Oldmanoutdoors.net is a website/blog that will provide information, and hopefully a little entertainment, about being active in the outdoors. While based in the Cincinnati area, the site will chronicle outdoor based adventures throughout the United States and Canada. With any luck, the site will encourage you to shut off your computer (because you’ll want to go outside; not because the writing is awful).
The man who puts the old in Oldmanoutdoors.net is Jim Rahtz. Jim is the retired Deputy Director of the Hamilton County Park District, but also has worn other hats such as bartender, zipline guide, personal trainer, kayak instructor and sidewalk inspector; all the great jobs. As a freelance writer and photographer, Jim’s work has appeared in national publications such as Camping Life, Paddler (canoe/kayak mag, in case you were wondering), Boundary Waters Journal and Sports Illustrated.
Two of his books, The Achievable Epic: Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail and A Short Book on the Long Trail, received the Outstanding Media Achievement award from the Outdoor Writers of Ohio conference. In addition, photographs from his trips have been named Best Series of Photos by the same organization.
Jim (me) will be using these pages to show you great places to visit and things to do in the outdoors regardless of whether you are actually old or not. (I mainly figured it would be a website name I couldn’t outgrow. I hope you enjoy my tales.)