“What food should I take into the backcountry?” is a frequent question among novice backpackers. Us frequent backcountry travelers often get into a funk of the same foods that work for us, but still run into specific cases where we reconsider what we are optimizing for: weight, volume, tastiness, comfort, preparation time or price. In this post I’m going to crunch some data to better understand which foods are best for certain situations and offer my own advice from over 100 days in the backcountry.
The Yakima Skyrise is the first car top tent from Yakima. After owning one for a couple months, I have slept in this car top tent now for 20+ nights in desert campsites, county campgrounds, snowy forest roads and even a library parking lot. For the most part I love it, but there are several things I wasn’t a huge fan of. As far as I can google this is the only real in depth review of the tent that isn’t just blog advertising. This is what you’ll want to know.
Every day when I have some free time I load up mountain project and skim its slideshow for fun climbs. Or I read some cached article about some mountaineer summit and then explore the mountain range to find its treasures. I’ve found a rock climb that ends with a crawl through a tunnel behind a waterfall, a summit requiring climbing a wild knife-edge ridge like Matthess Crest topped with snow Gargoyles deep in the BC and I’ve gazed into amazing dihedrals with dreams of routes on Devil’s Tower. …and thats it. I dream of the future because in the present I’m injured.
I just got back from the largest electronic music festival in North America, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas which starts at sunset and ends at sunrise. I’ve been to smaller shows, regional Insomniac events like Beyond Wonderland and also large festivals like Burning Man (which isn’t really a music festival, but EDM is a big part). It was an expensive trip, but ultimately really worth it and a fantastic experience in terms of atmosphere, culture, stages and artists.
The culture of outdoor recreation has been evolving, but the software tools that exist for it have remained stagnate. I’ve seen about a dozen experience-sharing or trail-finding apps rise and fall while the majority my own research still relies on distributed blogs, word of mouth and in person training. That is why I created Pack List, the iOS App to puts years of knowledge and hundreds of miles of backcountry experience in your hand.
Every year the Banff Mountain Film Festival gets me fired up to push my next expedition even further and leaves me in awe of the modern adventures pursued today. I’ve attended every Banff Film Festival event in the SF Bay Area for the past three years and I love it! I promise you, watching each year’s favorite below will leave you with a new perspective:
Additionally I loved how real and relatable the GIFF felt. No expensive camera equipment, no fly overs, just a collection of diverse storytellers who feel like normal people you could meet on the street. With all that in mind, get ready to smile and laugh as I share my favorites from the 16 finalists of the GIFF.
When I started blogging in 2014 I choose Medium as my platform because it offered a great value-added proposition: A clean, simple interface and algorithmic promotion of my content to readers. After a few posts I was further convinced:
As a new blogger, Medium was like a drug at first. It was a rush to reach thousands of readers in just a few weeks. However, my 5th blog post bombed with under 50 views in its first week. What happened? I had no idea so I reached out to Medium on Twitter only to be completely ignored.
Millennials are now the biggest age group in the United States so it goes without saying that for a company to be successful it must know how to attract, engage and retain these customers. However, many companies, even new startups, are completely failing regarding engagement with this generation.
These failures are compounded along digital mediums, such as social media, because Millennials share, a lot. Therefore, their word-of-mouth can easily become amplified. Millennial Marketing really nails how important this interaction is in “Why Idea Brands Win With Millennials” by identifying the importance of the two-way conversation.
When I began graduate research as a Mechanical Engineer, I was thrown into learning computer programming for the first time and collaborating with subject matter experts in the virtual reality field. It was exciting, however it only took a few months before I began developing this feeling… A constant fear that I was among geniuses who would promptly disregard, ridicule and discredit me at a moments notice when they discover, with disappointment, that I was not as skilled, intelligent or knowledgeable as I appeared. It wasn’t until watching a fresh new graduate student explain this exact feeling of unworthiness to the senior Ph.D. candiate in the Ph.D movie that I discovered this feeling was common among those in peer reviewed and technical fields.