Wild, Rustic, Southern Backpacking: The Black Creek Trail, Mississippi

 

The Black Creek Trail is a scenic hiking trail that winds through the Desoto National Forest and the Black Creek Wilderness area in southern Mississippi. Named after Mississippi’s only scenic riverway, the Black Creek Trail runs close to the Black … Continue reading

Trip Report: Florida Trail: Loop Road to Oasis Visitor Center

 

It was mid Saturday morning when we reached the trailhead at the southern terminus of the Florida Trail. My brother and I had been planning this trip for a few months, and I was excited to be back on the … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Get Certified as a Wilderness First Responder

 

The Wilderness First Responder course, otherwise known as WFR, is an advanced wilderness medical course provided to professionals and serious recreational enthusiasts to equip them with decision-making tools and medical knowledge for use in remote environments. Wilderness First Responders are … Continue reading

The Benefits of Campus Outdoor Recreation

 

In the recreation industry, I often find myself having to “prove” the value of recreation and defend the careers of leisure service professionals. ¬†This is no small feat, and it seems that outdoor recreation, in particular, often receives the brunt … Continue reading

Review: Bear Grylls Yac Sac Expedition Duffel

 

If you find yourself traveling with your backpacking or camping gear and stressing out over how to get your gear to your destination safely, you may want to check out the new¬†Bear Grylls Yac Sac Expedition Duffel. Specs The BG … Continue reading

How To Mount Aconcagua, the book by Tripleblaze writer Jim Hodgson

 

Hi there. I’m the internet’s Jim Hodgson. You may know me from such Tripleblaze articles as Harrisonburg, VA: Hiking and Intransitive Verb Paradise and North Georgia is Tallulah Gorgeous. I went to Argentina recently to attempt to summit Aconcagua, the … Continue reading

Photo Blog: Backpacking in the Mt. Evans Wilderness, Part 3

 

There‚Äôs nothing like spending a few days in the wilderness with people who share a passion for adventure and the great outdoors! ¬†This photo blog series depicts the photographs that I captured during a staff training backpacking trip in May … Continue reading

Crafty Backpacking, and Other Random Tips

 

These are backcountry clothespins.¬† They were whittled by my dad to hold his socks and other freshly-rinsed clothes on our laundry line at camp.¬† I have to say, it’s the first time I’d ever seen whittled clothespins! Then again, you … Continue reading

A Personal Debate: Is it better to explore every inch of one wilderness area or to explore bits of them all?

 

Every year when planning our annual backpacking trips, the first and most obvious question is: “where should we go?” Should we go back to the Weminuche, specifically the central portion of the Weminuche Wilderness, that we’ve explored on multiple occasions?¬† … Continue reading

Photo Blog: Backpacking in the Mt. Evans Wilderness, Part 1

 

There’s nothing like spending a few days in the wilderness with people that share a passion for adventure and the great outdoors! ¬†This photo blog series depicts the photography that I captured during a staff training backpacking trip in May … Continue reading

Interview: Bear Grylls Extreme Outdoor Gear Line

 

Bear Grylls is known around the world for his outdoor adventure and survival knowledge, as well as from hosting several hit TV shows, most notably Man vs. Wild. Having served three years in the British SAS Special Forces, overcome a … Continue reading