Wilderness First Responder course

What is a Wilderness First Responder?

I first became a wilderness first responder in January 2013. I took an eighty-hour course at the start of the...

san jose costa rica

Costa Rica: San Jose

We started and ended our Costa Rica adventures in San Jose.

wildlife and bird watching

Costa Rica: Wildlife and Bird Watching

On many of my personal backcountry trips – and even on some of my work ones – I tend to...

Costa Rica drfitwood in Cahuita National Park

Costa Rica: Biking and Cahuita National Park

We left EARTH University and arrived at the beach town of Cahuita, just outside of its eponymous national park and met...

Costa Rica hike

Costa Rica: Take a Hike (to El Tigre)

Coffee. I awoke at 5:30 to the beautiful music of a river running from its source and all I could...

ziplining

Costa Rica: High Wire Act (a.k.a. Ziplining)

I watched as one of the students flew across the zipline over the Pacuare River with the greatest of ease....

view from rios tropicales' ecolodge

Costa Rica: Rios Tropicales’ Ecolodge

As I sit in my tent and write this post by the light of my headlamp, I look at the...

Costa Rica - Pacuare River - whitewater rafting

Costa Rica: Whitewater Rafting

We bumped along the winding road that would take us to Rios Tropicales whitewater rafting put-in along the Pacuare River.

Costa Rica foliage at EARTH University

Costa Rica: EARTH University

EARTH University was founded in 1990 near Limón as a collaboration between the government of Costa Rica, the Kellogg Foundation,...

ODAN canoe trip

Abbreviated Trip Report: ODAN Canoe Trip

You may find it hard to believe, but before last weekend I’d never paddled in Algonquin Park.

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