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Looking For An Outdoor Guide Job? Here Are Five Things You Need to Know

Many outdoor enthusiasts consider themselves to be quite experienced in hiking, backpacking, or camping, and want to take their experience and shift it into an outdoor guide job. As a former guide and guide service business owner, I can tell you that there is more to being an outdoor guide than just experience being outdoors–although […]

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Why I Hike: Hiking Therapy

The storms of life. The agony of defeat. Rejection. Heartbreak. Death. We’ve all experienced these things, the banes of our collective existence. Luckily, we have a place to go and collect ourselves and return to wholeness as human beings. It’s called the natural world. Hiking therapy is real and it works. I know that most […]

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Great Campgrounds On The Way to Great Places

The TrailDirt crew just returned from a foray into Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California (again), and we have some information to share with our readers about campgrounds we stayed in that were “on the way” to some great places. What is meant by “on the way,” you ask? Well, it’s a spot where the day’s […]

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Southern Utah Short Film Is Stunning

This incredible short film, Journey to Skate Boulder, touches on all the beauty and magnificence that are the Canyons of Southern Utah. Watching it made us homesick here at TrailDirt, as we lived and worked in this country for almost seven years. The scenery, the places, the beauty of Southern Utah is perfectly encapsulated in […]

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My Day Hiking Checklist

When I go day hiking there are certain things that I wear–and certain things that I pack–in my day pack. The first thing I do is choose my clothing wisely. Fall or spring mornings? Choose breathable layers, like a polyester/cotton tee shirt, with a fleece pull-over I can remove when it gets warmer later in […]

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Ten Best Colorado State Parks

Colorado seems to be on everyone’s radar these days–and Colorado state parks are waiting for you to visit. If you are planning a Colorado trip that includes outdoor recreation, it may be a good time to review other camping options that are not the state’s more well-known national parks. Colorado has myriad choices for outdoor […]

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What It’s Like to Live and Work At A National Park

I don’t often write about things that may or may not be of use to folks hiking and camping, but I thought it might be a good time to reminisce about the three summers I worked in and lived just outside of Grand Canyon National Park. Many people that I’ve been following on Twitter spend […]

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Happy Birthday Ed Abbey

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 […]

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Here’s Why I Founded A Nonprofit

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. […]

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Airstreams as Stores

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 […]

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