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Bombardier Blood

Hemophilia is a life-altering disease. Your blood’s inability to clot makes deep bleeding a huge concern, especially at joints like your ankles, knees and elbows. Someone with this condition could let hemophilia stifle their desire to push their physical limits…

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Ode to the Everyday Adventurer

So-and-So completes AT speed record. Such-and-Such climbs new 5.14 route in exotic locale. What’s-Their-Name completes first ascent of remote peak in a country I have trouble pronouncing. Model-worthy surf couple builds island home to live by perfect break. Outside mags…

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Adventuring in the Great Smoky Mountains

The outdoors are chock-full of breathtaking scenes, many completely unplanned. The sun breaking through the fog of morning. The perfect mirror reflection in an alpine lake. A pair of birds gliding together through a cloudless blue sky. However, some of…

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5 Reasons to Ditch Your Puffy

Sometimes you have to look in the mirror (or dusty van window) and ask the tough questions. This is especially important for the truths that are casually accepted with little to no resistance. For instance, why do we mindlessly start…

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Ode to Trail Workers

Maps, guidebooks and a few websites are devoted to a series of small squiggly lines. We study them, discuss them and spend our money to follow them. Anyone that enjoys a life outside spends a significant amount of time on…

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Camping For A Change

Think back to your first trip outside. The experience is nothing short of radical. The fresh air. The views. Learning to pitch a tent or build a fire. Digging your first cathole. Now reflect on how that trip changed you…

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The Eleventh Essential

It’s time to pack. Regardless of the adventure you have planned, there are a few staples that always go into your pack. Essentials that you need. But what if we told you there was an essential that you didn’t need?…

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Adventure Travel Makes You Better

Life is full of settings and circumstances that are full of valuable lessons. However, there are few experiences more ripe with lessons than adventure travel. Every moment of everyday has something to teach you. In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Explore,…

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Generations: Climbing with my dad

Over the years, our parents have helped shape and mold us into the people we are today. It’s also likely that they embarrassed and pushed us a fair bit along the way. Many of us spent a significant part of…

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New Adventures In Familiar Places

You park the car in the same spot as last time, knowing that the large tree will shade your car from the afternoon sun. You pass the signs at the trailhead and make your way into the familiar, wooded hills….

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Getting Schooled as a Climbing Guide

Guiding for a living has quite a few perks. You spend your days sharing your passion with others while simultaneously honing your craft. Life is slowed and simplified. Everyday is spent in the mountains, forests and rivers that people at…

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