This summer, while my pregnant wife and I were in the Catskills, we hit the midway point in the pregnancy and decided to take our developing baby on her very first hike. As expected of expecting parents, Marissa and I had a few concerns, ranging from the rational to the less-than-logical: Should we be venturing… Read the rest of the post!
Imagine winning your wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash just for carrying her three football fields length, over a few logs, through a sand trap and a mud puddle. Does that sound like a really fun time or like a recipe for divorce? Since 1999, “The North American Wife Carrying… Read the rest of the post!
There were a mountain of things I wanted to do when my mother came to visit from her flatland hometown to my vertically blessed backyard – from an eagle watching float to a day at the thermal baths to a black bear ecology tour, a walk up to view the glaciers and a tour of the local… Read the rest of the post!
Summer is almost over, but there is still so much to explore. Did you know that out of 401 national parks, 268 are free to enter 365 days of the year? However, if you want to see one of the 133 parks, including Mount Rainier in Washington, without paying the nominal entrance fee you are in luck. There are… Read the rest of the post!
From the magnificent mountain peaks to sprawled out prairie, there is an endless amount of outdoor fun to be had in Big Sky Country. Whether you’re looking for a guided tour or eager to hit the backcountry on your own, Montana offers something for everyone. 1. Yellowstone National Park Established in 1872, Yellowstone is… Read the rest of the post!
I pulled my harness up around my hips and looked dubiously at the long metal chain in front of me stretching up the mountainside. Was this really secure? I clamped on one of my carabiners, followed by the second one, and began making my way carefully up the beginning portion of my first via Ferrata in… Read the rest of the post!
Outdoor folks are an opinionated bunch. Nothing speaks more clearly to this than discussing matters of east verses west. Skiing: west. Hiking: east. (Yup, we proved it.) Camping? There’s a consensus but where’s the fun in divulging it in the first paragraph? The two halves of our fair continent have been rated, check out how… Read the rest of the post!
There’s a good chance that when you hear the word “distillery,” images of Pappy, tucked away in the woods with his homemade still, come to mind. While this image certainly has some basis in fact, the art of distilling has been around since the first century A.D., courtesy of Greek alchemists. The process has been… Read the rest of the post!
On the north face of Big Four Mountain in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Mother Nature is doing her thing in a beautiful way. Avalanches fall off the mountain all winter and spring. As that snow continues to melt it turns into waterfalls that melt more snow at the base, creating caves. Enter the Big Four Ice Caves.… Read the rest of the post!
I’m not one for body armor. While I always wear a helmet when I ski or bike, my taste in sports tends to run toward puffy jackets and cute running skirts. Yet here I was with my family, dressed in head-to-toe padding, boarding the Elk Camp gondola at Snowmass, Colorado with our downhill biking coach,… Read the rest of the post!