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Hiking in the Midwest tends get a bad rap, or at least from those who don’t live here. (Lets face it, people who live here as well). To be honest, quite a bit of the Midwest Is farmland and pretty corn dominated, but that is not all you will find. There are some pretty insane and unique places in the Midwest, you just have to know where to find them…

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You love being outdoors? If you're reading this, then we can bet you're nodding your head right about now. It's pretty simple folks. If you're outdoors, then you've heard the saying "Please take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing...seriously nothing, take all your sh!t back where you came from." But seriously, respect the outdoors. Keep wild places wild.  Still in doubt? Here's your checklist to make sure you're leaving no trace.  Plan Ahead and Prepare Know where you're going. Know what you're doing. You can predict the weather. Kinda. Most importantly, plan how you're bringing your trash back out with you. ...

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The Wilderness Badass Ten Essentials System isn't a question - it's a statement. Keep your behind alive and carry these things every time you head out into the wild. But first, make sure you know how to use these things.  The List A flask of whiskey. Because we can. And you should celebrate every place you reach after a long trek. Acceptable subs: tequila, rum, and microbrews.  Navigation (map and compass). But fair warning, if you don't know how to use these, then take a class. Being prepared doesn't mean just carrying the right tools. Make sure you know how...

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Everyone who has been will go back if they get the chance – without blinking an eye. Those who gave up their chance to go, immediately regret their decision the minute they hear the stories from their friends who did go.   Here's the quick and dirty about making your trip to Havasupai a legendary adventure. One, you got permits.  That on its own is worth bragging about. Be stoked you're going!  Second, the hike is not hard, unless you want it to be. Pack right and pack light. And if you can't carry your own gear there, maybe you shouldn't go. No...

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Two lists. All you need to know to pack right and pack light. Know what you need. Know what you want. Know what you're doing.    When Car Camping, you're typically in developed campgrounds, which typically have warm showers, fire pits, restrooms and running water. You’ll have your car there too, so you can stuff it to the gills with all the stuff you won’t need to enjoy the outdoors. It's basically a single serving of the van-life.   When Backpacking, it means that if you forget anything, you'll have to improvise in the backcountry. You’ll be carrying all your gear, food and...

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