Stories

Chris Brinlee, Jr. is a contributor for numerous editorial outlets, brand journals, and online blogs. This is a collection of his stories.

 
 
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EVERY DAY IS A JOURNEY

One Huckberry explorer reflects on the personal costs of adventure travel and spending Christmas in a foreign land

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THE OUTDOORSMAN'S GUIDE TO SPEARFISHING

Don't let the spear intimidate you. We've got everything you need to know about where to go, what to bring, and how to catch a fish (or ten)

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An Explorer's Guide to Jasper, Alberta

Huckberry Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. lays out everything you need to climb, paddle, and hike in the Wild West of Canada

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A Single Traveler's Manifesto

Single on Valentine's Day? You're not the only one. Ambassador and nomad Chris Brinlee Jr. shares some tips and tricks on making the most of February 14

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'Magi Safi': Bringing Clean Drinking Water to Kenya

Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. travels to Kenya on behalf of LifeStraw's Follow the Liters campaign, bringing clean drinking water to hundreds of local schools

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Finding Moments of Stillness

Huckberry Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. learns a thing or two about self-reflection while kayaking in Eastern Greenland

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How To Take Your Cat Camping

Man's best friend? This weekend, my cat Finch came with me camping in Big Sur and even joined me on a hike. Here's how.

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Adventure: Trans-Catalina Island Trail

Know any other hikes that involve a boat ride across the pacific ocean, a car-free Island and roving herds of Bison? The 37.5-miles Trans-Catalina Trail does.

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Why We Climb: An Inside Look at the World of Mountaineering

In light of the recent tragedies on Mt. Everest and Mt. Rainier, IndefinitelyWild is going to give you an inside look at the world of mountaineering in this series, "Why We Climb."

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What It Takes To Be A Professional Mountain Guide

Ian McEleney is a professional mountain guide for the American Alpine Institute. He lives, works, and plays in The Sierra Nevada. We asked him about guide-life.

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Adventure: High Sierra Trail

Alpine lakes, 14,000 foot mountains, Giant Sequoias and grassy meadows? The 60-mile High Sierra Trail has it all and literally passes through Valhalla. We did it last week.

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How to Plan an Epic Backpacking Trip

One of the most incredible ways to explore this planet is on foot, carrying everything you need to survive on your back. Here's how to make backpacking as awe inspiring as possible.

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Photographing The Most Challenging Mountains On Earth

Cory Richards, a NatGeo photographer and The North Face team climber, was the first American to summit an 8,000-meter peak in the winter. We asked about his life as a climber and adventure photographer.

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Climbing The Snowiest Mountain In The World

The snowiest mountain in the world can be found right here in the US. I traveled to the North Cascades in Washington State to climb Mt. Baker with world-renowned climbing guide, Craig Van Hoy.

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Wild Camping in Oslo (And Everywhere Else I Go)

Oslo, Norway is one of the world's most expensive cities, but it simultaneously offers the world's cheapest accommodations. Cheap in this case means free.

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Beyond Trolltunga: Exploring Wild Norway

The "Troll's Tongue" is a spit of rock that hangs 2,300 feet above a lake in the Norwegian mountains. We started our journey there, backpacking into wilderness few people ever see. Here's how you can do it too.

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The Time Iceland Almost Killed Me

They say that if you don't like the weather in Iceland, wait five minutes and it'll change. Multiply that by mountains, glaciers and volcanoes and you've got a recipe for adventure. Or a close encounter of the near death kind.

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How To Photograph The Northern Lights

One of nature's most incredible phenomena are the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. We've been photographing them in Iceland and we're going to show you how to shoot them yourself.

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Walking On The Alien World From Interstellar

You probably recognize Iceland's Vatnajökull glacier from countless movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, and most recently Christopher Nolan's upcoming SciFi epic, Interstellar. We went hiking on it.

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So You Want To Be An Adventure Photographer...

So you like photography and go on some pretty cool adventures too? Then adventure photography might be for you. We'll teach you everything you need to know to get started.

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Hiking Nepal In Edmund Hillary's Footsteps

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first people to summit Mt. Everest. Their expedition started in Kathmandu, and led them to the village of Jiri; from there they trekked across 100 miles of mountains and jungle. We just hiked the same exact route. 

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What It Feels Like To Vomit, Just After Summiting A 20,000' Peak

This is a brutally honest account of my first Himalayan climb — an attempt on the 20,305' Imja Tse — more popularly known as Island Peak. While it's a baby by Himalayan standards only a few other points on earth outside of Asia reach a higher altitude.

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How To Avoid The Crowds And Sail Thailand's Islands

Koh Phi Phi, off Thailand's western coast is basically one big frat party. Gross. For less than $100, we rented a private long boat and escaped for a snorkeling and climbing adventure. You can do that too, here's how.

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Nepal's Fifteen-Hour Jeep Ride From Hell

The Jeep Ride From Hell is a 15 hour journey (if you're lucky) from the Nepalese town of Salleri to Kathmandu. There's a reason why it's a "jeep" and not a bus. That reason is that the "roads" are anything but; we often needed four-wheel drive to cross streams, get out of ruts, and make it through mud. All while carrying 15 people in a 9-passenger vehicle. But hey, it is the cheapest way to reach Mt Everest.

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Visit Thailand, Climb Rocks

After adventuring in some of the world's harshest environments, we went to Thailand to thaw out and drink from coconuts. We wouldn't be laying on beaches though. We were there to experience some of the best sport climbing in the world.

