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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)


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Chocolate Pudding in a Thunder Storm



Allison Haskell is a backpacking instructor at my local REI. She was cool enough to come by and talk to us about our own outdoor journey AND the history of America’s first long-distance hiking trail, Vermont’s Long Trail. You can find her on Instagram (@thewildhaskell) Join the Nature’s Call Patreon Community (be a Wild Mark!) … Continue reading Chocolate Pudding in a Thunder Storm


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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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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


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