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Platypus GravityWorks Review

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I love the Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water Filter! So much so that I decided to write a review about it. It saved our butts on our last desert backpacking trip. But it's not a completely perfect system, so this will still be an objective review. Treating your water is is crucial when in the backcountry and it's important to choose...

Finding Soldier Pass Cave + Seven Sacred Pools (via Soldier Pass Trail)

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Hiking to Soldier Pass Cave is an awesome trek to a tucked away cave off the beaten path. This "secret" cave isn't much of a secret anymore as it's become instagram-famous due to the fantastic photos taken at this location. With this hike you'll not only get to visit the cave, but also see the Devil's Kitchen and Seven...

Backpacking/ Hiking to Big Pine Lakes (via North Fork of Big Pine Creek)

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The North Fork Trail of Big Pine Creek to the 7 alpine Big Pine Lakes is definitely one of the prettiest and best hikes in the Eastern Sierras, and probably one of my favorites - once you get past the elevation gain and sun exposer. These turquoise lakes are absolutely gorgeous juxtaposed against the crags mountains. This hike is...

Hiking Boynton Canyon Trail, Sedona

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Boynton Canyon trail in Sedona is a popular box canyon that doesn't disappoint! It's one of the most scenic box canyons that make Arizona Red Rock Country so famous. It's an easy trail that's also shaded (big plus in the desert!) with very impressive cliff faces and a seasonal waterfall at it's end. Trail Overview Distance: 6 mi round...

Finding The Subway Cave in Sedona (Via Boynton Canyon Trail)

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The Subway Cave in Sedona is a not so well kept secret that has become an "insta-famous" attraction due to stunning photos that have been taken of this red rock cave in the mountains. I contemplated whether or not to write this post since I don't agree with how Instagram has contributed to places like this being overwhelmed by...

Buckskin Gulch Hiking & Backpacking Guide

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Hiking through Buckskin Gulch is an awe-inspiring, humbling, incredible, religious experience in one of nature's most beautiful cathedrals. This is a 14-mile trek through an incredible slot canyon, which is one of the longest, deepest, and narrowest in the US if not the world. Trail Overview Distance: 14 - 51 miles - varies based on route Type:...

West Fork Oak Creek Hiking & Backpacking Guide

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The West Fork of Oak Creek trail was one of our favorites in Sedona. It's a hike through a beautiful gorge which follows along the creek and provides ample shade, fantastic views, and the opportunity to do some exploring. It's a relatively easy hike with big pay offs and also provides a big change from the other surround red rock...

Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

If you like mud, rivers, slot canyons, awesome rock formations, and a vastly varied beautiful landscape, then this trip is for you! Paria Canyon offers some really amazing slot canyon hiking with a vast variety of terrain. The landscape and hiking here is similar to the Zion Narrows, but with almost no people (only 20 overnight permits per day). There...

The Devil’s Bridge Hike in Sedona

The Devil's Bridge is THE hike to do when you're in Sedona Arizona. Made very famous by Instagram, this is an extremely popular hiking trail with incredible views and an unbeatable photo opportunity with the iconic bridge. It's a pretty easy trail with beautiful red rock and desert scenery. While the bridge at the end is the main draw...

Free Dispersed Camping: How to Find Public Land & Free Campgrounds

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Finding free camping spots on public land is no easy task. Most campgrounds will give you a few square feet of your own space buttressed up against the next camping spot which could be full of a family of five with loud screaming children when entirely ruins the tranquil experience you were hoping to find by camping outdoors. If...