• Joshua Tree National Park

    December 2, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Nicknamed “J-Tree” by locals, Joshua Tree National Park sits at the crossroads of two deserts, where the low Colorado Desert meets the high Mojave Desert. Named after the thousands of Joshua Trees inhabiting the area, the 800,000-acre park is a treasured desert wilderness located within a few hours from the urban

    Read More »
  • The Pronghorn

    November 11, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    This North American pronghorn (Antilocapra americana), also known as the “speed goat” or “sage rocket,” is a deer-like resident of the American West. Racing across grasslands and deserts at speeds up to 60 mph, the pronghorn is the sole surviving member of the family Antilocapridae (order Artiodactyla). 

    Read More »
  • Gear Review: NOCO GBX75 Jump Start Battery Pack

    November 5, 2021 Comments (0) Gear Reviews

    You’ve probably been in this situation before. You step inside your vehicle, turn the key, but instead of hearing the engine turn over, the distinct “click” that lets you know the battery is dead. Perhaps you left an interior light on or maybe your battery was just too low on juice to get the engine …

    Read More »
  • The Crabapple

    October 28, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    The crabapple (Malus x.) is a deciduous fruit tree found in temperate regions throughout the northern hemisphere. While boys have used the tree’s small, hard fruit as projectiles for centuries, the crabapple also has a rich history of providing tart treats, medicinal elixirs, and has led to the development of the

    Read More »
  • Smokejumpers

    October 21, 2021 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Lace up your boots. Get your hard hat on. Throw on your pack and parachute into where the mountains are burning.  That’s the job of the smokejumper — a skydiving firefighter considered the elite special operations arm of firefighting.  Comprising only three percent of America’s wildland

    Read More »
  • The Capybara

    October 14, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrocharis) holds the title as the largest rodent in the world and one of the oddest of any animal. A giant relative of the guinea pig, Capybaras can weigh over 100 pounds and despite their fur and boxy frame are aquatic, always living near fresh water in their habitats which ranges from

    Read More »
  • Diving for Spiny Lobster

    September 30, 2021 Comments (0) Field Craft

    The California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus) Hunt. As I crawl along the bottom, on a single breath of air with the surface twenty or so feet above me, I see it- a couple of dark red legs, with a bright orange stripe on them- the tell tale sign of my quarry. As I close in …

    Read More »
  • The California Redwood

    September 23, 2021 Comments (1) Flora

    California Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) also known as the Coastal Redwoods, come from the Cypress family and are truly ancient giants that once spanned the Earth. Today, they are only found in a narrow 450 mile long strip strip along the coast of California and part of Oregon. This specific location is due to the

    Read More »
  • The Anatomy of a Wildfire

    September 17, 2021 Comments (1) Field Facts

    If you live in the western United States, there used to be five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall, and fire season. Thanks to long-lasting drought and climate change, that season of wildfire infernos has now blown into a full-tilt fire year.  Since 1970, the frequency of wildfires in the western U.S. has

    Read More »
  • The Dragonfly

    September 9, 2021 Comments (1) Fauna

    Dragonflies are members of a very large insect family Odonata (toothed ones) made up of over 5,000 different species. Their ancient relatives had over two-foot wingspans and ruled the skies over 300 million years ago. These days the largest Dragonflies “only” grow to have about six-inch wingspans. Besides

    Read More »
  • Campfire Safety

    September 2, 2021 Comments (1) Do's & Don'ts

    If you’ve ever spent the night in the woods without a fire, you know how potentially cold and lonely it can be. There’s no light, there’s no peaceful crackling of the wood, and there’s no warmth.  When you spend a night in the great outdoors without a fire, you spend the night all alone. That …

    Read More »
  • The Ocotillo

    August 26, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    The Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is a desert plant of the Sonoran and Chihuahua desert. It can be found in the Southwest corner of the United States in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. The Ocotillo prefers rocky and sandy soil that drains quickly from sea level up to nearly 7,000 feet. 

