The OmniGames in three minutes [VIDEO]

Feeling fierce! Photo by David Creech

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. -Vince Lombardi While working on yesterday’s OmniGames post, we quickly found that there just wasn’t a way to fully relay the feel of the games in one post, so we added a video. […]

Books on my nightstand

Books on my nightstand

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde If can’t be outside doing it, I’m reading about it. Nighttime, bad weather days, long airplane rides… These are the times I bury myself in a good book. While not all of my […]

What’s in my pack: The Compounder II Shell

Columbia Sportswear Compounder Shell

I have a jacket fetish. Well, it’s accurate to say I have an outdoor gear fetish and jackets happen to be a big part of that. When I’m hiking during a changing season, it’s hard to pick the right jacket to keep me warm but not over-heat me. Rain resistance and a hood are big […]

The MHM Fifty-Two 80 Backpack: Bells and whistles galore

MHM harness_adjustment

For this review, I sent the MHM Fifty-Two 80 Backpack out with a tester I knew would work the pack hard over two trips. By the end of the two trips, I had a good review in my inbox, but I couldn’t pry the pack out of his hands. He was determined to use it […]

Solo expression: Challenge Buttress

Winky and Waxman go bolting

Rarely do we get to express ourselves as purely as we’d like to but when it does happen, it’s truly a thing of beauty! Recently, many things have been put into an intricate perspective for me and I am continually learning how grow with them. It seems all too often we get trapped in a […]

Quality meets ethics: Icebreaker’s Tech T Lite Merino Shirt

Icebreaker shirts

I cherish gear that performs and I have no patience for gear that doesn’t. In most cases, I look for items that can multi-task for economy of money, space and weight. Luckily, my work has the perk of allowing me to test a lot of new products. For the last month, I’ve been testing Icebreaker’s […]

Staying safe with the ten essentials of hiking

What's in your pack..

With hiking season in full swing, I keep finding myself referring to items you should pack for a hike or other backcountry adventure. The list has been around for a long time, and because my goal is to provide a handy resource for readers, I’m going to re-publish an excellent article by the Mountaineers. They […]

Adventure film review & giveaway: Tell it on the Mountain

PCT MAP

Sometimes the urge to take a long walk in nature is irresistible. For years, I have had a really long walk on my list of things I plan to do, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I’ve picked away at sections, and this was supposed to my summer to do the whole thing, but I embarked on […]