Camping Tips, Hacks, and Advice for Beginners


“We gotta go camping!” I told my new girlfriend.  “Uhh, ok, I’ll do it it but it’s not really my thing” she responded.  I knew I had to make it fun, easy, and comfortable or else she might never go again.  I took her on a camping trip for seven days in Yosemite National Park and she fell in love with camping and rock climbing.  Now she says “you gotta camp with Mike, he has rules; he does it the best!”



We are meant to be outside.  We feel the most alive in the wilderness.  I hear a lot of people say “I don’t like camping.”   I can’t blame them if they have had the wrong first experience.  If I had to endure insects, being cold, wet, sleeping on a hard surface, and not eating well, then I would not be excited to ever go camping again. […]

Denali Climb Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of my Denali climb, start here: Denali Climb Part 1

DAY 11: Move to Camp 4 (17,200’)


After a several days of rest and acclimatization, we were ready to move to high camp.  We ate heartily, packed up our gear, and roped in.  We made our way to the headwall.  This steep wall rose nearly 1000 feet up to a colossal ridge, the West Buttress.  This route, discovered by Bradford Washburn, is the most popular route up Denali.  […]

Denali Climb Part 1

Climbing Mt. McKinley, one of the world’s seven tallest summits was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  Mt. McKinley, known better by its native name Denali, meaning “The High One”, is the highest peak in North America at 20,322′.  My oxygen saturation on the summit was probably in the low 80’s.  The air temperature was well below zero with wind speeds up to 50 miles per hour.  The only things I could focus on were to eat, drink, and keep moving.  […]