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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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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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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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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Tips for a successful and enjoyable trek to Machu Picchu

The most convenient route to Machu Picchu includes a train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and a 20 minute bus ride up the mountain. However, I am quite thankful I didn’t take the easy road. On my hike up the Inca Trail, I took in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world, including more than half a dozen historic Incan sites (some larger than Machu Picchu). It’s no wonder this unique part of the Andes has been named one of the top places in the world to visit. Add another check to my ‘bucket list’. By now, if you are planning to hike to Machu Picchu this year, you most likely have already reserved one of the… Read More →

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HANZ Lightweight Waterproof Gloves

The seamless and stretchable design of the HANZ Lightweight Waterproof Gloves ($34.95) are ideal for just about any outdoor activity involving water-sports or activities in the rain and/or cold. We utilized these gloves paddling in both Norway and Antarctica and not only did our hands remain warm and dry, we retained complete control of the paddle. While the gloves provide warmth in cold conditions, we also found the gloves to be an excellent liner to a shell mitt or glove for extreme conditions. While we primarily used the gloves for sea kayaking, we look forward to putting them to use on some upcoming winter bike rides, hiking and snowboarding. They would also seem ideal for cold mornings fishing or hunting as… Read More →

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Las Vegas’ indoor skydiving: a nice way to get into the sport

The idea of skydiving is fun but not everyone is willing to take a leap of faith and experience what it’s like to free-fall from a plane. So for the curious yet not totally audacious, here’s something that you might want to try. Las Vegas has an indoor skydiving attraction that is quite similar in concept to the actual sport. The view from above is obviously different but the experience of the wind rushing against your face and the thrill of falling from a high place is similar. Here’s how it goes: after being briefed by a professional skydiving instructor, you will be given your jumpsuit and helmet for sky diving. Then, you will be trained the proper skydiving form… Read More →

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Scott Jurek Sets New Appalachian Trail World Speed Record

Reaching the top of Mt. Katahdin on July 12 at 2:03 pm, Jurek beats the standing record by 3 hours and 13 minutes Scott Jurek, legendary ultra runner and Ultimate Direction-sponsored athlete, has succeeded in setting a new world record for a supported thru-hike of the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail. The new record now stands at 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, a full 3 hours and 13 minutes faster than the standing record. Starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia on May 27, Jurek endured heat, rain, injury, and thousands of miles of rugged terrain on his way to Maine’s Mt. Katahdin. “We couldn’t be happier for Scott and his accomplishment,” said Buzz Burrell, Ultimate Direction Brand Manager. “100 milers… Read More →

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Scott Jurek On Track to Set Appalachian Trail Speed Record

Via Release Thirty days in and more than half way through, Jurek crosses New York State Scott Jurek, legendary ultra runner and Ultimate Direction-sponsored athlete, is on his way to setting a new world record for a supported thru-hike of the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail. The current record, set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011, stands at 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. Jurek is on track to finish in just 42 days. Starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia on May 27, Jurek passed the trail’s halfway marker on June 18. Crossing through New York and into Connecticut on June 25, he now has fewer than 800 miles to go. Far from over, AT thru-hikes become particularly brutal in New… Read More →

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