Review: Tarptent Rainshadow 2

Despite what the name implies the Tarptent Rainshadow 2 is a 3-person tent. At 78" wide it can fit three 25" wide sleeping pads. Not many people use 25" wide sleeping pads, but if you did then this could fit em! It is 84" long. That's 7 FEET long. So, all you tall people out there - this tent is a good option. These dimensions make for a tent with a whopping 42 square feet of floor space. How much does this palace weigh? Only 2.6 lbs. Incredible.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

When my friend Chris mentioned this past spring that he had secured group permits (6-12 people) for Pictured Rocks this summer I was 100% all in on the trip. I had never done a group trip, so that would be something new as well. 4 days/3 nights/42 miles in the wilderness with people you've never hiked with before could be awesome or a total disaster. We'd have the maximum of 12 people on this trip.

The Northern Loop, Mt. Rainier National Park

Sarah and I started planning our trip to Mt. Rainier National Park last year by contacting her friends Nick and Jamie who live near Seattle and also love backpacking and the outdoors.It was to be our big 2016 backpacking trip and it definitely didn't fall short of how incredible we thought it would be. 5 nights/6 days of pure backpacking goodness!

Linville Gorge Wilderness

Linville Gorge Wilderness is an unwelcoming place. It is anchored by Linville Falls at the north end, which is a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But The Gorge is not the falls. It is not a park. It isn't friendly. The Gorge is wild, untamed, rugged, and at times dangerous. So, it only made sense that as someone who seeks adventure that I should visit this place.

NCT - MRT, Manistee National Forest

There is something so satisfying about hiking alone in the woods. With only the crunch, crunch, crunch of your boots on the path your attention is allowed to focus on seeing, smelling, hearing, and touching everything around you without distraction or interruption. I don't recommend tasting everything around you. Leave that sense out of hiking unless you know what you're doing.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Some of the best memories I have from my childhood involve being in the wilderness. Camping wasn't exactly my family's "thing", but in addition to having a cottage in Golden Lake, Ontario we also went camping once in Algonquin Provincial Park and as a teenager we did an RV camping trip through the Canadian Rockies. My time spent on these trips and especially my time spent at the cottage gave me a love of the outdoors that I've been able to expand on as an adult.