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Author: Mariah

I have grown up an explorer, a tree-climber, a questioner and an observer of wild things. I have happily translated these passions into a solid lifestyle of outdoor adventuring and a career as a field biologist. I have worked with bears, deer, elk, toads, bison, sage grouse, and bighorn sheep to name a few. I do what I love and I love what I do. When I'm not out in the field I can often be found writing about the outdoors, playing the guitar, exploring a new country, reading a good book, or planning my next backcountry trip.
The Unforgettable Mt. Taraw – Hiking in the Philippines

The Unforgettable Mt. Taraw – Hiking in the Philippines

El Nido, Palawan. Home to some of the most stunning karst formations I had witnessed in my lifetime. And I had just paid a modest amount of Philippine Pesos for a guide to take me to the top of the tallest peak, Mt. Taraw. I’m not usually one to need a guide but I was in a strange land and the strange cliffs seemed to provide no earthly way to the top. Have you ever seen karst? The sharp limestone…

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What to Use as a Bug Spray Alternative

What to Use as a Bug Spray Alternative

Spring is coming and though I am utterly psyched about the longer days, warmer weather and the wild-flowers that it promises, there’s one thing that I’m not looking forward to. The bugs. I am lucky enough to live in an area with fewer mosquitoes than many other places in the world, but we do have them, along with horseflies, ticks and other terrible biting insects. I am outside a lot and I’ve always taken a little bit of an issue…

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Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack Review

Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack Review

If you’re a longtime backpacker, you’ve likely tried all kinds of backpacks and found something that works for you. But one thing that old and new backpackers alike are bound to realize is that backpacking packs can get expensive really fast. If you’re just getting started and want to try out some shorter trips you may want to purchase a cheaper pack before you decide that you want to really dive in and invest in your new hobby. The problem…

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Synthetic vs Down Sleeping Bags – How Do They Stack Up?

Synthetic vs Down Sleeping Bags – How Do They Stack Up?

If I’m being completely honest with you I would say that I’ve always believed down to be superior to synthetic fills in most situations. However, inspired by the recent release of Nemo’s new FeatherCore insulation which claims to be just as light and compressible as 650-fill power down I think it’s time to take a deep dive into a synthetic vs down sleeping bags. How are they different? How are they similar? Why might I want one over another? We’ve…

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Lightning Safety in the Outdoors

Lightning Safety in the Outdoors

Alright, Folks, it’s time for another outdoor safety post. Spring is hopefully right around the corner and where I come from we’ve been getting a lot of cold, dreary rain. Although thunderstorms tend to show up a bit later they can occur at any time and this rain has put them on my brain. I do enjoy thunderstorms much more than this dismal weather we’re having however, it will hopefully be no shock (pun intended) to you that they can…

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Binoculars Buying Guide – Which Binoculars are Best?

Binoculars Buying Guide – Which Binoculars are Best?

Answering a general question such as, which binoculars are best, can be pretty tough to do. But, if you’ve stumbled upon this article then you are likely one of the many people asking it. So we have prepared this binoculars buying guide to help you answer it. Because binoculars are used for a variety of purposes including all types of hunting, birding, sports-watching, and even astronomy, there is no one size fits all for every situation. Binoculars will vary greatly…

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How to Build a First Aid Kit That Will Actually Be Useful

How to Build a First Aid Kit That Will Actually Be Useful

So you want to go on an outdoor adventure and you want to do it right. You’ve assembled some gear, you’ve done your research and you’ve bought yourself a personal first aid kit. Well, I hate to be the one to burst your bubble but, that little kit you just purchased from Walmart is most likely pretty useless.  There are a lot of dinky first aid kits out there that are just saturated with bandaids in a few different sizes,…

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Best Budget Sleeping Bags for Under 100 Dollars

Best Budget Sleeping Bags for Under 100 Dollars

We discussed the cream of the crop when it comes to sleeping bags in a couple of previous posts. And if you’ve got the money to shell out for it, there’s no doubt that any of those sleeping bags will blow almost anything else out of the water when it comes to warmth, performance, and comfort. However, even the cheapest of them clocked in with a price of over $200. I know that not everybody has that kind of money…

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The Forest Rain, a Lupine, and Me

The Forest Rain, a Lupine, and Me

Today the rain pounded relentlessly on my head except for the times when it changed to the soft feathering of snow. Luckily my jacket held it mostly at bay. My “waterproof” boots didn’t fare as well as they were assaulted with the dewy grasses and snowflakes that survived the long journey from sky to ground. But the forest is dazzling in the rain. It fills me with its breath and plants its icy kisses on my nose. Surprises drip from…

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Best Gloves for Winter Hiking

Best Gloves for Winter Hiking

Gloves can be a tricky topic. Because of changes in weather, activity level, variance in the tasks we need to accomplish, personal preference and even personal health issues (like Raynaud’s disease) there is no one glove that simply checks all the boxes. As a two foot traveller, you may spend all day, or even multiple days, out in the winter weather. As is the case with all your extremities, your hands can be quite vulnerable to the cold, and it…

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