Midweek madness. A quick check of the account balance shows a small allowance for the weekend, maybe brunch and a movie or something of that sort, although that sure sounds a lot like last weekend, and all you want is a getaway, even if just for the weekend. … Read More
Mountains cast their own vibes. You can feel it from far off — the harsh terrain, the stark solitude. Imposing and inviting all at once, they’re a playground of possibilities, so it’s no surprise that the vast region stretching from the Rockies to the Pacific would hold all the inspiration needed for the team behind Boulder-based outdoor brand Mountain Standard.
“This is it,” I told myself, traversing a granite ledge, scrambling up a grassy corner and onto the next ledge, nearing the top of the pass. “We’ll pop out at the top of a beautiful alpine lake, pitch the tent, and be done for the day.” I couldn’t remember feeling this way before, the hollow, almost fluttery feeling across my chest as I pushed the pace through the day’s 11th hour. Sure, I’d brought myself to what I thought was the limit before, running the 800-meter in high school, 5Ks in college, half marathons in my 20s. But this was completely different, and I didn’t know how much farther I could go.… Read More
I didn’t intend to become a solo hiker. It happened as a matter of circumstance. I was single, and most of my friends were married with babies and small children. Their lives didn’t much allow for day hikes, let alone a weekend trip in the backcountry. I’m shy and not much of a joiner, so hiking clubs didn’t appeal to me. I started setting out on my own long day hikes, but soon got a little bored. Seeking a new challenge a little farther afield, I planned a camping trip with a friend who also wanted to hike to the top of Mount San Jacinto, one of southern California’s highest peaks. I arrived in Idyllwild where we planned to meet and checked my phone. My friend was sick and wouldn’t be able to join me. … Read More
Two of our favorite brands, Topo Designs and Westerlind, have come together to make some modern outdoor magic. They literally put their heads together for a new take on the classic ranger hat. Made from wool felt and dyed a lush shade of forest green, the wide brim hat is accented with a classic red paracord and a globe spring lock. The perfect combination of fashion and function.
A camp mug. It sounds like a remarkably simple piece of gear, but outdoor lifestyle brand Snow Peak creates their titanium drinking mugs with distinct aesthetics and details that go far beyond a basic need. … Read More
On August 20, 2014, the international scientific community issued a warning that Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano was most certainly going to erupt.I read the news while sitting at my kitchen table in Brooklyn, surfing the web as I finished breakfast and prepared to pack for an overnight flight to Reykjavik. The news of an impending eruption was so distressing that I panicked. I immediately ran into my bedroom, stripped down to my underwear, and lay on the floor, trying to breath normally.… Read More