I’M QUINCY KOETZ

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

Hiking Devil’s Postpile National Monument, California

The Devil’s Postpile is a geological wonder of the world. The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails meander through this natural monument Unique formations in Devil’s Postpile Of all the sights to be seen on the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trail, the Devils Postpile National Monument is perhaps the strangest and most unique. For those...

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Gear Review: Aurora Bivy by Outdoor Research

Aurora Bivy Sack: an excellent choice of the ultralight backpacker and mountaineer! You may or may not know that gear reviews are an important part of outdoor blogging and I’m one with an opinion on everything. Therefore, I’d like to start submitting some thorough gear reviews of the things that accompany me on my trips....

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Outdoor Adventures in North Dakota, Hiking and Paddling

“I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.”~ Theodore Roosevelt, American President and Founder of US National Parks Chances are, you don’t have North Dakota on your “Top Outdoor Adventure Destinations” list. This is a shame, because I (and many others!) co...

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Double Presidential Traverse: A 21 Summit Challenge

“Double or Nothing!” “A challenge in which a successful outcome is assure isn’t a challenge at all”~ Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer Somewhere in the part of my mind that just can’t get enough suffering and misery comes ideas for grandiose and epic adventures! I suppose this is the same part that got me into...

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