Home Page, Travelogue / 20.08.2018

I just got back last month from a truly incredible trip to Banff. My buddy Mike and I flew into Calgary, then took the Airporter bus from the Calgary Airport into Banff, where we bought the last things we needed (one more park pass, bear spray, and fuel cells for the stove), and then we headed up into the backcountry. The short version is that it was beautiful. We had excellent weather for the most part, and the scenery was as stunning as billed. Bummers: mosquitoes, poor trail maintenance,...

Home Page, Media Reviews / 08.02.2018

Trespassing is a highly-entertaining narrative of Ken Ilgunas's 1,900 mile-long hike along the planned route of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Ilgunas had grown tired of washing dishes for oil workers near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and was concerned with the XL's potential (and highly debated) impact on the environment. More, Ilgunas was interested in the bigger picture that the XL might exemplify: an addiction to cheap oil, without regard to what the Pipeline might mean for the environment (as well as how the XL might symbolize a broader systemic indifference to the...

Home Page, Media Reviews / 06.06.2017

When author James Campbell’s cousin, Heimo Korth, invited him to help him build a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, he jumped at the chance. But Campbell decided not to go alone: he took his 15-year old daughter, Aidan, with him. He had been promising her he would take her to Alaska for years, and thought that she was now old enough, and that the experience would be a good one. After two trips to the Korths’, Campbell and Aidan returned to Alaska for a third trip, this time backpacking...

Home Page, Media Reviews / 11.05.2017

Island of the Lost is the incredible true story of the survival and grit of the small crew of the schooner Grafton, which shipwrecked on the sub-antarctic Auckland Island south of New Zealand in January, 1864. The crew of 5 resourced teamwork and ingenuity to survive a year and a half--including two winters--in the harsh and austere conditions. Keys to their survival included the exceptional resourcefulness of Francois Edouard Raynal, whose impressively broad base of practical and technical knowledge led to their preservation and survival, by enabling the crew...

Home Page, Tips / 06.05.2017

[caption id="attachment_12954" align="alignright" width="300"] Harp Family in 2015 on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand[/caption] Hiking and camping with your kids is a great way to spend meaningful time with them and to get them hooked on the outdoors. It's also an activity that you'll be able to enjoy with them at any age, even after they're grown and have their own kids. Last week, I took my two boys, Declan (6) and Dominic (3) on an overnight backpacking trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Declan has been on many...

Home Page, Travelogue, Videos / 22.04.2017

Accompanied by my brother-in-law (a bona fide Kiwi), I hiked this ~70 mile (113 km) route over 6 days and 5 nights in March 2017. The trek itself was one of the toughest 70-mile stretches I've hiked, but the extraordinary scenery made the exertion well worth it all. [caption id="attachment_12596" align="alignright" width="300"] Westward into the Young Valley[/caption] After flying into and staying in Queenstown for a night, we caught a tour bus up to Makarora, and the driver was kind enough to drop us right at the Young Valley trailhead...