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Promoting a Better Backcountry Experience


"By Land is passionate about helping others make the most of their backcountry experiences"


Whether you're planning an overnight backpacking trip, hunting the backcountry, or dreaming up that multi-day excursion, a great experience begins with having right gear and the right mindset.  Knowing what you need and why you need it provides the foundation for your confidence in the backcountry when miles away from the comfort of your home.  



Home Region

Southwest Washington State, U.S.A.

Favorite Places

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Outdoor Interests

Backpacking, Backpack Hunting, Traditional Archery, Photography,  and Thru-Hiking.


About Emory

First things first, I'm not a professional guide, peak bagger, expert hunter, or woodsman.  What I am - is a guy who has a passion for helping others get out to the backcountry and setting them up for success in any way I can.  I have normal job outside of this industry, however my heart belongs to the outdoors.  I didn't grow up shrouded by friends and family with years of backcountry experience.  Everything I've learned of backpacking and hunting has been from personal trial and error; my path was more difficult and I still have so much to learn.  I served in the United States Marine Corps, enjoy the artistic struggles of traditional archery, am fascinated by both backcountry hunting and backpacking, and am known to practice a little photography from time to time.  

Thanks for being here, reading my thoughts, and being a part of my journey. - Emory




It wasn't until 2012 that I realized why all of my experiences in the outdoors seemed less than ideal.  I hadn't invested much time or money into the gear I carried with me and as a direct result, I struggled to remain comfortable in the backcountry.  I desired to be outside, but dreaded the weather and discomfort.  There had to be a better way, so I began to research and experiment with how I could improve my backcountry experiences. 

The result?  A few years later, I'm finding myself enjoying the outdoors more than I had ever thought possible and I want to share what I've learned with those who may be in the same boat as I once was.

Over the course of my research I've learned that I genuinely enjoy talking to people about gear, tips and tricks, and how to improve upon each trip into the backcountry.  I've run into a number of people who desire to get into backpacking or hunting, but have no idea where to begin.  My one and only desire with By Land is to help others  have a more enjoyable time in the backcountry.  Through feedback on equipment used, trip reports, and general articles; I aim to give honest and sincere thoughts on what worked and what didn't.

My one and only desire with By Land is to help others have a more enjoyable time in the backcountry

I am not sponsored by anyone to write these reviews nor give my opinions.  I'm just a regular dude who spends his own dollars on the equipment that I think will serve me well in the field.  If there is ever a time when I'm given an item to review, I'll be clear about when that is and I promise to remain honest in my opinions.

I'd love to hear from you so feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment on an article.  Thanks for taking the time to visit this website!   

By Land,


-Emory Ronald

Beginning on April 10, 2017, I'll be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  Click on the live link below to follow along!

2017 Pacific Crest trail blog

Pacific Crest Trail Mileage Update

Above miles are updated weekly (or as often as possible)

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