We believe a life outside is a life well lived
The fresh smell of pine trees, the pitter patter of rain on a tent, and the golden warmth of the summer sun
That is what we live for.
We are here to share our passion and knowledge of the outdoors with you through the lense of people that have been there before. We are here to tell you that these feelings you have of wanderlust and escapism are not impossible to satisfy.
In fact, it is quite easy; take one step, no matter how small, and the next steps will follow. Whether it is buying your first tent, finding a local hike, joining your local climbing gym, or just having a campfire at the park, any small action is an adventure in it itself.
So what are you going to do?
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Molley is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, van life-ing, surfing, and skiing, and she's currently training for her first half-marathon! In 2017, Molley thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with her boyfriend (now husband) Matt. She loves spending time outside, but she hadn't backpacked more than 40-ish miles…
Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, has been a frequent waypoint on my many camping adventures. From the echoing silence of the high-altitude passes to the gentle hum of the town’s bustling festivals, Telluride offers a unique blend of wilderness and culture. This is
Water can be a camper’s best friend, but sometimes it’s our greatest adversary. Nothing dampens the spirit of an outdoor adventure quite like the unexpected seeping of moisture through your tent’s fabric during a heavy downpour. But, with today’s technological advancements, tents have been engineered to stand up to
The serenity of nature, the distant calls of birds, the whisper of trees, and then, the unmistakable rustling of something large just beyond your tent's thin walls. It's a scenario many campers fear: a bear right outside your tent. While camping offers an immersive experience in the wilderness, it also…
The simple camping chair: an emblem of relaxation amidst nature’s grandeur. Whether it’s perched beside a roaring campfire or nestled in a serene meadow, the humble camping chair offers solace to weary travelers and adventurers alike. But have you ever paused to consider what allows this foldable marvel to
The great outdoors beckons with its vast expanse, promising an unparalleled connection with nature. For some adventurers, this means forgoing the traditional shelter of a tent and opting instead to sleep directly under the canopy of stars. This raw, unfiltered experience allows for an intimacy with the wilderness that’s
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Hi! We’re Derek and Ashley.
The founders of Know Nothing Nomads.
Over the last 30+ years, we‘ve been adventuring outside. From the early days when we visited National Parks with our families, all the way through to adulthood where we pursue this lifestyle as a married couple. We camp, hike, and climb as many days of the year as possible, and we love every second of it.
Spending our entire lives on a trail, in a tent, or camping in an RV has been the catalyst to our enormous amount of knowledge and experience we have in the outdoors.
And I know what you are thinking…. OK, that’s cool and all but why are you here?
Well, we saw a major problem with other outdoor adventure blogs. They could be classified into 2 major categories; AI written crap by people that could care less about this great planet we live on, or people that are experts, but they get way too technical into the nitty gritty details and it makes these hobbies and lifestyle seem unapproachable.
Know Nothing Nomads fits in between these two. Our purpose here is to share our expert knowledge and in an approachable and usable way, in hopes that you will feel inspired and empowered to pursue your dreams in the same way that we have. We strive to provide information that will make camping, hiking, and climbing feel safer and more enjoyable through giving you unbiased gear reviews, detailed trail and travel guides, and answering some of the most common questions in hiking, camping, and climbing.
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As they say, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Faulty gear can quickly take your adventure from magical to miserable in a matter of seconds. Explore the best in gear here.
A cozy campfire, gooey s’mores, and sleeping under the stars
Find your own little corner of the forest in the mountains somewhere, set up camp, and go. Camping has been our go-to way to wake up in some of the most beautiful places in the world. When the sun comes up you are met with serene views, and all the outdoor adventure you can imagine. Explore these invaluable tips & tricks we’ve learned over the last few decades of sleeping in the wilderness.
What To Bring Camping: The Ultimate Checklist
Camping Clothes: What to Wear on Your Next Camping Trip
Benefits of Camping: Why Do People Like it Anyway?
How to Build The Warmest Campfire You've Ever Had
15 Common Camping Mistakes to Avoid
Warm sunshine, a mountain breeze in the air, and soft trail under your feet
In essence, hiking is is really simple. A good pair of hiking shoes, a day-pack, some snacks, and a water bottle is all you need to have a great day on the trail. It isn’t even about climbing a mountain every day or hiking seven miles before lunch time. Hiking is about slowing down, enjoying the fresh air, and even getting in some good exercise. Prepare for breathtaking trails confidently with our expert hiking tips and in-depth reviews of hiking gear.
Day Hiking Essentials Checklist: What To Bring on a Hike
What to Eat Before a Hike (AND During & After!)
Planning a Hiking Trip: Tips for A Stress Free Adventure
How Much Water to Bring on a Hike
Foot Care for Hiking: Welcome to the No-Blister-Zone
Chalked hands, the warmth of the rock, and feeling of success after the send
Climbing offers a gateway to unparalleled adventures, requiring nothing more than essential gear like chalk, ropes, and a spirit of perseverance. This sport is less about the altitude gained and more about the experiences and lessons along the way. It’s a celebration of nature, a test of physical and mental strength, and a path to inner peace. Delve into our expert climbing tips and in-depth gear reviews designed to elevate your climbing experiences, whether you’re bouldering, sport climbing, or tackling traditional routes.
20 Beginner Climbing Tips to Help Get You Started
Sport Climbing for Beginners: Everything You Need To Know
Indoor Climbing Gyms: A Beginner’s Guide
What is Bouldering? Here’s A Beginner’s Guide
Rock Climbing Gear for Beginners: What You Need & What You Don’t
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Rebecca from Washington
Stumbling upon Know Nothing Nomads while planning my 4 Pass Loop trek in Aspen was like striking gold. Their guides were packed with all the details I needed — from maps that made sense to gear tips that actually worked, and even those insider nuggets on local spots that you’d never find in a regular guidebook.
But here’s where they really knocked it out of the park: I shot them a question about water sources along the trail, not really expecting much. They got back to me so fast, and with such precise info, it was clear these folks don’t just share advice; they care. That level of commitment? Priceless. Thanks to them, my Colorado backpacking trip was more than just a hike; it was an adventure I’ll always remember.
Big thanks to the Know Nothing Nomads team. You guys are the unsung heroes of the hiking world.
Joey from Texas
I’ll never forget that feeling of being a total newbie at camping, staring wide-eyed at a mountain of tent options. That’s when I found Know Nothing Nomads, and boy, did they deliver. The tent recommendation they gave wasn’t just good; it was like they read my mind and knew exactly what my family needed.
I came across their site with a simple Google search, but the help I got was anything but simple. The tent was a breeze to set up, spacious, and hit every checkbox for our outdoor escapade. We nailed our first camping trip, and it’s all thanks to the Know Nothing Nomads team.
Big shout-out to the crew at Know Nothing Nomads! You guys turned this camping novice into the family’s outdoor hero.
Mark from Colorado
I’ve been an intermediate climber for a while, but hitting that elusive first V7 always seemed just out of reach. That was until I stumbled upon Know Nothing Nomads. The training plan they offered wasn’t just another generic set of tips; it was a goldmine of detailed, usable advice that felt like it was crafted just for me.
Their approach was incredibly friendly, which made a world of difference. It’s one thing to find expert guidance, but it’s another to find expertise that’s approachable and easy to digest. That’s what Know Nothing Nomads delivered. Their insights gave me the strength and confidence I needed, and I finally sent my first V7 thanks to their help.
For any climber out there looking to level up, I can’t recommend Know Nothing Nomads enough. They’re the real deal.