An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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 By Quincy Koetz

Mount Wrightson Winter Hike of Old Baldy Trail

As I began working my way back West from New Mexico, I spent some time in Southern Arizona. Like Las Cruces, the city of Tucson is literally surrounded by mountains. For a long time I believed Mount Lemmon was the highest in the region. However that honor belongs to the Santa Rita’s Mount Wrightson. At...

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Climbing Humphreys Peak, Flagstaff Arizona

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.” ~Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire Desert Perspectives Phoenix has forever ruined the image of Arizona. Not that I have anything against, Phoenix, I am a much bigger...

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Guide to the Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, Maine

“A quite slice of Acadia” Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, Maine Contrary to the often packed trails of Mt Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula is a much quieter part of Acadia National Park. This portion is the only part of the park that is not island based, but still provides similar beauty. Due to its...

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The Grand Canyon Grand Backpacking Trip

First time seeing the Grand Canyon You might not expect it, but before this last weekend, I had never been to the Grand Canyon before. I’ve seen a lot  of the country, but somehow managed to never make it down to this part of Arizona. So, for my birthday, I decided to go backpacking with...

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