Hoopla is a new festival to bring folks together to craft an adventure! Camp out, enjoy workshops & outdoor activities alongside an incredible lineup of live music, award-winning craft beer and great eats. We are tucked away in the valley of Nelson County on 100 acres surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountains, a perfect backdrop for […]

Hoopla at Devil’s Backbone


We all have dreams. Paul’s dream was to hike the Appalachian Trail. Last year, Paul passed away before he could make his dream reality. But that’s not the end of this story – it’s the beginning. He left behind three pairs of polished hiking boots and a backpack packed for his dream hike: the 2,189-mile […]

Paul’s Boots










When you take life to the raw basic essence of survival the priorities of your day change completely from those you experience in the “real” world. Those things you value day to day in a real world are in many ways meaningless. On the trail your day is arranged around, water sources, shelters/campsites, views/points of […]

Water Collection & Purification



On the 4th August 2014 my son and I stood on the summit of Katahdin having set off from Georgia 5 ½ months before. Setting off on 28th February 2014 I had no idea of what lay before us. How the journey panned out was to be nothing like I had imagined. But, just as […]

A Year of Reflection



Having started my hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 with 55lb of pack weight, I decided to reduce all I could and make my adventure so much more enjoyable. I was using an Osprey Aether 70 pack and this alone added near 5lb to my base weight. Luckily for me, a trail family member […]

A Review of the Ventra Gear Mainframe



The Timex One GPS watch is the company’s most advanced multi-function watch, with its color touchscreen it certainly provides a level of usability beyond most GPS watches on the market at the time of writing. It utilizes 3G-cell service (provided free for the first year by AT&T) and as well as GPS function it has […]

Gear Review: Timex Ironman One GPS+ Watch