Tucker Ballister

Born in New Jersey but raised in the mountains of Truckee, CA, Tucker has been backpacking and hiking in the Sierras for more than a decade. He has also been guiding outdoor excursions just about as long. While it's cliche, many things that are cliche are true, and he believes the phrase "good gear makes all the difference" certainly falls under that distinction.

When Things Go Wrong: 10 Tips for Hiking Preparedness

When Things Go Wrong 10 Tips for Hiking Preparedness

As a former Wilderness First Aid instructor and certified waterfront lifeguard, I’ve heard this familiar saying often: “It’s not a matter of if [an emergency occurs], but just a matter of when.” To some, that might represent a brand of negative thinking that invites unexpected circumstances to sidetrack our hiking adventures. To others, it’s merely …