Photographer & graphic designer from the city of Monterrey, Mexico.
The Ascent to Sandakphu.
After one final sip of water, I stood up, slung the rucksack over the shoulders, tightened the straps, and took a hard good luck at our destination, far and high up in the mountains.
Defining Compass Bearing and Heading.
Bearing and heading are two commonly used terms and two of the most misunderstood. This post will define and review both terms.
The Hiking Life:
Cultural Considerations When Hiking Abroad.
It takes effort to "embrace the discomfort."
The Hiking Life:
Alpine Pass Route.
I completed the Alpine Pass Route in August, 1997. Nineteen years and many hiking miles later, it remains one of my favourite European trails.
What Should I Wear?.
North American tourists that visit the rain forest invariably overpack. And what they do take is often hilariously wrong for the climate.
Review: Esbit Solid Fuel Stove and Cookset.
Light and not so fast.
Repairing Damaged Window Netting in your Tent.
I consider the inside of my LightHeart Gear tent my "Mosquito Free Zone". Any hole or tear in the netting voids that space.
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 review.
While there are fewer people clamoring to read a review for last year's shoe, I sure ain't gonna write up my opinion until I put it through the wringer to see how it truly performs.
The Gear Caster:
Backpacking Tarp That Helps You Get Organized.
The tarp helps you sort your gear into eight primary categories.
Must Hike Must Eat:
Bar In The Jar.
I would buy this for the jar it's in.
From Canyons To Clouds:
Climbing Kirkjufell in late fall/early winter.
That funny shaped mountain in Iceland? Did you know that you can CLIMB this mountain?!
Tday is the 24th day of our month long self-propelled journey from the highlands of Ecuador towards the Pacific coast.
Hiking For Her:
Safe Hiking Weather: What You Need To Know.
Safe hiking weather and perfect hiking weather are very much alike: blue skies, puffy white clouds, a gentle southerly breeze, and plenty of daylight to spend on the trail.
Hiking For Her:
Night Hiking Tips.
Go for a night hike, using these how to hike in the dark tips.
PCT Gear Review: Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Runners.
Three days into the Pacific Crest Trail, I found the hiker box piled high with a mountain of discarded gear, composed primarily of practically unworn shoes.
Gear Review: Serac Sequoia Hammock.
The Sequoia is Serac's XL model, a double hammock that, at almost 10 feet long and 6 feet wide, fits 2 (or more) people easily.
Hiking in Finland:
The Week in Review 254.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Therm-a-Rest Stellar Blanket.
The Stellar is a fair weather, warm summer alternative to a sleeping bag.
Meet the Super Couple that has made Trekking Independently their way of life.
They have a deep rooted love for the mountains and an itch for adventure and the unknown.
GEAR REVIEW: ZPacks Duplex Tarp.
My inner gram counter got really excited! The Duplex Tarp has a wonderful design and amazing roominess for just 10.7 ounces.
The Big Trip:
Hiking in Hungary: Tipps [sic] and recommendations.
And there are also the good old cemeteries that all have water taps as well.
The Ultimate Hang:
Air Nest Inflatable Hammock Lounger Review.
The company boasts a 12-hour inflation time. In my own experience, these bags leak sufficiently after about two hours to be less comfortable.
The Ultimate Hang:
Lesovik Ultralight 2 Hammock.
The Lesovik Ultralight 2 hammock is among the lightest, full-size hammocks on the market today.
Old School Outfitter:
My 10 Most-Read Stories at The Big Outside.
Feature-length stories about adventures and some of tips on outdoor skills to help make every trip a success.
Dear Mother, I Broke My Promise.
Don't worry. I'm surrounded by beauty. I'll be resting soon. I'm happy.
Pacific Crest Trailside Reader:
Clarence King - mountaineer, geologist, and enigma.
Throughout the marriage, King never revealed his true identity to Ada.
The Ultralight Hiker:
I followed my footsteps.
The twin-prop alights like a butterfly on a rhododendron blossom on the steeply sloping runway. Of a sudden you are in a Middle Ages.
Indiana Man Ends 10-Year Corporate Career to Start Outdoor Shop.
"I thought I had the American Dream — chasing money and chasing financial freedom and security."
Marmot Mountain LLC.:
How to Thru-Hike the 133-Mile Northville-Placid Trail.
Trails twist like tunnels through old growth and virgin forests alike, packed dense enough that it's generally only bears and moose who tend to navigate them.
Alone on the JMT:
Surviving Loneliness Solo-Hiking the John Muir Trail.
Set: A lone tent nestled beneath a Lodgepole pine. Time: Half-past dead of night. ACTION: I'm jolted from a peaceful and deep sleep by a thunderous, earth-vibrating roar.
Wanderlust Travel Nurse Adventures:
Backpacking the Wonderland Trail.
Backpacking the Wonderland Trail was quite the adventure...quite the personal accomplishment for me.
Search suspended for missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker.
Fowler's last confirmed sighting was Oct. 12 at White Pass, where he told a store clerk he was headed to Snoqualmie Pass.
Hartley Brody's Adventure Blog:
Beginner Backpacking Blunders: 16 Myths.
If you're guilty of believing some of these, fear not! Even more experienced backpackers follow these myths from time to time as well.
Mile Hike Guys:
2017 Appalachian Ultralight Thru-Hiker's Pack.
Cody ended up sending me a prototype for his 2017 Thru-Hiker's pack.
Run, Hike, Live, Love:
The Story of an Arizona Trail FKT.
I decided to follow the parameters of a self-supported attempt including walking into and out of my resupply locations.
Astronomy Picture of the Day:
Inverted City Beneath Clouds.
How could that city be upside-down?
Photographer Snaps Streaking Meteor Above an Erupting Volcano.
We were extremely lucky with the circumstances (not just the meteor, but clear skies and the active volcano!