Hi guys! I’m Derek – a lifelong camper, hiker, and climber, born in Dallas, Texas.
I spent my childhood years in an RV with my parents, running around, camping under the stars, and even playing with fire even though my mom told me not to. (Mom if you are reading this, sorry about that)
As long as I can remember I have been in and out of tents and campgrounds like a second home. All that time has led to real-life experience and knowledge that most people just don’t have.
Fast forward to high school. Ashley and I met and fell in love like it was natural. Not only with each other but with our mutual love for Mother Earth and the outdoors.
Our adventures together have taken us around the world and back again, and I’m not talking about Paris. Our adventures always focus on getting outside climbing and hiking all day, s’mores around a campfire, and a night under the stars.
We don’t just love the outdoors, we eat, sleep, and breathe it.
All that brings us here and now. Ashley and I started Know Nothing Nomads after seeing how much false information was out there about camping, hiking, and climbing. We decided that we couldn’t sit on the sidelines knowing that people were being misinformed and misdirected instead of being shown the proper way of doing things outdoors.
So, that’s what we do here. We share our knowledge, experience, passions, and adventures with readers like you. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.
Best Tent Stakes of 2023 (for All Conditions)
Check out our list for the best tent stakes of 2022 – with options for a wide variety of terrain and conditions so you can pick the best one for you!
28 Best Hiking Snacks to Bring Hiking
We’ve assembled a list of the best hiking snacks that are healthy and calorie dense to keep you full and energized while hiking or backpacking.
Best Tent Stakes for High Winds in 2023
Even windy conditions don’t have to hold you back if you have a set of the best tent stakes for high winds – read here about our top picks!
Best Tent Stakes for Rocky Ground (2023 Top Picks)
Check out our list of the best tent stakes for rocky ground, so you can be better prepared for this common terrain type!
What to Eat Before a Hike (AND During & After!)
Maximize your hiking performance with our guide on what to eat before a hike, as well as during and after. Fuel your body the right way!
Foam vs Inflatable Sleeping Pad: the Showdown
Let’s discuss the pros and cons of the foam vs inflatable sleeping pad conversation so you can decide which type is best for you and your needs.
How Does a Self Inflating Sleeping Pad Work: Your Ultimate Guide
Are you curious about how does a self inflating sleeping pad work? We’ve got all the answers and what to look for when investing in these products.
How to Stay Warm in a Tent: Usable and Thoughtful Advice
There are multiple steps you can take before getting in your tent and in your tent that can help you stay warm on those cold nights under the stars!
Moleskin vs Duct Tape: The Pros and Cons for Blister Prevention While Hiking
Learn about mole skin vs duct tape, the pros and cons of both, and the best strategies for application in blister prevention and treatment!
How to Use Duct Tape on Blisters & Prevent Them While Hiking
Learn more about duct tape on blisters, including prevention and the pros and cons of using duct tape over name brand blister prevention products.
Most Comfortable Way to Sleep in a Tent
Having the right sleep system and choosing a tent for your adventure can take an uncomfortable experience and turn it into an amazing night!
Hiking in the Rain: Is It Safe to Hike In The Rain?
While we typically try to avoid hiking in the rain, it’s not always possible and the unexpected can happen. Read about how to be properly prepared!
How to Keep Your Water Bottle From Freezing (4 Easy Ways)
It’s important to know how to keep your water bottle from freezing on your winter adventures so you don’t compromise your health or safety.
Treating Water in the Backcountry: How to Collect and Treat It
Water is one of the most important resources when backpacking, and knowing how to find non-contaminated water, collect it and treat it, is essential.
How to Waterproof Hiking Boots
Over time, hiking boots will lose their waterproofing and it’s an essential part of gear maintenance to know when and how to waterproof hiking boots.
How to Prevent Blisters While Hiking
Learn about tips on how to prevent blisters, as well as how to treat them if they do occur while hiking. Prevention is key for an enjoyable hike!
Best Games For Camping
Camping is our favorite summer activity! We don’t think there’s a better way to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature, get some fresh air and recharge your inner batteries, while spending some quality time with your favorite people. One way to continue the bonding time and hang out together is by […]
Planning a Hiking Trip: Tips for A Stress Free Adventure
Learn how to plan a hike with our comprehensive guide. From selecting trails to packing essentials, we’ll help you prepare for an adventure.
Hiking in the Colorado Mountains: The Ultimate Guide
Colorado is one of the world’s best hiking destinations with over 17,000 trails adding up to over 39,000 miles. Here’s your complete guide!
14 Tips for Hiking a 14er: The Ultimate Guide
Whether it’s your 1st fourteener or 14th, make sure you are preparing appropriately for the day and the strenuous but extremely rewarding hike ahead of you.
Crystal Lake Trail Review – Best Hoosier Pass Hikes
Plenty of hikes leave from Hoosier Pass, but Crystal Lake is one of the best. For more information, read our trail review here!
Lake Emma Trail Review – A Hidden Gem in Colorado
Lake Emma is a little known, low traffic alpine lake. The water is blue, the mountains are massive, and the views are spectacular. Read our full trail review here
A Maroon Bells Wedding – The Best Wedding Venue in Colorado
We got married at the beautiful Maroon Bells Ampitheater and we wanted to share everything we learned so you can plan your own amazing Maroon Bells wedding!