Here at TrailDirt, we have been tossing around favorite trail food ideas (I think we are hungry) for quick and easy backpacker meals. There are so many options from prepackaged dehydrated meals to stuff you can get at the local grocery that are light, easy to fix and pretty tasty. I’ve met hikers that have […]
You are a skilled hiker. You are pretty well-read when it comes to hiking safety. You know how to have a great day out on the trail or on an overland ramble. But are you ready for the unknown, that “black swan” event on the trail that could leave you out all night, unprepared? Don’t […]
Happy Birthday Edward Abbey! In remembrance of this great lover of the desert and of all things right and true and gonzo, watch this never-broadcast video shot in Arches National Park in 1985. It was shelved because a well-known broadcaster didn’t want an “eco-terrorist” being featured on his show. The film features the inimitable Ed […]
Geez, it’s always something. I know that all of my technology is secretly trying to kill me. Plastics off-gassing volatile organic compounds, my phone beaming death rays into my brain slowly but surely, and, of course, my car. My beloved automobile is waiting to usher me into the afterlife with one final horrific demonstration of physics. […]
This video of various landscapes in motion, mostly composed from excursions in the desert southwest, will get you in the mood for a camping adventure in short order. My favorite part is the thunderstorm–shot from behind a pit house in a rock alcove–wow. At three and a half minutes, this creative endeavor from Dustin Farrell […]
This op-ed was cross-posted from TerrestrialResearch.org’s Terra Blog. Support science and scientists by getting involved or donating to Terrestrial Research. There are many more problems out in the world than there are people who are willing to step up, latch on to an issue and try to make a difference. Most people simply don’t care. […]
The Trail Dirt crew had to attend a family gathering in Las Vegas during the winter months. We thought about places to get into the outdoors along the way, and considering the short daylight hours and distance from the city, we decided that Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area due west of Summerlin was […]
Airstream travel trailers are the most recognizable camping trailers in the world. Iconic, shiny, built to last, and crazy-cool, the Airstream brand has been inextricably linked with America and the outdoors since its founder and designer, Wally Byam, first used the name Airstream to describe his trailers in 1934. When asked why, Byam declared, “because […]
This story originally appeared in the Canyon Country Zephyr in August/September of 2004. Bill is still in the thick of battle against invasive species of plants in the canyons. I hope to catch up with him and get an update about his war on weeds this summer. It’s hard to believe it has been ten […]
You are out on a beautiful hike in the wilds of the American Southwest and you come upon a cozy rock shelter with pictographs, petroglyphs, and all kinds of pottery shards. Great, you think! An added bonus to the day’s outing in the form of an amazing archaeology site in the middle of nowhere. You […]
I was working with an archeological field crew made up of mostly 20-somethings fresh out of college and was surprised to find that I was the only person in the group that was carrying a first aid kit. I have to admit that in my 20s, I also felt invincible and rarely (if ever…I don’t […]
National parks need adequate funding to provide visitors with a great experience–and to protect these precious national treasures that we all own for future citizens. Parks, forests, monuments, and other national public lands are already running on the thinnest of shoestring budgets, trying to maintain roads, overlooks, bathrooms and visitor centers with the least amounts […]
Each week the National Park Service highlights a park to visit. If you have visited Joshua Tree National Park, share an experience with us in the comments section below. Thanks. Visit the Joshua Tree National Park official site here. Joshua Tree National Park – California Joshua Tree National Park is a desert park, a […]
Check out this technical canyoneering video featuring Grand Canyon National Park. Beautiful. Radical. Amazing. Wow. I can’t wait to see the entire documentary.
Technology for the Wilderness A friend of mine got a BioLite stove for his birthday and we couldn’t wait to try the thing out. I had seen this stove out on the web and was curious to see how it worked in person. It is a cool device and worked as advertised. We set […]
Last fall we went on a hiking trip closer to our home in deep southern New Mexico. Where could we go that had some nice topography? Why, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, of course–nestled right in the western edge of Texas. We enjoyed a great day hike on the Tejas Trail which bisects the park from north […]
Need a few moments (2:20) of calm and beauty? Watch this lovely video shot at Great Smoky Mountains National Park–or better yet, plan a fall trip to the Smoky Mountains to see the leaves changing.
Autumn is in the air, and this video makes us excited for the burst of color on the mountain heralding the new season. Nice photography, music, and just long enough (3:41) to get you in the mood for fall!
Fall is my favorite time of the year for hiking (see Why Fall is My Favorite Season). The weather can be perfect – clear, refreshing, and dry. The nights are cool and crisp, perfect for sleeping. The night skies are magnificent and darkness comes early. Fall is also the season for another type of recreation […]
With the arrival of the fall hiking season (see Why Fall is My Favorite Season), it is time to rethink my backpacking diet. And by diet, I don’t mean reducing calories, but changing the foods I pack for an extended hiking/backpacking trip. As the temperatures drop, your dietary needs change. You’ll burn more calories maintaining […]