Category Archives: Trail Diary

Journey to Thunder Lake (and back again!) Pt. 2



The conclusion. Connor and I made it to the lake, had a great time wandering around in the empty forest around. Really enjoyed teetering at the edge of the alpine zone. Gear and Grub from this Episode: SlingFin (the SplitWing tarp isn’t released yet, but they make kickass tents) JetBoil Flash (REI | Amazon, it’s cheaper … Continue reading Journey to Thunder Lake (and back again!) Pt. 2


Journey to Thunder Lake (Part 1)



Rocky Mountain National Park with my friend Connor. We got CRAZY LUCKY to get the wilderness permit we wanted (Thunder Lake). It’s a beautiful lake, the weather was very cooperative (some drizzling). It’s well worth your time, next time you’re going to RMNP. Gear and Grub from this Episode: SlingFin (the SplitWing tarp isn’t released yet, … Continue reading Journey to Thunder Lake (Part 1)


Roadtrip and Rattlesnake (Denver Part 1)



My journey from Dallas to Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. I camped in Palo Duro State Park, a great halfway point between the two. To follow along with the Summer Market this week, follow me on your drug -erm- “social media platform” of choice: Facebook Instagram Twitter Shout out to Josh and Lauren, … Continue reading Roadtrip and Rattlesnake (Denver Part 1)


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Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3)



The CONCLUSION to Kinsey and Cody’s Appalachian Adventure. Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s AT map (the trailhead and weather overlays are super helpful!) The trailhead we started from Gear I mentioned: Osprey Exos 58 (I LOVE THIS PACK!) MSR Water Filter (smaller and updated since I purchased) Gear Kinsey mentioned: NEMO Rave – … Continue reading Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 3)


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Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 2)



Trekking poles are tricky. I talk about how I use them to go up and downhill. If you’re interested in the Nature’s Call Merit Badge system, send me a Facebook message (just click the “Send Message” button) and we can chat about you’d like to see in the program! Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s … Continue reading Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 2)


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Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 1)



My wife Kinsey’s first backpacking trip! We stayed at the Moreland Gap Shelter on the AT. We met a lot of thru-hikers and even more sections hikers. You can hike the AT in bite-sized pieces if you only have a week or two a year to get out! Resources to plan your AT hike: Postholer’s … Continue reading Overnight on the Appalachian Trail (Part 1)


Caprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin



Tested out a new backpacking tent from SlingFin on this episode. David and I give a thorough, whiskey-fueled review of SlingFin’s 2Lite Trek. Guys, seriously, SlingFin is making cool stuff and they have been awesome to the podcast. They lent me the 2Lite Trek I used in this episode. David and I loved this tent. … Continue reading Caprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin


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Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight



  After a week of everyone in my office coming down with the flu, I got sick of fluorescent lights and coughing co-workers. So I ran away to one of my favorite places: Ouachita National Forest. Winter Overnight at Winding Stair I hiked a couple miles in and made camp under the rock shelf where … Continue reading Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight