At Territory Supply, our goal is to help readers find meaningful adventures by featuring hiking, camping, and travel destinations around the United States.
We feature some of the best camping, backpacking and hiking spots in states like Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Utah (don’t worry – we’re slowing moving east).
Since its inception, Territory Supply has been based on the idea that your territory — your adventure — is out there. It may not look like anyone else’s, and that’s how it should be.
Your adventure might be living out of a vintage van while touring the country’s national parks, or it might be raising a family and showing them as much of the world as you can.
Whatever it is, we’re here to help make it happen.
DT is the founder of Territory Supply. He was born and raised in Phoenix, and fills most of his shelves with books on American West history.
He’s written for sites like Foundr, and enjoys studying marketing and entrepreneurship. When he’s not writing or reading, he likes to travel with his wife and twin daughters, a rambunctious team that makes backpacking the Grand Canyon seem easy. You can find him on Instagram.
Favorite adventure: one that stands out is a canoe trip with my brother, when we paddled from Wisconsin into Illinois on the Rock River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.
100+ miles over a few days, just in time to make the Dixon Gentlemen of the Road tour stop. Portaging dams, navigating through swamp and city, camping riverside and paddling into town at 3am – just in time to hit McDonald’s for an early breakfast.
Favorite gear: my daily go-to goods are Diplomat boots from Thursday Boot Company, a Timex Weekender and a 5-panel hat from P & Co. (and their travel mug). Also, chambrays and flannels. Dad life at its finest.
Jake is the Managing Editor at Territory Supply. Born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona — Jake loves photographing grand landscapes, sleeping under the stars in hammocks, and hiking lands near and far.
After earning his B.S. in Geography from Northern Arizona University, he worked as an interpretive naturalist across the state of Arizona. His stints include work as a park ranger with the National Park Service at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a guide at Grand Canyon South Rim, and a docent at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
While his heart loves backpacking and peak bagging adventures, Jake mostly takes it a little easier nowadays with his wife and 1-year-old daughter in tow. You can follow Jake’s landscape photography on Instagram and his personal website Mountain Tripper.
Favorite adventure: It’s hard to pick, but let’s go with my first ever backpacking trip, a challenging trip on Grand Canyon’s Hermit, Boucher, and Tonto Trails. I was invited to go by a friend of my Dad, but I was broke twenty-something so my padre outfitted me with most of the gear for the trip.
I was an experienced day hiker and camper at the time, so I knew enough to train for the trip, but the hike out from river to rim on the rugged Hermit Trail still kicked my ass. As bonafide Canyon aficionado, this was like the pilgrimage to Mecca for me. It also whet my appetite for many more Grand Canyon backpacking adventures.
Read more about this adventure here.
Favorite gear: For photography, my trusty yet tiny Olympus EM-10 Mark II takes amazing photos with little bulk. Backpacking-wise, I love hammocks, and won’t go anywhere without my Warbonnet Blackbird XLC and matching Mamajamba Tarp. In day-to-day life, my Topo Designs Daypack keeps me great company.
When not editing, Suzie Dundas is a Lake Tahoe-based freelance writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Outside, Forbes, SkyLife Magazine, TripSavvy, the San Francisco Chronicle, Frommer’s, TechRadar, Fodors, and many more.
She usually covers adventure travel, outdoor gear, and the mountain lifestyle. Some of her favorite recent articles include a story on the ethics of Narcos-themed tourism and a round-up of the best places to spot bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest.
Mac grew up in the sun-drenched urban desert of Arizona, graduating from Chandler High in the class of ‘07 (Go Wolves!). He migrated up to Utah for college, and 12 years later still calls the Wasatch Mountains home.
Mac spends his days helping companies drive business through SEO, while nights and weekends are dedicated to freelance and creative writing. He’s been a member of the Territory Supply team since 2018, serving as an editor and regular contributor under the tutelage of the wise DT and Jake.
Mac enjoys exploring the countless trails that the Beehive State has to offer, though his favorite outdoor adventures involve a snowboard and fresh powder. You can follow Mac on Instagram and Twitter, and reach out to him directly about freelance writing opportunities.
Favorite adventure: my all-time favorite adventure was a family ski trip to Park City back in high school. My siblings will tell you that I’m a terrible ski instructor, but I caught the bug and have been addicted to Park City’s slopes ever since.
Houseboating at Lake Powell is a close second. We spent the days jet skiing, tubing, and hiking, while the nights delivered a stargazing extravaganza as we slept on the top deck and listened to the lapping water echoing softly in the canyon.
Favorite gear: when winter beckons, I ride a Never Summer snowboard with Burton boots and bindings. My Spyder snow jacket has served me well for over a decade, so I trust pretty much anything sporting their logo.
For sunny weather, I swear by my Maui Jims. Once you try their polarized sunglasses, you’ll never be able to go back to cheapies from the gas station.
Mark Bennett is an American writer and traveler, whose major inspiration has been camping with his father ever since his childhood. He aims to visit 75 countries before he’s 30. You can also follow his adventures on his site Outdoorily.com.
Derek Christensen is the founder of Moonrise Standard, an adventurous culinary company dedicated to “cultivate & connect a renewable goodness in people, their neighbors & their planet through food, drink & social engagement.”
Bri Cossavella is a freelance writer for Territory Supply. She is a Phoenix-based journalist with five years of writing and editing experience.
She has been published in Arizona Highways and Phoenix New Times, and has traveled overseas for her work. She enjoys all things outdoors, resistance training, authentic Indian food, and advocating for our environment and human rights. Learn more about Bri at her website or on Instagram.
Aaron is a freelance writer and climber. He puts words on the internet about climbing (you may have guessed), lesser known travel destinations, and people with interesting stories.
