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Backcountry Gear for Dummies

There’s a lot to be said on the topic of backcountry gear after 25 years of tripping. I want to stress that these are all just my opinions and my personal experiences – yours will be different and only you can decide where you chose to follow a similar path to mine or forge something that looks quite a bit different. I also have to mention that if you are new to the backcountry it’s better to pack a little bit of extra gear rather than get into trouble with too little. Experience has to be earned, there are no shortcuts for that. In the end we’re all just trying to get away from the stresses of everyday life and into the calm of the wild. However you choose to do that must suit you and must satisfy the very reasons you’re out there in the first place.

Prairie Mountain for Dummies

After hundreds of laps on Prairie Mountain, I wanted to write a short article on the do’s and don’ts and tips and tricks for folks who might be headed to this small peak for the first time. This is called a “dummies guide” rather than a “beginners guide” for a reason. As an endless user of the mountain and various of its trails, I have some advice for those who might not realize they are behaving in ways that degrade the experience of myself and the hundreds of other hikers who come after them. The advice all comes down to one thing. Please. Don’t be a dummy.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I know that 2020 was a nasty year for many folks and let me say right off the bat that I am deeply sorry for you if it was a year of personal loss. I know many of you have lost jobs and some of you have even lost loved ones in 2020 and that sucks. I hope your new year is much better! I have to admit that from a personal perspective 2020 wasn’t all bad. […]

Adventure Photography – Gear, Tips & Tricks

I’ve been asked many times for some tips & tricks regarding photography and digital photography gear and while I’ve written about this topic a few times, the articles were getting a bit dated in this fast-moving world and I’ve decided to simply start from scratch with a new one.

Wilderness Canoe Tripping – Tips, Tricks & Gear

I have done more than a few wilderness canoe (and hiking) trips over the past 20 years and my experience has given me some insight that could benefit other aspiring explorers or even a later version of myself.

2019 Reflections on Explor8ion

I would like to take a moment to to wish all my friends and readers a very happy Christmas and even more delightful New Year! I guarantee that you will have a better time in 2020 than I was in the photo headlining this post. Bushwhacking through a recent burn with a canoe on your head is a guaranteed way to make you question your life choices. But doing such idiotic things is much more enjoyable when your 20 year […]

Praise for the Weekend Warrior!

Kudos to the MANY weekend warrior hacks like myself who may not exude much “stoke” but we definitely DO exude “life” – and more than just our own.

Perspective in an Overshared World

There is no right or wrong way to do life – there’s simply consequences for the choices we make throughout. Some consequences are easy to live with, but others – not so easy.

Digital Photography with an Eye to Prints

I promised Eric Coulthard I would tell him how to make his own panoramic wall prints, so I thought I’d share my printing secrets with the world. Arts & Crafts time on explor8ion.com folks!

A Gear Discussion – Going Light (and Lighter)

Invest now in good, light gear for the future and you will be able to use the same equipment for many adventures while saving your body for even more trips in the future.

How many 11,000er’s are there?

While browsing the web I recently came across a four part series on the topic of the 11,000 foot (and higher) peaks in the Rockies which I thought were interesting enough to share here.

Welcome to Explor8ion!

Welcome to my website. The intent of this site is to combine the best of my photography and my trip reports in one place to assist other explorers and provide inspiration.

Alone with the Night Sky – Astrophotography

I have a bit of a thing for meteors for some reason, and I’ve tried capturing photos of them before. The last time I made any real effort was a bit of a bust. I lugged camping gear to the top of Vent’s Ridge back in May of 2014 to attempt to capture a purported 1,000 meteors per hour from the rare Camelopardalid meteor shower.

Sisyphean Life Lessons

Buddha says that most of life’s suffering is caused by an endless cycle of human craving for impermanent things and states of being, which is dukkha – incapable of satisfying and painful. By trapping ourselves in this continuous state of craving things that don’t last, we are caught in an endless cycle of rebirth, dukkha and dying, or samsara. Only by attaining nirvana can we be liberated from this path of suffering.