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 Boundary Peak, Highpoint of Nevada

If there’s one thing that could be said about Nevada, it is a mountainous state! Even a visit to Las Vegas can’t shroud the looming desert peaks that surround the fabulous city. I love Las Vegas as much as anyone but what has always drawn me to the Silver State are is many mountains. I’ve...

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Autumn Hike of Ruby Dome, Mountains and Wilderness, Elko, Nevada

No doubt the highlight of the trip was going to be a trek through the Ruby Mountains in Nevada’s beautiful Northeast. The Ruby Mountains are not famous to anyone except for a few tele-skiers and photographers. Despite overlooking Elko and Spring Creek, the peak is remote and infrequently visited. Ruby Mountains  as viewed from the...

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Fire Wave, Valley of Fire, Nevada: Directions and Guide

Everything you need to know about getting to the elusive Fire Wave near Las Vegas, Nevada. A destination for hikers, photographers and desert-lovers. The famous Fire Wave of Nevada has intrigued and tormented me for quite some time. Its image appears on the covers of Nevada Tourism brochures and dozens of photography websites. While pictures...

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Winter Climbing on Wheeler Peak, Nevada

Guide to climbing Wheeler Peak in Nevada during the winter. An isolated summit in the Great Basin wilderness with a technically easy climb. Its not often that one can claim they are writing anything new on a mountaineering route but it seems that both literary and online information regarding winter climbing on Wheeler Peak are...

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Top 10 Caves in American National Parks (Western): Part 1

Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, Nevada In an effort to beat this current heat wave, it might be a good idea to take up some caving this summer! Caves almost always at a constant, cool temperature throughout the year- even in the summer! But beyond cooling off, caves are one of the most protected...

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