Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Trail Diary: Big Bend National Park



  Patrick, Steven, and I go on a colossal road trip to our southernmost National Park: Big Bend. I learned that sometimes being prepared doesn’t mean that you’ll succeed. It was a difficult journey and we had to make a tough call between what was safest for the group as a whole and what was the … Continue reading Trail Diary: Big Bend National Park


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Love & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike



Liz is a prolific thru-hiker. She’s done the AT, the PCT, and the Colorado Trail. She’s currently planning a trip to do the Continental Divide. She teaches the thru-hiking course at my local REI, we became fast friends after I attended the class (and she made fun of me throughout it). Hike Your Own Hike (and … Continue reading Love & Hate on the PCT: Liz’s First Thru-Hike


Money-saving REI Garage Sale

Simon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale



Simon is BACK on the show. We’re fresh off another REI Garage Sale and we’re giving you the 7 strategies we use at every garage sale to maximize our savings. The Garage Sales are awesome events and I want to give a shoutout to the Dallas REI for throwing another great one. Everybody in line … Continue reading Simon Says: 7 Money-Saving Strategies for the REI Garage Sale


Psychology of a Failed Thru Hike



Last year, my friend Derek Tusing began a thru-hike of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) with a friend. After ~300 miles, Derek made the decision to bail. We take a deep dive into the decision and the intense psychological challenges that accompany the equally daunting physical challenges of a 1600 mile hike across the U.S. Because … Continue reading Psychology of a Failed Thru Hike