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Chris Olson

In addition to his role as an outdoor adventure guide, Chris Olson seeks to share his passion for, and experience in, the great outdoors through writing and photography. He has backpacked, hiked, climbed, kayaked, biked, and skied throughout much of the eastern United States, as well as iconic locations such as Zion National Park, Newfoundland, and Puerto Rico.

His passion for fresh air, and beautiful places, reminds us all of the simple joys to be had from spending time outside!

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Arethusa Falls Hiking Trail Guide

The stunning New Hampsire Arethusa waterfall attracts hordes of visitors every year. Find out all you need to know for a successful trip including info on finding the trailhead, navigating to the falls, and other helpful resources.
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10 Essentials for Hiking & Backpacking

Many a backpacking or hiking trip gone wrong can trace the root cause back to not carrying the ten hiking essentials, or not being able to use them. Come with us as we break down the what? why? and how? to help you keep your future adventures on trail and without incident.
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Helton Creek Falls Hiking Trail Guide

In Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, Helton Creek Falls is a wonderful option for those wanting to experience the splendor of nature on a short hike. Check out our guide on how to get there, what to expect & what to bring.
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Munra Point Hiking Trail Guide

Munra Point should be on every Columbia River Gorge visitors list of things to do. Check out our trail guide for tips on planning, route finding and what to bring.
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Buckskin Gulch & Paria Canyon Hiking Guides

Paria Canyon straddling the Utah/Arizona border is considered one of the longest slot canyons in the world. If you are considering backpacking this 30+ mile long route then we’ll take you through everything you need to know to have a hassle-free trip.
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Thru-Hiking 101: Introductory Guide

Considering your first thru-hike? For first-hand insight into the planning, gear, and mindset necessary for successful thru-hiking we've got you covered.
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How to Use Trekking Poles

Trekking pole use for hiking, walking, and backpacking is a given for most experienced outdoor travelers, yet we often see new hikers hesitant to bring them along. Check out our tips below on why you should be using trekking poles, how to use them properly, and when to adapt their set-up for various terrain.
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Best Biodegradable Soap for Backpacking & Camping

An adventure into the wilderness can become a messy endeavor. Learn how to keep clean when using soap outdoors while minimizing any environmental impact with our quick guide to the best biodegradable soaps.
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Hidden Lake Lookout Hiking Trail Guide

Forests, alpine meadows, stay in an old Forestry Service firehouse. Sounds awesome, right? Find out what you need to hike the Hidden Lake Trail, WA.
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