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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Essential Gear for Every Adventure Traveler

Whether you are trekking to Everest Base Camp or touring the great cities of Europe, the proper gear can make all of difference. Before you depart for any destination, you will want to make sure you have the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable every step of the way. Taking the time to properly research and purchase the few essentials below will help insure that your next adventure will be a success.   Backpack Aside from the proper footwear, a good backpack may be the most important piece of gear that you will ever purchase. Your backpack will accompany you around the globe and will last for years to come. A backpack will allow you the luxury of… Read More →

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Get into the Groove: Our experience with silicone rings

I have been married for over 18 years and when we picked out our wedding bands, we each went with Platinum bands. I have spent the better part of the nearly last 2 decades taking mine off for all of my active pursuits as the ring was bulky and uncomfortable.   Let’s first identify what I define as active pursuits. I would (and have) remove my wedding band for kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mowing the grass, spending many hours behind the wheel (yes, the steering wheel), using saws, raking leaves and the list goes on.   I was skeptical when I got my first Groove Ring. However during the time that I’ve had my first silicone ring, I have… Read More →

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Tips for raising the next generation of ADVENTURERS!

In a generation dominated by smart phones and social media users, it’s no wonder parents have trouble getting their kids to unplug and go outside. Growing up, Boy Scouts introduced me to backpacking, rock climbing and whitewater paddling. This laid the foundation for many of the activities I enjoy to this day and love to share with friends and family. I took my three nephews to Peru for their high school graduation in hopes the trip would instill a sense of adventure that they would carry throughout their lives. Their ‘adventure education’ began when they were small and would spend a few weeks with my wife and me each summer. Over the years, I introduced them to sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, biking,… Read More →

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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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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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