Trip Report: Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

After two years of COVID restrictions, I made the decision to get back out in nature and experience the world again. After a year of preparation, I flew into Cancun, Mexico for the start of a 6 month adventure of traveling to see and experience the biodiversity of another country. I was able to condense my life into a single carry-on and personal item and I’ve never been happier. At the time that I’m writing this, I have been backpacking through the country of Mexico for the last 3 months. This trip report is of my experience visiting the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.  

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Make Your Adventure a Fundraiser For a Charity
Outdoor adventures provide a unique opportunity to raise money for a charity. You have decided to embark on an adventure already so why not help others too. It’s fairly easy to contact your favorite charity and let them know what you're doing and the intention to raise money for them. SMD Ambassador Hawkeye Johnson talks about ways you can make your next adventure a fundraiser for charity.
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Why You Should Consider Using a Sleeping Bag Liner

So you’ve heard a lot of hype about getting a sleeping bag liner.

But, they can be expensive and they add extra weight to your pack.

Is it worth it?

As a seasoned thru-hiker, I say yes!  In this post, I’ll start with what a sleeping bag liner is and explain the various types of liners.  Then, I will break down WHY I always carry a sleeping bag liner and how it has helped me stay warm and cool (yes, both).  And finally, I’ll recommend a few sleeping bag liners as well as how I made my own.

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Ultralight Backpacking: A Beginner’s Guide

So, you’re tired of hauling the proverbial kitchen sink out on your back on your summer backpacking trips, as well as of standing on trail either in awe or envy as hikers, some of them much older or looking in lesser shape than you are, pass you by whistling as they walk, a bounce in their step, and carrying packs that make yours look like an overloaded 18-wheeler. Plenty of hikers, whether weekend backpackers or longer trail aficionados, are making the move to lightweight or ultralight gear, and here are a few primers to get you started on your way to happier and healthier hiking.

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