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Go Cliff Jumping Becket Quarry, Massachussetts [Video]

It’s not summer until you and you friends travel to an out-of-state Quarry for some epic cliff jumping from +60ft cliffs! This adventure took us up to Old Granite Quarry in Becket, MA or otherwise known as Becket Quarry. It’s an incredibly secluded spot that draws people from all over the region. The cliffs range from just a few feet to over 60, boasting depths of 200 feet in some locations. Not only are the cliffs epic, but there’s a rope swing and the water was a warm 70 degrees when we were there. I recommend getting there early before …

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The Freezer Hostel Review [Iceland]

This was unlike any other hostel I’ve ever stayed in. Simply put, this place was so unique, that I cannot even begin recommend it enough, but I’ll try. Everything from the guy who ran the hostel (Kári Viðarsson), to the isolated town of Rif, 2.5hr drive from Reykjavik, really puts The Freezer Hostel into a category of its own. Freezer Hostel was the first place we planned to stay during our trip to Iceland, and having no idea anything about the region or the location, except for the fact it was on the coast, we made the journey up from Reykjavik …

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Hiking Mount Washington [Video]

My friends and I hiked the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail up Mount Washington, NH. There is no other hike in the Northeast quite like it. The views above the tree line are so expansive and wondrous. The hike itself was quite challenging with over 4,000ft over vert. We started our morning at the Tarry Ho Campground and made our way to the trailhead parking lot. Up and away we went, taking the trail all the way to the beautiful Lake of the Clouds. After a quick stop, we made our push up to the summit where luckily the summit photo-op was …

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Ice Climbing a Glacier in Iceland [Video]

Our next stop on the Iceland adventure took us to the Sólheimajökull Glacier right outside of Vik, Iceland for some hiking and ice climbing. Blue bird day and really couldn’t ask for more! We took the Blue Ice tour from Adventure Iceland which gave us the full experience out on that glacier. Tour: Blue Ice by Adventure Iceland Check back Later for the full post!

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After-work Adventures: Why Are You Not Going?

It seems these days that activities like hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor climbing are reserved for those “free” hours between 5PM on Friday to 5PM on Sunday. We pretty much only allot ourselves a 48 hour block to have fun each week, which most of the time gets consumed by menial tasks that usually involve the phrase “work around the house”. It would be taboo to hear on a Thursday morning that your coworker went camping night before and still made it into work by 8AM the following morning, right? Why is that? It seems like we constantly …

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Best Transportation Options: Traveling Iceland

Travel can be defined in many ways. As a verb: To go from point A to point B. But I tend to view travel as a noun: To experience new things while in a new place. When traveling, we must balance the time it takes to get to a destination versus the amount we can experience before we get to our destination. If we chose to fly from location to location, yes, it’d be very quick, but we would miss everything between points A & B. If we walked, we would see everything from the cracks in the road to the …

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Spontaneity is Key to Adventure in Iceland

As we pulled over onto the side of the road for, what seemed to feel like the 100th time, and the four of us stepped out of the car for a hike up the mountainside to check out another waterfall. At this moment, I couldn’t have been happier with how our lack of planning had allowed us to explore the incredibly unique landscape of Iceland. Since I returned home, I constantly find myself describing, to my friends and family, how diverse the countryside of Iceland was as it varied so much from mile to mile. If we had planned our …

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Where to stay in Iceland?

The question I get asked a lot when I return from a trip is always, “Where did you stay?”, followed by, “Really? And how was it?” I can pretty much guarantee that my one rule for lodging will never change while I travel, and that one rule is to stay as cheap as possible while still having reasonable accommodations. This is because I don’t travel to enjoy the 4 walls of hotel room or how nice their lobby was. I travel to see the country and meet people. With that being said, I usually am constantly reading reviews of hostels …

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Hike Mount Katahdin

Every year in the fall, a group of friends get together to hike up a mountain in New England. In the past, it’s been Mount Washington, up in New Hampshire. This year, the seven of us made the trek up north to Baxter State Park in Millinocket, Maine. Eight hours in the car later, we made it to the Katahdin Stream Campground. Baked beans and hotdogs o’ plenty were all set for the weekend. After a night around the campfire eating and star gazing into the beautiful, clear Main skies, we set off for our tents as the cold-front came …

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The Jump from Climbing Gym to Outdoor Crag

Picture yourself climbing up the third pitch of a massive rock face that overlooks the valley floor below as the sun is setting on your back during a late summer climbing trip with your friends. Or at least that’s what Instagram has implanted in your mind of what climbing is, and you are ready to take the plunge from the gym into the big-time world of climbing outdoors. Assuming you’re like most climbers, you started in the exciting, yet controlled environment of a climbing gym close to your house. You’ve finally gained the confidence on all the 5.10s the gym …

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