Even in SoCal, it gets chilly in the winter. And if you're headed to the desert, it WILL get cold at night. So should you stay inside? Nope. Let's talk about ways to keep warm in the great outdoors that don't involve buying a ton of fancy new gear. Sleeping. To be fair, I have … Continue reading how to be warm in camp.
It was somewhat of a blow to my efforts to be outside more when I learned that a lot of LA-area campgrounds are booked far, far ahead. I bet a lot of people run into this: You suddenly have a weekend open up and decide to head out, but then you're stymied by the fact … Continue reading where to look for places to camp.
I am afraid of most things: mountain lions, bears, rattlesnakes, killer bees (that's a new one), getting kidnapped or lost, swimming, the dark... Man, I could go on forever. So I really felt like I was taking my life in my hands this weekend when I went on my first-ever solo hike. I chose one … Continue reading how to get through your first solo hike.
I love the ocean like you love your high school crush: I’m endlessly infatuated, but it doesn’t like me back. My name even means "That Which Belongs to the Sea," so it's pretty embarrassing that I always happen to stand exactly where the wave is going to break. I always end up knocked down by some smallish … Continue reading how to not be afraid of the ocean. (Pt I)
I think we can all acknowledge that the internet can be an intimidating place. But I hope we can also all admit that it's impressive magic that connects us in incredible ways. So, while there are tons of professionally-made YouTube videos out there that can make you feel like you don't have a place in … Continue reading how to learn outside stuff from the internet.
I'll be up-front: Bouldering is not cheap. Compared to other show-up-and-rent-footwear activities (like roller skating) I was shocked at how expensive it is. The gym I attend charges roughly $20 for a day pass. Great! You think. $20 for a whole day isn't bad! Sure, except that my upper-body strength is not great and really I'm … Continue reading how to learn to boulder.
It's a Thursday night after work, and I'm sitting on a folding chair in a classroom, thinking about my grandfathers. My grandfathers both loved cars, and they loved fixing them - together. I have a memory of my Grandpa's standing in a sunny driveway, peering under the hood, each one of them holding a beer. … Continue reading where to learn basic bike maintenance.