Know where you can & can’t fly your drone when you go backpacking & hiking. Take a look at the rules for state & national parks, rec areas, wilderness, and so on.
This guide should clear up any confusion about how to poop in the woods. I don’t ever want to see used TP in the forest ever again!
There’s a lot of apps out there for outdoor recreation. I’ve used many of them and think I’ve finally found the best GPS backpacking & hiking app.
Keeping up with my evolution into traveling light, I’m looking for a new ultralight backpacking tent. Here are my top five picks so far.
Canyonands National Park near Moab, Utah is huge – more than can be covered in one day. Here’s how to see the best of it when you’re crunched for time.
This moderately difficult snowshoeing trail will take you to beautiful Angora Lakes and the Angora Lookout with views of Fallen Leaf Lake & Lake Tahoe.
Hiking in the winter is best done with snowshoes. But which snowshoes should you buy? This snowshoe buying guide will steer you in the right direction.
Kauai’s Na Pali Coast is a must-see destination, and there are many ways to do it. Hiking, boating, and flying all offer their own unique perks to see it.
Grass Lake, near Luther Pass, is one of the easiest snowshoe trails near South Lake Tahoe. You can make it as long, as short, or as flat as you like.
Any photographer going into the backcountry should be prepared to stay longer. These are the ten pieces of essential wilderness survival gear to carry.
Choosing a good tripod for backpacking and travel can be daunting – there are so many factors that go into it. Let’s break them down here.
Kayak Hawaii’s only navigable river, Kauai’s Wailua River, then beach your kayaks and hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls.
There are many ways to get incredible views of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, and the Awa’awapuhi Trail is a moderately difficult hike to get some of these views.
The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah, is one of the most infamous hiking trails in Utah, and perhaps also the United States.
The Cassidy Arch Trail is one of Capitol Reef’s more difficult hikes, but it takes you to an immense, impressive arch with some cool history.
The Navajo Loop & Queen’s Garden is best early morning when the light is great and the crowds are sparse – see some of the Amphitheater’s best features.
One of the more difficult day hikes in Bryce Canyon takes you deep below the rim to walk amongst the hoodoos with impressive arches and tunnels.
Two must-see trails in Great Basin National Park are amongst the easiest to access – ancient bristlecone pines and one of the few glaciers in the U.S.
Hiking to the Velma Lakes is one of the more popular destinations in the Desolation Wilderness. Here’s how you can find Upper, Middle, and Lower Velma.
Dardanelles Lake is a popular, relatively easy hiking and backpacking destination with multiple camping spots only minutes away from South Lake Tahoe.
Hiking to Fourth of July Lake is a great way to escape the more casual hikers stopping at Round Top & Winnemucca Lakes due to the climb out, and is also a great destination for backpackers.
This pleasant loop is one of the most popular in the Lake Tahoe area, with easy access to scenic Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes.
This short hike near Truckee takes you through Sugar Bowl ski area and up to Mt. Judah, offering great views of the Truckee & Donner area.
The short Capitol Gorge Trail in Capitol Reef National Park offers a little bit of everything – scenery, Native American history, and pioneer history.
One of the most scenic yet accessible trails in colorful Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah. So much to see in such a small area, and no crowds!
Hiking the less-crowded part of Zion National Park – the Taylor Creek Trail on the northwest side, ending at impressive Double Arch Alcove.
Seven Sisters Falls is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Grenada – the hike isn’t difficult and you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing dip!
Description of the Grand Etang Lake Shoreline Trail in Grenada. A great jungle trail for the adventurous types with a few hours to spare!
Bloody River, St. Kitts – the site of the 1626 genocide of thousands of Amerindians, and 1,500 year-old petroglyphs hidden on the canyon walls.
A description of hiking the many trails in Quill National Park, the first national park in the Dutch Antilles on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius.
The portable solar charger and battery that I wanted to love just wasn’t cutting it anymore, so I was forced to find a new solution and the Nomad 7 is it.
I think my new tradition will be to backpack California’s Lost Coast Trail at least once per year. This is how my second trip went, accompanied by video!
My thoughts on the new REI Dash 2 ultralight two-person tent after a summer of putting it through hundreds of miles of abuse in many different conditions.
The Bishop Pass Trail has some great camping opportunities before climbing Bishop Pass, then drops into scenic Dusy Basin, where more camping awaits.
For those backpackers wishing to shed ounces from their pack, it’s time to ditch the pump-type filters. Here are three lightweight water treatment options.
You don’t need a GPS-enabled camera to know where your photos were made. You can geotag later in Lightroom, and this will explain how, from a hiker’s view.
Descriptions of the two approaches to the tallest peak in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Freel Peak. Camping and opportunities to summit more peaks.
