Tips and Guides

Why Your Weight Should Not Stop You From Hiking

But how are those fears and beliefs helping you get started with hiking? How are they helping you get “fit enough?” Or are they just keeping you safe and afraid?

10 Hiking Myths And Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them

When it comes to hiking and backpacking, there are a whole lot of myths that are doing nothing but keeping you stuck. Which is why in this blog, I’m going to break down 15 different myths that I’ve heard people say, including what long time hikers are doing wrong, and what you should be doing instead.

Should You Wait Until You Retire to Go Hiking?

It’s something we’ve all been taught, and it comes from this hustle and never put yourself first culture. We’ve all been conditioned to put your life and the things that light you up on hold and only focus on them at the end of your life… if you have time to get to them. But is that a life well lived?

Best Trail Snacks From Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s has a variety of snacks and things that you’ll be surprised make a great addition to your adventure meals. Let’s go over some of my favorites to give you an idea.

What I Eat on a Backpacking Trip [Full Breakdown]

Figuring out what to bring on a backpacking trip can be a challenge, especially if you’re first starting out. Not only do most people not know what to bring, but they usually end up bringing the wrong thing. I’m going to break down what I eat on a backpacking trip to give you some ideas of what to pack.

6 Things You Didn’t Think to Google About Backpacking

If you could just Google everything, wouldn’t you already have solved it, wouldn’t you have Googled yourself more backpacking confidence, and wouldn’t you already be out there hiking and backpacking?

Top Tips to Reduce Your Pack Weight for Backpacking

There’s a whole almost sub-culture in backpacking that revolves around cutting your backpack pack weight. There really is something to be said for cutting down your pack weight and making the trip more enjoyable. So in this blog post, I’m going to cover my top tips for reducing your overall pack weight for backpacking.

Questions to Ask New Hiking Friends

Choosing hiking friends is like choosing a partner. You need to make sure you agree on important points before getting serious together. Which is why in this blog post, I’m going to outline important conversations you should be having with potential hiking partners.

How to Get a Good Night’s Rest While Backpacking

If you’re like most, you’ve probably struggled with getting a good night’s sleep while in a tent. Which is why in this blog post, I’m going to break down my top tips that are going to help you sleep better while backpacking.

Overcome the Fear of Sleeping Outside While Backpacking

One of the most common fears I hear when it comes to backpacking is that people are either afraid of the dark when camping, or they’re afraid of sleeping outside. Thich is why in this blog post, I’m going to show you exactly how I’ve coached thousands of others to overcome their fear of sleeping outside and of being in the backcountry when it’s dark.

How to Reduce Knee Pain On and Off the Trail

Through what seemed like an endless journey with my knees, with one problem after another, I’ve learned a great deal about how to prevent knee pain and knee injuries.

Beginner Guide to Trail Running

There’s no such thing as having too many outdoor hobbies. Trail running is a great way to train for harder hikes, experience some of your favorite trails, and push yourself to try new activities.

How To Prepare To Hike A 14er

There are 96 14ers in the US and hiking at least a handful of them is on most hiker’s bucket list! You’re pushing your body to new limits, you’re climbing high, and there are quite a few of them so you can really turn peak-bagging into your own personal sport for the coming seasons.

Keeping Your Feet Dry on Winter Adventures

When it comes to adventuring in the winter, one of the biggest mistakes I see people is not keeping their feet dry. When you don’t keep your feet dry, not only will your feet be cold in winter conditions and you’re not going to be having a good time, but you also risk frostbite and hypothermia.

Crampons Vs Microspikes: What To Use When

The biggest mistake I see people making is not wearing appropriate winter footwear, and not wearing any traction device to keep them from falling. This keeps you from slipping and sliding on snow and ice. Let’s over the difference between microspikes and crampons and what you need for what.

How to Find Hiking Trails

Finding hiking and backpacking trails is one of my most frequently asked questions. It seems that most people get stumped when it comes to finding hiking trails. Let’s cover how to to find hiking trails and then put it together once you do!