    Read More »
  • Danger Cinema:  On Any Sunday

    August 19, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    How do you follow up making the most successful surf movie of all time? You turn your cameras inland and make a movie about motorcycles, of course!  As unconventional as that may sound that is exactly what California film maker Bruce Brown did and in doing so made another classic that set standard that all

    Read More »
  • The Figeater Beetle

    August 12, 2021 Comments (2) Fauna

    The Figeater Beetle (Continis mutabilis) is a member of the scarab family of beetles and found throughout the South Western United States. Originally they lived primary in arid regions such as the Sonoran Desert, but as agriculture spread, so did the Figeater. Today they are a common sight in Southern California where

    Read More »
  • The Desert Monsoon

    August 5, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    While the rest of the world typically has four seasons, the desert southwest has five: fall, winter, spring, summer, and monsoon. The monsoon rains rejuvenate the desert at the end of a hot summer. Still, they can also create hazards for outdoor adventurers due to rapidly changing weather conditions. The Desert

    Read More »
  • The Huckleberry

    July 29, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    Related to both the blueberry and the cranberry, the huckleberry represents the best of both fruits when it comes to the near-perfect blend of tartness and sweetness.  With more than 12 species of huckleberries located in the Pacific Northwest, this little berry has been a long-time favorite on the menus of

    Read More »
  • Catalina Island

    July 22, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Catalina Island is a great year-round destination that offers lots of outdoor activities both and land and in the sea. Part of the Channel Island chain, the 22 mile long by 8 mile wide Catalina Island is the most inhabited and developed of all the islands with two towns and year round population of four

    Read More »
  • The Mosquito

    July 15, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    There are approximately 3,500 species of flying syringes, otherwise known as mosquitoes (Aedes), around the world. They can be found from the tropics to the Arctic and Antarctic and can live at elevations as low as 3,000 feet below sea level to 12,000 feet above sea level.  While not all mosquitoes feed on

    Read More »
  • Preventing Heat Related Injury and Illness 

    July 8, 2021 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    To the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians the rising of the star Sirius signaled the start of “The Dog Days of Summer” when the oppressive heat was attributed to causing madness, war, and even befouled the taste of wine. (Nobody likes befouled tasting wine) Though we are pretty sure there are no evil spirits

    Read More »
  • The Purple Lupine

    July 1, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    The purple lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) is a visually striking member of the pea family that is a favorite food source for hummingbirds and butterflies. Ironically, this plant is also a threat to the survival of two butterfly species, including one on the endangered species list.  Native to western North America,

    Read More »
  • The DRB Guide to Beach Safety 2021

    June 24, 2021 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    We are getting into the the peak of the summer season and almost everybody likes going to the beach, to cool off, play in the water and have fun.  But just like anywhere else you go in the outdoors it’s good to do a little pre-planning and be aware of your surroundings when you get …

    Read More »
  • The Bobcat

    June 17, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are the most numerous of wild cats in North America. Close relatives to the Lynx in Canada, Bobcats share the Lynx’s tufted ears and get their name for their short tails. From Canada to Mexico Bobcats make their homes in forest, swaps and desert- though you would hardly know it. Bobcats blend

    Read More »
  • DRB Adventure Mobiles: F250 Super Duty

    June 10, 2021 Comments (0) Adventure Mobiles

    Make: Ford Model: F250 Super Duty 7.3 Year: 2000 Mileage: 225k How long have you had you Adventure Mobile? 6 years Owner’s Name: Jon Burtt What do you do? Entrepreneur Hobbies? Photography and vehicle outfitting Does your rig have a name? GrampCamp Is it a daily driver? Yes Modifications or add-on accessories?

    Read More »
  • Black Mustard

    June 3, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    Black mustard (Brassica nigra) is a flavorful spice that has been treasured by many cultures around the world for centuries. However, along America’s Pacific Coast, the colorful plant is now considered an invasive weed that is literally burning up the landscape.   Native to North Africa, Central Europe, and

    Read More »
  • New River Gorge National Park

    May 27, 2021 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Stretching southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National Park contains lush forest, deep canyons, and one of the oldest rivers on the continent. The New River’s rugged whitewater unusually flows from south to north and is the defining force that has shaped the New River Gorge’s sandstone cliffs. This makes New

    Read More »
  • The Flying Squirrel

    May 6, 2021 Comments (1) Fauna

    The flying squirrel (Glaucomys) is the daring wingsuit jumper of the mammalian world. Armed with built-in night vision capabilities, this tiny aerialist glides through the night skies, hurling itself from tree to distant tree.  Belonging to a family of more than 50 species of gliding squirrels, flying squirrels

