LOWA Innox GTX Lo

LOWA boots have been my go to brand for almost every major trip that I have gone on in the last decade. Whether I am trekking in the Andes or navigating numerous airports across multiple continents, I know that I can depend on the brand right out of the box. The Innox GTX Lo are no exception. When I received them, I was in the final stage of packing for a month long trip to Chile and Antarctica. As with every other shoe or boot that I have used over the years, the Innox fit like a glove right out of the box. Due to the extra apparel that I would be carrying to the frozen continent, I wanted a… Read More →

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Re-Fuel Bluetooth Speaker Water Bottle

2-in1 Bluetooth Speaker & BPA Free Water Bottle While I was packing for a recent trip that would involve sailing from Punta Arenas through the Beagle Channel past Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage, I was looking for a way to play music but had limited space in my carry on pack. I found the solution in this water bottle meets bluetooth speaker by re-fuel. Weighing less than 1/2 a pound and carrying 12 ounces of your favorite liquid, this was the perfect solution for travel and fit nicely in my side pack pocket. On a previous trip down the Norwegian coast, the group of international journalists I was traveling with gathered a few nights and proceeded to sing… Read More →

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This is Bears Ears National Monument

NEW INTERACTIVE FILM EXPERIENCE BRINGS BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT TO LIFE   Patagonia’s most recent initiative to protect Bears Ears National Monument is a collection of interactive 360-degree films highlighting the cultural and recreational significance of the threatened region in Southeastern Utah. In This is Bears Ears National Monument, powered by Google’s 360 technology, Patagonia’s ten short films create an experience of total immersion through the storytelling of Native American tribal leaders and outdoor athletes. The film experience concludes with a call-to-action to Secretary Zinke, asking him to stand up for public lands and defend Bears Ears National Monument.    Patagonia has been fighting for the protection of Bears Ears since 2013, supporting the historic vision of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition… Read More →

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Protecting Pangolins on World Pangolin Day

Tomorrow, February 18, marks World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction. While these armored creatures once inhabited vast portions of Asia and Africa, their populations are severely dwindling due to a massive and growing demand for their scales, which are believed to have curative properties in East Asian medicine, and their meat, which is highly regarded as a symbol of status.   According to data analyzed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), last year there was a staggering number of seizures of pangolin scales and meat in source countries, transit countries, and market countries. Last summer, Hong Kong seized 13.4 tonnes of pangolin scales in three separate seizures… Read More →

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Gear Review: Klymit Static V2

While backpacking on the Inca Trail in 2014, we utilized the sleeping pad provided to us by our outfitter. While adequate for the 3-night trek in the Andes, it was heavy and bulky. In retrospect, I would have preferred to have carried my own sleeping pad and the Klymit Static V2 would have been my choice. I started backpacking in the early 1980s as a teenager, and over the years, I have used every possible option available to backpackers: closed cell foam (multiple brands and styles) and numerous self-inflating air mattresses (every length, width, thickness and weight). The Static V2 packs down to approximately the size of a soda can, can inflate in as few as 10 breaths and weighs… Read More →

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Flying High in the Dominican Republic

One of only two islands in the Caribbean that are occupied by two separate countries, the Dominican Republic is probably best known for its breathtaking beach resorts. With its lush, natural beauty and a growing outdoor and eco-tourism industry, the island is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure off-the-beaten-path. Like Daedalus and Icarus, flying is the ultimate way to take your adventure to new heights. The extreme sport of paragliding is a safe and exhilarating way to experience the beauty and diversity of the region from a lofty perch. Experienced pilots will outfit and direct you from takeoff to landing. You can take the ultimate selfie while flying amongst the clouds. We really like this organization for paragliding in… Read More →

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Adventure Racers Prepare for Godzone Chapter 6

An impressive field of New Zealand and international teams will line up in Queenstown later this month for the sixth chapter of GODZone. Today, the official team list for the 2017 event was unveiled on the GODZone website. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says it’s a showcase of Kiwi flair with a sprinkling of international talent. “Given this event sold out so quickly with all the racing spots gone within 30 minutes on opening day it not surprising that the New Zealand teams were the quickest off the mark. This field has by far the largest representation of Kiwis racing in the history of the event which means the sport is rapidly growing in this country and in a very… Read More →

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PATAGONIA TO WITHDRAW FROM OUTDOOR RETAILER IN RESPONSE TO GOV. HERBERT’S DECISION TO RESCIND BEARS EARS PROTECTION

In response to Utah Governor Gary Hebert’s decision to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, Patagonia has withdrawn from future Outdoor Retailer shows that are hosted in Salt Lake City twice annually. Here is what Patagonia CEO, Rose Marcario had to say: “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and… Read More →

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Cavemen…the ultimate Adventure Racers

By Grant Killian Cavemen would have made terrific adventure racers; in my imagination at least, cavemen are durable, resourceful, and tenacious — if they weren’t, we wouldn’t have lasted long enough to evolve into the civilized city-dwellers we are today, right?! Imagine the genes we carry with us from those fantastically fit cavemen! So, while modern life is all about comfort, a key step to success in adventure racing is the opposite: getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. In adventure races, you can be tired, disoriented, dirty, and scratched up. Your pack can feel heavy and the weather can beat you down. The beauty of the sport, of course, is in overcoming the adversity and finding your way to the finish… Read More →

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Our Favorite Snacks for Trek and Travel

We have all been there, standing in the nutrition aisle of our local outdoor retailer staring at the plethora of choices. Over the years, we have tried almost every brand and flavor on the market and these are some of our favorites for trek and travel. Honey Stinger Energy Bars The energy bars from Honey Stinger are a great breakfast bar alternative. Each of the 4 flavors of energy bars contains over 30% honey, 5g Non-GMO Soy Protein, 23 vitamins and minerals and whole grains with a yogurt coated bottom. Our two favorite flavors are the Blueberry Buzz and the Berry Banana Buzz. $27.75 for a box of 15 (approximately $1.82 each).     Organic Waffles Available in regular and gluten free, the… Read More →

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