Frank Ross is a freelance writer living in the horse country of north central Florida around Ocala. He has over 30 years' experience working for major daily newspapers, magazines, wire services, public relations agencies and online publications. Add to that a lifetime of camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, backpacking, skiing and hunting. Sprinkle the above with a passion for teaching others about all things outdoors and it's easy to see he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the keyboard.
Frank has pursued outdoor activities in almost every state in the union, several provinces of Canada, Alaska, the Arctic Circle, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Guam, the Philippines and the Bahamas. His enthusiasm for camping spans the gamut from RVs and Trailers to tent and makeshift bivouacs in mountainous terrain.
From his years of experience comes a personal philosophy of minimalism without going too crazy, and loading the wagon for family trips where comfort is a greater concern. He maintains everyone must enjoy the experience on family outings. To that end he has mastered planning, preparation and performance; the three Ps that are a prerequisite to getting a commitment on a second camping trip.
Gear is another critical factor when it comes to dealing with the elements. Frank spent 13 years working for Nebraska-based Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of Fishing, Hunting, and Outdoor Gear. The latter seven years he was the Content Managing Editor for cabelas.com, a position that required field testing all types of outdoor gear and preparing buyer's guides for every product line from boots, clothing, tents and backpacks to GPS and emergency gear.
After covering the Alaskan Iditarod for five years, he is also very learned in the art of survival under very harsh conditions.
Frank grew up on water skis, living on a lake in central Florida, and snow skiing was a major interest once he moved his family west to live within a short drive to the Rocky and Snowy Mountain ranges. With his two sons in tow, the trio skied numerous slopes on the eastern side of the Rockies in Colorado and Snowy Range west of Laramie.
With a family of five children, finding economical options and discounts was mandatory. He is eager to share his secrets for finding the best deals on lift tickets, lodging and gear. Since he's a gear-head by nature, you'll get a heavy dose of factors to consider before making your next equipment upgrade. Even when money is not an object, separating the truth and value in new technology from the onslaught of marketing hype is a daunting task. That's just the kind of challenge Frank enjoys, almost as much as busting through fresh powder.