Real Cost of the “Free” Outdoors

“The outdoors is free and most importantly the outdoors is open to every single person.” The second part of that quote is 100% true, but the first part.. well that’s a blatant lie. I’ve only embraced everything the outdoors has to offer in the past couple of years, so I definitely know the outdoors is not free. So why do we pretend it is? Playing and recreating outside and especially in the mountains can start off free, but it quickly goes downhill from there. A fact I can attest to first hand, seeing as I’ve gone from not even having …

Continue Reading

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite | Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite is by far the most important item I now take on any backpacking/camping trip. Arguably more important than my camera, backpack, or even water. If you’re anything like me, the worst part of camping is waking up sore in the morning, and that soreness has nothing to do with the previous days’ activities. I’m a side sleeper, so I’d wake up with a sore neck, shoulders, and back whenever I’d sleep on a foam pad, hybrid inflatable/foam pad, or other inflatables. Without exaggeration, I get an equally good sleep on this NeoAir XLite inflatable sleeping pad …

Continue Reading

Kayak Camping | Afterwork Adventure [Video]

After work, on a Wednesday afternoon in the summer, we packed up the kayaks for our first kayak camping experience down at Seldon Neck State Park in Connecticut. The campsite was absolutely incredible and made for a night I will never forget. Cherry on top… made it into work the following day by 7:30AM! It seems these days that activities like hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor climbing are reserved for those “free” hours between 5PM on Friday to 5PM on Sunday. We pretty much only allot ourselves a 48 hour block to have fun each week, which most …

Continue Reading

After-work Adventures: Why Are You Not Going?

It seems these days that activities like hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor climbing are reserved for those “free” hours between 5PM on Friday to 5PM on Sunday. We pretty much only allot ourselves a 48 hour block to have fun each week, which most of the time gets consumed by menial tasks that usually involve the phrase “work around the house”. It would be taboo to hear on a Thursday morning that your coworker went camping night before and still made it into work by 8AM the following morning, right? Why is that? It seems like we constantly …

Continue Reading

The Road Trip to Nashville: 3 Best Friends

The idea to take a road trip, got thrown around in a conversation we had in late October of 2015. The plan was to take a road trip as far as we could go, to do and see the most, with the least amount of planning, in the shortest amount of time in order to make it home before Thanksgiving. What resulted was a plan to drive to from New Jersey all the way to Nashville for a night. Thanks to Google maps, the route to Tennessee had plenty of stops along the way. I wanted to include some outdoor …

Continue Reading

Exhausting Weekend in Acadia & Bar Harbor, Maine

The part of Maine on everyone’s Bucket List, Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park. A place famous for fresh lobster rolls caught locally and a beautiful landscape that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Only a seven hour drive and 1 quick stop for dinner, at Liquid Riot Bottle Co in Portland, we finally arrived at our KOA campground around midnight. This would normally not be an issue, but when you planned to do everything that this island had to offered in one weekend, it was going to be a rough one. 3 hours later we were awake, headlamps on, dressed, and …

Continue Reading

TomorrowWorld Music Festival

Tomorrowworld, rated as one of the biggest and best EDM music festivals in the world, and it lived up to the hype. A trip that was planned by my friend Nick and I in less than 1 hour, back in March, after a failed attempt to go to Ultra on a one week notice. I’ve been dying to go to Tomorrowland/Tomorrowworld since 2013 and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen the aftermovies. This left me with 7 months of anticipation of going to a place outside of Atlanta, Georgia for 3 days that was going to host …

Continue Reading