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Tinder Around The World

Traveling around the world? Tinder can help you meet people. Obviously. But its easy intimacy can also help plug you into adventure. Here's how it worked for us, along with some of the people we met through it during our travels.

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Parahawking: An Actual Sport That Mixes Paragliding And GIANT BIRDS

Parahawking is falconry in flight. Just with a vulture. There's only one place in the world you can do it: Pokhara, Nepal and doing it is as awesome as it sounds.

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Anyone Can Do This 8-Day Trek Through Nepal

The trek to Annapurna Sanctuary in the mountains above Pokhara is 64 miles long and takes from six to 10 days. During the summer, it's one of the easiest and most scenic hikes in Nepal and you can sleep in and eat at tea houses every night. We hiked it in the depths of winter so you don't have to.

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I'm Riding A $450 Motorcycle Across Vietnam

Buying a $450 motorcycle to ride across a communist country devastated by war with your own sounds like a great idea, right? I thought so. Here's how you can do it too.

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What America Feels Like After 7 Months Of Foreign Adventure

Last September, I boarded a plane to Denmark. It was the start of a seven and a half month, round-the-world adventure. Yesterday at 10:05am, I landed at LAX. Man, this place is weird.

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Inside The World's 3rd Largest Cave

The world’s third largest cave has “rooms” that stand 330 feet high and span 600 feet across. It’s so spectacular that it’s playing home to several upcoming blockbusters, including this summer’s Pan, and others the force compels us not to disclose. We hiked through the Vietnamese jungle to explore it.

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Riding Motorcycles And Ostriches In Vietnam's Mountains

Want to see the mountains, forests and farms of the “real” Vietnam? Get away from the tourist hoards, get on a motorcycle and go. I just did that, and even got to ride an ostrich. Here’s how you can too.

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Buying These Epic Photos Will Help Nepal

I spent two months — this past November and January — trekking and climbing in Nepal. I journeyed there for the mountains, but the tiny country’s vibrant culture and kind people are what stole my heart.

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I Lost All This Stuff In Vietnam

On March 27, while riding a $450 motorcycle through Vietnam, I lost my backpack. It contained my camera, computer, and two hard drives containing seven months of RAW photos and videos. This is what I learned from the ordeal.

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I Got To Be A Mountain Hardwear Designer For A Day

Mountain Hardwear designs some of the most technically-advanced outdoors apparel and gear on the planet. I just got to spend a day working alongside their designers. This is what their process is like.

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The Hardest Hike In America? We Backpack The Sierra High Route

Stretching 200 miles through the Sierra Nevada, most of the High Route is off-trail, posing challenges both physical and mental as you attempt to navigate dangerous, unmarked terrain. It took us two solid weeks. Worth it? Well, at least the photos came out good.

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Exploring Santa Cruz Island

Twenty miles off the coast of Ventura lies Santa Cruz Island — a remote mecca for adventure. We spent a weekend exploring it. Here’s how you can too.

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Soaring Over Big Sur On A Paraglider

With its golden hills, lush green forests, and turquoise-colored ocean, Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places you can visit, but it looks even better from above — while paragliding.

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So You Want to Become a Mountaineer?

According to Hemingway, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” I just learned that last one. Here’s how you can too.

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Six Months After The Earthquake, Nepal Is Open For Adventure

Nepal is home to the best climbing, trekking and mountaineering on earth. But, earlier this year, it also had a massive earthquake, an avalanche on Everest and is right now subject to a “blockade” by its neighbor India. Can you still visit? Surprisingly, now may be the best time ever.

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How To Backpack Alberta's Most Scenic Trail

Alberta’s Skyline Trail is popular for a reason. It offers stunning alpine scenery, exciting hiking, and it’s easy to access. We spent two days trekking it; here’s everything you need to know to tackle it yourself.

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Three Adventures You Can Have in Alberta, Without the Crowds

All the beauty, all the adventure, none of the tourists

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"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday," Lost At Sea In Folding Kayaks

What it's like to call for help on the open ocean

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Three Adventures off the Coast of Los Angeles for $150 or Less

Visiting Catalina Island is cheap, easy, and epic

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A Beginner's Guide to the Epic Climbing in Boulder

Visiting the Colorado outdoor mecca and want to hone your climbing skills? Here's where to start.

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Looking to Explore One of the Last Wild Places? Visit Greenland

Everything you need to know to plan the ultimate bucket-list escape

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The Importance of Getting Out There

In an epic, two-part post, Huckberry Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. reflects on a kayaking trip down the Rio Grande, and the joys of getting out into the backcountry

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How to Conquer the mountains of Your Life

An explorer's guide to making the most out of New Year Resolutions.

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The Beginner's Guide to Rock Climbing

Climbing is one of those sports that can seem way out of reach for newcomers. But it doesn't have to be.

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An Everyman's Guide to Planning Epic Adventure

How to start from scratch and expand your horizons.

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How to Live Out of Your Car

Professional vehicle dwellers share their tips for making the most out of life on the road.

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One Week Adventure: The Alps

A week's worth of climbing adventures around Chamonix, near the French & Italian Alps

 
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Finding Moments of Stillness

Huckberry Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. learns a thing or two about self-reflection while kayaking in Eastern Greenland.

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One Week Adventure: Eastern Greenland

A One-Week Itinerary for Those Itching to Travel Into Parts Unknown

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Quelling the Skeptics

Battling uncertainty in the remote reaches of Eastern Greenland

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With Light on Our Side

40 Hours of Alaskan Freedom

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