Hell Hike and Raft: Goo, Boobs, and Stinky Feet

You heard me right. This review is about goo, boobs, and sweaty, stinky feet. And I know you’re probably bracing yourself for what’s ahead and grateful the internet doesn’t come with Smell-O-Vision. The crew members of the Hell Hike and Raft received a variety of products to test on our journey. There were core items like our Teton Sport packs …

Hell Hike and Raft: Teton Sports Hiker3700

As members of the Hell Hike and Raft, we all received the Teton Sports Hiker 3700 backpack. Given that my previous backpack was a big “Old School” beast from the 90s, I skipped just a few generations of gear technology improvements, so exploring this new offering was quite a treat. Specs and features… The nuts and bolts are as follows …

Hell Hike and Raft: Camp Life

Now that you’ve read about the hiking (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and rafting of the Hell Hike and Raft, I thought it would be fun to share what camp life was like. As much fun as the hiking and rafting were, camp life was equally entertaining and a big portion of what made this adventure so wonderful. So …

Hell Hike and Raft: The Snake River

In the last Hell Hike and Raft episode I mentioned that after the brutal third day of hiking, the waters of the Snake River were more than comforting, they were rejuvenating. We embraced the new rhythm of the trip but it was an abrupt change from the challenge of the hike to floating down the river, basically in the lap …

Celebrating Winter

Here in the Peach State, winter is a conundrum. The respite from summer’s brutal heat is welcome yet we don’t have the benefit of snow to liven up our outdoor adventures. In fact, snow here is quite catastrophic… just sayin’. But as hard as cold, rainy, dreary winter weeks like this one has been, I still actually appreciate winter in …

Your New Adventure Hub: Outdoor Families Magazine

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For the better part of 2014, there has been a fabulous project brewing… and the rubber hits the road this Thursday. On January 15th, Outdoor Families Magazine goes live. Powerhouse outdoor family community leaders Jennifer Fontaine (Mommy Hiker), Erin Kirkland (AK on the Go), and Traci Lehman (Walk Simply) have headed the charge to bring you Outdoor Families Magazine, a …

Hell Hike and Raft: Hydration

The Hell Hike and Raft had a lot of great sponsors. Figuring out how to share it all with you has been a bit daunting. But since I’ve finished the story of the hiking portion of the trip when staying hydrated was an individual matter, it’s a good time to break down the products we used that had to do …

Hell Hike and Raft: The Seven Devils – Part 3

Remember how I said that on Day 2 I began loving this journey? Well on Day 3, we finally found out what the “hell” part of the Hell Hike and Raft was all about. Frozen… We awoke to freezing temperatures. Being from the Deep South, it’s not something I’m accustomed to dealing with often and to such extremes. With frigid …

Hell Hike and Raft: The Seven Devils – Part 2

After a demanding but exhilarating first day of the Hell Hike and Raft, you’d think I would have slept soundly. Not so much. My first night nestled in the forest of the Seven Devils was fitful. But that’s normal for me. It’s part of what makes me not a morning person. But if there’s anything that can take the sting …

Hell Hike and Raft: The Seven Devils – Part 1

Last time around, I talked about the beginning of the Hell Hike and Raft, what it took to prepare, and some of the logistics involved. Now we get to the good stuff, the actual adventure. The funny part about this trip for me was that prior to June of this year, I’d never set foot in the state of Idaho. …