Interview with the Co-Founders

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

Interview with the Co-Founders

I sat down with Cameron and Sean, the co-founders of Keep it Wild, to answer all of your burning questions. Here we go! Sean Cameron How did Keep it Wild get started? Cameron: Sean and I created Keep it Wild as an offshoot of Arizona Hiker’s Guide, that Casi - my wife - and I started. We blogged about the hikes and the adventures that we would take. Sean: Being Casi’s brother and Cameron’s brother-in-law, I started joining these guys on group hikes. I was just helping anywhere I could - helping with strategy, helping with photos. At the time, I was...

The Story Behind the Bound Collection

Posted by JACEY WEST

The Story Behind the Bound Collection

As you've hopefully seen already, we just launched a bunch of new goods... The Bound Collection To get these awesome photos, we camped at the Mogollon Rim in Payson, AZ. We were chased by storm clouds the entire drive, but once we got to our secluded campsite, the rain stopped. We hung out, built a fire, and walked to an overlook to watch the full moon rising. The next morning, we hung out by the campfire, made breakfast burritos, and took our new minibikes out. This collection is very representative of our weekend - forest bound. Hanging out with friends,...

Compassionate Activism

Posted by AMY GRAVLEE

Compassionate Activism

Passion for a cause if a good thing. As our passions rise, it is easy to become condescending and frustrated with the people around us. But compassionate action is kind and positive and transformative. It leaves a lasting impression that may actually cause a change in attitude and actions as opposed to raising defenses. Actions Speak Louder Than Words We cannot save the planet on our own. We need the help of everyone. When I see or am confronted with a well-meaning, passionate person that talks down to me and others, carries an air of judgment, and lectures me and...

Trash at the Top of the World

Posted by BROOKE EWING

Trash at the Top of the World

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to climb Mt Everest. I had these friends that I climbed with and we had nicknames for each other that we would use every time we climbed anything. (I was Jacki from the movie K2 by the way. And she was awesome.) There were a lot of things I would think about as I planned for this future expedition. The gear I would take, how long I would be gone, would I need oxygen at the summit, etc. Never, and I mean never, did I think of what I would do...

Would You Jump Off a Cliff Just Because Your Friends Did?

Posted by MIKAELA RULAND

Would You Jump Off a Cliff Just Because Your Friends Did?

My mom always asked me as a kid, “would you jump off a cliff just because all your friends did?”  I never jumped off a cliff with friends (helloooo, fear of heights!), but I definitely fell victim to my fair share of peer pressure over the course of my adolescence.  Now that I’m older, I recognize that doing something “just because everyone else is doing it” is silly, but that doesn’t mean the pressure isn’t still there.  Do it for the ‘gram! - it’s a phrase for a reason. We’ve all seen people on the internet do incredibly stupid things...

How Did People Hike Before the Internet?

Posted by MIKAELA RULAND

How Did People Hike Before the Internet?

I often wonder, "How did people hike before the internet?" as I’m scrolling through Instagram, taking screenshots of hikes to add to my bucket list. I follow mostly outdoorsy people on Instagram, and I’ve noticed that the popularity of trails comes in waves. One day I’ll see someone post a gorgeous picture of a trail I’ve never heard of before (which, I of course, screenshot and add to my list) and then in the coming weeks it seems like everyone I follow has hiked that trail. I start to get serious FOMO and knock the trail to the top few...

Taking a Risk to Turn Your Dreams into a Reality

Posted by MIKAELA RULAND

Taking a Risk to Turn Your Dreams into a Reality

In the summer of 2016, I quit my job. It wasn’t what I was passionate about and I felt unfilled.  My fiance and I packed all of our belongings into a 10x10 storage unit and headed north in our ‘98 Subaru Legacy. We spent the summer living out of our car, exploring Canada and the Western US.  It felt wild and adventurous and for the first time in my life, I felt like I was really pursuing my dreams.  But then, our money ran out and we came back to our hometown. I didn’t know what I wanted to do...

Should I Be Composting?

Posted by AMY GRAVLEE

Should I Be Composting?

I know, I know! Composting. The thing you should be doing but you don’t. It seems like such a simple thing but then browns and greens and balance and heat … But, composting can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be.  Some people are going to have a compost bin or pile in the backyard that they monitor regularly and can’t wait to have conversations about with any unsuspecting passerby. Then, there are the individuals that are okay with digging a small hole in their flowerbed and burying their veggie scraps with as little...

7 Outdoor Books to Inspire the Adventurer in You

Posted by AMY GRAVLEE

7 Outdoor Books to Inspire the Adventurer in You

Words have the power to both transport us and inspire us. Readers sometimes get a bad rap for using books as an escape without ever seeking out adventures of their own.  This has never been the case for me. I love reading because it is amongst the pages of wonderful books that I have found some of my most crazy and exciting ideas. Here are some of my favorites. For Kids (Of All Ages) When you are a kid, everything seems possible and plausible. I loved reading (and still do) realistic fiction adventure books. They made me think I too...

Tips For Trying Something New Outside

Posted by KERRI ANNE STEBBINS

Tips For Trying Something New Outside

What have you always wanted to do outdoors? How have you always wanted to push yourself? There's a lot to be unsure of when picking up a new skill or otherwise trying something that stretches your boundaries outside. Not only do you need to learn and practice new skills, but you may also have to push past your own preconceptions of what may be safe and achievable.  I love spending time outside and in the backcountry by myself. In the past decade, I've grown increasingly comfortable with hiking solo in wild places, just as I've picked up other new skills,...

The Impact of Micro-Trash

Posted by KERRI ANNE STEBBINS

The Impact of Micro-Trash

Odds are good you know what micro-trash is even if you haven’t yet read the official definition. You know what it is, just like I do, because we’ve seen it on trails, in campsites, washing ashore on beaches, and littering parking lots and the sides of highways all over the country.  Essentially, micro-trash refers to any small piece of trash in the environment that is dangerous to wildlife when ingested. (To clarify: All micro-trash is dangerous to wildlife when ingested.) Micro-trash is anything from cigarette butts and gum wrappers to (beer and single-use plastic water) bottle caps, bullet casings and...

Tips & Tricks for Eating Outside

Posted by KERRI ANNE STEBBINS

Tips & Tricks for Eating Outside

When it comes to eating outside, there’s often an inherent romanticism sitting at the proverbial table. After all, what could be better than a tasty picnic lunch or dinner in a beautiful outdoor space? In reality, though, those FOMO-inducing Instagram photos often omit plenty of messy details that go hand-in-hand with cooking and eating outside. Details like: What’s the best way to pack your meal(s) (and corresponding cooking gear) into the backcountry? How do you keep bugs and critters at bay? Is your cooking setup sustainable and as low impact as it can be? How do you keep cleanup from...

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