About Us

Wandering Outdoors is a blog dedicated to outdoor activities, including cooking, hiking, camping, and more. We believe too many people spend too much time indoors. I find going outdoors recharges my batteries after a long work week.  We hope to share our respective outdoor journeys, gear reviews, and whatever knowledge we have picked up over the years.


Dave is a life long outdoorsman and can be found camping in all four seasons. He spends as much time as possible on the rivers and in the woods canoeing, camping, fishing, and hunting. I teach bushcraft and woodsmanship to beginners and people who want to feel more confident and competent in the outdoors. Check out the course page for course relevant information.


Derrick enjoys spending time in the forests of New York and Pennsylvania, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and camping.

These days he enjoys passing down his love for the outdoors to his 10-year-old son.

Derrick’s Youtube Channel

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Wendell has been involved in outdoor activities as long as he can remember, from building forts in the woods with his buddies as a kid to hunting Pheasant with his Dad. When he grew up and moved away from home, he started solo camping, and backpacking, and continued hunting upland game.

Later in life, his outdoors pursuits focused on teaching his sons and being with them outside. He was introduced to the world of volunteer search and rescue and immersed himself in that cause, and learned a lot about land navigation, survival, and just pushing through problems when in the field. He retired from search and rescue volunteer work after serving almost ten years. Wendell’s Youtube Channel:

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You will often find us primitive camping throughout Pennsylvania and New York.

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Nothing better than sleeping in the middle of no where in a tent and waking up to the birds and other wildlife.

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For thousands of years, canoes have been used for transportation, fishing, hunting, and recreation.    Learning to paddle, pole up and down rapids, line, and load a canoe is a great way to feel a part of the outdoors.   Learning to read the river for the best passage and traveling the lakes under your power lets you get to know the personality of the waterways like nothing else can.

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Outdoor Cooking

I enjoying cooking outdoors whether that be over a camp fire, smoker or propane grill. It is all fair game.

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I recently got a Pit Barrel Smoker, talk about easy to use and good eats!

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Hiking, Wandering and Photography

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