7 unique gift ideas for outdoor adventurers

Great fixed blade knife

Don't fall into the same trap this year.  Forget the hiking boots, new pack, latest tech gadget that you'll only carry once or twice on the trail.  Put your hard earned money into unique gift ideas for the outdoor adventurer in your life.  Here are a … [Read more...]

Wilderness Douchebag Identification System

Don't destroy nature douchebag

Every outdoor adventure attracts some type of douchebag that challenges everything you find sacred about the wilderness. This guide won’t help you handle yourself in such situations but it will help you identify the type of douchebags that you may … [Read more...]

Family Camping Gone Bad – How to Recover

Happy camping

My first camping experience as a first time mother, with a brand new family of three, was absolutely awful! Our baby boy was six months at the time and we had planned two camping trips for the Summer 2010.  We were extremely excited to go on our … [Read more...]

ParksFolio offers a snapshot of the National Parks

National Parks Stories

Killer photos and the stories behind them find a home at ParksFolio Our family of outdoor bloggers here at Trail Sherpa have a strong desire to explore and tell stories so it was only natural that we would create ParksFolio. ParksFolio is a … [Read more...]

Introducing Douzie.com

Outdoor adventure...one question at a time

If you seek outdoor adventure, then Douzie.com is for you We are very excited about, Douzie.com, the newest addition to the Trail Sherpa family of sites.  Douzie is an ongoing discussion about outdoor adventure. We set the stage with a scenario or … [Read more...]

Reflections of an Elder Hiker

Hiking San Jacinto

“Lines form on my face and hands. Lines form from the ups and downs… I'm in the middle, the middle of life. I'm a boy and I'm a man…” I’m Eighteen ~ Alice Cooper When I was a young lad I recall watching my father shave, fascinated with the process … [Read more...]

Create a Hiking Trip Plan

trip planning safety

 "Safety doesn't happen by accident.”  ~Author Unknown Safety precautions taken when hiking can mean the difference between life and death. Hiking safely means you sign in at trailheads, correctly know and use navigational skills, carry … [Read more...]

Diaper bags are changing the adventure of parenthood

The whole family getting out for a ski (kids comfy in Chariot) with the Geigerrig Mom Pack

Diaper bags are one of those things that every new mom decides she absolutely needs….and then often ends up in the back of a closet because it isn’t as functional as she wanted or her carefully planned baby organization goes out the window. Not to … [Read more...]

The Science of Sleeping Bag Design

Sleeping Bag Design - bag cell section

The science behind sleeping bag design is at once simple, and yet very complicated.  For many years sleeping bag designs have changed and evolved to incorporate the latest technological breakthroughs and use the latest innovative fabrics and … [Read more...]

Interview with TETON Sports designer Shawn Parry

Teton Sports Double Sleeping Bag

The new Teton Sports Mammoth Sleeping Bag My first sleeping bag was a substantial puffy cocoon lined in soft cotton, nothing like the gossamer light, synthetic-lined bags I carry backpacking today. In a less tangible way, my first bag made me feel … [Read more...]