Archives for August, 2013

Getting Dirty for a Good Cause: The Outdoor Industry Gives Back

If you’ve ever volunteered, you know how good it feels to help an organization in need while making a visible impact on a local community. Now imagine if you had several hundred people working together on the same day. Picture how much you could accomplish. That’s what you get when you bring together the outdoor…

2 Years, 2 Llamas, and Learning to Live in Style in the Backcountry

If there’s anything my family is determined to do, it is to live in style in backcountry. We don’t just want to survive the wilderness—we want to thrive in it. So last year, inspired by our learnings in outdoor living from working field courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), we embarked on our…

Hiking the John Muir Trail: Going Out to Go In

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir Drawing wild-eyed wanderers and scruffy-haired men from around the world, the 211-mile John Muir Trail has a reputation of immeasurable proportions. Making its way onto the proverbial bucket…

Alaska’s Lost Coast by Bike and Packraft: Blind Date, Alaska Style

Read Cameron’s previous posts on Alaska’s Lost Coast >> Before departing for Alaska’s Lost Coast, my partner and I had never met, and we certainly didn’t know if we’d make good traveling companions. We had a 200-mile journey through remote Alaskan wilderness ahead of us, and we both had a lot of questions brewing in…

Crushing Summit Fever on Peru’s Ausangate

I took a deep breath of the thin air at 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) and scanned the beautiful scene of jagged rocks, sparkling white snow, and deep blue glacier ice around me and slowly became more comfortable in my thought that we would not reach the peak of Ausangate. This is always a hard decision…

Video: New Gear at Outdoor Retailer – Keen, Sperry, Ecoths, More

Here’s one more run down on new gear previewed at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City. This episode features footwear from Keen, Sperry Top Sider, Ecoths, Astral, Old Town, Propet, Muck Boots, and Timbuk2 with Cordura Fabric. What’s your favorite?

Behind the Shot: Climbing New Routes Along the Green River, Utah

See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. Adventure photographer Celin Serbo spends the year photographing top tier athletes, often taking on the same challenges the athletes face to get the shot. In the summer of 2013, Serbo headed to Utah’s Green River with climbers Alex Honnold, Daniel Woods, Matt…

VALHALLA: Nick Waggoner on the Ski Film Everyone is Talking About

Yesterday the trailer for VALHALLA (watch it on iTunes georiot.co/1ZKv), Sweetgrass Productions’ upcoming film, hit the Internet stiring much excitement and speculation from the ski/snowboard community. For the past two years, the Sweetgrass boys—Ben Sturgulewski, Zac Ramras, Michael Brown, and Nick Waggoner—have been stationed in Nelson, British Columbia, exploring what it means to find freedom in a place…

Denali’s Oldest Summiteer Shares How “His Mountain” Has Changed

Anyone who thinks that the climbing of Denali is a picnic is badly mistaken. –Hudson Stuck, one of the first four men to reach the summit of Denali on June 7, 1913 On June 8, a team of 14 climbers, skiers, and friends—myself included—set out from Talkeetna into the Alaska Range with the intent of…

Climbing Mammoth Lakes With the Old Gang

You don’t normally think of Mammoth Lakes, California, as a climbing mecca. I’d never been to Mammoth, in fact, before last September, when the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) invited me to be their “keynote speaker,” where I held forth about the joys and woes of 33 years of freelance writing. During those few…