My name is Scott Bideau, and I love to get out there and explore.
I’m not an Instagram influencer or a sponsored athlete. I don’t make any money from my YouTube or Facebook followers. I haven’t quit my job to pursue skiing, camping, biking, or any other hobbies full time, and I probably never will.
There’s nothing wrong with any of the above. But, I find that the Internet often lacks an average Joe’s perspective on outdoor adventures. Every year, I see more and more people trying to replicate an unrealistic and oftentimes unsafe experience that they saw posted on social media rather than safely enjoying and respecting nature.
So, here I am sharing my own experiences as a middle-aged guy who loves to get outside, sometimes with my family and other times by myself, sometimes close to home and other times to faraway destinations, usually prepared but typically still learning from my mistakes, and always thinking about how to remain safe while protecting the very environment that I am enjoying.
My trip reports share the good, the bad, and the ugly…all in the hope of inspiring others to follow their own desire for outdoor adventure under realistic expectations that real adventure seldom looks like a social media influencer’s sponsored post.
I also write about the gear that I depend on in case others have the same needs or challenges. And while there are plenty of detailed Internet reviews for most products that I don’t try and replicate, I do like sharing a bit of perspective as to why I specifically choose to buy and use a particular product.
I hope you enjoy! And, I look forward to learning from you too, so leave your comment in the posts!
“Get messy, make mistakes, get out there and explore!”Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus
Who Is Scott
I grew up in rural Kansas and spent much of my childhood either biking around town or hunting, fishing, and hiking around our farms. My dad/Assistant Scoutmaster took me and my friends camping at least once a month – rain, shine, snow, or otherwise – from about the time we entered Cub Scouts until several of us obtained Eagle Scout. It was during a high school backpacking trip through the San Juan Mountains that I started planning my eventual move to Colorful Colorado.
Not too long after settling in Steamboat Springs, I was now the dad taking my kids on various outdoor adventures. We bought a little popup trailer and started camping as a family when the kids were just two and four years old. We counted 22 nights under the canvas and stars that first year, which has since grown to nearly 60 nights annually with an upgrade to a hard-sided RV and the addition of some backpacking and bikepacking equipment for the kids mixed in-between.
I live in the mountains of Arizona now after my wife grew tired of ski town winters that started in October and didn’t let up until April or even May after 300″ of snow had fallen. I feel very fortunate to find nearby biking, backpacking, kayaking, hiking, and so many other activities all-year long while still being pretty close to some winter snow skiing opportunities.