Putting Life in Your Years

inspiring active outdoor lifestyles

 

I wasn’t excited about this last hike, so I didn’t go. I didn’t want half the prize. Maybe next time it will be exactly what I need.

  •  30-04-2024 08:00 AM

Knowledge is our best tool to keep us safe out in the wild. Get to know true black bear behavior and how we can peacefully live among them on our backpacking adventures.

  •  23-04-2024 09:00 AM

Summer hiking will be here before you know it, which means we need to start getting ready. But us older hikers face a set of challenges that younger hikers do not.

  •  03-04-2024 08:00 AM

Some of the most common water filters for backpacking are inadequate for purifying water that is contaminated with chemicals or heavy metals. Here is a review of one that does.

  •  19-11-2023 08:00 AM

Over 100 people die every year in the U.S. while on hiking trips. Most of these are easily preventable by bringing some essential gear.

  •  05-11-2023 08:00 AM

The two core reasons to spend time being active in nature are centered on our own needs and about the needs of those we love.

  •  22-10-2023 09:13 AM

Here's the sum of it all: we are born, we live, we die. That's it. At some point we will take action on what we need to do with whatever is left of our lives. Own yours.

  •  25-08-2023 08:00 AM
















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Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, David on Earth will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase. Your participation is a great way to support our continued content.
















Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, David on Earth will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase. Your participation is a great way to support our continued content.










Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, David on Earth will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase. Your participation is a great way to support our continued content.










Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, David on Earth will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase. Your participation is a great way to support our continued content.

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Silverlight has amazing silver threaded socks and other fine outdoor clothing. They will give you 10% off your total order by using this link or by entering davidonearth10 during checkout.

From May 17th to May 27th

Therm-a-Rest is offering up to 30% off our award-winning line of sleeping bags, quilts and blankets (US Only).  Go here for this special discount.

MSR is offering up to 50% off our legendary line of backpacking and camping tents (US Only). Go here for this special discount.

Black Diamond has a Memorial Day sale until May 28th. Check it out here. 

May Melt Out Sale at Outdoor Research! Save 25% off Select Styles! Go here for this special discount.

About image
The good life starts with being present and living with purpose.
We should all follow the path that makes our life meaningful and affirms our 'why' in body, mind, and spirit.

Hi, I'm David Ashley. I've adopted the name "David on Earth" as a trail name, the less formal identity that accompanies me on every adventure out in the wilds of nature.

A little about me: I've been happily married for all my adult life to the same wonderful woman.
She gave me two beautiful girls who blessed me with four grandchildren, who again blessed me with two great-grandsons.

Currently I live in Colorado, but I've lived throughout the midwestern United States and traveled the world for the first 20 years of my adult life when I was in the United States Air Force, and then some afterwards. For a little while longer I'll continue working for an international software consulting firm. And then I'll begin a new adventure: retirement. I'm not exactly sure what that will look like yet, but I'm sure it will include time on trails and in wild places I've never been.

On this website I bring you stories of the trail and insights from my pursuit of the good life. I've logged thousands of trail miles over the years. In 2018 I hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail. In 2020 I began section hiking the Arizona Trail and recorded another 100 miles of desert floors and sky islands in 2024. I've also hiked trails in Utah, Wyoming and Michigan. God willing, as long as I can move, I will add to this list of places.

I hope you enjoy this website and my YouTube channel. You can also find me on Instagram. I'd love to hear from you by commenting in the blog on this site or via YouTube or Instagram.

Now, stop reading this and go live like you want it! I'll see you on the trail!