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

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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Minutemen Missiles, Badlands and the Geographic Center of America

Day: 20 Miles: 3,700ish Locations: Minutemen Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park and Belle Fourche, the Geographic Center of the Nation The Badlands! Whew, what a day! It turned out completely different then I planned! I was about 60 miles out of Rapid City, South Dakota and came across a very interesting National Historic...

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Hiking the Willow Creek trail up Harney Peak, South Dakota

Day: 19 Miles: 3,560 Location: Harney Peak, Black Hills, South Dakota Harney Peak, the highest mountain in South Dakota Another day, another State Highpoint climbed! If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am trying to climb the 50 state highpoints of the United States. This is another one of my life long goals...

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Caving in Jewel Cave and Wind Cave

Day: 17-18 Miles: 3,500ish Locations: Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument, Black Hills, South Dakota Boxwork in Wind Cave This journey has finally taken me underground! My adventures have brought me to South Dakota and the famed Black Hills. Famed mostly to road-trippers and rock climbers! The Black Hills are somewhat of a...

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