10 Essential Backpacking Tips for Beginners [With Downloadable Checklist]

Starting backpacking can be a very overwhelming experience. There are so many different moving pieces to try and figure out. In this blog, I’m going to cover my top essential tips that you probably didn’t even think about when getting started with backpacking.

How to Choose the Right Injinji Sock for You

There are so many different kinds of Injinji toe socks, different heights, weights, uses, etc. it can be a challenge to figure out exactly which socks would work for you. This is why in partnership with Injinji, I’m breaking down how to choose the right Injinji toe socks for you, based on activity, weight, length, fabric, and fit in this blog post.

5 Reasons Why You Should Hike in Toe Socks

After all this time, I only hike in toe sock. I’ve now expanded to running and snowboarding in toe socks. There are so many benefits to hiking in toe socks, and in partnership with Injinji, I’m going to break down five benefits of wearing toe socks on hikes in this blog post.

How to Choose Hiking Boots Depending on the Season

Over the years, I’ve seen many people wear the wrong footwear in general on hiking trails, especially during the winter months. In this blog, I’m going to be covering the footwear choices I make for the summer, fall, and spring months, and I’ll be explaining why I wear each type of shoe for each season.

How to Layer for Winter Hikes

One of the keys to getting outdoors during the winter months safely and comfortably is all about what you wear. In this blog, I’m going to break down the different layers, what additional clothing accessories you should consider, and different clothing recommendations!

Tips for Planning a Road Trip

Road trips are hands down one of my favorite ways to travel. It’s worth every mile. In my case all 25,000 miles per year! In this blog, I’m going to go over how to plan a road trip and where to stay on a road trip.

Tips for Car Camping

Car camping literally means you’re camping in your car! When the weather drops and you don’t want to sleep in a tent, or you’re traveling solo and just don’t feel like putting up a tent, or you’re trying to save money on hotels, car camping is a great option!


Whether you’re shopping for the hiker in your life who you just can’t figure out what they would like, or you’re trying to give your family and friends ideas of what to get you, this blog is here to help!


Hiking season doesn’t end when summer does. In the fall, the leaves are changing colors, the days are cooler, and the air is crisp. But fall hiking can also be a miserable experience if you don’t dress correctly. Fall hiking is all about mastering the art of layering to keep yourself cool, dry, and warm!

5 Tips for Hiking in the Fall

Fall is such a wonderful time to be outside. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooler, the air is crisp, and the mosquitoes are dead! In this blog, I’m going to cover a couple of tips to keep in mind as you head out and go hiking this fall season.

How to Eat & Stay Healthy While Traveling

Staying healthy while traveling can be challenging. At home you have a routine but when traveling, there is no routine which makes it so easy to let health take a back seat. After trial and error, I share what’s worked for me to get back to feeling good and staying healthy while traveling.

Tips For Making Road Trips More Affordable When On a Budget

One thing I’ve learned with road trips and traveling so frequently, in general, is how to do so on a budget. Whether you are planning a road trip to a local mountain range, across your state, or a bigger one like I’m on, this blog will help you plan a more affordable road trip.

How to Build a Responsible & Safe Campfire

As enjoyable as campfires are, it’s important to be responsible to minimize damage to wilderness areas and to reduce the risk of wildfires.

My Backpacking Packing Checklist

Figuring out what to bring with you on a backpacking trip can be one of the most confusing parts of backpacking. You don’t want to miss bringing something important, and there are so many different gear options.

Tips for Hiking in the Heat and Preventing Heatstroke

Summer is such a great time to hike and most of the trails are snow-free. But if temperatures are too hot outside it could also lead to heat exhaustion, then heat stroke and then possibly death if you’re not careful.

How To Get Into Backpacking [Expert Tips To Get You Started]

Getting started with backpacking can be very overwhelming. There are so many moving pieces with planning the trip, getting your gear together, and not to mention just the fear of doing something new! But just getting started doesn’t need to be difficult.

