is a website that publishes practical and useful advice for exploring our public lands on foot. We provide trip reports, gear tips, helpful hints, and advice for others wishing to experience their own adventures. was started by Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd in 2001 as a way to share photos and stories with family on the other side of the country, but quickly grew into a resource for people other than her mother. Articles are published on a regular basis with a focus on backpacking, hiking, climbing, and general adventuring in the backcountry nooks and crannies of the Western United States.

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I am not financially compensated for posts nor do I do sponsored posts. I may, however, receive samples of products for review. The origin of the products I review will be disclosed in each post.