I love Gaia GPS, but the process of adding a custom map source in the IOS version is a long, convoluted process. This tutorial will show you how it’s done.Read More
Hiking and Backpacking
Welcome to the first in a series of posts I'm going to be doing over the next few months to introduce you to the basics of wilderness navigation. The purpose of this series is to help you familiarize yourself with the concepts of wilderness navigation to make your time in the backcountry safer and more enjoyable.
In this first part of the series, I will be teaching the basics of reading a topographic map. It is absolutely essential that anyone venturing into the backcountry not only have a hard-copy map of the area but also that they know how to properly read and understand it. This article will teach you all of the basics of reading a topographic map.Read More
We've finally gotten back to that time of year where we can ditch our heavy winter coats and everything starts to turn green again. The official start of summer is quickly approaching us. Despite it still technically being spring, however, the temperatures sure make it feel like summer!
In fact, here in Kentucky it has been hot to the point of being potentially dangerous. That's why I want to take some time to discuss heat exhaustion. This is one of the biggest threats to hikers this time of year, so it's important to know what it is, how to recognize it and what steps to take to treat it and even avoid it all together.Read More
During my last trip to The Great Smoky Mountains I decided that I wanted to night hike up Mt. Leconte to Myrtle Point to attempt to photograph the sunrise. This is a trip I've been trying to do for several months, but the weather has never been particularly cooperative!
I obsessively checked the weather and determined that my best window of opportunity would be Sunday morning. So, it was set. I'd wake up at 2 a.m. on Sunday, drive to the Alum Cave Trailhead, and hike up Mt. Leconte in the dark.Read More
I apologize for the lax in updates over the past couple of weeks. I've been super busy getting caught up on all of my Serial Photog related work after my week long trip to Florida and Tennessee. That's not what this post is about though.
What I want to discuss here is a cause called The 11th Essential. The premise of this initiative is really quite simple. We've all heard of the 10 essentials. The idea here is to add a trash bag as an eleventh essential.
Not convinced? Then I encourage you to take a moment to read the basis of this argument.Read More
Kentucky is just packed full of natural arches. In fact, it's ranked either second or third in the United States for most number of natural arches. We are behind only Utah and possibly Arizona. East of the Mississippi, however, we are ranked number one!
That means that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of natural arches to be seen in the state! Many of these are off designated trails and seldom visited. It's up to the intrepid explorer to put in the time, energy and research to find these hidden treasures. In this spirit of exploration, I'm not going to spoil the locations of these arches here. I'll leave that up to you ;)
So, without further ado, here's my five favorite natural arches in Kentucky that I've found so far!Read More
It sure has been raining a lot here in Kentucky lately! I'm not complaining though, since it's helped fuel my waterfall obsession. There's one fact that I can't escape, however... shooting in the rain can really suck!
Well, that is if you don't know how to deal with the challenges the rain brings with it. Over the years I've come to spend more and more time shooting out in what some might call "bad weather". There truly isn't too much weather that I won't get out and shoot in at this point (within reason, course). Your ability to shoot in challenging conditions (and even enjoy it) all comes down to the knowledge you have.
So, with that being said, I'd like to share my 4 tips for getting out and shooting landscape photography in the rain. Let's jump right in!Read More
Here lately Kentucky has been receiving a ton of rain. This means that the conditions have been perfect for getting out and photographing waterfalls! I've found myself just a little bit obsessed with them lately. Here are the stories behind my latest waterfall images.Read More
This past Friday I drove down to Laurel County, Kentucky, to explore part of the Daniel Boone National Forest with my buddy @MCochis. The primary goal of this trip was to check out a spot that Mike had identified as being a possible waterfall. Spoiler alert, we did indeed find the waterfall. I'll have images of said waterfall to share later.Read More
Tell most people that you are planning on embarking on a wintertime adventure and you're likely to get the same response: "There's something wrong with you". Most people just don't get it. I, myself, understand it. In fact, I actually love adventuring during the winter and you should too.
Not convinced? Well, here are my top 3 reasons why I love adventuring in winter.Read More