Backpacking Guide for Beginners

Backpacking can be one of the most incredible experiences, but also one of the most stressful. Not only with planning it, but also going as a beginner. In this blog post, we’ll go through beginner backpacking tips to help take the overwhelm out and help you get outdoors faster.

Your Guide to Snake Safety While Hiking

With the right preparation and awareness, snakes don’t have to stop you from experiencing all the amazing backpacking trips and destinations the great outdoors has to offer. In this blog, we’re going to talk about snake safety.

Your Guide to Bear Safety While Hiking

As a hiker and backpacker, it’s crucial to understand bear safety. Become an expert adventurer by reading this comprehensive guide on staying safe around bears.

5 Steps to Plan A Hiking Trip

Planning a hiking trip can be overwhelming, but it’s also part of the fun! You dive deep into researching the location so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you even set foot on the trail.

How to manage stress during COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

The last few weeks have gotten harder and harder. Every week is starting to feel like it’s a month long. After a week of self quarantining at home, I really started to feel the stress. So I decided to stop letting life happen to me and letting the situation control me, and start controlling my outlook and how I behave during this situation.

8 Things You Can Do At Home to Prepare for Hiking

If you’re an outdoorsy person like me now stuck inside trying to figure out what to do and how to navigate this stressful situation, just know we’re all in this together. I cover eight things that you can do now while stuck indoors so when this is over, you’re ready to hit the great outdoors again.

How to Stay Safe & Get Outdoors During COVID-19

Right now, you might be thinking it’s a great time to go backpacking, start on a thru-hike, travel to national parks and destinations that you’ve always wanted to see, but it’s not. The coronavirus is a multi-point problem.

Why you shouldn’t feed wildlife

You see a cute squirrel or chipmunk on your hike up to Half Dome and think nothing of offering it a piece of your protein bar or popcorn. I mean how cute it is to see this fuzzy creature eating from your hand. But these actions have a crippling effect on wildlife and on keeping them wild.

Packing List For A Day Hike

My complete list of everything I bring on a day hike with me. Use this list to understand what to bring with you and as a checklist when packing for your next day hike.

How to Snowshoe (A Beginners Guide)

Whether you’re just getting into winter sports or you’re looking to just have some fun outside in a winter wonderland, try snowshoeing! It’s an expensive winter activity suitable for all ages and abilities.

Getting Laser Hair Removal before Backpacking Season

I used to need to shave my legs every day, otherwise, I just felt uncomfortable ALL DAY LONG. When I started backpacking, this was honestly a thought that plagued my mind. So I turned to laser hair removal.

Supplements I Take On Hikes

I take very specific supplements based on my personal needs, I take these on the trail and off the trail. In this blog, I break down exactly what I take and why I take it.

Important Backcountry Permit Dates for 2020

If you have your eye on a specific hike this year, pay close attention to the deadlines and processes in this blog post. Nothing is worse than getting all of your gear, getting ready for this big hike and finding out you need permits that you don’t have.

Why You Should Try Skiing or Snowboarding This Winter

When the weather gets cool, and the trails get snowed in, snowboarding gives me something in the mountains to keep looking forward to, a way to experience the outdoors in the winter, and something to keep progressing on.

Why You Need a Bear Canister for the Backcountry

Bear canisters… they’re bulky, add weight to your pack, never easy to pack, hard to fit more than a couple days’ worth of food and scented items in them… but we need them.

Review: MSR Water Filters

The best way to get water while camping? You filter it straight from the source! One of the most common questions I see regarding backpacking is what you do about water. I get asked if I carry all of my water for a multi-day backpacking trip. The answer is no!

Review: MSR Stoves and Cooking Sets

Choosing a cooking stove system that works for you is as personal as choosing what you want to eat every day and which sleeping bag you need. There are so many options out there and it comes down to what you feel comfortable using.

