Backpacking Gear: What Should You Invest Your Money In?

I get asked a lot of questions about gear. I have a few friends who are just getting into the outdoorsy side of life, and lately their questions have had me thinking about what I wish I had known when I was a brand new starry-eyed backpacker, completely clueless about what would actually happen when I … More Backpacking Gear: What Should You Invest Your Money In?

Should You Take a Wilderness First Responder Course?

I’ve spent a lot of time in remote regions far, far away from medical resources– whether sailing 250 miles offshore or backpacking the southernmost trail in the world. I’ve had a few backcountry injuries and illnesses myself, but overall I’ve been pretty fortunate, although I’ve wished I had more medical knowledge. What if something really went … More Should You Take a Wilderness First Responder Course?

San Carlos de Bariloche

In, February, I spent three weeks in San Carlos de Bariloche, a gorgeous mountain town in Argentina’s Lake District. Bariloche has an incredible amount of activities, all accessible from the city center: kayaking, SUP, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. Pro tip: it’s also famous for its chocolate and has incredible ice cream. If … More San Carlos de Bariloche

Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Have you ever, in the quest to pack light, left behind some of your favorite things? Telling yourself you don’t need it, it’s ridiculous, you removed your iPod and slippers from consideration and took off into the Great Unknown freed from those unnecessary luxuries. Well, I know I’ve done that. And I know I’ve regretted it. While … More Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Tips for Beginners on Packing for a Backpacking Trip

The first backpacking trip I ever took was short. Which is a good thing. For 3 nights and 4 days of front-country hiking, I stuffed my pack until it was bursting at the seams and strapped it to myself. As you can probably guess, that wasn’t the wisest idea. Here are a few mistakes I made: Packing cotton: … More Tips for Beginners on Packing for a Backpacking Trip

Torres del Paine

Dear readers: we have gotten pretty far behind on our blog posts. But that’s because we’ve been having lots of adventures– experiences that we swear we will share with you whenever the stars align to provide internet access. Last week, we finished our sailing trip up the Chilean coast. It was incredible! But before we … More Torres del Paine