    Read More »
  • Campsite Selection

    April 29, 2021 Comments (0) Field Craft

    “Location, location, location.” It’s the expression commonly used in real estate. Where and how your new home is situated is paramount. Location, and all the factors associated with it, really is everything. Location matters not only the realm of real estate but also in campsite selection. When you venture

    Read More »
  • Clonal Trees

    April 22, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    One of the world’s oldest living organisms has survived drought, wildfires and lived past the extinction of woolly mammoths, saber-tooth cats, and the rise and fall of several human civilizations. Yet, in the end, cattle and mule deer may be its demise.  This organism, nicknamed Pando (Latin for “I

    Read More »
  • The Water Bear

    April 12, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Water Bear (phylum Tardigrada), also affectionately known as a moss piglet, is a tiny animal that looks like it belongs in a science fiction movie.  Actually, the Water Bear should be the star of any space movie. These near-microscopic-sized creatures are nearly indestructible and can survive the extreme cold

    Read More »
  • The Wolverine

    April 8, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    As the largest member of the weasel family, the wolverine(Gulo gulo)is an adept apex predator. Despite its “glutton” nickname, this solitary and reclusive animal is a wiley strategist and fierce hunter. Resembling a small, squat bear, the wolverine is closely related to other Mustelids, including weasels,

    Read More »
  • Finding The Yeti

    April 1, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Depending on your sources, the Yeti (Dinanthropoides nivalis) is a mysterious, wild creature that lives in the steep, uninhabited mountainous regions of Russia, Nepal, Tibet and China. With only one confirmed sighting on record, the Yeti has been described to have a relatively wide range of physical characteristics.

    Read More »
  • Western Poison Oak

    March 25, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    “Leaves of three, leave it be…”, is a commonly recited rhyme to warn campers and hikers of the genus of perennial flowering plants in the sumac family, commonly known as “Poison Oak”, and in particular on the West Coast of the United States, known as Pacific Poison Oak or Western Poison Oak. This woody shrub

    Read More »
  • DRB Adventure Mobiles:Ducati Scrambler

    March 18, 2021 Comments (0) Adventure Mobiles

    Make:  Ducati  Model: Scrambler Urban Enduro Year: 2016 Mileage: 15,000-ish How long have you had your adventure-mobile? Since September 30th, 2017 Owner’s name: Bobby What do you do? Park Ranger!  Hobbies? Camping, trail running, hiking, anything outdoors Does your bike have a name? Had her for three years and

    Read More »
  • The Wild Burro

    March 11, 2021 Comments (1) Fauna

    The wild burro (Equus asinus asinus) is a resilient member of the horse family that has evolved to thrive in hot, arid climates. While some biologists assert the burro is an invasive species, this stout and intelligent creature has survived in harsh desert conditions for more than 400 years. The term

    Read More »
  • Maintaining Your Equipment

    March 4, 2021 Comments (2) Do's & Don'ts

    “Take care of your gear, and your gear will take care of you” is one of Danger Ranger Bear’s basic rules for the outdoors. The proper care, use and maintenance of your outdoor equipment will not only extend its life and provide you with more use and enjoyment, it also means your gear will be …

    Read More »
  • Rosemary

    February 25, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs. This fragrant plant has been used over the centuries to improve memory, support digestive health, and add a killer flavor to roast lamb (and practically everything else). Rosemary is a perennial evergreen found across the world in warmer

    Read More »
  • A Short History of Cross Country Skiing

    February 18, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    The art of strapping two sticks on your feet and traversing snowy landscapes has been infuse by humans for nearly 7,000 years. While skis have allowed people to hunt, gather firewood, and travel quickly on snow, using cross-country skis is also one of the more physically taxing activities. Cross-country skiing uses

    Read More »
  • The Snowshoe Hare

    February 11, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) is a resident of upper North America from Alaska across Canada and stretching south along mountainous areas of California, New Mexico and the Appalachians. Also called a Varying Hare or (erroneously) a snowshoe rabbit the Hare’s name is readily apparent do to its very large hind

    Read More »
  • Obsidian

    February 5, 2021 Comments (0) Field Craft

    Obsidian is a type of volcanic glass that is formed when lava with high a silicon content is rapidly cooled, usually by contact with water. Obsidian is usually black or dark grey in appearance but can take on other colors due to the presence of trace mineral impurities. The lack of a traditional crystalline structure

