Biography

Nathan Borchelt has been writing about travel for the last ten years for such publications as The Washington Post, Outside, and Backpacker, splitting his obsessions between skiing, cycling, backpacking, hiking, scuba diving, and almost anything else. He's dived Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Roátan, Bonaire, Grenada, and Grand Cayman; skied in Japan; hiked the game trails of South Africa's Imfolozi National Park; biked through downtown Bangkok; and wandered the beaches of Sri Lanka. He's a contributor and editor at The Away Network, and recently co-authored a guidebook to Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and Arlington for Countryman Press. He has a Masters of Writing from American University, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.



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Nathan Borchelt's Articles

Away Article, January 2013
How to Ski in Utah
This state has some of the best snow, skiing, and snowboarding in North America. Follow our guide to get to the best of it in the easiest, most efficient way.
Away Article, January 2013
Anthony Bourdain Shares His Top Five Travel Tips
Anthony Bourdain, author of No Reservations, suggests five travel tips to keep you safe on the road.
Away Article, January 2013
The Adirondacks Snapshot
Away Article, January 2013
Cayman Brac Snapshot
Away Article, January 2013
Bend Snapshot
Away Article, January 2013
Galapagos Snapshot
Away Article, January 2013
Joshua Tree National Park Snapshot
Away Article, October 2012
Ambergris Caye Snapshot
Away Article, October 2012
Puerto Rico Snapshot
Away Article, October 2012
Shenandoah National Park Snapshot
Gorp Article, June 2012
Skyline Drive
Virginia
Away Article, December 2010
The Best Child Bike Seats
Two models rebel against putting the kids over the back wheel by placing your cycling companion front and center. We put them to the test.
Away Article, April 2010
Step into Spring
As the season shifts, the snow-kickers get swapped out with lighter footwear fare. Here’s a cache of the latest travel-friendly kicks on the market.
Away Article, July 2009
It’s Always Hot Somewhere…
…and if you’re where that is, then wearing the right clothes can make the difference between the perfect trip and a vacation in hell. Here are our picks for the best travel apparel ideal for globetrotting through the high-mercury days.
Away Article, June 2009
The New Ancient Inca Trail
Mountain Lodges of Peru takes a Life Lister—hiking to Machu Picchu—and reinvents it into a classic, lodge-to-lodge experience.
Away Article, April 2009
A New Breed
The latest carry-on rollers, duffels, day packs, and messenger bags introduce both style and function to your next weekender outing.
Gorp Article, April 2009
The Twist Portable Espresso Maker
For refined coffee drinks who want their tent-side espresso perfectly prepared.
Gorp Article, April 2009
Rock Creek Park
Washington, DC
Gorp Article, March 2009
Lions into Lambs
These sport- and travel-specific selections will help you endure the taunting, unpredictable weather of spring.
Away Article, March 2009
The Right Goggles: The Dragon Rogue
When seeing well also means looking good.
Away Article, February 2009
Eastern Promises
The Land of the Rising Sun holds a bounty of winter delights, from Olympic peaks to hot springs—and at prices that don't break the bank.
Away Article, February 2009
The Right Glove
Kombi has been making gloves since 1961, and the mass of knowledge shows in two models: the Freeform Glove for men and the Pheonix Mitt for women.
Away Article, November 2008
Seal Line Urban Tote
The Perfect Wet/Dry Bag
Away Article, November 2008
Leatherman Serac Flashlights
Your next highly packable light source
Gorp Article, November 2008
Therm-a-Rest ProLite 3 and Trekker Chair
The best sleeping pad and chair-maker
Gorp Article, October 2008
The Gear You Need: Mountain Trekking in Peru
Save for dense snow cover and crampon-required icefields, if you're looking to outfit yourself for trekking in places like the Peruvian Andes, we've got the goods.
Away Article, July 2008
The Best of Washington, DC
If Time Is Short: The Best of the Best
Away Article, June 2008
The River Shoe: New Balance 920
Amphibious footwear that gets everything right
Away Article, May 2008
Deep Focus
Learn the basics of underwater photography and you expand the experience of scuba diving and snorkeling. Our ten tips will help keep things crystal clear.
Away Article, February 2008
The Unseen Florida
Spring break spots like Panama City, Destin, and the rest of the “Redneck Riviera” may get the lion’s share of visitors to Florida’s panhandle—and for travelers lusting for a little crowd-free romance, that’s just the way they want it.
