Some time spent in the Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness outside of Grand Junction, Colorado.
InciWeb is a useful website for knowing how current wildfires may impact a planned trip.
A rare day of climbing for me. But anytime in the outdoors, and using unfamiliar skills, only enhances the overall skill set.
Going lightweight means going minimalist. Take some lessons from a Clint Eastwood movie. Take what you need. And then go.
Why adding up the mileage a person hiked is not a useful metric for gauging outdoor “expertise.”