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JoelSalvino

Addicted to the dark areas on light pollution maps, I focus on documenting the world's remote spaces. I hope to inspire others to be an active member of the ecosystem all around us. Our most valuable resources, clean air, clean water, and open spaces are being parceled off and destroyed at an alarming rate. Let's enjoy Earth and share it with future generations. You can check out my blog Not A Guide Book

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Best Backpacking Tents of 2017: The Ultimate Guide

By JoelSalvino

Your outdoor shelter / backpacking tent is the most important purchase you can make before a trip, it is the difference between life and death.From my experience, nothing beats using a tent. It is a versatile shelter, making it easy to setup and easy to carry.Tents have saved me from hypothermia when caught in a […]

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The 11 Best Backpacking Hammocks [2017 Buyers Guide]

By JoelSalvino

Looking to invest in a new backpacking hammock? Or maybe you are a newcomer who hasn’t tried sleeping in a hammock when out in the woods before. Either way, we’ve complied this list to help you figure out which one is right for your situation. Hammocks make excellent shelters for overnighting: they are lightweight, easy […]

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Grand Enchantment Trail (Arizona)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)331 mi (533km) DIFFICULTY TIME20-30 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe Arizona Trail SOLITUDE An unknown trail through unmarked territoryThe Grand Enchantment Trail is still relatively unknown and only the most serious thru-hikers attempt it. At over 770 miles long, the western half of the sendero is in Arizona, the Eastern portion in New Mexico. Beginning on the […]

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Sage Creek Loop (Badlands National Park, USA)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)22mi (35km) DIFFICULTY TIME2-3 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOPopular Trails in Badlands National Park SOLITUDE Ultimate Freedom in a Forgotten Corner of Badlands National ParkFeaturing rolling hills and plains instead of the popular petrified mud formations, this trail is located on the less seen side of Badlands National Park. The dry grasslands here are emblematic of the […]

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The 5 Best Backpacking Towels (2017)

By JoelSalvino

The way I smell after hiking, even after a single weekend, is horrendous. Now, you might be thinking: ‘wow, this guy is gross. When I go camping I never smell.’ **News flash** You probably smell worse than me. Come on, admit it: it’s hard to stay clean in the great outdoors.  Washing up in a […]

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Art Loeb Trail (North Carolina)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)30 mi (48 km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOAppalachian Trail SOLITUDE Remote Wilderness in the Southern Appalachian MountainsThe trail winds through Pisgah National forest, showing off wilderness areas and “bald” mountain tops high above the treeline. With an elevation over 6000 feet at the highest point, the classic “no switchback” design of Appalachia makes hiking incredibly […]

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Cranberry Lake 50 (NY State)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)50 mi (80km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe Great Range Trail SOLITUDE Beautifully Remote Route Through The ‘DacksThe Adirondacks are the largest open space land project in the United States. Over 6 million acres are regulated, featuring small towns, wild areas and mountains as far as the eye can see. The Cranberry Lake 50 […]

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Superstition Ridge Line (Arizona)

By JoelSalvino

DISTANCE (round-trip)11.5 mi DIFFICULTY TIME2 days​ ALTERNATIVE TONorth MountainNational Trail SOLITUDE This ‘Arizona Death March’ Is Unmarked and UntamedKnown as the ‘Arizona Death March’, this is one of the toughest trails in the entire state.The Superstition Mountains separate the sprawl of Phoenix from the harsh interior of Eastern Arizona. Every year people die in the […]