11 Epic Backpacking Trips Found in the U.S. National Park System

Orange and red skies over a mountain range

The National Park system that exists in the United States is one of a kind. We are the only country on the planet with one-quarter of the land base open for every citizen to enjoy as they please. The federal public land system covers 618 million acres or 25% of the US land base (source). […]

The Best Tent Air Conditioners for Camping

2 tents sitting on a grassy field at sunset

A weekend spent camping by the lake with the sun beating down on your face as you lounge on a floaty or kick back on the dock is tough to compete with. No worries, no job, no responsibility, and your favorite beverage in hand (beer)… The one downside that accompanies camping in the summertime is […]

The Hiker’s Dictionary: Every Hiking Term You’ll Ever Need To Know

2 people hiking down a mountain

When I first started hiking I was so enamored with the adventure of the trail that I failed to recognize that there are a million hiking terms kicking around. As I began to tackle more and more miles everything began to slow down and I realized there was a hiking language all of its own. […]

The Best Hammock Underquilts for Every Outdoor Adventure

2 people sitting on a hammock in the forest

Camping in a hammock is the quickest and most comfortable way to enjoy a night under the stars. It’s difficult to find a place with a better view than from the gentle swing of a hammock on a brisk summer morning. They are versatile, compact, and a great replacement for a tent or lean-to shelter. […]

Arctic Swell: Surfing the Ends of the Earth with Chris Burkard

Calm water with frozen mountains in the backdrop

Surfing brings to mind images of sandy beaches, palm trees, and fresh coconuts. The idea of living life as a professional surfer evokes feelings of pure joy and envy. The last thing that comes to mind when thinking about surfing is the freezing temperatures and harsh environments found in the Arctic. Chris Burkard is the […]