#HellHikeandRaft How it All Started

Getting ready to head into He Devil's Shadow.

Getting ready to head into He Devil’s Shadow.

Like any good story we can not skip the first chapter to get to adventure. If you would like to read a summery you can find that here. Before I get to the daily write ups I wanted to go back to the beginning and share the story of how this project got started and how we ended up with 12 adventures geared up with awesome gear backpacking and white water rafting in stunning Idaho. WARNING LONG READ!

Everything started with an email from Parker at Americas Rafting Company.  He needed help promoting this idea of a mixed backpacking and white water adventure. I scheduled a phone meeting with Parker shortly after receiving the email. On the call he explained what he was looking to do and wanted help with ideas on how to make this whole adventure possible. I told him that I would think on it and get back with him. Parker has an incredible love and passion for the Idaho wilderness and the rivers. His passion is simply contagious. When I hung up the phone I told my self that I had to help with this project. His passion pushed me to want to go to Idaho that very day. It was that passion that we would come to find out on night before we hit the river was that this was ARC’s first time doing the backpacking portion of the trip. The guides and Parker had all grew up or packed in that area and knew it very well. It was their first foray into leading a group of any size into the Devil’s shadow. (more…)

#AdventureMonday – 9/15/2014


Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday. Here are this weeks awesome photos. There were so many to choose from that It made it very hard to select this weeks picks. Thanks everyone for tagging your photos. Keep them coming and we will keep posting them.



#AdventureStories – Encounters with bighorn sheep near Jasper National Park

Story Submitted by Hank Vlietstra

On one of my bigger backcountry backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies, I was in the midst of 3 glorious days above treeline near Cataract Pass at the boundary of Jasper National Park. While descending towards Nigel Pass late one September afternoon, a large herd of bighorn sheep was going up the valley, right towards me. They let me walk down the trail right into their midst. It was pure magic – unforgettable. They crossed the river right in front of me, and the little ones were playfully head-butting each other right nearby. Wildlife encounters in the backcountry are always some of the most memorable parts!!


Do you have an fun, silly, crazy, or awesome adventure story you would like to share? We would love to share it! Submit your story today!

Sport Chalet Expert Announcement and Giveaway!



A couple months ago I was contacted by Sport Chalet and was asked to be a part of their new community and they named me as one of their Expert Ambassadors. This has been in the works for a little while but they wanted to officially launch their new community before we could really begin to share the awesome news.

The Sport Chalet community is mixed group of bloggers and employees who are focused on providing expert knowledge and adventures across several different areas. The areas of focus are Running, Outdoor, Fitness, SCUBA, and Cycling.  To be honest we are still learning what this program is and what the community is all about. I am very excited to be included as an expert but I am also very excited to see what this awesome community of experts can do.


Would you like to be part of the Sport Chalet Community as well? If you are active on Instagram and Twitter join the Sports Chalet community by tagging your photos with these hashtags:



What makes this program even cooler is that you can win some awesome prizes, gift packages, and trips. Some of the trips they are currently giving away are:

  • Visiting ASICS headquarters to get outfitted with gear
  • Attending a training camp coached by Deena Kastor, followed up by VIP race experience in NYC.
  • A 10 day trek in New Zealand.
  • Ultimate CrossFit experience
  • …and so much more. more

To kick off this awesome partnership with Sport Chalet they have provided me with the opportunity to give away a $100 and a $50 gift card.  All you have to do is use the widget below to enter to win. Giveaway ends 9/28/2014 at 12:00 am MDT.  Winners will be selected randomly and notified by email.

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Good luck and I look forward to sharing more of this awesome opportunity with you all.  As always Happy Trails!

Disclaimer: Gear may be given to me to review in the future I have received no compensation from Sport Chalet. All reviews comments and opinions are always my own.

Luci® Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern – Gear Review

Luci2At first I was not really sure what to expect when I was told I was going to be sent a Luci Inflatable solar lantern. After using it on several road trips in the past few months I have come to really like it. It is light weight, packable, and very easy to use.  The Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern by MPOWERD is made out of a durable plastic and is waterproof.

The Luci Outdoor inflatable solar lantern utilizes LED lights to provide two levels of brightness and an emergency flashing setting. To charge you simply have to place the lantern with the solar panels facing the sun. A lithium ion battery powers the lantern to provide you with hours of light for your vehicle, campsite, or emergency situation. It has a handle on each side that can be used to hold the lantern or  to hang it in your tent, RV, or house.  The Luci weighs in at only 4 ounces and collapses down to a height of one inch. The Luci pumps out a fantastic 65 Lumen of white light.

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