What is Caltopo

A Gentle Introduction to CalTopo

Today I was talking to one of the fine folks over at the Rustic Red Hostel over on Facebook when it came to my attention that he was unaware of CalTopo. This individual in question is an avid off-trail explorer in The Red River Gorge. It absolutely blew my mind that he had never heard of what is probably one of the greatest mapping utilities ever made for the backcountry explorer! So, today we are going to right this atrocity and take a look at just what CalTopo is and how we can use it.

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5 Tips for Hiking Solo

5 Tips For Hiking Solo

I spend a lot of time alone in the backcountry. Everything from a quick hike to clear my mind, to a multi-day photography excursion.
Don't get me wrong, hiking with others can be great fun, but sometimes you need to fly solo. This is especially true in the case of the backcountry photographer. Afterall, there aren't too many non-photographers that will put up with the lunacy that is backcountry photography! Plus, hiking solo can be a lot of fun!

Here are my 5 tips to help ensure that you have a safe, successful solo trip in the backcountry.

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Two Weekends on Ravens Rock

Two Weekends on Ravens Rock in Red River Gorge

My two previous weekends have been spent on top of an amazing rock formation located in Kentucky's Red River Gorge; Ravens Rock. This large rock formation can be seen throughout The Gorge (especially from Auxier Ridge), but people seldom go up there and take advantage of its breathtaking views. This means that Ravens Rock is a great place to find some solitude! I visited Ravens on two separate trips, a quick trip to photograph the sunset, and an overnight where I photographed the sunset, milky way, and the sunrise.

I should also mention that if you're interested in doing a trip like this yourself, you can check out my free trail guide to hiking Raven's Rock

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Swift Camp Creek Solo Overnight

A Solo Overnight Along Swift Camp Creek and My Thoughts on Hammock Camping

Over the past few months, I have been acquiring some new gear. I've been quite anxious to get out into the woods to try it all out. Most of all, I've been wanting to try out my hammock setup. I finally got a chance to get out for a quick, solo overnight. I decided to head on down to one of my favorite spots: Red River Gorge. Based off a suggestion from the guy that runs the HikingRRG Instagram account (And, of course, the HikingRRG Guide Service), I headed on down to the Swift Camp Creek, located in the Clifty Wilderness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lg7vDWrsno

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