OUTDOOR ADVENTURE JOURNAL

The Best National Park Experiences Could Be Getting Better

Love him or hate him; Trump can see room for improvement in the National Park System. Improvements in the NPS system will only make the best National Park experiences better. Our national parks are currently weighed down by red tape, outdated contracts, stringent...

Little Wild Horse Flash Flood Kills 2 Young Girls

There is an inherent danger in the canyoneering environment. Even the relaxed family-friendly canyons that are packed every day of the week during the spring and summer seasons.  Unfortunately, nature gives us harsh reminders of the danger of the activity, and Monday,...

Kelty Cosmic Down 40 Review

BACKSTORY Once upon a time, I had a mountain hardware phantom.  I do not know what happened to it, but it was by far the best sleeping bag I have ever owned.  Then I purchased a Lafuma Warm-n-Lite. It was a 40-degree bag that was lightweight, compressible, and kept me...

Logan Garments Sponsorship Is It A Scam? I Checked It Out, So You Don’t Have To!

  Nobody has ever accused me of being uninquisitive.  I remember one time I saw a little dancing cat on the corner of my screen, it had a little red top hat and was doing that little kick thing that they used to do in all those old movies.  Now every fiber of my...

The States That Benefit the Most From National Park Tourism

Every year millions of people flock to national parks, monuments, recreation areas, trails and historic areas. Some states reap a harvest of hundreds of millions.  Is your state one of them?  Take a look at the list of the top ten some aren’t surprising and some...

How To Prevent Blisters When Hiking

It never fails.  You are one hour away from the peak of the biggest hike on your bucket list.  It is at this time when you feel that itchy, burning, stingy sensation.  No not the one you get six weeks after that night with the shady lady from Tijuana, the other one...

Undersea Hotels

The Victorians were the first tourists. The rise of railways afforded these buttoned-down pleasure seekers the chance to see the world. Once the Industrial Revolution took hold and cities started to thrive, people wanted to take cure in the country. As travelers, the...

First Backpacking Trip: Ruth Lake

I can’t tell you what to expect on your first backpacking trip.  I can tell you what to expect if you are camping with or near scouts. This is what happened the first time I went backpacking with my scout troop. I started my outdoor adventure at a young age.  I had a...

Meeting Lindsay Rice

In my earlier days of outdoor adventure, I sought out lots of new friends and people. I tried to take out many people to teach them new skills and introduce them to new activities. Over the course of time, after dealing with flaky people who were using me for...

Touring Chernobyl

There are a lot of things that surprise me when I look at people’s bucket lists. Everything from “kissing” to “eating sushi in a porta potty” can make the lists. The fact that Chernobyl is on so many lists surprises me because it isn’t very well- known. In case you...

Be Like Bigfoot-Leave No Trace

When I think about it, Bigfoot is an outdoor superhero. OK, he isn’t exactly like Batman or Spider-Man — he doesn’t save damsels in distress or fight villains with bad taste in cosmetics. And he doesn’t cover his actions with secret identities or costumes. But he’s...

Make Your Own Footprint

I have never been fond of tent footprints. I hardly ever use them and I definitely don’t pay $30 for them. However, if you must have a footprint, but don’t want to dip into your children’s college fund to buy one, there is a way to make one for cheap. All you need is...

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What is Canyoneering?

What is Canyoneering?

Why would someone need to write an article explaining what canyoneering is? We don't need to explain what hiking is or what is running or what is camping. Do we need to answer the question of what is canyoneering? Yes! Yes, we do! The reason we have to answer this...

Kelty Cosmic Down 40 Review

Kelty Cosmic Down 40 Review

BACKSTORY Once upon a time, I had a mountain hardware phantom.  I do not know what happened to it, but it was by far the best sleeping bag I have ever owned.  Then I purchased a Lafuma Warm-n-Lite. It was a 40-degree bag that was lightweight, compressible, and kept me...

Boatsmith Whitewater Festival 2019 and 2020

Boatsmith Whitewater Festival 2019 and 2020

The Boatsmith River Festival takes place every year over the Presidents Day Weekend on the Smith River near Gasquet, California.  The proceeds of which go to benefit the STEM-based Gasquet Mountain School. As one of the newer, if not the spring chicken of paddling...

How Do Hand Warmers Work

How Do Hand Warmers Work

The Types of Hand Warmers There are two main types of hand warmers; each one uses a different method to create heat. However, both of them rely on chemical reactions.  One gives long-lasting results that can last up to ten hours; the other only last for short periods...

The Milner Mile: A Hidden Gem Born From Collaboration

The Milner Mile: A Hidden Gem Born From Collaboration

​ It’s a rare opportunity when the energy company, farmers, and the outdoor recreation community work together.  When you watch the news, you won’t even know that cooperation exists. Most rafters are used to ranchers and farmers putting up barbed wire over rivers or...

We’ve Been Adventuring For Over 30 Years

It started with a river trip in 1980, and now it has pretty much come full circle. See where we have been and where we have yet to go.

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