Sleep In The Dirt

“Life is Good” Backpacking with a Four Year Old

Essays From the Field
"After some exploring with headlamps around the nearby lake it was time for bed and jammies. I brought a couple of Ivy’s paperback books to read, and it was lights out for a super tired kid. I was eventually joined under our tarp by my friends, and we talked into the night about the day and how lucky we are to live here and have little girls to do this stuff with." Read the rest

A Journey Along the High Country Loop

Essays From the Field
"Even though nothing had changed, I felt as if I had changed. Or at least the way I thought about adventure had changed. Slowly, I was coming to the realization that I don't need to go to some far-off land or spend months out on the trail to find adventure. My two goals had been to find adventure and rediscover my home. Through the High Country Loop’s tough terrain and journey of the unknown, I was able to get that sense of adventure I was seeking." Read the rest

Loss Aversion: A California Coast Bikepacking Tale

Essays From the Field
"With limited options at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I decided to pay a visit to the apartment complex’s garbage room, where I hoped to find materials to remedy this foolish mistake. I found a few size D batteries, which I fashioned to the sides of the pannier rack with electrical tape so the bags would have a larger margin of space from the wheel. The wider the rack, the further the panniers would lie from the wheel." Read the rest

The Greater Yellowstone Traverse

Essays From the Field
"This past winter I have been busy in collaboration with my friend and hiking partner Josh Tippett (aka Cheesebeard) creating what we have dubbed the Greater Yellowstone Traverse. We will start in southern Montana’s Absaroka Wilderness and head south through Yellowstone, the Tetons, the Gros Ventre Wilderness, and finally the Wind River Range." Read the rest