Away Article, January 2008
The Right Ski Helmet
Salomon Impact
Away Article, December 2007
The Hot Zone
These three ski jackets come with high-tech details, low-profile silhouettes, and gender specificity to really let their merits (and its owners) shine.
Gorp Article, November 2007
Walking Ireland's Western Isles: A Photographic Tour
This virtual exploration across portions of Ireland's western archipelago successfully evokes the world of Old Ireland
Gorp Article, November 2007
'Tis the Season
The Photographer
Away Article, July 2007
An All-Natural Fit
Eco-friendly outdoor apparel can be both comfortable and attractive, blending the best natural fibers and recycled materials
Gorp Article, June 2007
Nau Hear This
The best in outdoor apparel melds technology with a sustainable philosophy and a fashion-forward aesthetic.
Away Article, April 2007
Ski All of Utah
For once a PR term—"The Greatest Snow on Earth"—rings true.
Away Article, January 2007
The Pool Is Open
Think of yourself as an intrepid, globe-trotting traveler that’s been everywhere—and then some? Unless you’re certified to scuba dive, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Away Article, January 2007
Timberland Power Lounger Low
Away Article, December 2006
Drifter T-Shirts and Sweatshirts
Away Article, December 2006
Blundstone 490s
Gorp Article, December 2006
Tropical Paradise in a Vine-Tangled Web
The Lodge at Pico Bonito transforms one of Honduras' most impenetrable national parks into a quiet rainforest retreat with equal measures of adventure and leisure.
Away Article, November 2006
Sennheiser CX300 Headphones
Away Article, November 2006
Jack Spade Waxwear Field Bag
Gorp Article, October 2006
Novica.com
Away Article, October 2006
Victorinox 3.0 Trek Pack Plus 24" Bag
Away Article, October 2006
Travel Logistics Kit by Anthony Logistics
Gorp Article, October 2006
Cocoon 100% Silk Travelsheet
Away Article, September 2006
Rapha Tricolor Jersey and Stowaway Jacket
The bold new world of road-cycle apparel is both functional and refreshingly fashionable.
Away Article, September 2006
Leatherman Juice XE6
Bright colors join the ultra-faceted multitool scene
Gorp Article, August 2006
Pappa's Got a Brand-New Bag—Several, In Fact
When it comes to carrying your goods, does there really need to be such a distinction between traveling for business and for pleasure? When you're on a business trip, don't you sneak away for at least a little fun? We do. And that's why a functional and fashionable travel bag is essential. Here's a look at four of our favorites.
Away Article, August 2006
Swiss Army ST 4000
The overwhelming world of adventure- and travel-oriented watches receives blissful, high-functional simplicity
Gorp Article, July 2006
Chaco Sport Sandals
High-performance, warm-weather sure-footedness has never been easier.
Away Article, July 2006
Zirh Basics Travel Kit
Sensitive-skinned travelers rejoice. Introducing a line of male-focused skin-care products that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and free from razor burn on the road.
Gorp Article, June 2006
Mountain Hardwear's Maestro Backpack
New innovation creates the ability for days of comfortable backcountry mobility.
Away Article, January 2006
Post-Piste Perfection
Stand out amid the standard-sweater scene by donning one-or several-of these fashionable après items and you won't have to rely on those little white lies about plying the slopes.
Away Article, January 2006
Gear Up for Winter
Innovations, stand-by tech apparel, and other must-haves to keep you away from the lodge and on the piste—whatever the conditions
Away Article, December 2005
Reaching Winter's Next Frontier
Learn to live in—and love—the backcountry surrounding three of Utah's premier ski resorts, with equal emphasis on education and deep-powder turns.
Away Article, October 2005
Bombs Away!
West Virginia�s Snowshoe Resort offers a dreamland staging ground for the modern revolution that is downhill mountain biking.
Gorp Article, September 2005
The Outback Made Personal
We unveil the myriad tourist trappings of the Red Center—and how to avoid most of them en route to Kings Canyon, the Olgas, and that big ol’ rock known as Uluru
Gorp Article, August 2005
At Home in the Wild
Civility and wilderness meet at Little Lyford Pond Sport Camps
Away Article, August 2005
At Home in the Wild
Civility and wilderness meet at Little Lyford Pond Sport Camps
Away Article, August 2005
Four-Season Adventures at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Melting snow means the adventure—hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding—is just getting started at this Mid-Atlantic hotspot.
