Riley Draper

Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he's not writing, he's probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

Articles by Riley Draper

To show a dog on a leash.

8 Best Dog Leashes For Hiking in 2021 – Reviewed

Some of the best hiking trips for dog owners include man’s best friend. The energy and curiosity of your dog can help make the great...
Showing people in the rain.

6 Best Backpacking Ponchos in 2021 Reviewed

Backpacking and hiking in the rain can be a disappointing experience if you haven’t packed the right kit. We’ve all been there: you plan for...
Boots by the water.

How to Waterproof Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are the most important piece of equipment for any hiker or backpacker, simply put, you rely on them to get you where you’re...
Cooking over a fire.

Vegan Camping Recipes

Camping for many is about being one with nature, and this is important for a lot of people who follow a plant-based diet. There’s no...
Mt Rainier, Seattle, WA

10 Best Campgrounds in Washington State

Washington State is every avid campers dream, due to its immense geographical diversity. With deep temperate rainforests in the West, and multiple mountain ranges peppering...
A backpacker.

6 Best Hikes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state that presents you with hiking opportunities of epic proportions. The state is almost completely covered by mountains, plateaus, rolling hills and...
A campfire.

How to Put Out a Fire Pit

There’s nothing quite like sitting around an open fire, whether it’s a fire pit in your backyard or a campfire out in the backcountry. Toasting...
Caping in the outdoors.

How to Deflate an Air Mattress

Air mattresses are a wonderfully comfortable and convenient alternative to a traditional bed, whether you’re at home or on the road. If you’ve ever slept...
Camping boots.

Are Timberlands Good for Hiking?

Back in 1973, Sidney Swartz introduced the iconic Original Yellow Boot. Designed for the ”hard, wet, snowbound winters of New Hampshire”, the boot instead became...
A cooking pot.

6 Dehydrated Backpacking Recipes Worth Packing

After a long day of hiking, most of us have worked up quite the appetite. Although a five-star meal would be greatly appreciated, there’s often...
A man in the woods.

16 Tips for Camping in the Rain

A backpacking trip getting canceled because of rain is a legitimate excuse but we wonder why it has to be the end of a good...
A river.

6 Best Campgrounds and Camping Spots in Michigan

Michigan is the perfect location for water enthusiasts. The State’s name originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”. Michigan certainly...
An RV camper.

How to Refill a Fresh Water Tank During Camping

RVs provide a fun and convenient way to enjoy the great outdoors, while still keeping the comforts of a regular home. Sometimes this means boondocking,...
A hammock in the woods.

The 4 Best Hammock Knots

Hammock camping can be a liberating experience. Any avid camper knows that there’s nothing better than packing up camp and continuing to your next destination...
A tent.

What is Primitive Camping?

Modern camping trends are varied and vast, with many people choosing to opt-out of traditional tent camping in favor of glamping or using an RV....
A camping trailer.

How to Build a Camping Trailer

A new craze has been sweeping the nation: all over the country, people have started investing in building alternative living or camping structures. From tiny...
Camping in New England

The 7 Best Camping Spots in New England

With both beautiful shorelines and breathtaking mountains, New England is an excellent choice for your next camping trip. There’s a huge range of recreational activities...
Camping in a Truck

How to Successfully Camp in the Back of a Truck

Whether you’re doing it for a night or it’s been on your bucket list for years, camping in the back of a truck is one...
People camping, eating food by the campfire.

Are Yeti Coolers Worth It? 

Coolers, also known as ice chests, are a must, especially for weekend camping trips away with your friends. After all, what would a weekend getaway...
A camper relaxes in his tent

How To Waterproof a Tent

When camping, a last-minute change in the weather forecast can be cause for concern, especially if you’re not prepared. Suddenly, the elements have turned against...
A moka pot on a camping stove.

The 6 Best Camping Coffee Makers in 2021 Reviewed

Coffee lovers are unwilling to sacrifice on the quality of their coffee, no matter the situation. Although coffee you make while camping won’t be as...