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Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell is the founder of Love the Backcountry, a freelance writer and a long time lover of adventure travel based in San Diego, CA. When not writing about the backcountry, he can typically be found hiking, backpacking and camping in the mountains around San Diego and looking to lay his head beneath as many trees as he can find.

Indoorsy to Outdoorsy: 10 Ways to Transform Your Lifestyle

Looking to get outside more and enjoy the grand outdoors? Not sure where to start? The lifestyle shift doesn’t have to be difficult. All it takes is an open mind and the will to say yes to new opportunities. Here’s how you can transform yourself from living a life indoors to exploring the outdoors: 10.       […]

Outdoor Adventures in and Around Vancouver, Washington

Nestled between the snow-covered Cascade Mountains and the rushing Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border, Vancouver, Washington, is defined by its natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-fueled hike to a breathtaking vista or a tranquil retreat to a hidden waterfall or other natural wonder, exploration is at the heart of the Vancouver’s historic appeal. […]

The Surprising Hiking Trails Around Las Vegas

If you don’t actually have a habit of going there, Las Vegas might seem somewhat old fashioned. It’s a city that’s been featured in old, classic films, and one that’s associated with a brand of culture and entertainment that doesn’t always seem particularly modern. If you take a closer look though you’ll see that Sin […]

Best Hikes in Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley is home to a wide array of hiking trails that overlook the gaping desert mountains and are adorned with lush palm trees. Strap on your shoes, fill up your hydration pack, and set out on adventure to find some of the best hikes in Coachella Valley. Beginner, intermediate, and extreme – there […]

Tips for Hiking with Chronic Back Pain

Four out of five Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives making it one of the most common physical health problems in the United States. Some causes of back pain are inevitable such as aging or genetics, but other causes can be avoided such as injury and strain. Luckily, there […]

Best Hikes & Trails in The Twin Cities

Residents of the Twin Cities are known for their love of the outdoors. Both Minneapolis and Saint Paul are close in proximity to several lakes, wildlife areas and sit along the Mississippi River. This has led to the Twin Cities frequently topping lists of the fittest cities in America. If you are looking for an […]

The Ultimate Guide to Car Camping

Whether you’re planning to share a favorite outdoor hobby with your child or just looking to get them in the fresh air, it’s hard to beat the memories you can make on a car camping trip. Getting in the outdoors creates quality time you just can’t get at home. Before you can start roasting marshmallows […]

Youth Involvement Leads to Improved Trail Resources

Ingrid Phillips, an avid hiker, backpacker, and sea kayaker, is a sophomore at Stanwood high school, and member of WTA’s 2016-2017 Youth Ambassador cohort. Mrs. Anderton and her class pose in front of an informational sign at a Camano Island trailhead. Photo by Twin City Elementary Staff. by Ingrid Phillips For my Youth Ambassador project, […]

Zapata Falls

Even rushing water can feel serene out in the woods #lovethebackcountry

Meet The Savvy Hiker

Recently I had the opportunity to meet Jessica Martin, the founder of The Savvy Hiker. After learning about her business, I asked her if we could do a profile about her and The Savvy Hiker. Here’s what she shared with me. Can you tell us a little about you and your organization? Raised in East […]