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.
Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors. Following them preserves our parks and wild lands, protects animals, and makes backpacking better for everyone. There are seven principles that guide the Leave No Trace… Read More »Backpacking Basics: How to Leave No Trace
Hiking in the snow can be a ton of fun, but only if you’ve got the right equipment. When you read about hiking, you hear people mention different traction devices: snowshoes, crampons, microspikes, flip-flops, you name it. In many situations,… Read More »How Do You Know When to Use Microspikes?
Anytime you read through a backpacking guide or gear checklist, you’ll run across that term- the “ten essentials”. But, what are they, exactly, and why do they matter? The Ten Essentials, developed by Mountaineers Books, describes the ten things needed… Read More »Backpacking: What are The “Ten Essentials”?
In most parts of the country, the month of May is when life springs into action. Heavy winters and rainy Aprils give way to sunshine, warm temperatures, and endless outdoor fun. But, is that true in the Rockies? Mountain areas… Read More »Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in May: Good Idea?
Most of the time, when you hear the word “Polyester”, it’s not in the most positive light. Commonly, people deride polyester because it’s a synthetic fabric. Hikers, backpackers, and people who love the National Parks, though, know that polyester clothing… Read More »Is Polyester a Good Base Layer?
In April 2021, the National Parks Service released a brand-new mobile app dedicated to America’s National Parks. It promises to be a go-to resource for all 423 National Parks, monuments, and designated areas. But, is it actually useful for backpacking,… Read More »National Parks Service App Review: Is it Useful?