How I Take Photos of Myself When Hiking Solo

How do I take photos of myself when I travel and hike solo? This is the most common question that I get, so in this blog post, I’m going to break it down!

How to Recover After a Hike Without Losing Strength Gains

Let active recovery be an integral part of your training routine, even during hiking off-season. This prevents peaks and valleys in your fitness level and helps you recover physically and psychologically from the stress of training and hiking.

Taking Care Of Your Feet on a Long Hike

Foot pain can taint even the most remarkable experience. So I’ve partnered with Injinji to share how I prevent foot pain on long day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, and even week long treks.

John Muir Trail Resupplies

On my thru-hike, I planned to be on the trail for 17 to 18 days, so I needed to plan accordingly. The hardest part is not over packing, really thinking about what you’ll need and what you’ll want to eat.

Injinji Toe Sock Review

As I got more into hiking, I finally stopped stealing my brother’s toe socks, got my own, started learning about the benefits like blister prevention, total foot utilization, and moisture management, and learned about the different fabrics. Now I can’t imagine wearing anything else for hiking.

Guide to Preventing and Repelling Ticks

Ticks can be dangerous, but don’t be afraid to get outdoors because of them! There are ways to protect yourself and your pets! Through my experience with ticks, I’ve educated myself on how to get outdoors safely.

How to Prevent Blisters While Hiking

I was in paradise but I couldn’t enjoy the place as much as I wanted to because of my horrible blisters. I have a couple of pain points that consistently get them, around my heel and on my big toe. Looking back, I wish I knew more about how to prevent them when I went, it would have made the whole experience more enjoyable overall.

Tick Prevention for Dogs

Since Sequoia was a puppy, she’s been very prone to ticks. A month after I adopted her, I pulled 14 ticks off of her in one day. From there, I quickly learned about how to prevent ticks on her and how to pull them out correctly.

Tips for Planning a Solo Road Trip

It’s always scary pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, but I believe that it’s always worth it. It shows me my strengths, makes me into the person I want to be and helps me learn more about myself along the journey. I try to not let fear hold me back.

How to Choose a Tent

Your tent is your home under the stars, a 5 billion star hotel, your summer home in the mountains… I could keep going. Here are things to keep in mind when looking for a tent.

A Guide to Backpacking

I decided to transition into backpacking because I wanted to be able to explore a certain area more and to be able to go further into the wilderness than a day hike would allow. The transition can be scary and intimidating, especially when you meet backpackers who have been doing it for 30 years. But we all start somewhere.

How To Choose A Backpacking Pack [Your In-depth Guide]

When you’re looking for how big of a pack to get, keep in mind the duration of your trip, how much gear you’re bringing, how much your gear weights, and how big it is.

The Ultimate Guide for Havasupai Permits & Backpacking

This paradise is nestled on the Havasupai Reservation next to the Grand Canyon and has become a huge attraction due to the turquoise waterfalls flowing against the bright red rocks of the Arizona desert.

Essential Guide to Food in the Backcountry

In the backcountry, food is fuel. Your body digests it and uses it for energy to help you make it up and over a hard pass, to the summit, to camp for the night, to your destination and then back to the car.

How to Choose a Sleeping Pad

Having a quality sleep system is extremely important in ensuring you get a good night under the stars. I walk you through the different types of sleeping pads and how to choose the right one for your adventure.

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag

Having a good night rest can make or break a camping trip. There are so many different choices out there that it can be hard to choose. I’ve broken down the different factors to consider when selecting the right sleeping bag for you.

Tips for Hiking Alone/Solo

Learning to be comfortable hiking solo has been an extremely empowering experience. Here are my tips for getting out there and hiking solo. It’s a process and your comfort for it won’t happen overnight.

5 Way to Efficiently Pack for a Trip

Since I head off on a backpacking, car camping or ski trip almost every weekend, I’ve created a system for myself to make sure that I pack efficiently and effectively on Thursday night to be able to just take off from work on Friday.

