About

What is the most basic and needed piece of equipment to survive and thrive in the wilderness? Arguably, it’s the knife. On that premise, everything else is gravy. But gravy is delicious and adored. So here is a site that dives deep into everything from the most basic to the over-the-top. Join me on my travels as I test gear, test my limits, and have fun. *Stories and reviews may be the product of free or discounted merchandise, but the words are honest. 

Ryan Newhouse Travels with Knife Rapala Catfish
Photo Credit: Graeme Owsianski (benchandcompass.tumblr.com)

Now Let Me Introduce Myself

Born in the South but forged in the West, I am a writer, adventurer, beer lover, and proponent of the Oxford comma. My work has been featured internationally, but Montana is my home. I’ve done a lot in my years: tobacco harvester, bull auction hand, pizza delivery, grocery stocker, Lit major, world traveler, advertising, chess player, violinist, coffeehouse founder, History minor, environmental leftist, future podcaster, National Park volunteer, social butterfly, bartender, Bicycle Ambassador, radio show host, uke player, book author, REI employee, and family man. Most of it was fun. Now I write, play, and drink, in no particular order. Chances are you’ll like me.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Ryan with SUP Travels with Knife