“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

Training for Iceland along the mighty, muddy Rio Grande

Stuff We Like
"Morale still high and smiles in abundance - till we ran out of water. I could see that river in the distance, but it was increasingly clear that our route wasn't going to bring us to it. It had come time to make the decision to leave our bikes, and carry backpacks, bottles, bladders and the filter to the Rio. An hour later I'm opening up the gravity filter and realize it's missing the "clean" bladder. Minor inconvenience - we'll use other bladders and bottles..." Read the rest

Room With a View – Under the Stars in Death Valley

The Campfire Chronicles
"Beautifully crafted social media posts might lead you to believe that the quintessential image of camping under the stars is a regular occurrence, but in my reality, it's a rare but gratifying experience. This is especially true when your home away from home is staked out in a spot like Death Valley where light pollution has yet to rear its ugly head and where I happened to be when everything lined up on the night in question." 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

Q & A with Non-Profit, Outdoor Afro

Sponsorship and Non-Profit
Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. Since 2009, we have helped people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!.. Our partners are one of the reasons we can do this work. Many have been with us since Outdoor Afro was just an idea. Our gratitude for partners runs deep because it is a partnership built on trust. We are thrilled to be working with Big Agnes and look forward to many more years of a mutually beneficial relationship. Read the rest