UCAN Outdoor Journal

Interview with The Blog Process on the Origin of UCAN Outdoor

Jonathan Printers

Interview with The Blog Process on the Origin of UCAN Outdoor

1- Hello Jonathan, Can you please introduce yourself? Where do I begin? I always find this an interesting question because I’ve moved around plenty and have never been in one place for too long. I’m a southerner, born in Georgia, having lived in Virginia and Florida for brief periods as well. Both of my parents were in the military, so for as long as I could – I ignored the service. We didn’t come from much, so money was never the value; it was the little things like sitting around a table talking and laughing, doing things together, taking road...


11 Ways Being Outdoors Gives You Quality Life

Jonathan Printers

Tags benefits, healthy, hiking, live longer, mental health, national parks, Outdoor, Photography, trails, travel

11 Ways Being Outdoors Gives You Quality Life

For so long, outdoor activity like hiking, camping and brisk strolls through parks were taken as the natural preserve of nature freaks. But who knew they’d become a medical prescription someday? Who knew someday your doctor would look you in the eyes and say “take a hike”? Yes, that day is fast bearing down on us too. In a 2016 White House Roundtable on “Health Benefits of Time Outdoors”, Michael Suk, the chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Geisinger Health System actually mentioned the possibility of doctors writing prescriptions for outdoor activity. Yep. Basically, “Go camping once a week, then...


Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

Hiking is a free exercise option! No matter where you are at in your fitness level, it can provide you with a number of health benefits. Not sure about joining a gym or prepared for the costs? Hiking can be a great option for you and get you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle.  Being a mental health junkie (seriously beyond being intrigued, so much so that I have taken up a career in the field), I am always looking for ways to share the benefits of physical activity, in relation to our minds. While it may seem obvious...


Gear up for this: Denali National Park

Gear up for this: Denali National Park

IMPORTANT for any hike:  Never underestimate a hike and plan accordingly for weather, in the event something happens. Some trails are marked easy, but be prepared for the walk - hydrate before, during, and after. You WILL run into wildlife at some point and always have a chance at getting lost; always communicate someone your location, when they should expect you back, the distance, etc. Additionally, avoid tough, thick brush and be wary of the streams.  Country: United States Location: Alaska Area in Square Miles: 7,408 Established: 1917 You can't complete a trip to Alaska without visiting Denali National Park. This park is one of...


5 Must-See Trails in Alaska

Jonathan Printers

5 Must-See Trails in Alaska

Alaska is a massive state, home to nearly 500 hiking trails. With so many options, it can be tough to know which paths are worth doing. To help you out, here are some of our favorite trails:   5. Hatcher Pass – Mat-Su Valley Gold Cord Lake, Hatcher Pass. Photo Credit: Jim from Lexington, KY Admittedly, this one's cheating. Hatcher Pass isn't exactly a trail; instead, it offers easy access to your pick of the Talkeetna Mountains. Hatcher is friendly to hikers of all skill levels, making it a great family destination. While you're there, check out the historic mine, lakes, berry picking, wildlife viewing,...

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