An accessible, very scenic hiking trail near South Lake Tahoe, ending at picturesque Star Lake. The lake makes a great rest stop before bagging Freel Peak.
Mile-by-mile photos and uncensored entries from my trail journal, for the John Muir Trail final segment from Mather Pass to Mount Whitney.
Choosing the Think Tank Photo Hubba Hubba Hiney camera bag and wearing it as a hip pack during a 200-mile backpacking trip through the Sierra backcountry.
Mile-by-mile photos and uncensored entries from my trail journal, for the John Muir Trail segment from Muir Trail Ranch to Mather Pass.
Mile-by-mile photos and uncensored entries from my trail journal, for the John Muir Trail segment from Red’s Meadow to Muir Trail Ranch.
My journey to lightweight backpacking, my discovery of the Gossamer Gear Mariposa, and how it worked for me on the 211-mile John Muir Trail.
Mile-by-mile photos and uncensored entries from my trail journal, for the John Muir Trail segment from Yosemite National Park to Red’s Meadow.
Tips and lessons learned from my thru-hike of California’s John Muir Trail, June 15th to July 4th, 2015. Permits, resupply, gear, navigation, and photos.
A beautiful hiking trail near Truckee with a stiff ascent to the tallest peak in the Truckee area, 9,103′ volcanic Castle Peak. Amazing 360-degree views.
A flat, wheelchair-accessible hiking trail near Incline Village, with views of meadows, wildflowers and wildlife.
Scenic and remote Price Lake is your reward at the end of this steep trail, with wildflowers and views of Slide Mountain and Washoe Valley.
Summiting Mt. Rose, Lake Tahoe’s second highest peak, at 10,778′ – but it’s not as difficult as it sounds and provides some fantastic panoramas at the top!
You should enjoy hiking around Lake Tahoe without worrying about bears. Here’s how to conduct yourself in black bear country.
I recently switched from being a long-time shooter with Canon DSLR cameras, to Sony mirrorless cameras for weight & space savings. Here are my initial thoughts.
A short, easy trail offering fantastic views of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe, with the special treat of a tall, vertical waterfall at the end.
Probably the most popular South Lake Tahoe hiking trail and for good reason…waterfalls, lakes, and views of the most photographed spot in the world.
Almost not even a hike at less than one mile round trip, you’ll still have to navigate some terrain for this scenic beach on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.
Some tips for getting more life out of your camera battery while on the trail or on vacation. Turn off features, use solar, and keep them warm!
In my search for the best portable backpacking stove I’ve stumbled upon the Esbit Solid Fuel Stove Cookset and think I may have found a new favorite…
This hike near Truckee will take you across granite slabs, past cascading streams, into wooded forests, and finally up to many lakes made of large granite bowls.
This scenic, fairly easy section of the Tahoe Rim Trail can be done as a day hike or an overnighter for those wishing to section-hike.
Skunk Harbor doesn’t live up to its name! It’s one of the finest secluded bays on this side of Lake Tahoe, but parking and locating the trail are tricky.
Am I giving up on Canon? Will Sony mirrorless cameras be the next best thing for my photography? Here’s why I just bought a Sony Alpha a6000.
The Tunnel Creek to Marlette Lake hike, via the Flume Trail, is the most popular trail on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. The views and terrain are breathtaking.
The easier way of getting to Marlette Lake – via the Marlette Creek Trail in North Canyon. It’s still not a cakewalk but is very rewarding in the fall!
The Spooner Lake Trail is one of the shortest hikes in the Lake Tahoe area, looping around small Spooner Lake, but is incredibly scenic given its length.
Looking at the key features of the two most popular GPS satellite messengers – SPOT Gen3 and the DeLorme inReach SE. Which one is the best travel partner?
Lake Tahoe’s Five Lakes Trail near Alpine Meadows is a great two-hour hike leading to some peaceful, small lakes in the Granite Chief Wilderness.
I took this portable solar phone charger with me on my last sailing adventure, and it exceeded my expectations! And for an amazing price as well!
When and how to keep your camera dry, with rain covers, waterproof camera cases, waterproof camera bags, and a few other important things to remember.
Backpacking and photography – two things that don’t mix for the weight-conscious packers. Here are a few of my own lessons learned to lighten the load.
Quick tips for visiting Machu Picchu & avoiding the crowds, the Huayna Picchu hike, and photos.
Information and tips for backpacking California’s Lost Coast, including the Lost Coast Shuttle, Lost Coast trail maps, and a lot of Lost Coast photos!
A description and photos of the South Lake Tahoe hiking trail from Lily Lake to Glen Alpine Springs, near Fallen Leaf Lake.
West Highland Way If you want to see the Scottish Highlands, may I recommend walking them? Hiking nearly 100 miles through bogs, freezing wind and rain, and clouds of midges may not seem like much of a vacation, but I would disagree. I wanted to keep going once I...