The Packing Breakdown; Family Rafting 101

Published with NRS Duct Tape Diaries and the Down River Digest, DRE. After our trip in March, Casey and I reflected on how we get ready for a trip like that. Three days/two nights is not the longest trip we’ve been on, but it still requires a lot of preparation. Through the years, we’ve created... Continue Reading →

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Family Rafting: Risk Management

Published on NRS Duct Tape Diaries, and Down River Digest on June 30th, 2019 We want our kids to be safe, but we also want them to grow up loving the rivers and experiencing challenges. So, even though we could talk ourselves out of even leaving the house because of risks like bad drivers, ticks,... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Milton…

Published on the NRS Duct Tape Diaries, June 8, 2019. I glanced desperately from the clipboard in the ranger’s hand, back to my boat, then up to her expectant face. Did I have three oars with each boat? The feeling before I could muster an answer was the real-life equivalent of that dream where you... Continue Reading →

No, Rec.gov Doesn’t Fund Public Lands

A version of this piece was published on OutdoorProject.org in July, 2019. 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.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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