cab with a man who only spoke Spanish. ...
These hiking pants really changed the game for me. I spent a lot of time trying to find a pant that was comfortable and lightweight. The Arc'teryx Rampart are nonrestrictive and make hiking easier for me.
I used to just backpack in sweats or jeans, but if they got wet, I was toast. This last summer I knew it was time to take a step up and get some water resistant pants.
The 94% Nylon material repels water. If they do get wet ...
I love Teva Sandals. There emerging close-toed shoes are beginning to show promise. They are entering a market that has already been cornered. Durable, light, and comfortable shoes are a dime a dozen, but will also cost you a dime… and more. And Teva is no exception.
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The Raith Event is a good shoe. They feel heavier than they ought to be for a “light trail shoe.” The traction was great in and out of ...
I put these shoes in some tough places. I asked a lot of them, and made them do things they didn’t want to do. Still, they remain by my feet for over 100+ miles of backcountry (most on this site), dozens of foothill hikes, and pacing miles back and forth as a server in a small brewpub in Boise, ID.
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An interesting fact about me: I ruin shoes. I fall. I scrape them against rocks. I step ...