Tag archives for national parks

These Two Patagonia Mapmakers May Have the Best Job Ever

In January 2013, I set out with my Maps for Good colleague Marty Schnure to create the first print and interactive map for the Patagonia National Park project. I was about to turn 23 and had just spent the better part of a year working with Marty to fundraise and plan the cartographic expedition to…

A Backcountry Recovery in Yellowstone: “These Horses Saved My Life” (Part 5 of 5)

“Life is very, very short. It’s up to you to fill the book of life with beautiful and interesting chapters.” – Veteran Ray Knell The short days on an adventure are often the most memorable. The days when you relax, soak in the experience, and aren’t constantly pushing yourself. The days that you really get…

Monumental Decisions: What is Wilderness?

The long story of wilderness, national monuments, and how America’s public lands are going to change during the last year of the Obama Administration. In his famed 1862 essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau wrote: “In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” That sentiment has resonated through the American consciousness ever since. The legacy of…

Kentucky: Visit Mammoth Cave National Park

Slither, crawl, and climb on the Wild Cave Tour. What Is It? With more than 400 miles of explored area, Mammoth Cave National Park boasts one of the world’s longest cave systems. The Park Service offers an array of tours varying in length and focus so you can pick the best ones for your needs.…

Hiking Below the North Rim in the Grand Canyon

More Hikes: Best Hikes in the National Parks >> It doesn’t matter how you access the Grand Canyon, so long as you actually get down into it. It’s too big to fathom just from above. Whether by boat or by foot, you’ve got to get into it. Matt and Agnes Hage and I planned on…

Falling for Zion: Hiking Russell Gulch to the Subway

See all our guide to the world’s best hikes and trails. Utah’s Zion National Park is a place of immensity; huge sandstone walls tower far above the valley floor, the sheer magnitude is unreal. Alas, tourists and tour buses are the most common sight to be seen here, yet there are places void of this…

Adventure on Hold: The Government is Closed

We have a bit of a crisis on our hands at the moment, fellow adventurers. Unless you’ve got your head in the sand, you’re painfully aware that the federal government has shut down. Federal lands are closed for business. Adventure destinations across the country are off limits. Go knocking, and the sound of your pounding…

Grand to Grand Ultra: Gear + Training Analysis – Run, Rookie, Run!

Editor’s note: This is a follow-up to September 18, 2012 blog: Grand to Grand Ultra – Gear and Training for a 160 Mile Backpacking Race  My feet were trashed.  I had excruciating blisters on top of blisters, in between, front and back, on most of the toes and pads of my feet.  My right knee…

Grand Canyon Float: Friends and Adventure—Two Things That I Love

My life moves from one trip to the next, typically a solo adventure documenting the last wild animals that we share this planet with. It’s a dream come true for me, without a doubt, and I feel very lucky to do what I do. However, the more time I spend alone, the more I realize…

Disaster Averted in Zion National Park—Are Other Parks at Risk?

Picture this: You’re exploring a pristine backcountry area in a national park. You’ve been huffing up a ridge for some time and are eagerly anticipating the view. When you reach the top, you scan the sweeping valley below you … and see a cluster of houses. At first, you think you must have wandered outside…