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 …

2014: Real Adventure. Real Life.

Seems it’s that time again… to review one year before beginning another. With the 2015 calendar staring at us and inspiring introspection, I marvel at what 2014 held for me as well as my boys. 2014 Recap… Overall, 2014 was a year that began in lots of excitement but ended on a mellow note. The bulk of our adventures were …

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. …

Hell Hike and Raft: The Beginning

In deciding how on earth I can share all of the facets of a truly epic adventure, I figured it comes down to starting at the beginning to set the stage for the bigger story of hiking, rafting, friendship, gear, and adventure. So let’s go back to March when I got a most interesting message. The Backstory… Adam of Hiking …

Real Life Connections: Hell Hike and Raft

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the friendships I’ve made through social media are amazing. And it was social media that made the Hell Hike and Raft possible. It was an amazing adventure and I’m thrilled to have met everyone involved in person. Our online chatter allowed us to connect before hitting the trail but these real …