    Read More »
  • The Sugar Maple

    January 28, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is a hardwood tree found in the eastern and midwestern regions of the northern United States and in eastern Canada. Well known for producing both beautiful fall foliage and delicious maple syrup, the Sugar Maple can live to more than 400 years and reach heights of 115 feet.  Once

    Read More »
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve

    January 21, 2021 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Located 290 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, Katmai sits in the middle of one of the most volcanically active landmasses on earth. The 1912 eruption of Novarupta transformed a fertile green valley that was home to wildlife and humans alike for millennia, into an ash-filled wasteland. Novarupta was the 20th

    Read More »
  • The Snowy Owl

    January 15, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is the largest bird species in the Arctic, with an average wingspan of 67 inches and a weight of about 3.3 pounds. Females are slightly larger and heavier than males.  This owl has the perfect camouflage for its wintery environment. The bird is covered with white feathers imprinted

    Read More »
  • 5 Ways Plants Prepare For Winter

    December 18, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    When it comes to surviving the cold, snow, and ice of winter, plants don’t have as many options as animals. They can’t move into a cave or den and hibernate. And there’s a reason you don’t see mass herds of aspens or flocks of ferns migrating south for the winter. Plants are rooted in place.

    Read More »
  • 5 Ways Animals Adapt to Winter

    December 10, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, temperatures in the northern hemisphere begin to plummet. The colder weather triggers various adaptive survival mechanisms to allow animals and insects to survive one of the earth’s harshest seasons. Winter is coming.  With freezing and sub-freezing

    Read More »
  • The California Gray Whale

    December 3, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The California Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) also goes by a few different names such as Grey Whale, Gray Back Whale or Pacific Gray Whale. One part of their name comes from the gray appearance they obtain as barnacles and other hangers-on give a lighter mottled appearance to their darker skin. The second reason

    Read More »
  • John Wesley Powell

    November 19, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    John Wesley Powell was an iconic 19th-century explorer, scientist, and environmentalist. He is best known for his daring riverine explorations of the upper Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. An adventurer from an early age, Powell walked across the state of Wisconsin when he was 21. The following year, he continued

    Read More »
  • Prometheus Design Werx Fall/Winter Preview 2020

    November 6, 2020 Comments (1) Gear Reviews

    The ever popular Beast Hoodie has returned for 2020! This year’s version is thicker, denser, and heavier weight than 2019. We used a US-made Polartec ThermalPro Shearling Retro Pile Fleece. A distinct, technical mid-layer with an alpinist legacy. The Beast Hoodie is very breathable, helps regulates body

    Read More »
  • The Mountain Lion

    October 22, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), also known as the cougar, puma, or panther, lives in the Western Hemisphere, ranging from the Canadian Yukon to the Argentine Andes. With an estimated population of 300,000 in North America, these big cats can be found from British Columbia to Texas. Small populations may also

    Read More »
  • The Morel

    September 29, 2020 Comments (1) Flora

    Treasured by foodies for its spongy texture and earthy flavor, the morel is the Holy Grail for springtime mushroom hunters. Since these delicate little fungi have successfully resisted commercial cultivation for centuries, morels can only be found in the wild throughout North America and Europe.  Morel hunters

    Read More »
  • The Marine Otter

    September 3, 2020 Comments (1) Fauna

    The marine otter (Lontra felina) is a rare and extremely shy mammal found only along South America’s southwestern coast. With an estimated population of less than 1,000, the marine otter is one of two species in the weasel family that spends its time in the ocean. The marine otter lives on land and makes brief

    Read More »
  • Bushcraft Trout

    August 20, 2020 Comments (0) Camp Kitchen

    Farm-to-table restaurants and known direct sourcing of food is all the rage in the restaurant scene right now. Go to a steakhouse and you’ll hear from your waiter where the cows graze. Go to a coffee shop and you’ll likely see photos of the fair-market coffee harvesters carrying coffee sacks on burros and working

    Read More »
  • Col. Charles Young

    August 13, 2020 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Born into slavery, Charles Young became one of America’s top military leaders while facing nearly insurmountable social barriers. Young was the third African American West Point graduate, the first black military attaché, the highest-ranking black officer in the regular army, and the first black U.S. national

