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We’re Ben and Katie, high school sweethearts turned full-time bloggers, and full-on lovers of the outdoors!

GWW Ben & Katie

We’re both from Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you’re never been, here are two things you need to know about Minnesota:

  1. We have more than 10,000 lakes, and we are very proud of it. Some of them are clean enough to drink from. 
  2. It gets cold in the wintertime. Like, really cold. If you don’t like seeing your breath and having your boogers freeze, don’t visit Minnesota in the winter. (You’re welcome!)

Katie was raised camping and fishing on the many lakes of Minnesota. Ben, on the other hand, grew up playing organized sports like football, basketball and track, and his introduction to the outdoor world came a bit later in life. 

And while we always liked to consider ourselves “outdoorsy”, it took us moving to the mountains of Washington state to realize…

…we felt like total outsiders in the outdoor community.

There was all this lingo we didn’t understand, and sometimes it felt like a competition where everyone was trying to prove they were the most adventurous.

Over the next several years, we became kind of obsessed with all things outdoorsy. 

We are still very much in the learning process. And we have so many skills we want to work on and adventures on our ginormous dream list.

Wherever you are on your outdoor journey, we’re here for you. We’re here to provide inspiration, tips we’ve learned by making mistakes, and helpful information to get you outdoors. To show you you’re not alone is feeling new or confused or overwhelmed. 

Remember this: Everybody starts somewhere.

GWW Ben & Katie

Expert skiers have fallen many times. Every climber has their first ascent. Each backcountry camper has a first time.

After a pretty traditional start to adulthood (i.e. graduating university with loads of student loans and starting jobs in the so-called “real world”), we had a crazy idea…

What if we took a break for a while and traveled?

And that’s just what we did. Over the next 6 years, we taught English in South Korea, hiked to Everest Base Camp, trekked to remote villages, volunteered on organic farms, worked at a ski resort, built our own campervan and lived in it for three months.

We saw the most epic sunrises and sunsets. Connected with people from all around the world. Lived with little. Spent countless hours outside.

Hiked in remote places without another soul for miles. Learned more about ourselves and this world than we ever thought possible. And fell deeply in love with life, the outdoors, and this earth that we’ve been so privileged to explore.

GWW Ben & Katie

But after a handful of years of being nomadic, we found ourselves craving a home. 

Psst! If you are curious about our international travels, check out our website, Two Wandering Soles, for the full story.

Long story short, we ended up moving to central Oregon, where we can be found working on our computers from coffee shops and getting out to explore this new on the weekends when we’re not traveling abroad.

And so, Go Wander Wild was created. A place for us to share what we’ve learned, to inspire and be inspired. 

 

We’re obsessed with camping and hiking and learning new outdoor skills. And while our love for outdoor adventuring started as a hobby for just the two of us, we now have a young daughter who we bring on many of our outdoor adventures these days!

Based in: Bend, Oregon

Favorite PNW hike: Colchuck Lake and the Enchantments

Favorite things:

  • Hiking to hot springs

  • Our recipe for “grown up” mac ’n cheese backpacking meals

  • Backcountry sunsets with no other people around

  • Playing Monopoly Deal by the light of our headlamps in our tent

  • Swimming in alpine lakes

  • “Zero days” where we hike somewhere, hang our hammock, and relax with a beer

Ask us about:

  • Backcountry camping

  • DIY-ing backcountry camping meals

  • Hiking

  • Campervanning

  • Snowshoeing

  • Snowboarding

  • Wilderness First Aid certifications (NOLS)

  • Outdoor adventures with baby and toddler

Ben & Katie’s recent articles

15 Best Hikes in Arizona for All Levels & Abilities

With everything from hidden caves to slot canyons and hot springs in the middle of the desert, Arizona is full of natural wonders. We put together this guide to the best hikes in Arizona, including trail stats, to help you do some epic hiking.

Havasu Falls Hike: Havasupai, Arizona Trail Guide

The Havasu Falls hike in Arizona ranks among the top backpacking experiences in North America, and perhaps the world! The hike requires a lot of pre-planning, which is why we've compiled the ultimate trail guide with all the essential information to ensure a successful and enjoyable hike!

Boynton Canyon Trail & Subway Cave: Sedona Hiking Guide

Home to the famous ‘secret’ Subway Cave and an especially unique energy vortex, it’s no surprise the Boynton Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona. We put together this trail guide with everything you need to know, including how to find the hidden cave.

15 Best Hikes in Sedona, Arizona for All Levels

With stunning red rock scenery and gorgeous weather much of the year, nearly ALL Sedona hikes are fantastic. This trail guide highlights the best hikes in Sedona, Arizona for all levels of difficulty. 

15 Best Hikes at Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park is a renowned climbing and astronomy destination, but it’s also home to some fantastic hiking trails. With features including slot canyons, long-abandoned mines, and boulders you can scramble, the best hikes in Joshua Tree are unique and memorable.

35 Hearty & Delicious Dutch Oven Camping Recipes

Using a dutch oven while camping is a game-changer, allowing you to make hearty, fresh-out-of-the-oven meals around the campfire. We’ve gathered the best dutch oven camping recipes for you to test out on your next outdoor adventure. 

Mesa Arch Trail: Canyonlands National Park Trail Guide

The Mesa Arch trail leads to one of the most famous and stunning views in Canyonlands National Park. Amazingly, the hike is short and sweet, not to mention easy to reach. This guide covers everything to expect on the Mesa Arch hike.

Painted Hills Oregon: Ultimate Guide + Tips

Characterized by brightly colored layers of earth, the Hills preserve an impeccable record of evolution and the changing climate over the past 40 million years. Find out everything you need to know before visiting the Painted Hills Oregon, including the history of these remarkably colorful hills and tips for visiting [...]

Skylight Cave Oregon: Ultimate Guide + Tips

Though it appears fantastical, the lava tube known as Skylight Cave in Oregon is yet another one of the incredible natural wonders found in this part of the country. We'll tell you how to find it (hint: it's tricky!) and what to expect when visiting.