Climbing Mount Olympus in the Heart of Olympic National Park

At less than 8,000 feet Olympus certainly is not the biggest peak around, but it offers an alpine feel rivaling peaks much higher… The trip was four days, about 43ish miles total round trip (17.5 one way to base camp). It includes marching through the rainy rainforest, and towering old growth forest dripping with moss, climbing from only 500 feet …

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 …