Climbing in The Grand Canyon

Essays From the Field

30 miles, one sketchy summit, and the joy of a shared meal while climbing in the Grand Canyon.  

As we started down the half icy, half muddy trail that led to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I knew it would be a trip to remember. We’d missed our sunrise

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Backpacking Santa Rosa Island

Essays From the Field

Over a mile of solitude and white sand stretched in front of us as we settled on a place atop the sand dunes to eat lunch. My wife and I asked each other, “How is this California?” Our journey backpacking Santa Rosa Island was ending, but we couldn’t wait to …

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3 Reasons You Need a Tent Footprint

Dirtbag Dan

When shopping for a tent, you may come across messages like this:  

Most modern tents don’t come with a footprint by default. Why? To save ounces and keep weights lower. You don’t need a footprint to use a tent properly, but trust us, you’ll want one. Even the crustiest ultralight

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