It’s pretty neat to head out for a weekend or a week carrying everything you need on your back. While I love faster-paced sports like mountain biking and kayaking, there’s something to be said for slowing things down and tuning out the busy world. To me, there’s no better way to do that than by backpacking. I love waking up in a tent way out in the middle of nowhere, and there are some achingly beautiful places that would be difficult to explore in any other way. Similarly, canyoneering, which a friend has recently introduced me to, allows you to work your way into some amazing and secret spots that would otherwise be impossible to see. These photos are from places reached using the power of my own two feet.