lighten your pack

10 Tips To Help Lighten Your Backpack

A heavy backpack can make a backpacking trip no fun at all. Here are a few tips to lighten your load and maximize the fun on your next outing: 1. Instead of packing 8 beers for your overnight backpacking trip, just take 6. ...

read more

The Art And Joy Of Busting Someone’s Balls

There is no class in high school or college on how to insult a friend in an endearing manner. If there were, it would be an elective, a class only of value to a certain subset of people, not a mandatory course—because, like ...

read more
jim walking by mary pat harris

Finding A Way

Jim Harris can walk again—which is a big deal because a little over six months ago he was paralyzed from the waist down preparing to photograph a ski traverse in Patagonia. He now walks with a pair of trekking poles, with a small hitch ...

read more

Anatomy Of A Sandbag

We all have that friend who may need a little encouraging to do something they’re a little apprehensive about. Or something they’re just flat-out scared of. Like leading a run-out pitch, or dropping into a couloir they haven’t skied before, or rowing a ...

read more
is this man hopelessly lost and in danger of dying, or just looking at a map?

Is Your Adventure Story Epic Enough?

Do you find yourself reading stories about adventures in outdoor magazines and websites and feeling down about what you did on your summer vacation? Maybe you’re slightly disappointed that your mountain climb or weeklong backpacking trip was just fun, challenging, and/or the “trip ...

read more
yeah grand canyon

The World Needs Dreamers, Too

I have known my friend Jayson for 15 years—that’s him on my back in this photo—from when we were young and foolish until now when we are much less young but only slightly less foolish. He is dyslexic and grew up in a ...

read more
carl hot sauce

Hot Sauce Is Appropriate For Your Situation

Hey, have you ever caught yourself saying to someone, “I put hot sauce on everything,” as if you need to apologize or explain it? Why do you think you do this? Do you feel self-conscious about your love of hot sauce? Like maybe ...

read more