The Tarkine

Packing for an Adventure: General Packing List

Tips on Packing for a Backpacking Trip + Packing List Download One of the questions I get asked most is: How do I pack for a backpacking trip? Getting out of your comfort zone and seeking adventure is all part of the Wild Living Blueprint. Stepping out your front door takes risk, but with risk comes the chance of great reward. Proper preparation will go a long way towards your success. This is a huge topic for discussion, and I am going to try to simplify it for you. Below are some packing examples and a backpacking trip itinerary for…

The Bigger Three

As seen on fjallraven.com.au When talking about backpacking, the bare essentials are usually called “The Big Three.” The Big Three are your choice of backpack, sleep system, and shelter. These items comprise the most important kit you can take with you on a trip. The backpack should be large enough to accommodate all of your gear inside. The sleep system is the combination of sleeping mat and sleeping bag (or quilt) that you will use; which depends on the environment you will be in. While the shelter will be key to keeping dry and storing your gear. But, what are…
Finding the Wild

Wild Living: A Lifestyle Blueprint

Wild: Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state. -The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition Wild Living is my updated mission. Think of it as ‘Holistic Living Plus’. After a while ‘Holistic Living’ felt too ‘hippy.’ As much as the word holistic has value, it has been commandeered by many groups who tarnish its name to sell woo products and incomplete lifestyles. In fact, an acquaintance of mine wrote an amazing article about this, and I will refer you to her work: I used to be a holistic nutritionist. Wild Living is about building a lifestyle…
The Man in the Arena

Strip or Retire: The Man in the Arena

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt “Strip or Retire” was written above the doors of Roman wrestling schools. Roman wrestlers fought in the nude, and the meaning was simple: Compete or Quit. Put yourself on the line for honour and glory, or leave. Most people can respect this risk. We inherently know that it takes a certain type of person risk their reputation, their health, and their livelihood on the chance of success. Humans have always revered those who risked all for the chance of greatness. Think of…

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