I'm the founder of Vestor Logic, the digital strategy and web design firm that created Trail Sherpa, ParksFolio, and Modern Steader. I'm a day hiker, top chef in camp, doting husband, and father to two headlamp wearing boys. My work in digital media brings those experiences to life.

Sole Spikes by Goat Head Gear

Goat Head Gear in Utah makes Sole Spikes which help hikers and backpackers get added traction on the trail.  These little spikes can be inserted into the sole of a boot, water shoe, or waders in minutes.  They provide added traction on ice and rock … [Read more...]

The Spring Into Adventure Gear Giveaway

It's the time of year when hikers and backpackers come out of hibernation and start planning their Spring and Summer adventures on the trail. We want to equip you for your next big trip. Trail Sherpa has teamed up with five other blogs to bring you … [Read more...]

Backpacking recipes for Havasu Falls 2012

Havasu Falls 2012 is fast approaching and since this is my second time I thought it was worthy of a few new backpacking recipes.  My first trip in 2010 was all about the experience and my nutrition came in the form of MREs and PB&J sandwiches. … [Read more...]

#1000Words: The mail mules of Havasu Falls

The #1000Words series highlights the images we’ve captured on the trail that tell a story that resonates with us.  As the saying goes “A picture’s worth a thousand words” and we believe it.  Share your images in the comments or on Twitter using the … [Read more...]

Wine Tasting: Red Rock Winery 2008 Reserve Merlot

I first saw this wine on the shelves a few weeks ago, snapped a photo on my Blackberry and sent it to a few hiking friends.  How could a wine with a cairn for a logo and a name shared by my favorite local hiking spot not catch my eye!  Look, I'm not … [Read more...]

#1000Words: Raintree makes old look good

The #1000Words series highlights the images we've captured on the trail that tell a story that resonates with us.  As the saying goes "A picture's worth a thousand words" and we believe it.  Share your images in the comments or on Twitter using the … [Read more...]

Sherpa Sites for hikers, backpackers, and outdoor brands

As outdoor bloggers, we are constantly looking for new ways to tell our stories and distribute them to the people that are interested in the great outdoors.  We've been discussing this process internally here at Trail Sherpa as a team for quite some … [Read more...]

#1000Words: Grand Teton National Park

The #1000Words series highlights the images we’ve captured on the trail that tell a story that resonates with us.  As the saying goes “A picture’s worth a thousand words” and we believe it.  Share your images in the comments or on Twitter using the … [Read more...]

#1000Words: Hiking with kids

The #1000Words series highlights the images we've captured on the trail that tell a story that resonates with us.  As the saying goes "A picture's worth a thousand words" and we believe it.  Share your images in the comments or on Twitter using the … [Read more...]

#1000Words: Are we really ever off the grid?

The #1000Words series highlights the images we've captured on the trail that tell a story that resonates with us.  As the saying goes "A picture's worth a thousand words" and we believe it.  Share your images in the comments or on Twitter using the … [Read more...]

Interview: Breadcrumbs – A GPS mapping app

We've been testing every GPS mapping app and plugin we could find here on Trail Sherpa.  And the results have been disappointing.  That is, until we found Breadcrumbs. Their web-based GPS track management app is very easy to use, intuitive for the … [Read more...]

Interview: Rafflecopter

I had an opportunity to use Rafflecopter recently for a giveaway we were doing on Trail Sherpa to accompany our first gear review of the Geigerrig Hydration System.  The promotion went seamlessly and one lucky hiker walked away with a new Geigerrig … [Read more...]

The Basics: 5 things to take with you on a day hike

I have been reading lots of stories of day hikes gone wrong lately.  I covered the topic of rescues in Yosemite in a post a few weeks ago. And this week another story of rescue hit the press. He went off trail and found himself stuck with no cell … [Read more...]

Safely finding and pushing your limits as a hiker

It's not always easy to find our limits as day hikers.  Some physical limits can only be defined in extreme conditions, maybe only under the harshest weather or terrain.  Mental limits can present themselves regardless of the conditions, terrain, or … [Read more...]

Geigerrig Hydration System

I have been a dedicated CamelBak fan for years. But with the introduction of the Geigerrig Hydration System, the days of cleaning the bladder after every use are over! This Geigerrig review of the 100 oz Geigerrig Hydration System will tell you … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Summiting Bridge Mountain

I first hiked Bridge Mountain in April 2010 and failed to complete the hike.  You can read about that attempt here.  I was out of shape, no experience with Class 3 climbing techniques, and fully exhausted after the initial 150 ft climb.  This attempt … [Read more...]

$2,500,000 to rescue hikers? I think we can do better.

A recent post on Yosemiteblog.com highlights the issue that the park is having with unnecessary rescues. Ill prepared and too confident for their own good, many day hikers are taking bold risks, betting against Mother Nature, and coming up short … [Read more...]

How do you measure your blog’s progress?

I spend my days managing the efforts of our web design team and conferring with our social media guidance clients on the progress of their online activities.  It makes sense that I would drink my own Kool Aid don’t you think. My team is very … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa Design wants to build your website

Trail Sherpa Design is a full-service web-design solution for anyone who wants to create an outdoor-focused website. We built Trail Sherpa to gather the stories of people who walk under the sky and sleep under the stars. Storytelling is our … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Pine Creek Canyon

Pine Creek Canyon in the Red Rock NCA just west of Las Vegas is one of my favorite hikes.  There is usually water in the canyon if you go deep enough and even at the peak of the summer heat the canyon remains shaded and cool for the most part.  There … [Read more...]

Our Team is ready to lead

It's been months in the making and we're just getting started.  But I am very excited to introduce Our Team here at Trail Sherpa, or at the very least the founding members. The concept I had in my head was simple: I wanted to build a team of my … [Read more...]

What’s the story of your first time…backpacking?

I'm excited to get out for my very first overnight of the year! Sounds crazy given how late in the season it is but we had our second son in May and it's taken me months to get back to level. But as I prepare to hit the trail with Trent, it occurred … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa’s taking a seat at the adult table

The coming weeks are going to represent a defining shift in the history of Trail Sherpa. What was launched as a hiking blog is about to become so much more. My team and I started Trail Sherpa nearly two years ago as a hiking blog where I would … [Read more...]

Mary Jane Falls and Big Falls Loop

Switchbacks, a half mile snow field, ice bridges, and crevasses - all in the desert less than an hour from Las Vegas! About an hour west of Las Vegas lies the Spring Mountain range home to the Mt Charleston Wilderness.  It's the summer hangout … [Read more...]