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Getting Lost to Find Myself - How I Stumbled upon the Magical Secret Land of Trout and Berries...

An Accidental Discovery We’ve been visiting the “Secret Land of Trout and Berries” for years now, but the first time I found this magical place, like many great discoveries in history, it was an accident, in fact, the result of a mistake.  I'd like to bring you along in the way (waaayyyy) back time machine, and introduce you to a younger me: a moderately experienced hiker, who, like many with the Y chromosome, believed my skills to be much more developed than was actually the case. My suit and tie were in long term storage, but I certainly wasn't a pro yet (except perhaps in my ego). Lucky for me, one of my more finely tuned skills was convincing my...

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Catskills 3500 Club - My Journey from Tenderfoot to Guide

It may be hard for you to imagine that there was a time when my life didn’t revolve around the outdoors, or when people didn’t know me first and foremost as Dave, the outdoor guide, wilderness man, and founder of DBA. But once upon a time, my office wasn’t the woods, and I too was a stressed out New Yorker desperately trying to meet sales goals. If you’ve ever hiked with me, you know that the Catskills saved me from my miserable publishing career, but few people know that it was actually my pursuit of my Catskills 3500 Club membership that made hiking a regular part of my life and where I developed my dedication to the outdoors, which led...

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More Awesome Press Coverage—Mens Health!

We're flattered to be featured in this month's issue of Men's Health! The article is called “Start Your Adventure,” and reccommends one adventure per month in 2017. Our Survival School is featured for October!  If you have the issue, you'll find us on pages 21-22. It's not online yet, though we expect it will be in the coming month. For now, you may see an excerpt, featuring us, below. (Sorry that copyright laws won't allow us to post the entire article here!) Enjoy, and we hope to see you all out there soon!   

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More than Mountains: Not all paths leads to the summit

The first time I hiked with real hiking boots, I saw the Milky Way. I slept in a lean-to built with my own two hands. I saw newts and frogs and woke up to bird song. That trip marked the start of my love affair with the woods. And I didn’t climb a single mountain. Don't get me wrong. I love climbing mountains. I've hiked the Devil's Path. I've climbed Mount Wittenberg more times than I can count. I've snow-shoed all over Hunter, peaked Sherrill and North Dome... the list goes on. But there are more ways to be in nature that on a path to a summit. And the trips that stand out most distinctly in my memory, the ones that...

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