I’ve always been an active person. Growing up, my parents would take me to our local arboretum almost every day, where I have lots of good memories of tumbling down snow covered hills and running through rocky forest trails.
When I was 7 years old, my family took a trip to the Dolomites in northern Italy, and it was there that I fell in love with the outdoors. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of hiking, camping, and rock climbing all over the world, and plan to continue the tradition of visiting a different mountain range every year!
Here’s an old photo of me and my friend hiking in Kauai:
My first exposure to “real” hiking was when I was 9 years old on my first trip to Hawaii. I remember it being difficult, and a little scary, but the feeling of completing such an arduous journey was immensely rewarding.
Shortly after that trip, my friends introduced me to rock climbing. It wasn’t quite as popular then as it is now, but thankfully there were a couple of local gyms that offered a good outlet for my growing obsession. It took me a few years before I decided to try climbing outdoors, but once I made the leap, it’s been hard going back to the gym.
Many of my climbing friends like to camp for several days at a time at a good crag, but it wasn’t until my trip to Nepal that I started learning more about camping. While trekking through the Himalayas (the picture at the top of this page), I realized there are a lot of things I take for granted. I learned the importance of having a sturdy tent, a warm sleeping bag, and the luxury of having a trail stool.
On this site, I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks with you for whatever you end up doing outside.
My mission on this site is to help you get the most out of nature, safely and responsibly.
How i create content
All of the content you will find on this site has been carefully written and edited by me, to ensure we meet the highest quality standard. I never outsource to freelance writers, so that I can guarantee every article is accurate and tailored to your specific needs. That way, you can be sure that all the information on this site is something you can trust to make decisions for trips and purchases.
As much as possible, we try to use the gear that we’re reviewing. Sometimes we aren’t always able to do this though, which is why we rely on extensive research and online reviews to make sure we’re picking the best possible products.
At the end of the day, I want this to be a site that you can trust. We aren’t rigged by brand sponsorship, and genuinely want to provide the best resources that will allow you to make the right purchasing decisions.
For anyone familiar with the essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau, you might recognize this quote: “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” The same could be said about a tent, or any other gear that you’ll be using outside. Because of this, there are two things that we focus on when it comes to sustainability:
1) Recycled Materials
2) Reduced Renewal Rates
We’re not saying to stop buying these things all together – just make sure you purchase items that will last you for a long time. The less frequently we change our supplies, the less will be produced, leading to a cleaner earth.
What's in it for you?
So why should you read Untamed Space? We all spend time outdoors, or know people who do. If you want to enjoy that time without worry and experience the wild beauty of nature, you’ll want hear what we have to say.
Specifically, if you resonate with any of the following statements, you’ll enjoy the content on this site:
- You want to feel relaxed and secure when you come back to your tent after a day of hiking.
- You’d rather spend your precious moments outside with the people you love, not on the technicalities of camping.
- You want help with your gear based on real customer experience, not commercial advertisement.
- You want to give your kids a chance at experiencing the same outdoor beauty by helping to protect the environment.
If you agree with any of these things, I look forward to having you read our guides and posts. You can start planning your trip by clicking here.
See you around!