Sarah Smith is the founder of The Dyrt. Her mission? “Making it easy and enjoyable to find campgrounds for everyone.” Founded in 2013, The Dyrt is the leading campsite review platform for over 15,000 U.S. campsites. With its easy-to-use interface, opportunities to earn points (and win prizes!), and unbeatable price — free! — The Dyrt has become the go-to …

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In the past 20 years, Kristin Carpenter-Ogden has founded three successful companies from the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado, and helped nearly 200 outdoor and active lifestyle brands grow and connect to customers. But her latest venture, The Intrepid Entrepreneur, is different. In an inspiring parallel, Kristin has founded The Intrepid Entrepreneur in order to support other founders …

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Sarah Knapp is the founder of OutdoorFest, which got its start as a 10-day outdoor adventure festival bringing hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, slacklining and many more outdoor opportunities to New Yorkers. With a mission to “connect urban dwellers to local outdoor resources to encourage healthier, active, and more adventurous lifestyles,” OutdoorFest has thrived in New York City, and expanded to Washington, …

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It can be challenging to turn a love of travel into a career, but here’s a success story to inspire anyone who’s ever had an inkling of wanderlust.  Wendy Pashman spent nearly 30 years in catering before pinning down what really sparked her interest in tableware: the stories behind each individual piece. A curator and …

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In the backcountry of Alaska, I was once asked, “Couldn’t you just stay out here forever, live away from it all?” The scenery was beautiful, and the change of pace from life in the city was much welcomed, but my answer came quickly—“No.” My response wasn’t because I particularly longed for the concrete and crowds …

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I am a buffet for a horde of biting insects. The all-you-can-eat kind of buffet, that never seems to deplete. Whatever romantic idea of the road trip I had before we left is gone. Finito. Dead. It’s all reality now, baby. The reality is sleeping in a van that cooks you like a toaster oven. …

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I think fell in love with the woods when I was a kid. It must have been those camping trips we took every weekend, fishing out of the creek with found lines and the smell of smoke in our hair that never seemed to wash out. Maybe it was on my first multi-day backpacking trip …

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Every once in awhile, the name of a novel you last read five years ago, or a painting you last saw two years ago, or a song your mom used to play growing up, hangs around in your head for about a week, until you finally go and find it, and somehow, it reminds you …

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