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Free-4-All: National Park Days 2019

So you need to figure out which days to take off from work in 2019? Forget your cousin Betty's wedding. We think you'd have more fun exploring some of America's wild lands, for free! Here are the entrance free days to visit those national parks that you need to check off your bucket list:


  • January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • April 20, 2019 (the first day of National Park Week)
  • August 25, 2019 (the National Park Service’s birthday)
  • September 28, 2019 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2019 (Veterans Day)



Corn Fields & Waterfalls: The Unexpected Midwest

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…

Leave No Trace: It's that Simple

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.

10 Essentials + a Flask of Whiskey

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...

Havasupai: All You Need to Know If You Scored Permits

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...