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Category: Adventure

An awesome backpack food experiment!

A few days ago I was reading on some backpacking forum someone was saying that when choosing and packing food for a backpacking trek, choosing lightweight food should be your foremost concern. I think that is TERRIBLE advice. Who wants to eat crappy food just because it’s lightweight? […]

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Get a clue, Penn State!

This past April the big news for a few days was that Penn State had put the kibosh on the PSU Outdoors Club, a student organization that promoted outdoor activities like hiking and backpacking. According to Penn State University, it is too dangerous for young adults to do […]

Lose yourself in The ZONE

If you pull out a map of Mississippi and draw a triangle with vertices near Homochitto National Forest, DeSoto National Forest, and Bienville National Forest, it will encompass almost 10000 square miles (about 1/5 the size of Mississippi). This triangle is a wonderland of outdoor recreation spots! You […]

Leave no Trace – Leave what you find

Scouts have, since their beginning more than 100 years ago, been involved in conservation and stewardship and naturalism – but there are lots of things that Scouts (and indeed all outdoorsmen and naturalists) have done in the past that might not be exactly kosher in today’s environment. There’s […]

What repels insects and ticks too?

A while back I wrote an article about insect repellents, in which I mostly discussed DEET and citronella.  It is still tick season and the news media has been rife with articles about these horrible little ticks that can cause a debilitating, permanent allergy to red meat, so […]

Our journey to the brainforest

Our bucket lists are not just full of adrenaline jockey types of activities like parachuting or mountain climbing.  There are tons of other activities in there too – some more sedate, some more cerebral activities.  Our bucket lists are really more about experience and becoming – not just […]