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Dan Human

Welcome to Outbound Dan’s HubPages home for outdoor adventure, gear reviews and tips for backpacking and survival.

From backpacking in the Adirondack High Peaks to paddling pristine wilderness rivers, you can usually find Outbound Dan Human on a backcountry adventure somewhere. Not that he is anti-social, but he prefers the solitude of nature and prefers solo backpacking to hiking in large groups.

Though he has ventured upon many trips, his most memorable is his 2,160-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. As with any momentous journey, thru-hiking the AT is one that requires a lifetime of reflection.

Having climbed the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks near Lake Placid, he is a proud 46er. Of course, he still returns to the mountains as often as he can - it is a hiking addiction. Currently, Outbound Dan is working toward climbing all 115 4,000-foot peaks in the Northeast.

He gives back to the outdoor community, which has been so generous to him, by serving on the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue team as a “Crew Boss.”

With a backpack weighing under ten pounds, Outbound Dan belongs to the school of ultralight backpacking. Check out some of his lightweight gear lists for ideas how to lower your pack weight.

The best gear reviews, especially for serious SAR use, backpacking and mountaineering aren’t written from the comfort of a chair. Before posting an outdoor equipment article, each item is rigorously personally field-tested. You can rely on Outbound Dan’s gear reviews to be brutally honest and written in the woods.

Besides writing trail guides and survival information, OBD also finds the humor in holidays and has a somewhat strange sense of humor. This is the kind of humor that gives people guilty smiles. It’s okay; nobody is watching.

Anyone that has ever tried to use a water filter in freezing conditions will appreciate this. An article on the complications of purifying water while winter backpacking, Water for Winter Wandering: A Backpacker's Guide to Safe Drinking Water in the Colder Months was recognized as Hub of the Day.