    Read More »
  • Giant Kelp

    August 6, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is a form of brown algae and the largest of all kelp species. It is not a plant, but rather a complex form of single cells that work together sharing nutrients and performing specific tasks. It has three basic structures: at its base is the holdfast which anchors the kelp to …

    Read More »
  • Zion National Park

    July 30, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Zion National Park, home to majestic red cliffs and breathtaking sandstone slot canyons,  is one of five national parks in Utah. Featuring a myriad of desert wildlife and stunning geological formations, Zion offers a landscape that soothes and challenges artists, climbers, canyoneers, hikers, and outdoor

    Read More »
  • The Brush Mouse

    July 24, 2020 Comments (1) Fauna

    The brush mouse (Peromyscus boylii) is a long-tailed rodent found in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. Since the mouse is nocturnal, most humans will never cross paths with this tiny mammal except when cleaning their droppings from tents, cabins, or campers.  Although adorable in their unique rodent

    Read More »
  • The Yarrow

    July 9, 2020 Comments (2) Flora

    Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) should be renamed the Pharmacy of the Forest. For centuries, Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day herbalists have been using this plant to fight infections, heal wounds, break fevers, and aid digestion.  Yarrow belongs to the genus Achillea named after the mythological figure

    Read More »
  • The Raven

    June 25, 2020 Comments (2) Fauna

       “And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sittingOn the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;And my soul from out that shadow

    Read More »
  • Slingshot 101

    June 18, 2020 Comments (4) Field Craft

    When I was a child, my father made me my first slingshot. It was underpowered by most standards since it was constructed of rubber bands linked together but to me it was awesome. I shot little pebbles with it in the backyard and it created a monster inside me. As years went on, this monster …

    Read More »
  • The American Chestnut

    June 11, 2020 Comments (1) Flora

    The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) tree, which once blanketed the eastern United States for thousands of years, has become the star of an American botanical horror story. The American chestnut tree, which could reach heights of nearly 100 feet and grow trunks up to 10 feet in diameter, was treasured for its

    Read More »
  • The Saga of Sir John Franklin pt. 2

    June 4, 2020 Comments (2) Field Facts

    From Baffin Island, Franklin headed west and made it to Beechey Island, about 475 nautical miles north of the Arctic Circle, before the pack ice forced the expedition to a halt.   That first winter, three crew members, Royal Marine Private William Braine, Able Seaman John Harkness, and Petty Officer John

    Read More »
  • The Javelina

    May 28, 2020 Comments (1) Fauna

    The javelina (Tayassu tajacu), also known as a collared peccary, is a pig-like mammal found throughout the arid climates of the southwestern United States. Covered with coarse black hair peppered with gray and brown, the javelina sports a lighter colored band or collar, circling the shoulders.  Adult javelina

    Read More »
  • The Saga of Sir John Franklin Pt. 1

    May 14, 2020 Comments (2) Field Facts

    Before setting out on his final polar expedition in 1845 and creating one of history’s more intriguing and enduring maritime mysteries, Sir John Franklin had served in three wars, surveyed Australia, and mapped unexplored areas of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Throughout his five-decade career in the

    Read More »
  • The Prickly Pear Cactus

    May 7, 2020 Comments (3) Flora

    The Prickly Pear Cactus, known more formally as Opuntia is probably one of the most recognizable Cacti in the world. With dozens of variations it is originally from the Americas in what is now Central Mexico, but Opuntia has radiated out to arid and semi-arid regions all around the world. Said to be given to …

    Read More »
  • Hoe Cakes

    April 30, 2020 Comments (1) Camp Kitchen

    All around the world different civilizations and cultures have developed ways to get necessary and filling carbohydrates by making bread while on the go and/or from minimum ingredients. Fry bread, tortillas, pita- some baked directly in the ashes of a campfire have kept people going for centuries.  Today’s Camp

    Read More »
  • The Bighorn Sheep

    April 23, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is one of three species of mountain sheep living in North America. Recognized by the male’s large, curving horns, the bighorn sheep is a legendary climber and resident of the continent’s western rocky terrain. The three living subspecies are the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep

    Read More »
  • Three Rechargeable Lights For the Outdoors

    April 16, 2020 Comments (0) Gear Reviews

    It’s always great to have extra lights for area lighting and performing immediate tasks while outdoors. In the past options were limited and varying sized battery requirements were a hassle. Now with rechargeable lights you can get away for a long weekend and not have to carry a twenty pound bag of spares.

