Going with the Flow - Part 1
Whether from it falling constantly from the sky, the mud never drying out, or people constantly posting memes on Facebook the rain has been an ever present fact of life these last 6 months. Hikers have had to wear hip waders, mountain bikers have outfitted their bikes to use paddle wheels instead of tires, and whitewater kayakers have been the happiest they’ve been in ages.
The doldrums of winter are in full swing, and while the occasional day of sunshine and spring temperatures breaks the cabin fever, you’re still waiting for long stretches of good weather for an adventure. And if you don’t want to go outside, sometimes the best thing is to stretch out on the couch and either read a great book, or watch a video that excites you.
Ah January; when gyms see spikes in memberships, bad habits are put to the side, and lots of plans are made of which very few are done by December. I’m a little cynical about New Years resolutions (if it’s a beneficial change to your life, just start when the epiphany strikes) but there are definitely benefits to sitting down and considering, well, everything.
Triangle of Adventure
If you look at my map of the southeast, I have a large red thumbtack directly over my house. Around that thumbtack are a series of concentric circles with a radius of 50, 100, 150, and 200 miles, roughly equating to 1, 2, 3, and 4 hours of drivetime. Depending on my days off, whether I’m looking for a quick weekend trip or a solid 4 days of adventure, I look at my options inside those rings of concentric circles.
My Favorite Gear: Fall 2018
Few experiences can make you more critical of a piece of gear than using it for two weeks straight. At the end of August, I took a 17 day trip through New England, camping for most of the time in New Hampshire and Maine. Some gear flew with us there, more was purchased after landing, and the results were a mixed bag. While we had tested most of our gear on 3 and 4 day camping trips, by the second week I had gear that I loved and gear that I couldn’t wait to throw off the nearest cliff.
If you're picking up this magazine for the first time, you may not know me so consider this an introduction. If you have read YC before, welcome back friend, and let's catch up a little. It's been nearly a year and a half since the last issue was published, and I would like to take a moment to talk about Bill Henson who's passing put a temporary halt to this York County institution.
What is Camping?
I recently had a buddy go on a rant on how people in RVs couldn’t consider themselves campers, that these glampers, a recent term for “glamorous camping” weren’t really camping at all. Chuckling, I reminded him that his expedition level Jeep complete with off-road trailer, rooftop tent, refrigerator, heater, AC, could probably be considered an RV. Camping has not had a definition update in a very long time, and this creates friction and a sense of superiority among the different classes of campers. T
March and spring are finally here; well you could say that spring started unusually early this year with the kind of weather we had in February. Now at least I'm not as scared to plan a trip on the weekends for fear of cold weather and the daylight hours are getting long enough so I can grab some adventure for a bit after my workday is done.
Properly Fitting a Backpack
My wife recently went on a 45 minute diatribe about how hard it is to get a properly fitted bra; she threw around a lot of big words, most of which I have no clue what they mean, but she did get across the point that an ill fitting bra was as near to hell on earth that you could get.
In Search of Quiet
Quiet is something of a rarity now a days. I’m writing this before the results of the election, but I'm sure that no matter the result the noise will be reaching a crescendo on the TV, on the radio, on social media. Noise, flashing lights, and images pour out of every outlet to where it overwhelms you, trapping you and demanding your attention and response....
Tips and Tricks to Better Tent Life
Walking into the woods, carrying everything needed to stop you from dying, is a daunting prospect. Sleeping in a tent where bears, cougars, and hillbillies can get you is terrifying if you’ve never done it before. Starvation, dehydration, floods and sunstroke, broken legs and hungry coyotes are all the hidden terrors that reign supreme in our thoughts for what can go wrong.
The Adventures of Tiny Hippo
A friend of mine from a previous job messaged me out of the blue to say that she had just received notice the company was laying her off at the end of February and giving her 3 months of severance pay. While that is never good news for anyone, her immediate reaction was to follow a dream of hers since college which was to hike as much of the Appalachian Trail as possible, starting at the southern terminus Springer Mountain.