Kit Carson: How the West was Lost… by Winning It



Kit Carson is more than a man; he’s a distillation of the American West. He’s the sort of guy where the idea of him eclipses who he was. People started writing fictional accounts of his deeds long before he was dead. So-called “Blood and Thunder” Western stories could be had for a quarter back east. … Continue reading Kit Carson: How the West was Lost… by Winning It


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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


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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


Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)



Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the textbook definition of explorers. Let’s look at the life of Meriwether Lewis, a troubled guy with an ending you didn’t learn about in fourth grade. It’s a melancholy week at Nature’s Call, as, once again, I mourn the loss of a guy who died before I was born (shout … Continue reading Hot Stones for the Rheumatism (and Other Fall Camping Tips)


Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)



My buddy Simon and I hit the road to Arkansas. We parked at the Little Missouri Trailhead in Ouachita National Forest and camped for the night before heading out on our epic backpacking, hitchhiking adventure! Get on the trail with us in a series of trail diaries direct from the trail! Action! Excitement! Bears (or, a … Continue reading Trail Diary: Eagle Rock Loop (Bears! Eagles! Snakes! Hitchhiking!)


The Best Hammocks for Your Next Backpacking Trip



I get it. You’re used to sleeping on the ground. It’s nice down here in your tent. But there are better options. Loftier goals, if you will. I’ve compiled a list of backpacking hammocks that come highly recommended (either from my direct use or my scouring of Reddit and Amazon reviews). The Best Hammocks for … Continue reading The Best Hammocks for Your Next Backpacking Trip


Wasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories



Patrick and Steven jump into the studio with Cody to recount their favorite and scariest memories growing up in the Boy Scouts of America. They recall being placed in the “Turtle Patrol,” building a lean-to with Hollywood and Rabbit, and getting their pneumonia merit badges on Pikes Peak. Patrick and Steven both achieved the Life … Continue reading Wasps in the Outhouse and Hypothermia on Pikes Peak: Boy Scout Memories


How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)



John Wesley Powell, Union Civil War vet, amputee, and valiant adventurer, set off with his crew to do something that had never been done (and shouldn’t have been replicated). They navigated the Colorado River (and Green) from Wyoming all the way through the Grand Canyon. They did it in rowboats. Almost everybody survived. The source … Continue reading How to Explore the Grand Canyon in Rowboats (John Wesley Powell)