    Read More »
  • The Wild Strawberry

    April 9, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    Treasured for its sweet, delicate fruit, the wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) is a member of the rose family and is found throughout most of the U.S. and Canada. The wild strawberry prefers fertile loamy soils in dry locations and can be found throughout North America in meadows, roadsides, hillsides, and

    Read More »
  • The Jackalope

    April 1, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    Jackalope (Lepus cornutus) is a medium to large lagomorph found only in small pockets of the Western United States, the largest populations being found near Douglas Wyoming and Groom Lake in Southern Nevada. Contrary to popular belief Jackalope are not the result of amorousness between an antelope and a jackrabbit,

    Read More »
  • Isle Royale National Park

    March 19, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Rising from the depths of Lake Superior, Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park is one of America’s more remote and rugged parks. The 45-mile long island offers a mixture of adventure and solitude for kayakers, canoeists, backpackers, day hikers, SCUBA divers, and anglers.  Isle Royale was formed by the

    Read More »
  • The birch Tree

    March 12, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    The birch (Betulaceae) is a deciduous hardwood tree easily recognized by its distinguished thin bark, which peels away in layers like paper. The bark is usually white but can also be found in colors ranging from purple to salmon.  There are 15 species of birch in the colder regions of the United States, with

    Read More »
  • Meet Aviation Pioneer Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran

    March 5, 2020 Comments (1) Field Facts

    “Earthbound souls know only the underside of the atmosphere in which they live . . . but go higher – above the dust and water vapor – and the sky turns dark until one can see the stars at noon.” Jacqueline Cochran was the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound (Mach …

    Read More »
  • 5 Examples of Teamwork in the Animal Kingdom

    February 27, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Humans (Homo sapiens) aren’t the only species who have found value in partnering with competing predators in the Canidae family. While early man and wolves formed hunting alliances which led to the rise of the domestic dog, other animals have also found value in developing symbiotic relationships with

    Read More »
  • The Red-Tailed Hawk

    February 20, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is one of North America’s larger raptors, weighing in between two and four pounds with a wingspan up to 56 inches. This bird of prey with the distinctive rust-colored tail is found in just about every type of open habitat on the continent.  Chances are there is a Red-Tail

    Read More »
  • Yellowstone National Park

    February 13, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Yellowstone National Park has the distinction of being the first national park ever created in the United States and also the first of its kind in the world. The Act of Dedication was signed into law on March 1st, 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant and set aside more than 2 million acres in the …

    Read More »
  • The Monterey Cypress

    February 6, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    The Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) is native to the Monterey Bay, California area, and has been cultivated throughout the western and southern United States. This cypress has high wind and aerosol salt tolerance, making it the perfect coastal tree.   The Monterey Cypress is found naturally in only two

    Read More »
  • SureFire Minimus

    February 1, 2020 Comments (2) Gear Reviews

    I have owned almost a dozen headlamps in my time. One “walked off” after a nighttime rescue, all the rest failed in some way or another. I don’t think that will ever be a problem with the SureFire Minimus. Contructed from aircraft aluminum that has been hard anodized. That means it won’t crack

    Read More »
  • The Polar Bear

    January 30, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus, which translates to maritime bear) is the apex predator of the Arctic. Spending most of its life on Arctic ocean sea ice, the Polar Bear is the only species of bear to be classified as a marine mammal.  Polar bears can be found in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, and some

    Read More »
  • Brewing Hot Beverages on the Trail

    Hot beverage on the trail

    January 23, 2020 Comments (2) Field Craft

    Whenever I’m out camping or hiking on a cool day, I always bring along a small selection of easy to make warm beverage packets and a small camp stove. Having a hot beverage available is great while taking a break on the trail and can be a real morale booster during unexpected changes in weather. …

    Read More »
  • Lichen

    January 16, 2020 Comments (1) Flora

    The lichen is a remarkable composite organism that can be frequently seen attached to rocks, trees, and even the soil. Often confused for moss, the lichen is actually not a plant at all since it has no roots, stems, or leaves.   Lichens are actually a partnership between two organisms: fungus and alga. The fungi

