Patagonia Specter ($70-80) : Best All Around Shoe

There are a few things that constant hiking and backpacking for two weeks teaches you, and one of the most crucial is the importance of a good shoe. Which is where the Patagonia Specter comes in. We hiked through rain and mud, desert and dust, even bouldered and climbed and the shoe took it all….

Arches National Park

Arches National Park was a treat. Apart from the soaring temperatures that followed us on our trip the whole week, there were no other issues. Arches is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. It comes loaded with perfect bouldering spots that can easily turn into sport and recreational routes with the right equipment. Even if you are…

Big Sky in Nebraska

Spending a lot of time in Nebraska you learn a few things. You learn that Nebraska, along with a lot of the Midwest, changes temperature fantastically quick. During the Fall/ Spring/ Summer it can be 55 and rainy and in the span of two hours temperatures will soar to 88 sunny and humid. But my…

Monkey Bowl 2013

It has been over two weeks since this tournament in Nashville so I am pretty late in posting these. In between packing for this weekend’s tournament, in Verona WI, called Wisconsin Swiss I decided to post the pictures I had from the gameplay after I got injured. Anyone who has played Ultimate before at the…

Wish List: Revolights $250

Recently a company called Revolights has come out with a new and interesting spin (excuse my pun) on the traditional bike light. Revolights is a new company that through the benefit of a Kickstart campaign have been able to put their product in motion. I personally can’t wait to see what else these guys can do. Some specs on…

Spring Backpacking Essentials

As Spring is waning and Summer rears its scorching and unbearable head, it is important to note some of the essentials to make your outdoor experience all it can be and more. Being part of the First Ascent/Eddie Bauer Pro Deal program I am a little biased towards some of their gear but also being…

Wildlife Sample

Here are a few photos from my last adventures of some random wildlife. This is just a sample of more to come. The mountain goats are from a climb in Colorado. The blackbird, because I am not sure what type of bird it is, is from a small hike at a Nebraska State Park. Wildlife…

Best of Outdoor Retailers

This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are a couple here that I have frequented and supported for years, and a couple who I believe have strayed from their roots, but still have a solid product. As a fellow gear junkie I hope you enjoy, 1. The Clymb, This website is new to…

The Break is Over.

Well needless to say it has been a long hard and creatively droll winter. It was flurrying and about 25 degrees but last night marks one of the last cold nights of this winter. There are a lot of things I wish I did this winter. One being take more pictures, being cooped up inside…

The Outtakes

Every photographer has them. The photos that don’t speak to you, the ones that are just a bit off center, or that just didn’t turn out the way you had hoped? Well these start to pile up, so I thought since I haven’t had a post in awhile I would go through these outtakes and…

Remember the Weekend Escape

As it grows colder here in the Midwest, those of us that love the outdoors tend to feel a little trapped. As it gets worse we start looking for little trips and activities that can get our minds off of the prison that the winter brings. I sincerely believe it is important to not necessarily…