The most important piece of equipment in backpacking that never appears on “20 Essentials” lists? Your own body! Without it, you would never get views like this.


Wilderness Falls, Sapphire, NC, USA




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What does it feel like to #getyourassintonature?

To feel no gaze except the gaze of nature on your body is incredibly freeing. The indifference of nature teaches me that indifference is not necessarily a bad thing. To exist on my own, no matter how I fit into others’ plans and opinions, is worthwhile in itself.

What is your favorite part about #getyourassintonature?

Pushing boundaries, pushing comfort levels, remembering constantly that life is too important to be taken seriously.

What does adventure mean to you?

Adventure is any kind of moving meditation where you discover yourself in the context of the world and the world in the context of yourself.

How do you exhibit courage when you #getyourassintonature?

Clothing is a form of self-expression, which is great. But the hardest part of life is learning how to drop your identity, to recognize that you are made of the same energy as everyone else and everything else. It takes courage to drop the brand-name jackets and the color-coordinated outfits. But when we do, we find purity underneath.