Category Archives: Backpacking

Raising Backpackers

Every year I’m blessed with the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in the backcountry with my kids. On these trips I get time without the distractions of our usual lives. There’s no TV, no radio, no ballet or ice skating or tae kwon do. It’s just them and me and it’s magical. While […]

From Fitness Retreats to Adventure Camping – Why Camping Can Never Be Boring Again

Throw away those s’mores and stash away the lazy reads next to a bubbling brook. Just when you thought that glamping was here to stay, a new craze hits the camping scene. The focus on personal health and fitness becomes more prevalent as a quarter of deaths reported in the U.S. is attributed to heart disease. With […]

Backpacking in Dolly Sods

First, I have to apologize for writing this up so late. In late September, I went with my girlfriend, Kristy, and our friend, Tommy, backpacking in Dolly Sods, West Virginia. Located near Seneca Rocks and a lot of wilderness areas of West Virginia, we decided to go on a three-day backpacking trip in search of […]

The 3 Essential Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge

Located about an hour from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge is a top choice for weekend campers and hikers. Ask any Oregon hiker for a Gorge recommendation and there’s a strong chance that you will be sent to one of the three essential hikes: Eagle Creek, Oneonta Gorge, and Angel’s Rest. Each hike showcases the […]

Outdoor Origins: Backpack Sixpack

There are few things folks in the Seattle area love more than hiking and beer. As craft beer culture has taken off around the country, the Pacific Northwest has become a hot bed of breweries and beer lovers. And those same beer lovers are often the ones taking advantage of Washington’s endless network of hikes— […]

Campstake Guide: Glacier National Park

The vastness of Glacier National Park is incredible! Its beauty is impossible to capture in mere words, and photographs only partially convey the wonders we discovered in this amazing corner of God’s great creation. It really needs to be experienced in person to be fully comprehended!

Off the Trail at Red River Gorge

One complaint I hear from time-to-time when talking to people familiar with Red River Gorge is that it is too crowded. While you will certainly encounter quite a few people, especially on a beautiful fall weekend, you can still escape the crowds if you are willing and able to be a little more adventurous. Until recently, our […]

Close Encounter of the Bear Kind

Thinking back over the last decade of my life, specifically the myriad of outdoor adventure-related parts, among my fondest memories include my short service as a backcountry volunteer with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I can still recall the all-day meeting we had at Park HQ, as new volunteers, especially our time out on a […]

Top 10 Camping Destinations in Virginia

When you think of an outdoor destination, Virginia isn’t usually on the top of the list. The Appalachian Mountains are old and weathered, not reaching the prodigious heights of the Rockies. The Blue Ridge Mountains don’t conjure up quite the same emotions of raw wilderness as Yosemite’s granite faces or Denali’s glaciers. What Virginia offers, […]