Jess FischerExplorer

A little adventurer with a big love for the great outdoors.

Scramble Up Lady Mountain

Springdale, Utah

Begin by taking the shuttle to the Zion Lodge, where you can fill up on water for the day of steep hiking and scrambling ahead.

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The Art of Layering for Cold Weather Adventures

I'm someone who loves adventuring out in the cold, but I don't like being cold. I’ve had my fair share of hikes where I’ve been caught in colder temperatures than I had anticipated and caught a chill.

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Fly Fishing for Trout 101

Fly fishing has been one of my favorite hobbies to learn.

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Hike Turk Mountain

Crozet, Virginia

From the parking area at Turk Gap (MP 94.1), cross over the Skyline Drive.  The Appalachian Trail (AT) intersects right here, and take the AT south by taking the trail on the left.  After 0.

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5 Steps to Improving Your Night Photography

Shooting at night lets you stretch your photographic skills. Old locations become new and you can end up with some mind bending results. But before you head out you’ll need a few things. 1.

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Hike to Sperry Glacier Basin, Glacier NP

West Glacier, Montana

Starting out at the Sperry Trailhead adjacent to Lake McDonald Lodge, climb 9 miles up the trail to Comeau Pass.

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Hike to Two Medicine Pass

Glacier County, Montana

Starting at the South Shore trailhead on Two Medicine Lake (parking available), you'll follow the lake through alternating forest and meadows and eventually cross a small suspension bridge.

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7 Tips for Backpacking With Your Significant Other

We were 5 hours deep into Glacier National Park's backcountry when I looked at Michael and said, "I should write a blog post about how if you think you love someone you should go backpacking with the.

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Backpack Mount Assiniboine: Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

This trek specifically covers the distance from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark. You will need a car at Mt. Shark, as there are no shuttles from that location to Canomre or any local areas.

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8 Tips for Backpacking California's Lost Coast


The Lost Coast is a 53-mile route along Northern California’s rugged coast, untouched by Highway 1.

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5 Virginia Waterfalls to Swim in This Summer


Is there anything more refreshing than swimming under a waterfall on a hot summer day? Escaping the summer heat in a freezing cold pool of water and then sunbathing out on warm rocks is one of my all.

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Why You Should Add Luang Prabang to Your Travel Bucket List

Luang Prabang Province, Laos

When people talk about visiting Southeast Asia, they usually focus on places like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, often neglecting Laos. I was definitely guilty.

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Fly Fish Oak Creek

Sedona, Arizona

Oak Creek is spring fed from the upper reaches of Oak Creek Canyon. It flows into the Verde River and the upper sections provide for some excellent trout fishing.

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Capture Sunrise at St. Mary Lake

Browning, Montana

One of the more popular spots to photograph this lake is from the Wild Goose Island pullout. However, I prefer to get off the beaten path a little bit and avoid the crowds.

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Hike to Bearfence Mountain

Stanardsville, Virginia

This is one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah National Park for its views, easy access to the trail, and the option to combine it with a much further hike on the AT.

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Hike House Mountain

Lexington, Virginia

House Mountain provides two amazing views via two out-and-back hikes, for a combined hike of 8.75 miles.

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Hike Roaring Run Falls

Eagle Rock, Virginia

From 615 (Craig Creek rd) you turn on to 621 (Roaring Run rd) and about mile down is a little gravel road on the left that you turn down.

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Swim at Arnold Valley Pool

Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Arnold Valley Pool might be a couple hundred feet from the road but most people don’t even notice when they pass by.

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Hike to Compton Peak

South River, Virginia

This unique hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park is 2.4 miles round trip with an 835' elevation gain, and leads you to two viewpoints as well as a cool rock outcrop.

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Hike to Bear Church Rock via Bootens Gap

Stanley, Virginia

The trail leads along the ridge of Jones Mountain to the gorgeous views at Bear Church Rock, and it's the perfect hike for those seeking solitude - didn't see another soul the entire time on a holida.

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Camping at Assateague

Berlin, Maryland

This is the perfect getaway if you are on the East Coast! Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia that is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the .

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Backpack the Roan Highlands (A.T.)

Bakersville, North Carolina

The Roan highlands, possibly one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, is a section of grassy balds that range from 5000-6000 feet following the A.T.

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Hike to Janes Bald

Bakersville, North Carolina

This journey begins at Carvers Gap, on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. At a beginning elevation of 5512 ft.

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Explore Whitewater Falls

Cashiers, North Carolina

Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains with the upper falls alone dropping over 400 feet.

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