By: Breanna Harmer
Choosing the correct time of year is crucial.
Think a little outside of peak season when camping.
I’m personally a fan of mid-May and September.
Consider backpacking. Yes, it is a bit more work but it is also 100% worth it.
Waking up to a backcountry sunrise is an unbeatable feeling.
Get your backcountry permit early! It is surprising how quickly these go and there are limited sites. If you’re unlucky and don’t get a permit you might be forced to find a different hike or abandon your backcountry plans altogether.
Check out apps like AllTrails
We went backpacking in the Mission Mountain Wilderness on the 4th of July and it was one of the best ideas we’ve had. There weren’t many people, the weather was perfect, and we were away from the National Park chaos.
Holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day are major camping holidays. Opt-out of the beer and think whiskey and backpacking. Look for trails that are more under the radar. There might be some like-minded people like you on the trail but far less then if you were to try to claim your stake on Seeley Lake or Flathead.
Be flexible! If a site seems too busy, don’t be afraid to look for a different one. Some of my favorite camping sites have been found after leaving a less exciting one behind.
Checking a map for a water source is a good way of finding a good site. Chances are that if it’s near a river or lake that it’ll come with a view as well.
Avoid geotagging on social media. If you like a site because there weren’t many people there, don’t expose it.
This might be controversial but I really do believe every little bit helps in preserving the things we love. It’s one thing to tell a few friends but if you have 1,000 followers on Instagram, you could possibly be telling around 1,000 people about this newfound gem. Mum’s the word
I also think part of the joy of camping comes from discovering new spots on your own. It has become too easy to look everything up, it’ll mean more to you if you find it yourself.
By: Justin A. Lauer
This has been a horrid winter and doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere, so here is my fool-proof method for handling the cold.
By Gianna Pagano
The video above demonstrates my go-to, everyday makeup routine for when I am in a rush but still want to look my best. This only takes 10 minutes, and you too can get this exact look by using the same products as I did (products listed at bottom of page).
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for makeup. When I was younger, I used to steal my mom’s beauty products so I could look like a teenager. I taught myself how to do my makeup through watching tutorial videos and following beauty influencers. I regularly get asked how I do my makeup, which products I use, and if I could teach people how to do their own.
Doing makeup has become a passionate hobby of mine, whether it is for school, work, social events, holidays, or even simply because I want to experiment new looks. Not only does my love for cosmetics evoke self-confidence, but it also allows me to be creative and express my inner girly-girl.
Here are a couple examples of my favorite makeup looks I’ve done:
Products Used in Video:
- Mac Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel
- Benefit CosmeticsPORE-fessional Pore Primer
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation – shade 4
- Mac Pro Longwear Foundation – shade NC35
- Benefit Cosmetics Shape Tape – shade Light Neutral
- KKW BeautyCrème Contour Stick – shade Medium
- Kat Von DTranslucent Lock-It Setting Powder
- KKW BeautyPowder Contour – shade 6
- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – shade Medium Deep
- Mac Powder Shimmer Blush – shade Plum Foolery
- Becca Cosmetics Blushed with Light Trio Palette – shade Snap Dragon
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – shade Medium Brown
- Benefit Gimmer Brow Gel – shade Medium
- Urban Decay on The Run Palette – shade Bailout
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Renaissance Palette
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
- Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
- Real Technique Brush Set and Beauty Blender
On a cold winter weekend some people prefer shredding the mountains, others enjoy a cold beer in a 100 degree natural hot spring pool. The beautiful drive along Highway 12 is a huge perk, especially when you’re the only one on it!
The video was shot on my Canon 5D Mark III with a 35mm f1.4 lens.
Thanks for watching!