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Equipped Outdoors Adventure Travel

If you have an eagerness to learn, readiness to rest, and a mentality for exploring, let Equipped Outdoors guide you through some of the best that Arkansas, Wyoming, and Colorado have to offer!

To explore is to travel for adventure or discovery, and if your ideal trip is exploring the outdoors while spending time with family without the distractions of the modern world, then experiencing the trips organized by Drew Davis, founder of Equipped Outdoors, should be next on your list.

We took the time to ask Drew about his full-service outdoor backpacking guide service that empowers people to reconnect with nature, bond with family, and build memories you will talk about for years to come. 

CL: What inspired you/your team to start Equipped Outdoors?

EO: I grew up playing in the outdoors and spending time with my father. I went through scouts and really enjoyed the opportunity that the outdoors allowed me to connect with my dad. As I grew up, I learned that this was not a normal experience for other men, and I was surprised when I would talk to someone who didn't know how to use a ferro rod, read a topo map, filter water, start a fire, select a campsite, etc. 

God created us to cultivate and enjoy His creation. Too many people are afraid to go and spend time in the backcountry because they lack the know-how, opportunity, and tools to get out there. Three years ago, my wife and I were talking about how cool it would be if we had a business where people could sleep in a lodge, learn some skills, go on a backpacking trip, and return at the end for a debrief and send-off. 

Technology has taken over our lives. If we do not disconnect from technology and take time to connect with people, God, and nature, we'll never be able to experience life to its utmost potential. Our outdoor adventure trips are excellent for leadership teams, families, couples, fathers, and their children to foster growth, connections, skills, and confidence.

CL: Who is the ideal audience to sign up for an Equipped Outdoors adventure?

EO:  Our target audience is men and fathers with their kids and families. Our goal is to provide men and families* the opportunity to see the outdoors differently to equip them with the tools, training, and experiences to go into the outdoors on their own. We are an all-inclusive service that provides all the gear, food, and guides needed from the trailhead into the backcountry and back. 

*(the first 2 kids are free for father/kid trips, ensuring families can get outside!) 

CL: How do you choose the locations for your trips?

EO: The majority of the locations come from requests or are places I have experienced. If you are a newbie, we'll start you out on the Buffalo River Trail or Old River Trail [in Arkansas]. These 3-day/2-night adventures are perfect for fathers and their kids or novices for quick weekend getaways. If you have been in the backcountry before or experienced elevation more than 10,000, we offer 4-5 day trips in Colorado in some of the most beautiful backcountry there is. 

If you are looking for a true adventure and have a love for fishing, we offer a 5-6 day trip in the Bridger Tetons, fishing in 13+ lakes, and eating trout every night if participants want to. Lastly, we also do more challenging trips, like a 3-4 day Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon in December or January. 

CL: What does one need to pack for an upcoming trip?

EO: Equipped Outdoors is an all-inclusive outfitter. We provide top-of-the-line gear (tent, backpack, temp-rated sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove, water filter, etc.), breakfast, lunch, and dinner, experienced guides, and a lot of fun. All you need to bring is waterproof hiking boots, camp shoes/water crossing shoes, hiking clothes, hat, rain jacket, insulated jacket, headlamp, a water bottle, and a spork and snacks. 

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