9 to 5 Hiker has always been for working professionals balancing full-time careers and life in the outdoors. I know from personal experience. I was a full-time desk jockey, grinding out marketing copy, blog posts, and product descriptions 40+ hours a week.
Emphasis on the “was.”
I was laid off in September — “made redundant” as my good consultant friend put it — after nearly six total years with my company. Layoffs happen, especially during COVID, and I’ve been down this road before. But insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. …
Step one of my software engineering bootcamp starts today with pre-course training and I spent the last couple weeks perfecting my workspace.
I’m obsessed with a desk setup that’s just right and, while I already had some of this organized for my gaming PC, I was able to build a dual boot system that shares the same monitors and peripherals.
This is what’s on my desk for maximum productivity (and a little fun).
2020 threw my summer tradition for a loop (understatement for the world). Every June, we meet friends from Denver for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It’s my favorite — it falls on my birthday, Telluride is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, and the festival vibes can’t be beat.
Well, surprise, no Telluride Bluegrass this year! But every great tradition improvises as needed, and our annual meetup shifted from summer in Telluride to September in Durango, Colorado.
A leaky sleeping pad is one of the worst gear failures you can encounter in the backcountry. A good pad isn’t just for comfort — it’s what separates your warm body from the cold ground. When it deflates, you wake up freezing in the middle of the night. No fun, people.
A leak is hard to find in the backcountry but you can do it easily at home. If you backpack with a foam pad, you probably don’t need to worry about this. But air pad users will tell you — sooner or later a leak will happen.
Backpacking gear is 100 percent function over form — I love that. Trendy retailers like Huckberry sell gear that looks great, some of it very useful, but all of it marked up and expensive.
You can easily spend more than $100 on a knife. Here’s one by Benchmade for $145. It’s probably a fantastic knife. It sure looks cool and rustic and all the things you’d want a $145 knife to be, but it’s not for me.
Dismissing an Arizona summer as “dry heat” is like calling a well-done steak “edible” — both are technically true but still awful experiences. The summer sun in state forty eight is so hot that it will literally cook an egg on the sidewalk. This isn’t some insider’s secret from the people that live here. Arizona is openly mocked for its heat.
It’s been two weeks since Ford debuted the highly-anticipated 2021 Bronco to the world, but all the ads on my social feeds are for the Jeep Wrangler. Is it because I follow outdoors and overlanding accounts on Instagram? Maybe. But it’s more likely because I’ve been watching videos like this:
Before I even talk about the Bronco itself, let me just tip my hat to the marketing team. Ford didn’t pull a single punch. Bryan Cranston voices the launch, Jimmy Chin takes us through the Grand Tetons in the two-door, Kip Moore…
This loop doesn’t have an official name, so I gave it one! “Lost Mesa” Loop starts at First Water Trailhead and connects #104 (Dutchman’s Trail), turns back on #241 (beneath Black Mesa), and returns on #236 from Garden Valley.
There’s no one single playlist I drive to in the backcountry, but they all share a similar vibe. This is a greatest hits album of my favorite summer driving jams and should definitely have a place on your playlist the next time you hit the country roads.
All Summer Long is the unofficial redneck summer-fun jam and who else besides Kid Rock could usher in such an anthem? Fun anecdote — I was a groomsman in my friend’s Detroit wedding the same weekend Kid Rock played a show in his hometown. A group of fans wearing all denim and…
If you have a circle of friends that camp regularly, you’ve gotten one of these:
“Hey dude, we’re going camping up in Flagstaff this weekend if you want to come. Leaving Friday.” — Sent Thursday 11:56 p.m.
It happens, you wish you knew sooner but people are spontaneous. The question is, are you ready to bounce at a moment’s notice without inconveniencing the group? Here’s five easy rules to maximize your trip and minimize your burden when catching up at the last minute.
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