Sunday School – Dick Proenneke: Alone In The Wilderness (Part 1)

Ok class, listen up! Dick Proenneke was a beast of a man! In this timeless documentary: Alone In The Wilderness, he took us on a journey beyond the civilized limits and out into a world where life was/is exactly what you make of it. Where food and shelter are job 1 and everything else is stripped of its meaning. Where status symbols and stock portfolios carry no merit. Where the aches and pains of hard work are real and pristine landscapes and the sound of nature are your reward!

Now, I remember watching this film on OPB as a young kid growing up in the suburbs and thinking that Dick Proenneke was nuts. As far as I was concerned, the baseball diamond was the only wilderness I cared to explore. But as you grow older and the responsibilities of life creep in, you begin to realize the benefits of the great outdoors and the health and wellness it offers. A necessary balance so-to-speak that keeps our everyday lives from imploding. With that said, there are still people out there that will never see Dick Proenneke as anything more than a kook in the woods; so be it. But for those of you who are looking for a little inspiration for your next adventure look no further than: Alone In The Wilderness. Odds are you have seen it before, nevertheless, it’ll give you a good shove out the door. Enjoy!

Sunday School: How to Make Cowboy Coffee in the Backcountry

Listen up folks! As explained in this Sunday School’s video, knowing how to make ‘Cowboy Coffee’ in the back country might save a few of you from those nasty headaches caused from caffeine withdrawals. In fact, this video might inspire some of you to adopt this dusty trail technique and leave your french press on the kitchen counter. Brought to you by Matt Heid; author and caffeine junkie at Appalachian Mountain Club.

Sunday School: Backpack Fitting with NOLS

With weather on the mend, it is time to get out and fitted with the right gear for summer.  So take a gander at this NOLS video on pack fitting. Pay attention and take notes! It is extremely important that you outfit yourself with a backpack that is comfortable and that fits your needs as an explorer. Getting fitted for the right backpack can save you from unnecessary fatigue, muscle aches and pains.


Saturday School: NOLS Expedition Training

Sometimes the biggest hurdle in an endeavor is knowing where to begin. If you haven’t heard of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), you’ve got a huge cache of untapped knowledge to explore. Their organization teaches those who wish to pursue outdoor life to the fullest the skills necessary to not only survive but to enjoy and lead others through the expansive wilderness.

There is no need to take notes, for this short film is geared toward inspiring you to lead the future expeditions of the world.

Linkin Blogs

adventure-journal-poll-coffee-or-beer-660Coffee or Beer? It is a question I ask myself every day. As I slip further into my own subconscious I realize I can’t have a normal conversation before I have a cup of morning coffee nor can I slur my words and do the happy dance without escaping judgement sober. They are two monsters that battle at the helm of consumption and they, as the Adventure Journal states, walk hand-in-hand with adventure driven outdoor activities. Read it here at Adventure Journal and make the difficult decision of which to leave behind…


dutch-oven-cookingContrary to popular belief, the Dutch Oven is NOT just the act of farting while in bed and trapping your partner underneath the blankets. In fact it serves a great purpose when cooking in the wilderness. Although I couldn’t write that last sentence without laughing maniacally, I think you should read this article at Camping Pro and let us know what you think about the recipes they bring to the table. Hopefully they don’t involve an abundance of gas inducing ingredients…


Pacific-Crest-Trail-mapOn a far more serious note, the folks at The Clymb shared a video on their thoughts of hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) which is an accomplishment a member of US Outdoor has recently achieved. From Mexico to Canada, Zane hiked his heart out and completed the trek in just over 4 months. Congrats Zane! I encourage all of you to check this video out at WendMag and if you’re ever in the shop, page Zane and buy him a beer for his accomplishment!


Saturday School: Maximizing Stove Efficiency

Ok, everyone listen up! Today’s lesson is geared toward minimizing gear by maximizing efficiency. In this video, brought to you by NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School), you will notice that a few simple steps could save you from carrying excess weight as well as keep your carbon footprint small. This is a short video so you won’t have to take notes.