No, Rec.gov Doesn’t Fund Public Lands

You know what’s great about Recreation.gov? It’s just so dang pretty. It’s got those neat, friendly-looking calendars that let you see which campsites you can still reserve exactly 45 seconds after the permits became available and exactly two minutes before they’re all gone. You can view high-res photos of popular hiking trails or campgrounds and... Continue Reading →

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Family Rafting 101

Published on May 24, with the NRS Duct Tape Diaries as the first in our family's Just Add Water series partnering with NRS and Down River Equipment. “No, it’s fine. We’re only leaving forty-five minutes later than we planned.” I huffed back into the passenger seat of our mini-van with extra huff, only to unclip... Continue Reading →

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Trip Leading 101

Published on April 25, 2019 with NRS Duct Tape Diaries So, you got yourself a river permit. Maybe you were one of the chosen few to receive a ‘congratulations’ in the mail, or maybe, like the rest of us, you refreshed your browser for the 605th time and snagged a cancellation. Either way, you have... Continue Reading →

Permit Systems Narrow the Gateway to the Outdoors

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 8, 2019. In the age of competitive online permitting systems and limited-use restrictions, digital expertise is, bizarrely, becoming an essential outdoor skill. While recovering from the 12-hour flu on Saturday night, I was participating in one of my daily rituals: refreshing Recreation.gov to see if any permits... Continue Reading →

Camping for Meteor Showers, 2019

Published on TheDyrt.com, March 19, 2019 Camping is the perfect way to watch meteor showers. For one, many meteor showers occur in the very early or very late hours of the night and being outside already is half the battle. Another advantage of camping is that campgrounds generally have less light pollution and less noise,... Continue Reading →

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