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Northern tamandua Corcovado

Corcovado National Park wildlife adventure

If you have been following my Instagram feed, you have already seen the best of my Corcovado National Park wildlife adventure. National Geographic called the park the most biologically intense place on the planet. This tidbit has been echoed on just about every blog post and article to the point of cliche. It is one that […]

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Byron Lake Huron National Forest

Huron National Forest Byron Lake camping and the morning of the swans

There are not a ton of overnight backpacking options in the Midwest, so I try to find all the options and try them out. I have hiked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, the North Country Trail through Pictured Rocks, and many more. I searched backpacking […]

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Ice Age Trail backpacking begins at a trailhead

Ice Age Trail backpacking through the Chequamegon National Forest

Hiking through the remote Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin has long been on my radar. I once interviewed several hikers who completed the whole trail, and they pointed to this section in Taylor County as their favorite. This speaks volumes since the trail will be 1,100 long when completed. After several years of the idea […]

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National Geographic Appalachian Trail

National Geographic Appalachian Trail map guides – Springer Mountain to Katahdin

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a gigantic undertaking. The amount of training, planning, and preparation needed to conquer America’s most iconic long distance trail intimidates even the most seasoned backpacker. The National Geographic Appalachian Trail map guides, due to all its condensed information, make the preparation and planning a little easier and more compact. The perfect guide book for an […]

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Arrowhead backpack

Arrowhead backpack review

Recently on a backpacking trip through Forest Glen Preserve in central Illinois, I tried out the Arrowhead backpack from Outdoor Products. I was quite pleased with the performance, and you cannot beat the price point. For this reason I think it is a perfect backpack for a beginner. Some people when they begin a new […]

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LuminAID lights

LuminAID lights the outdoors for adventure travelers

One of my favorite activities for any outdoor adventure travel trip is the campfire. Unfortunately, this option is not always available. In fact, in many parks in the western United States, especially in the fragile desert regions, campfires are not allowed. On my last hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, I was […]

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