He’s keen on trad and bouldering, hiking and trail running, philosophy and donuts. You can read more of his work at Aarongerry.com
Kelsey is a dancer turned writer. Her first career as a performing artist allowed her to travel the world. She now satiates her wanderlust by roaming slowly in an old Airstream trailer and writing about travel, the arts, and the great outdoors.
Favorite Adventure: Cycling the Pirinexus 360 trail through Spain and France! For my 30th birthday I decided to rent a bike and head into the Pyrenees by myself. The 360 kilometer loop (223 miles) took me five and a half days and had me cycling up steep peaks, down rocky hillsides, and beside the Meditterranean sea along the Costa Brava.
It was a beautiful solitary adventure that tested my determination and spurred some deep self-reflection about the first decade of my adult life, and solidifying my priorities for the next decade (more adventures outdoors!).
Favorite Gear: UCO Flatpack Grill and Firepit. I live tiny and minimal, so I love stuff that folds up compact and doesn’t take up much space. I also like that it doubles as a grill and a firepit.
You can follow Kelsey’s travels and writings on Instagram at @kelsey_wanders or by following her blog on www.kelseyannglennon.com. Contact her for writing inquiries, travel consulting, or to talk about The Great British Bake-Off at [email protected]
Hailey Hudson is a full-time freelance writer based out of Atlanta, Georgia, but she’s usually somewhere else. She writes about travel and the outdoors for clients such as Eastern Mountain Sports and The Discoverer.
When she’s not working, she’s daydreaming about her next travel adventure or packing up her car and heading into the north Georgia mountains.
Ed Jelley is a fountain pen enthusiast from Long Island, NY.
Daniell is a freelance writer based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. She has had the privilege of working for Colorado’s most experienced climbing guide service as an Office & Marketing Manager and an Outdoor Climbing Guide.
After guiding several trips through the Western Slope Desert, Daniell fell in love with climbing desert towers and overnight canoe trips down the Colorado River. You can find her on Instagram at @aka_dmoney.
Erin is a freelance writer and photographer who travels the country with her dog, Rory. Together they hike, explore, nap, and write about their adventures.
Arthur loves to walk. It’s as simple as that. Whether it be in the mountains, on the beach, or along the city streets — he believes walking is the best way to experience the world.
Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was his first backpacking foray, and he hasn’t stopped crushing miles since. Arthur and his wife now regularly travel into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest seeking new trails to hike.
Favorite adventure: Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with my wife was a life-changing experience, one we will both reminisce about for the rest of our lives.
We crafted a book together called Adventure and The Pacific Crest Trail to document our daily trail journal entries and favorite photos. Though the views were stellar, and camp life was wonderful, it was the awesome people we met along the way who impacted us the most.
Favorite gear: My GoPro and Leki Hiking Staff combo — I never venture onto a backpacking journey without these two items.
The tripod mount-piece for the GoPro screws into the top of the hiking staff where a rosewood topper would normally be, making for the ultimate wilderness trekking poke and selfie stick.
Emily Pennington is a writer, adventurer, backpacker, and comfort zone smasher. Put on her first international flight at 3 weeks old, she’s been addicted to adventure ever since.
From wandering the forests of Sweden alone at age nine, to solo trekking in the Himalayas of India, to joining the circus as a professional aerialist, Emily is a big fan of the “just get out there and do it” mentality.
Emily works as a freelance journalist based out of Los Angeles and has written for Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Adventure Journal, Mountain Life Magazine, Outdoor Project, Modern Hiker, The Outbound and many others.
When she’s not hunched over her laptop, you can usually find her sleeping in the dirt all over the Sierra Nevada. Learn more about Emily on Instagram or Brazen Backpacker. Or drop her a line at [email protected].
Favorite adventure: hiking the Annapurna Circuit with my partner in 2018. It was my first venture into the high Himalayas, and it absolutely blew my mind.
I fell in love with the simplicity of walking from village to village, marveling at mile-high glaciers, and feeling incredibly small against the backdrop of multiple 8,000 meter peaks. It was a humbling and spiritual experience that deeply changed the way I interact with the world.
Favorite gear: I’m in love with my REI Quarter Dome 2 tent. It holds up in rain and high winds, has ample vestibule space, and is the coziest place to just curl up and read in my fluffy sleeping bag. Did I mention that the pockets are phenomenal?
Paul is an avid hiker and outdoorsman based out of Fort Collins, Colorado where he spends every moment he can out on the trail with his two dogs Georgia and Charlie in search of peace and joy.
When stuck inside, Paul spends his time creating content for RunRepeat, the world’s largest shoe review site. “Where there is no joy there can be no courage, and without courage all other virtues are useless.” E. Abbey
Carissa is an outdoor freelance writer and forest preschool teacher residing in Washington state. A former film student, she’s switching gears and following the tracks to happiness by pursuing an online degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from OSU.
When she’s not spending time struggling with brevity, she can be found exploring trails and forest roads with her adventure partner. You can follow her tracks on Instagram at @stanz.c.
Favorite gear: Helinox Chair Zero (thanks grandma!) and Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights.
Brittany is a freelance travel writer and avid photographer with a love of hiking and nature. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she fell in love with travel blogging after living and teaching English in South Korea. She’s now location independent and enjoys slow travel to new and exciting places.
Kelly Vaughn is a travel writer and editor whose stories have appeared in dozens of local and national publications. Her work, which focuses on experiential and environmental exploration is rooted in a love for nature, wildlife and conservation.
An adjunct professor of journalism at Arizona State University, she is also the co-founder of The Land Remains. She lives in Phoenix with her partner, photographer Christian Otjen, her children and two adventure dogs.