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Salomon Wings Sky GTX Review

Salomon Wings Sky GTX Review – A Search for the Best Snowshoeing Boot

For the past three years a sad pair of Rossignol cross country ski boots have been my go-to winter footwear for everything from shoveling the driveway to earning crunchy patches of frostbite on both feet during an impromptu hunting excursion—plus a little skiing. Not terrible boots, but the Continue Reading…

Down Sleeping Bag Care

Care for your Sleeping Bag and Puffy Coat Between Trips

Remember that last backpacking trip? The one you got home from and were so tired that you never fully unpacked?

“I’ll be camping again soon anyway, right?” This is what I always think to convince myself that my gear will be happily waiting for me come the next trip.

“Thanks for leaving us in this tightly cinched pack with your unwashed pan and wore-it-three-days-in-a-row shirt,” sulks my sleeping bag and down jacket.

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Girl with SnailDavid Cox shoots a lot of his best photos with an iPhone, and he might be entirely alright with that.

“It may be sad, or maybe not, but the fact is, it’s what I have on hand at pretty much any moment,” David said when asked about equipment. “I think gear is secondary to vision and passion for expression. Sounds cliché, but oh well, it’s true. Continue Reading…

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It Started With an Empty Space Next to the Lawn Mower

Having an abnormally high garage ceiling was bothering me one night, so I decided to build a home rock climbing wall. I probably sold the idea by saying it was for the kids, but I was equally excited about the prospects of honing my climbing skills in the dead of winter. The end result was a 16X8 overhanging plywood monolith and a lot of neighborhood kids in my driveway trying to look extra friendly. “That sure looks fun, mister!” Continue Reading…

I’ve already recommended Meghan J. Ward’s site in a recent post, The Adventures in Parenthood Project, but I can’t let that stop me from sharing her amazing collaborative video with Doug Urquhart. Continue Reading…

The Adventures In Parenthood Project

Only one article in, plus some impressive headline browsing, and I can’t wait to spend more time on this website. The Adventures in Parenthood Project explores the transition of outdoor adventurers to family life. I first stumbled onto an article titled The Kid Question: How an Adventurer Decides to Become a Parent and was stoked by its parallels with the primary goal of the The Recreationalist.

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Goblin Valley Ultra-Marathon Pie Chart
Jump straight to mile 27 and you’ll see me barely moving, famished, painfully thirsty, and bending over to pick up a sand covered remnant of a Honey Waffle Stinger, which I can only assume a previous racer had the misfortune of dropping. Five miles to go. I’ve now been without adequate food and hydration for hours and my palate is not so sensitive as to pass on anything resembling food, so I eat it without shame. Even with debris now in my mouth it is the highlight of the previous hour and I can’t remember anything tasting so good. Ever. Continue Reading…

Video courtesy of Levi Allen

For certain kids, the only thing better than fresh air, is big air. If you happen to be raising one of these audacious creatures, you are fully aware of what I mean—and you should probably read this as fast as you can and then go make sure they aren’t playing with dad’s welder again. Continue Reading…

Hiking the Wellsvilles with Kids

I clench my tongue tightly to keep from shouting commands at my five-year old daughter as her concentration flitters away from the climbing wall like a disrupted butterfly; off into la-la land. For the most part, she was only mildly interested in rock climbing when I first took her to the local indoor gym. After wrestling some very sloppy fitting, but very cute, rock climbing shoes on her feet, we roped up, chalked up, and she went up. This lasted for exactly five seconds.

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Looking over the Kokopelli trail

Let’s get right to it. Here are four reasons you should get on a mountain bike and ride 142 miles of amazing Kokopelli trail from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah.

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