Book Review: The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka

Earlier this winter after a #STPLive event, the good folks at Sierra Trading Post hooked me up with a free copy of the book 'The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail' by Andrew Skurka. Since Andrew Skurka is kind of a big deal in the outdoor community I was excited to check out his book and see what it was all about. I could do a recap of the book, but that would be ridiculous (just go buy the book). Instead here are a few points that really stood out to me. As I dove…

Book Review: Empire of Shadows The Epic Story of Yellowstone

I recently finished reading George Black's book "Empire of Shadows: the Epic Story of Yellowstone." This is a great book and if you are at all curious about the events that led to the creation of our first National Park then this is a must read. Don't let the 428 pages or the fact that it's history scare you away. Mr. Black has taken the lives and stories of all the major people involved, as well as a great many minor people, and weaved them into one of the rare true stories that is better than fiction. I was surprised the…