Gorp Article, July 2005
And Look Good Doing It
How to put some flair into your fair-weather, high-tech gear obsession
Away Article, April 2005
Into (the Inexpensive) Africa
How to put that dreamland destination into your own reality.
Away Article, March 2005
Into the Belly of the Best
In Stowe, Vermont's quintessential New England ski town, you'll find serious slopes, tree-bashing trails, in-town après attractions, genteel locals, and a good example of Mother Nature's competing personalities.
Away Article, December 2004
The 21st-Century Skier
Technology has merged with the stalwarts of fashion and function in ways you've never imagined. Whether you prefer the backcountry, the terrain park, or the slopes at the nearest five-star resort, the future of snow-sport apparel and accessories is here.
Away Article, November 2004
Australian English: A Quick-Glance Glosssary
Don't chuck a berko, mate. Just remember: i before e--especially when abbreviating Aussie English
Gorp Article, November 2004
Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef
In a realm populated by deadly box jellyfish, crocodiles, stinging trees, and more plant and wildlife diversity than anyplace else on the planet, Australia’s Daintree Rainforest will reinvent your understanding of the Land Down Under.
Gorp Article, November 2004
Getting to Know Alice
Alice Springs: An Introduction
Gorp Article, November 2004
Urban Reprieve
Some of the best hiking, rock-climbing, and abseiling in New South Wales are a short jaunt from the wilds of Sydney, uniting the granola set and the city-chic crowds.
Away Article, November 2004
The City by the Sea
A marathon plane ride is a small price to pay when you're delivered unto one of the most scenic cities in the world. And then there's the gregarious natives, the national parks, the nightlife, the beaches, the kayaking, the hiking. Those afflicted with ADD, consider yourself warned.
Away Article, September 2004
Urban Mountain Biking: A Guide
Intro
Away Article, September 2004
Stylin' on the Singletrack
Fashion and function need not be disparate obsessions. Read on.
Gorp Article, August 2004
The Wonders of Oz
The Attainable Australia
Gorp Article, April 2004
Putting the Wild in Whitewater
Rafting West Virginia's Most Furious Rivers with the Region’s First Outfitters
Away Article, February 2004
For the Love of Mountains
In a town best known as a warm-weather entry point to the southern end of Yellowstone, Jackson Hole is the Rocky Mountain alternative for the crowd-weary...even if you don't get one of the region's epic deep-powder dumps
Away Article, October 2003
A Midnight Scream
Away Article, September 2003
Lake Placid's Mountain Bike Clinic at Mount Van Hovenberg
Dispelling the myth that we're all just accidents waiting to happen
Away Article, September 2003
Lake Placid by Mountain Bike
Away Article, August 2003
Over 2,500 Feet of Vertical Regret: Mountain Biking Lake Placid's Little Whiteface
A riveting, two-wheeled descent of the East Coast's most revered—and feared—mountain
Away Article, August 2003
Bunny-hopping Along the Adirondack's Jackrabbit Trail
Pedal along Lake Placid's revered cross-country singletrack
Away Article, May 2003
Horseback Riding Along South Africa's Long Beach
Finding "the quiet within" along the Noordhoek Valley
Gorp Article, May 2003
Imfolozi National Park: Wilderness Trekking With the Big Five
KwaZulu-Natal's premier national park and Africa's oldest game reserve
Gorp Article, May 2003
The Cape of Good Hope: Africa's Metaphorical Southernmost Point
Stomping along Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Away Article, May 2003
Sea Kayak in Hout Bay
A paddle-perfect cove, a seal-crowded isle, and cold, cold water
Gorp Article, May 2003
Table Mountain: Abseil Off South Africa's Ubiquitous Landmark
Motherless at 1,066 Meters
Away Article, August 2001
Expand Your Mind: The Top Cultural Learning Vacations
Rise to the Challenge
Away Article, August 2001
Activate the Body: The Top Active Learning Vacations
Rise to the Challenge
Away Article, January 2001
Love Takes a Holiday
Transform obligation into inspiration with these romantic adventures.
Gorp Article, January 2000
A Photography Packing List

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