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Chamberlain Basin Hike: Stanley, Idaho

In my quest to hike more trails in the White Clouds, I decided to do an overnight to Chamberlain Basin. While I had set off for other hikes from Fourth of July Trailhead before, I had never taken the trail to the South from Fourth of July Lake. This hike would be all new terrain for me...

Wildflowers at boulder chain lakes

Boulder Chain Lakes: White Clouds, Idaho

After having spent all of my backpacking trips last summer in the Sawtooth Mountains, I was eager to branch out a bit this summer and visit the White Cloud Mountains. I had read about the Boulder Chain Lakes long ago in an issue of Backpacker magazine, and was happy that they had such...

The Sawtooth Traverse: Stanley, Idaho

The Sawtooth Mountains are located near Stanley, Idaho and are known for their jagged peaks. There are hundreds of miles of well-maintained trails and hundreds of alpine lakes throughout the range. Having lived in Stanley for two summers and having done dozens of hikes in the area, I...

Summer guide to stanley idaho

A Summer Guide to Stanley, Idaho

Some of the many attractive qualities of Stanley, Idaho are the Sawtooth Mountains, the abundance of hot springs, and the quirky nightlife. I’m currently on my second summer of living in Stanley, and I feel I’ve thoroughly dabbled in what this slice of mountain heaven has to offer. In...

30 Things I Learned by Age 30

I’m branching out of my usual hiking related content today to share with the youngsters out there (can I use that word now that I’m 30?) 30 things I learned by the age of 30. I turned 30 back in January so I’m a little late to the game on this one. However one of my...

How To Snowshoe: a Complete Guide

Are you looking for a low key and inexpensive way to get outside during the winter? Or perhaps you don’t want to wait until spring to visit your favorite trails. Then snowshoeing just might be the activity for you. After having spent an entire winter season working as a snowshoe...

Biolite Headlamp 200 Review

The new Biolite Headlamp 200 is light-weight, rechargeable, and as cute as it is functional. Biolite Headlamp 200 Review Biolite is a company that seeks to bring renewable energy both to outdoor enthusiasts and off-grid communities. They provide both lightweight backpacking equipment and...

Makalu Base Camp Trek in Nepal

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is an out-and-back hike that takes about two weeks to complete. It goes to the base of Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is located just east of the more famous Everest region and reaches an elevation of 17,225 feet/ 5250 meters. Locals say that...