Stories

By Gregory Kempers Whether you’re a seasonal worker like me and want some solo hiking time on the shoulder season or are on an epic road trip, you’ll run into similar issues and situations when first figuring out how to be an efficient bum. I currently work as a sled dog guide in Alaska or Colorado, depending on the time of year, so my line of work requires a tremendous amount of driving and camping.
By Dillon Upp It seems like every millennial pines for the life on 4 wheels. They say freedom is the road. Jack Kerouac says, “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” But is the road life? I’ve been on the road since December 21st, 2017. It has been almost a year and I have gained so much experience from diving
Words and Photos by Michael Polletta How one man’s story lead me on a chilling four mile hike in Yellowstone’s Pelican Valley Reality sets in when you start a hike with bear spray in one hand. That reality is the realization that you are heading into a landscape that is more wild than anything else in the lower 48 states. A landscape that is one of the last few homes to some of the most
By Eva Glasrud Gentle granite slopes. Deep blue mountain lakes. No roads for miles… yet a charming group of lakeside cabins. Welcome to Lower Echo Lake, an El Dorado paradise I only discovered this summer… because of Rimadyl. For those whose doggie companions haven’t reached that age yet, Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that treats arthritis. My 13-year-old Australian shepherd mix, Ruby, had developed a limp in her back left leg that spring.
October 23, 2018

Honoring Friends

Working through losing your hiking buddies and unconditional companions Words and photos by Michael Polletta – Bivy Ambassador True friends are hard to come by.  People come and go, and people who you really think are friends often seem to fade away when it’s not convenient to be friends anymore. True friendship takes work, just like any other relationship. After 43 years I can honestly say I have two true friends (aside from family members). Two
Written by Rebecca Pittmore with AllTheRooms   Looking for adventure? Love the water? A kayaking trip is a perfect way to combine adventure and the sea on your vacation. With tons of perfect locations for a kayak or canoe-filled afternoon all across the US, planning a trip on the water couldn’t be easier. Check out the best places to Kayak for some inspiration.   Wailua River and Secret Falls Trail, Kauai County, Hawaii A hidden
By David Xiao I snapped awake and immediately felt the crisp, freezing cold. I have forgotten this kind of cold since I first set foot on the Pacific Crest Trail 5 months ago. I began at the Mexican border and now I am close to the end, the Goat Rocks Wilderness of Washington. After laying in silence for a few minutes, watching the vapour from my breath swirl around, I packed up and started hiking with every layer I brought.
By Kimberly McElroy At the end of April, while experiencing the adrenaline high of a recent successful 5K, I decided to combine a race within a vacation. I was almost a year into a new job and felt it was time to apply for some days off. My eyes finally turned to a 10K near the city of Prescott, AZ, specifically in the Groom Creek area off of Senator Highway. Even though I went to university
Words and Photos By Michael Polletta The second highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth clocked in at 231 mph on April 12th 1934. Was it on the 29,039 foot summit of Mt. Everest? What about the 28,351 foot summit of K2? Or was it the 20,310 foot summit of Denali? These three peaks are well known for their unforgiving weather and all three have taken the lives of many climbers. There have been many books
September 20, 2018

A Taste of Nature

By Dhimiter Qirjazi The forest began to thin out and we heard the roar of Arethusa Falls up ahead. As we neared the cascade, the brilliant blue sky opened up above us. The water flowing down the rocks was almost blindingly white from the reflection of the afternoon sun.  We had finally made it. We kicked off our shoes, peeled off our socks and our sweat-soaked shirts, tucked our gear behind some shrubs, and walked
By Pitt Grewe, Bivy Marketing Director After driving on a dirt road for over 50 miles, we were excited to get out of the vehicle and start hiking. We knew bad weather was headed our way later in the week, so we didn’t want to waste any time. After about 2 miles of hauling heavy packs full of climbing gear, we started to walk by beautiful granite monoliths. They call this area The Cathedral Graveyard
September 11, 2018

BIVY M.A.D.E. TRIPS

Meeting Avoidance and Desk Escape Remember that company retreat at an all inclusive resort? Food, drinks, motivational speaker, maybe some team building activities? You loved it right? At Bivy we like retreats too. But instead of luxury suites we prefer shivering ourselves to sleep. Instead of all inclusive buffets we prefer dehydrated meals. And instead of warm and fuzzy motivational quotes we prefer heavy backpacks. Thats why our HR department encourages us to go on a Bivy M.A.D.E. Trips.   Meeting Avoidance and Desk Escape     These trips are