Interview: Caving Advice and Guidelines

I’ve had the incredible opportunity to correspond with Jennifer Redell, Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about caving activities in the Upper Midwest and abroad.  As caves continue to see more and more activity, her expertise has proven useful in providing me with additional resources and advice to encourage responsible …

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Interview: Caving Resources and Information for the Upper Midwest

We have had the incredible opportunity to correspond with Jennifer Redell, Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about caving activities in the Upper Midwest as a form of recreation.  As caves continue to see more and more activity, her expertise has proven useful in providing us with additional resources and …

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Interview: Understanding Cave Closures and White-Nose Syndrome

Jennifer Redell is a Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.  The photos included here are from caving activities of guided groups in Southeastern Minnesota that demonstrate ethical caving activities in areas free from White-Nose Syndrome. Tripleblaze: In 2013, what caused an increase in cave closures (permanent/temporary) throughout …

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Opinion: Forget the Fiction: Live Your Own Adventure

“The average American household has more televisions (2.73) than people (2.55) and has it on over 8 hours a day.” (Minnesota Department of Health)   Hours per year the average American youth spends in school 900 hours Hours per year the average American youth watches television 1,200 *Table from StatisticBrain.com It’s undeniable: We live in …

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Interview: Brandon from Black Creek Canoe Rental, Mississippi

Brief Biography:  “I grew up in Brooklyn, Mississippi.  I began my career at Black Creek Canoe Rental as an employee driving canoers and hikers along Black Creek when I was in high school.  I continued to help them with this small family-owned business through college and afterwards.  Upon their retirement age, the previous owners decided …

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Single Female, Camping Alone

I am what you could call a bonafide solo-road-tripper. Each car that I’ve owned, with the exception of my current rig, I have driven to its untimely death–miles of smiles right to the end. I can’t get enough of the open road. Amazingly enough, with as many times as I have made solo trips up …

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5 Ways to Stay Hydrated

Water. Our bodies are made largely of water and without it, life as we know it would not exist. When backpacking, snowshoeing, camping, caving, or doing whatever sparks your interest, ensuring that water is available and plentiful is one of the most vital preparations that you can make. While out in the backcountry, it can …

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5 Reasons to Get Certified as a Wilderness First Responder

The Wilderness First Responder course, otherwise known as WFR, is an advanced wilderness medical course provided to professionals and serious recreational enthusiasts to equip them with decision-making tools and medical knowledge for use in remote environments. Wilderness First Responders are trained to be able to respond in emergency situations of many different kinds in backcountry …

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Trip Report: Backpacking in the Badlands

There’s nothing quite like your first backpacking trip. My first trip was in Badlands National Park in South Dakota, but it’s difficult for me to verbalize how amazing that trip was. Whether it’s the crushing realization of being lost or the overwhelming joy of accomplishment, the Badlands provided an indescribable experience. A long day of …

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Campground Etiquette: 5 Guidelines for Being a Great Camp Neighbor

One of the reasons I enjoy backpacking is because my friends, family, and I get to camp in spectacular places without fifty other campers nearby.  Camping in an established campground can be a great experience too, but it all depends on those around you.  Campsite neighbors can often make or break your weekend.  Here are …

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How To Really Rough It in a National Forest

Click here to read “Is Dispersed Camping Better Than Developed Camping?“ Dispersed camping requires a total sense of independence, basic survival skills, and a true desire to “rough it.” It may not be for everyone. If you’ve never been camping before, I suggest staying in some developed campgrounds first, to see if you enjoy it. If you’re …

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7 Tips for Camping with Friends

Pictured above is our annual Crested Butte camping gang.  Sometimes there are fewer, sometimes more, but there’re always at least four campers each night.  When you’re camping with another couple, or another family for that matter, here are some tips to make that time more enjoyable and less stressful: 1.  What’s mine is yours. When …

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A Guide to Trail Running

Sometimes the rush of running down singletrack trails, swishing past low trees and dodging rocks, is more appealing than treading hot pavement. Trail running is a great way to get an awesome workout in, while also spending time out in the woods. But if you’ve always been a road junkie, trail running may seem a …

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