    Read More »
  • Pack Books Vol. 1

    January 9, 2020 Comments (1) Field Facts

    A pack book is a book to keep in your backpack or travel bag for any kind of journey. We consider a good paperback book an essential part of any packing list whether you are going for a short hike or a trip around the world. A pack book should be not too big and …

    Read More »
  • The Caribou

    December 26, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The caribou (Rangifer tarandus) is a large hoofed mammal belonging to the deer family. Depending on where you live, caribou and reindeer are the same animals. Caribou are native to North America while reindeer are native to Asia, Europe, and Santa’s home in the North Pole. There are, however, some reindeer in

    Read More »
  • Mt. San Jacinto, an Island in the Sky

    December 19, 2019 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Rising over 10,000 feet in the air, the granite peak of Mt. San Jacinto stands in stark contrast to the Sonoran Desert below. High above in the subalpine, it is cool and green; covered in pines, cedars and in a blanket of snow. The desert below is 40 degrees hotter and sparsely dotted with creosote …

    Read More »
  • The Ponderosa Pine

    December 12, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    The Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) is a large evergreen tree that is a mainstay of the American West. It also goes by the name Yellow Pine, Bull Pine and about a dozen others depending on the region and the tree’s age. Typically they are found in elevations between 6,000- 10,000 feet, in areas that receive

    Read More »
  • 7 Easy Steps to Dress for Cold Weather

    December 5, 2019 Comments (1) Do's & Don'ts

    As winter sets in some of us take a break from our adventuring.  We retire to hearth and home.  Sit by the fire, make repairs to our adventure gear and plan for the spring and summer ahead-Some of us, the rest of us get out after it. Adventuring in cold weather can be a great …

    Read More »
  • The Wild Turkey

    November 28, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is often misaligned by city dwellers as a dumb bird, suitable only for the Thanksgiving table. Those of us who are closer in touch with our wild roots, however, know this large colorful thunder chicken as a crafty, wary, and magnificent creature of the forest. Weighing between

    Read More »
  • Finding & Making Fire with Fatwood

    November 21, 2019 Comments (0) Field Craft

    In this article, we are going to discuss one of the oldest fire-starting sources that dates back into the 1500’s, perhaps even further. During its history fatwood was often used as a lamp or torch wick source due to its water-resistant properties. Also during this time period another use for fatwood was found when

    Read More »
  • The Snow Plant

    November 14, 2019 Comments (3) Flora

    The Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) is a strikingly red parasitic plant that can found in the conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada range in California, Oregon, and some isolated pockets in western Nevada. The plant’s scientific name, Sarcodes sanguinea, which is loosely translated as “the bloody flesh-like

    Read More »
  • DRB Adventure Mobiles: 2019 Subaru Outback

    November 7, 2019 Comments (0) Adventure Mobiles

    Make: Subaru Model: Outback Year:  2019 Mileage: 9,200 How long have you had your adventure-mobile? 6 months. The Original Dadwagon was totaled and this is the Dadwagon 2.0 Owners’ name:  Greg Finke What do you do?  Work for the Department of the Navy Hobbies?  Coaching my

    Read More »
  • The Western Diamondback

    October 30, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    If you believe what you see in the movies, rattlesnakes have nothing better to do all day except to wait for humans to walk by and inject them with venom. The western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), however, usually has better things to do. Some of its favorite activities are regulating its body temperature

    Read More »
  • A 360 ° Adventure

    October 25, 2019 Comments (1) Field Facts

    When I was kid living in small towns in and around the mountains of the East Coast, I remember marveling at the tall fire watch lookouts we’d come across on our family hikes through the region. To my young self these were the guard towers for the brave, solitary sentinels who watched over our forests, …

    Read More »
  • The Orb Weaver Spider

    October 3, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    If you have even the remotest hint of arachnophobia, don’t visit Nevada’s Walker Lake in August during the blue damselfly hatch. For decades, this desert oasis has become party central for the orb weaver spider family reunion. Hundreds of thousands of these silk-spinning masters set up their large circular webs on

    Read More »
  • Fly-Out Salmon Fishing in Alaska

    September 26, 2019 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Foreword: In 2016, I had the chance to see Alaska for the first time and also check off “take a flight in a float plane” on my bucket list with a trip over the North Slope of the Brooks Range. Ever since that trip, I’ve longed to go back to the land of the endless …

    Read More »