A short film about the challenges we face when trying to expose young men to backcountry experiences.
Essays & Commentary
Insightful and provocative opinions about wilderness philosophy, issues, and techniques; also introspective writing about lightweight backpacking or wilderness philosophy.
Ten years ago, packrafters had few options. Today, the choices are many, and the future looks very promising.
Is wilderness really a cure for depression, or just a temporary escape?
“Wilderness settles peace on the soul because it needs no help. It is beyond human contrivance.” — E.O. Wilson
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” -Henry David Thoreau
Making decisions based on incorrect information negates stellar gear and knowledge, leading to trouble. It can happen far more easily than many of us would care to admit.
Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry.
How do we balance being a good parent, spouse and professional [insert your career here], while also embracing the side of us that wants to walk out the door and hike across the planet?
I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could… how long would it last me?
How do the classic fastpacking offerings by Ultimate Direction compare to a pack of today?
The main reason my pack got lighter was because I realized that being prepared had little to do with the equipment I carried.
While GPS units are getting bigger and heavier, at least they are also becoming more functional. The Garmin Oregon 550t integrates 100k topo maps, a hi-res display, and a 3.2MP digital camera.