11 Things I Learned My First Summer Backpacking

I really wanted to be able to spend more time in the mountains, to go further than I could on a day hike and to really experience the mountains. So I gathered my gear, booked permits and spent the summer doing everything from short weekend trips to a 72 mile thru-hike. Also that summer, I learned a few lessons about backpacking that newbies may not know.

How to Make Ski Resorts Affordable

Winter is beautiful, but it can also be very expensive. Since it gets too cold to camp (unless you have the gear for it) and snow sports can be financially taxing, it’s really easy to rack up a huge bill even when you’re trying to save. So how do you save money while still being able to enjoy winter sports?

Getting John Muir Trail Permits For Backpacking

I break down the whole permit system, including permits leaving Yosemite heading SOBO, permits heading NOBO, section hikes and basically every way you can get a permit to end up on the John Muir Trail.

How to Hike and Travel Around a 9 to 5 Job

I see this question every week: what do you do for work and money that allows you to travel all the time? I am a weekend warrior. It’s a lifestyle and if this is something that you want to do, move mountains and make it happen. You don’t need to quit your job (unless you want to).

5 Ways to Save Money on Gear

Regardless if you’re a newbie hiker and just getting everything, or you’re upgrading 10-year-old gear that was handed down to you from your parents, here are the ways that I save money when shopping for gear.

How to Talk to Your Boss About Time Off

Whether your planning for the 221 mile John Muir Trail, just need a few days to go car camping in the Sequoia National Park, or you want 2 weeks to trek to Everest Base Camp, here’s how you talk to your boss about taking time off.

Planning for Mt. Whitney

When to go? Where to camp? What rules to follow? Sample itinerary? Read on!

Mt Whitney Permit Process For Backpackers & Hikers

With over 6,700 feet of elevation gain on the trail, Mt. Whitney stands at 14,505 feet and is the highest point in the lower 48 states. So you’ve decided to hike to the top?

High Sierra Trail Permits & Packing List

The 72 mile trail starts in the West from Crescent Meadows in the Sequoia National Park and runs to the East across the mountain range to the Mt. Whitney summit and down to Whitney Portal.

Using Supplemental Oxygen When Acclimating

In the last year, I’ve been more sensitive to altitude as my body take the time to acclimate. Boost Oxygen helps your body as your acclimating, almost like a supplement that helps the acclimation process.

Go Ahead, Use Your Vacation Time

Whether you’ve worked for a company for 1 year or 16 years, you shouldn’t be scared to use your EARNED vacation time. It’s part of your compensation package, right alongside with how much you’re being paid every month, your health benefits, etc.

How to Find Hiking Buddies

So how do you find hiking buddies? Luckily, this day in age, there is a great resource that you’re probably already using… social media! There’s a whole community of people who do what you do! You just need to get out there, find them and start hitting the trails together.

What You Need to Know About Filtering Water

The water looks clean because it’s runoff from the melting snow in the High Country. But waterborne diseases such as Giardia and E-Coli are common in our natural water sources, especially in California.

Getting Laser Corrective Surgery (LASIK)

In March, I finally decided to pull the trigger and get laser corrective eye surgery (commonly known as LASIK).  I wore contacts for 13 years, and if you wear them, you know the daily struggles. The next day, I woke up and I could see 20/20.

Wildfires: Safety Tips and Prevention

Wildfires, are harmful to humans, but they’re an essential part of the ecosystem. It’s just part of what nature does to keep itself balanced, and part of what makes it so beautiful. But what do you do if a wildfire starts while you’re on the trail?

Altitude Sickness Symptoms & Prevention

My head pounding, and no amount of Advil that I was taking was helping. I tried to sleep for another two hours, telling myself I was just exhausted. But I felt like throwing up and I was dizzy. I woke up my hiking buddy at 9:30pm, we packed up camp and hiked down.