Wilderness Badass Institute of Research

Training for Half Dome: The Quick & Dirty

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We like to do things fast, so here's a quick read on how to train for Half Dome. No filler or lifelong story that inspired us to write this post. Just Grizzly Crew Pro Tips. The National Park Service, or NPS as the Wilderness Badass Institute of Research likes to call it, describes Half Dome as the most strenuous day hike in Yosemite and the toughest SOB in any national park across the land. Sure, you can just show up and think you'll make it to the top without a problem, but not all of us are Olympic athletes. You'll need...

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Yosemite National Park to Re-Implement a Day-Use Reservation System

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Beginning on Friday, May 21, 2021  Yosemite National Park – Beginning Friday, May 21, visitors to Yosemite National Park will need a day-use reservation to enter the park. The temporary day-use reservation system will allow the park to manage visitation levels to reduce risks associated with exposure to COVID-19.  Day-use reservations will be required for all users, including annual and lifetime pass holders. Each reservation is valid for three days.  Reservations are available on www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. on April 21, 2021. Each day-use reservation is valid for one vehicle and the occupants of that vehicle. Day-use reservations are included for...

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Leave No Trace: It's that Simple

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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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10 Essentials + a Flask of Whiskey

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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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Havasupai: All You Need to Know If You Scored Permits

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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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