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Increased well-being

Spending time outdoors has been shown to:

  • improve self-esteem and mood
  • reduce anxiety, anger, and frustration
  • make you feel better mentally

Improved cognitive Ability

Interacting with nature helps reduce mental fatigue and improve:

  • ability to perform tasks
  • productivity
  • overall ability to function

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Feel better Physically

Enjoy physical benefits:

  • reduced stress and blood pressure
  • not getting sick as often
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9 Pro Thru-Hiking Tips from a Triple Crown Thru-Hiker

I met with Dan Herr, a Triple Crowner. Here are his top 9 pro thru-hiking tips. He warns that doing one wil make you want to do more.

PCT 2023 Training Hike

My First PCT Training Hike I got my first PCT 2023 training hike in about 2 months out from my start date. One of my primary goals of thru-hiking the PCT is to not die of being sore (learn more about why I'm taking an extended backcountry vacation here). I'm glad I...

PCT 2023 Thru-Hike Countdown

PCT 2023 Thru-Hike Countdown My PCT 2023 thru-hike is rapidly approaching. Get excited with me. This is going to be my best summer ever! Learn more about my why for hiking the PCT here. Here is the countdown to my April 12, 2023 start date. When & WhereIt's all...

Why I’m Hiking the PCT – Listening To That Little Voice In My Head

Why hike the PCT? Taking 6 months to walk for hours per day with a heavy pack, sleep on the ground, go to the bathroom outside, eat dehydrated meals, and not shower for days seems absolutely nuts to many people. Why would anyone choose this? Hiking the PCT is deeply...

Hike to the Lookout, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Why hike to Tom’s Thumb with you can hike to the Lookout? The views are even better, the trail is fantasic and there are less people!

Dispersed Camping Fire Control Road (NF-64), Payson, AZ

The dispersed camping along Fire Control Road (NF-64) in Payson, AZ, is great! There are quiet sites with great views. Read more here!

Piestewa Vs Camelback? Which Should You Hike?

Piestewa vs Camelback? Not sure which one you should hike? Read this article to help you decide. Hint: they both have pros and cons!

Natural Tunnel Via Dirt Road Trail Hike, South Mountain Preserve

Hiking to the Natural Tunnel via the Dirt Road Trail starts out lame (you’re on a dirt road) but quickly turns into a sweet hike. Learn more!

Latigo Chuckwagon Loop Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Latigo Chuckwagon Loop Hike is the best hike starting from the Brown’s Mountain trailhead. It is not as busy and has great views!

Sunrise Trail Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Sunrise Trail Hike has a lot to offer: some elevation but not too much, SUPERB views, and not too far outside the city! Read more here.