Many of you remember the Hell Hike and Raft Trip we had in September. 11 other bloggers and myself set out on an adventure in the backcountry of Idaho. We spent 6 days backpacking and white water rafting. It was such a great success that I will be creating the experience again through a company called Epic Social Adventures (ESA). With the help of fellow adventurer and co-creator of ESA Scott Gauvin of Hiking Forward and the most amazing guides from America’s Rafting Company we will create another epic adventure set in the beautiful backcountry of Idaho. Hell Hike and Raft 2015 will take 12 new adventurous souls into the depths of Hells canyon to battle the Snake River rapids, and backpack in the shadow of the Seven Devils.
The first Hell Hike and Raft adventure was more than I ever expected it to be. I am so excited to share this experience with a whole new crew of people. The adventure is extremely hard to put into words. It is an experience that can only be truly understand by participating in it yourself. What makes this adventure different than many other guided trips is that the crew members will get the opportunity to test out gear. For those of you bloggers out there that are looking for that next “big thing” or something to help launch your readership and social presence this could help take you to the next level.
If you are looking for that next “big thing” then apply to be an ESA Adventurer today.
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Even if we don’t get to climb and we just hike, I don’t care, I’m happy as long as we’re in the mountains. That’s what my friend told me a few days before we left for our first outdoor climbing trip. We were heading to the mountains of North Carolina with no knowledge of the climbing, other than what we’d scoped out online. No guidebook, no beta(information and advice about a particular climb) from friends, nothing.
After arriving in Asheville, we were smart enough to pop into the local outdoor store, get some beta about the area, and a guidebook for the bouldering at Rumbling Bald. 45 minutes later and we were at the trailhead, ready to get our hands on some real rock for the first time. We strapped on the backpack and crash pad and started trekking along the trail to the boulder field.
The first section was downhill that quickly turned into a quick uphill hike that lasted at least 15 minutes until we finally reached the boulder field. We climbed, hiked to different boulders, and repeated that process for three days straight.
At the end of our trip we had technically only climbed, but when I look back on it, I get the best of both worlds being a climber. I get to do what I love and climb, while also getting to hike. I mean the approaches to these climbing crags can be anywhere from a quick 5 minute stroll through the woods to a couple hours that allow adequate time to rethink the choice in climbing crags.
When you’re a climber, you realize that climbing and hiking are synonymous and you get to enjoy the best of both worlds at the same time. Sometimes the climbing even pales in comparison to the hike and the best part of the day is the hike.
Don’t tell my friends I said that!
About the Author: Justin Fricke is an office dweller by weekday and rock climber, hiker, surfer, cyclist, runner, and all around adventure junkie by night and weekend. The Weekend Warrior is where he keeps records of all his adventures, gear reviews, tips and tricks. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The past few weeks have been full of not so exciting happenings. I am finally recovering from a head cold. The ole Jeep is back up and running and “Cyber Weekend” is almost over. I am pretty sure that everyone’s inbox dreads Cyber Weekend deal emails. Since I have been feeling under the weather I have let mine go untouched for quite a few days.I am dreading having to weed out all of the spam to look for the important emails.
The Jeep has a new alternator and a new thermostat. So far, knocking on wood, the Jeep is running great after the repairs. The repairs themselves were not all that hard to complete. The hard part was getting all of the ancient bolts, nuts, and crews uncovered, loosened, and removed. I will gladly admit that I am not trained in automotive repair in any way nor had I ever really had an interest until now. My interest simply lies in saving money. The repairs if completed at a local shop would have cost nearly $500 for what they were estimating an hours worth of work. After a little bit of research and parts I managed to walk out of Autozone only paying $150 in parts.
The most exciting thing that has happened in the past week or so was a care package from Columbia. In true #omniten fashion an epic winter bundle was sent out to all of the 40 #omniten crew. Included was a booklet with photos from each season and everything that has lead up to now. In the booklet there was also a challenge and some very vague hints for 2015. It would not be a proper #omniten care package without some type of crazy vague himts. No matter what Columbia has planned for 2015 it will be awesome. I know that each and everyone #omniten member is excited to see what the fine folks at Columbia have planned.
The care package came at just the right time. I will be heading back to the frozen tundra of Iowa for the Christmas holiday. What makes this year more special than others is that I get the extreme pleasure and honor of attending and being a part of my youngest brother’s Eagle Scout Award ceremony. I am very proud of this exceptional smart and talented young man and have enjoyed watching him grow up. I am honored to call him my brother and to be able to call him a fellow Eagle Scout is an extremely larger honor. He will also turn 18 while I am there visiting. I honestly have no idea when the last time I was able to celebrate his birthday with him in person.
This month is going to be full of fun and celebration. Happy December everyone.
Wow I can not believe that it is December already! This week we have a great group of photos to spark your adventure wanderlust. Remember to tag your adventure photos with #hikingthetrail to get your photos featured.
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Looking back on this past year it has been full of amazing adventures. It has also been a year full of meeting and catching up with lots of amazing fellow adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts. This year I give thanks for all of the awesome adventures with friends old and new. Raise a glass of your favorite beverage and cheers to many more years of adventures with friends.