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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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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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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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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Excalibur 4-Tray Food Dehydrator

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The off-season is a perfect time to regroup and test out new nutrition options for the next season. That is just what we did this winter after receiving the 4-tray Excalibur food dehydrator. I have long found it hard to procure quality dried fruits and jerky that aren’t loaded with preservatives. I opted for the 4-tray version as I was keen to review a model that was small enough to easily fit under my kitchen cabinet and that was at the lower price point so as to appeal to more people. The models come in 4, 5, 9 and 10 tray version and range from $149.99 (our model) to over $500 for the larger models. The simple design makes it… Read More →

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