Backpackers need more than couple of plastic bottles full of water to get from start to finish; you simply can’t carry enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning, all on their backs at once. Well, you could i guess –… Read More »How to choose a water system for backpacking
I'm Jared. Like many of us, I love the outdoors, and I don't think the US has anything to offer that can really top the National Parks system. I started this website to gather things I've learned, been curious about, purchased, and done relating to the outdoors. Although I've always loved spending time outside, I grew up hundreds of miles from any National Parks, and didn't set foot on one until I was 23. Soon after, I started this website as a place to document what I've learned and experienced. Since then, I've been to nearly a dozen national parks, forests, and recreation areas, getting a little bit more addicted each time. I've hiked, camped, and backpacked on three continents, seen a few bears get a little too close for my cowardly comfort, and definitely overpacked more than once. On this blog, I cover the places I've gone, the trails I've hiked, and the things I've learned along the way. Where relevant, I also share information about products I've used and trust, just like the other half a million bloggers out there. What makes me different is that the product recommendations are secondary for me. I don't write about products I haven't owned or used, and I only give positive reviews to the stuff I trust.
In November of 2022, I ran two miles. It was excruciating. I’ve always had bad knees (one of the downsides of being a tall kid), and that run sidelined me for three full days. No workouts, no chores – I… Read More »How I saved my knees by simply running faster
Looking for a day hike in Grand Teton National Park that will challenge your body and blow your mind? Might I suggest waking up early and making the trek to Lake Solitude, where absolutely world-class views will await you for… Read More »Lake Solitude Hike in Grand Teton National Park
Amtrak sleeper cars are awesome. Covered meals, showers, and a bed to sleep on make cross-country traveling way easier. But, with those luxuries comes an added cost; in fact, Amtrak’s smallest sleeper cabin, the roomette, is usually more expensive than… Read More »How Much Does an Amtrak Roomette Cost? Prices for 2024 (Updated January 21)
Prepping for a backpacking trip, especially your first, takes a lot of research. From selecting gear to learning about the trail you’ve chosen, you’ll spend more time on your phone or laptop than you realize. One question that inevitably comes… Read More »How long does backpacking fuel last?
After a recent backpacking trip, my tent was pretty dirty. Even worse, I left it in the stuff sack for weeks without opening it up to air it out. That meant the tent developed a lot of nasty-looking stains and… Read More »Can you put a tent in the washing machine?
I’m afraid of bears. There are a lot of people who would thoroughly enjoy a far-off bear encounter, but I’m not one of those people. When I’m backpacking, I carry bear spray, because I am 0% interested in making either… Read More »The Best Bear Spray for Backpackers, Hunters, and More in 2024
Grand Teton National Park offers, in my opinion, the best bang for your buck of any US national park – or, at least, it’s right up there. Staggering mountain views, glaciers, and alpine lakes (not to mention insane wildlife) are… Read More »The best hikes in Grand Teton National Park (of all distances)
As someone with both large and wide feet, I know the struggle of researching a great pair of trail running shoes or hiking boots without ever knowing if they’ll actually fit. Columbia is one of the most popular brands of… Read More »Do Columbia Shoes Run Big or Small?
Yellowstone National Park is known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and iconic geothermal features. One of the park’s most beloved and iconic animals is the American bison, also known as buffalo. Yellowstone is home to the largest wild bison… Read More »The Best Places to See Yellowstone’s Bison