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3 Must-Do Hikes in the Smokies
With over 850 miles of trails and unpaved roads, including 70 on the Appalachian Trail, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to put your hiking boots on and explore! Here are 3 must-do hikes to check...
Good Gear Can Save Your A**
Check, re-check, then check it again. That's how I plan and pack. Whether it's for travel or hiking. I try to go as lite as I can but carry what is necessary. This trip was no different. I was antsy...
Peakbagging in Alaska
Peakbagging - “An activity in which hikers, climbers and mountaineers attempt to reach a collection of summits, published in the form of a list.” I got into peakbagging almost 3 years ago. At first I would just hike up mountains...
September On the Rocks
If you have ever traveled to Minnesota you get to see some diverse country, from Oak Ridges to farm country we truthfully have it all. Often, however, the far North part of Minnesota gets overlooked. Creating magnificent beauty that many...
The Worst Best Night in Olympic National Park
With 20 miles of coastline hiking ahead of us, we set out around 8 am. It was day two of our hike and it was about an hour later than we had planned on leaving. We had a fire this...
An Unexpected Injury
It was a Friday afternoon in May and I was sitting down trying to plan out an overnight hiking trip to knock off a few more of my remaining twelve of the New Hampshire 48 four thousand footers. With expectations...
Hiking Shenandoah National Park: A Weekend Guide
I’m going to start off with a little honesty: Shenandoah National Park really hasn’t ever been on my radar. I want to visit all of the National Parks one day, yes, but I always imagined Shenandoah National Park being packed...
Gotta Get Up To Get Down: 30 Mile Ride
Made the trip south from Washington to Oregon late this spring to ride some mountain bikes in Oakridge. This tiny town is slowly but surely becoming a destination on the map. Old school singletrack coupled with Cascade alpine makes for...
Dealing with Fear to Move Forward
4 years ago, on a beautiful summer day, I hiked up my first mountain in Alaska. It wasn’t easy, but very rewarding and so I decided to do it again. Before I knew it, I was purchasing an old ice...
Spring Walleye Season with Minus33
Minnesota is full of past times, from snowmobiling to the opener of deer season in the fall. There is one particularly close to my heart and that is the start of spring walleye. The season begins in the early part...
Human Kind: Haiti Trip
This past spring, I had the opportunity to spend a month in the Caribbean. The first three weeks were spent in Borgne, Haiti, a rural commune on the northern coast of the island. We worked with a group of women...
Training for the Trail with BenOnAdventures
When you think about going on an adventure, you may not think about how important training off the trails is. Or you may think “all I have to do is hike" to have a successful adventure. Sure, this may be...
Why Am I Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail?
My name is Rob and I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in March of 2018! I am excited to share my journey with you wherever you are in the world. I will be sharing a series of blogs...
Minnesota Bucks and Minus33
Preparation The chilly night air consumed me as I prepped for opening morning, for the first time in 15 years there would be snow on the ground for Opening day of Minnesota Deer season. It is always an exciting time...
The Ideal Adventure Partner
It might sound silly to someone who spends most of their time on well-beaten paths, but for some of us, coming across the right adventure partner can be as difficult as finding the right life partner. There are a lot...
A New Friendship on Lark Mountain
I met Tim through one of my wife’s long time friends. At the time, I had no idea that we would end up climbing mountains together. I was planning to catch a few silver salmons during the Fall run down...
Great Himalayan Trail - High Route
The Great Himalayan Trail... I heard that it hadn't been done solo before (later to find I was the 5th), so I derailed my plans to go scuba diving for a Himalayan adventure. The trail traverses the country of Nepal...
Colorado to Alaska 2016
As my first real backpacking experience the 4700 mile journey from Steamboat Springs, CO to Prudhoe Bay, AK was a trial by fire. Starting in the middle of May on 8 feet of snow, I began the trip that would...
Opting Outside for the Holidays
The holiday season is a time when, as a society, we all get caught up materialistic behaviors and other unhealthy habits. Less time is typically spent outdoors in an effort to prepare for the holidays. This Thanksgiving, I vowed that...
Wool Saved My Life
It was a morning like any other. Just your typical Upstate New York polar vortex bringing the air temperature somewhere well below zero. It was however, a gorgeous day with blue skies and green pines and there was fresh snow...
Weekend Slabs on Rainy Lake
With the fall colors comes some of the best fishing of the year. In northern Minnesota there lies a lake that holds some of the largest Crappies in the country! With Rainy Lake's beauty comes great fishing. The Crappies in...