Hi! My name is Trey Lewis and I am the curator of Code:Outdoors.
I grew up on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi and spent many nights out on the beach and in the rainforest.
From a very young age, I was an adventurous type. Oftentimes I would ride my bike and explore the coffee fields behind my home on Kauaʻi. The coffee fields also had many reservoirs where I could test my bass fishing skills.
I joined the Cub Scouts when I was in elementary school, and eventually went to graduate to the Boy Scouts. After a few years, I finally became an Eagle Scout. During my time in the scouts, I learned many useful outdoor skills, such as wilderness survival, camping, safety, and first aid.
Even though I had spent many nights out under the stars, my first real backpacking trip was on Maui. We went up to Haleakala and spent two nights in the crater, before walking down the Kaupo Gap to Kipahulu.
We spent the next few days walking and hitchhiking around the world-famous Road To Hana. We roughed it, camping in some legitimate and not-so-legitimate spots along the way. We even ran out of food one day and had to resort to eating coconuts!
There were many things I did right, and even more that I did wrong. After that trip, I was hooked. It’s safe to say that I learned a lot and don’t make the same mistakes anymore.
I started this website because I want to share my outdoor skill & expertise with everyone. Participating in outdoor activities for the first time can be a difficult task for some people. Especially if there is a lot of gear involved.
Take camping for instance- you need to remember to bring a tent, sleeping bag, and all kinds of clothes, among many other things!
Packing up for an overnight trip can become a stressful task when you realize that you don’t have everything that you should have. It’s even worse when you bring things that you wish you didn’t.
Preparation is Key
I honed my backpacking skills during a trip with my Dad to Tasmania and New Zealand. My Dad is an infantry officer in the Army, so he has his own experience roughing it out in the wilderness.
Because this was an international journey, we prepared everything far in advance. We worked together to plan our routes and select the right pieces of gear that would suit our needs perfectly. Since there were two of us on this journey, we were able to lighten our loads by sharing equipment, such as a tent and cooking gear.
Because of our preparation, the trip was executed flawlessly! Even though we went through rain, sleet, and snow, we had tons of fun due to being ready for all of it.
Besides being an avid hiker and backpacker, I am also a hunter as well. Spending my summers and winters in Arkansas allowed me to hone my weapon skills and take down many whitetail deer.
Back in Hawaiʻi, I combined my love for hiking ridges with my passion for hunting. Doing this, I became a goat hunter. Because of the rough terrain, goat hunting is very difficult. Being a veteran hiker and backpacker allowed me to comb the ridges to search for goats. This cross-training of skills has helped me to succeed in both hunting and backpacking.
Being in excellent physical shape is only one aspect of preparedness. Another aspect is knowing what kind of gear to bring – and what not to bring.
Code:Outdoors Mission Statement
The goal for Code:Outdoors is to help you gain the skills and insight involved with being in the outdoors.
Whether you are taking a short day hike or an extended backpacking trip, Code:Outdoors serves to aid you in making the right decisions.
Learning the skills and techniques to enjoy the outdoors can be challenging at first. Many of these skills are learned through trial and error. However, by learning from my experience in the outdoors, you can be assured that you are getting a head start when it comes to planning and executing your next adventure.
In addition to learning about important outdoor skills and knowledge, this website also serves to help you find the right gear for your next adventure. Having the right gear can make or break your next journey. It is always important to never over- or under-prepare when heading into the backcountry.