Six Best Hikes in Virginia for Overnight Backpacking

Virginia is underrated when it comes to the outdoors, hiking, and backpacking, in my opinion. I know I certainly didn’t consider it to be a great place for hiking and backpacking when I first moved to Washington, D.C. But I’m so glad I was wrong. I’ve explored many, many trails in Virginia (with the exception of the far south), leading …

What to pack in a go bag for last minute adventures

What to Pack in a Go Bag for Last Minute Backpacking Adventures

Ever gotten off from work on a Friday and wished you could just run off and go camping? But then you’ve got to go home and get everything packed and ready to go… Then in the end you don’t go anywhere? Well, keeping a “go-bag” packed and ready in the trunk of your car is a great idea. Not only …

Coyote Gulch Backpacking in Grand Staircase Escalante

Backpacking Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase Escalante

I spent a few days exploring Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah back in May. The highlight for me was backpacking Coyote Gulch off of Hole-in-the-Rock Road… though it is technically in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, most begin the hike within Grand-Staircase Escalanate. This was a hike that came highly recommended by multiple people–I asked for recommendations on Twitter and …

Mount Stuart via the Upper North Ridge

Classic–one of the select routes chosen for inclusion in the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, one of just six in the Pacific Northwest. The Upper North Ride of Mount Stuart (9,415′, Grade IV, 5.9) is widely considered to be one of the premiere alpine rock routes in Washington State. Full Value–longer approach, glacier crossing, open air bivvies, 18 or …

Mount Rainier Kautz Glacier Climb

Mount Rainier via the Kautz

The Mountain. It’s a peak that looms large–both figuratively and literally–over the identity and psyche of the Northwest. I was born and raised in the Puget Sound area; I spent the first 23 years of my life there. I have no explicit memory of first seeing or learning about the Mountain, it was just always there. Like the water, salmon, …