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Winter Wear Guide: Stay Warm on All Your Winter Adventures

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Trying to look cool in winter wear.

December 21st marks the first official day of winter, but here in the Black Hills, we’ve already had a few bouts of winter weather. That’s right, I’ve already pulled a wool hat on my head and wielded my snow shovel against the elements. Although autumn still reigns, now is a good time to begin preparations for our cold weather adventures,… Read more »

Trail Puppy: These Three Products Make it Easier to Hike with Your Pup

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Trail puppy drinking

When we adopted Inkling, We did so with every intention of spending time with her in the great outdoors. As soon as feasible, we wanted her to start developing as a trail puppy. So far, so good; for the most part we love sharing adventures together! We face challenges, and we’ve got a lot to figure out, but we’re learning… Read more »

Get the Funk Out with WIN Sports Detergent

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Win Detergent

Workout apparel has come a long way since I ran cross country in high school. That was 1998 – 2000, and when I wasn’t in uniform, I ran in basketball shorts, random t-shirts, and white cotton briefs. Now everything is synthetic, and it’s awesome! Modern synthetics wick moisture away from the skin, insulate to keep you warm, and can breathe… Read more »

Great River Trail Trash Trek: All Geared Up!

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All the gear I'll need for the Great River Trail Trash Trek

It’s now officially less than one week until my departure date, and though I still have packing and shake down to do, I feel ready. In my previous update I outlined my itinerary, so as I enter the final stages of preparation I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the gear I’ll be using for… Read more »

Gear Review: The Cotopaxi Volta 35L Rolltop (Updated!)

Cotopaxi Volta out in the field.

Last year I reviewed my Cotopaxi Volta Rolltop. Now, with more experiences and insight under my belt, I’m updating that review.

Want to know how my opinion has evolved? Read on to find out.

Spoiler Alert: I still think this pack is excellent!

Winners of the Swiss Army Knife Giveaway

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Spartan Swiss Army Knife

Greetings all! I wanted to take this moment to say thanks to those of you who entered my Swiss Army Knife Giveaway, and congratulate Seth and Jennifer Anne who have been selected as winners. If you two could contact me with your shipping information, I’ll be sure to get your prizes in the mail right away! I’ll be doing more… Read more »

Be Prepared: Every Day Carry & Swiss Army Knife Giveaway! (Giveaway Concluded)

My Every Day Carry

As a kid I committed the Boy Scout motto, “be prepared,” to memory and did my best to live by it. Now that I’m an old Eagle, I still believe in being prepared, but I’m a lot wiser. I want to be ready for whatever comes my way, be it an emergency, an opportunity, or just a great time. I’ve… Read more »

Gear Review & GIVEAWAY: Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack (Giveaway Concluded)

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If you’ve been reading my posts, especially my review of my Volta Rolltop, then you know how much I respect and admire Cotopaxi.  My Volta has treated me so well that when I started looking for a daypack, I wanted to check out Cotopaxi Luzon Daypack. So Clarissa and I each ordered one, figuring we could get our first use out… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #5

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  Rule #5. Always carry a pocket knife. I’m an old Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout, and despite years of separation from my scouting days and (hate to admit it) the forgetting of many fine skills, there is one lesson that I have always kept near and dear to my heart; the Boy Scout motto;   “Be prepared.”   The… Read more »