We've seen solar panels, battery packs, and kits in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Usually the completly contained units are not large enough to power more than your phone, or they're too cumbersome to truly be considered 'portable'.Read More
As an Explorer of all things cold & steep, skiing & riding Lake Tahoe has always been high on my bucket list.Last week the Williams family got to check that one off at Heavenly Mountain Resort.Read More
Looking for something a little more amazing than your local MTB track this summer? Why not ride from Durango, CO to Moab, UT?Read More
Ready for an awesome adventure in Colorado this fall? OutThereColorado.com put together an excellent list of the 20 HIghest Roads in the Centennial State.
Our favorites? Dirt of course...
Webster Pass, summit elevation: 12,140 ft.
Stony Pass, summit elevation: 12,650 ft.
Imogene Pass, summit elevation: 13,117 ft.
Mosquito Pass, summit elevation: 13,186 ft.
Read the full list on their site.
This excellent article from the Winter 2016 issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine will get you ready for a little snow exploring this winter.
Major points include easy ways to get started, where to go, and tips to stay safe while on your adventure.
Read the full article on TCT Magazine's site!
Beau Johnston from Living Overland spent a little time with the Tamron 15-30mm lense. While many of us prefer to use Prime lenses from our preferred camera vendor when possible, the reality is this: wallets eventually run out of cash.
Thankfully, there are other less expensive options that still provide a suitable level of performance. Beau goes over everything from construction to performance this very detailed review.
Read the full article on Living Overland.com
Our colleagues at Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine have published a really simple sleeping bag buyers guide. The article from contributor Katie Levy goes over 5 basic questions:
From there it's simply a matter of choosing a brand that meets your criteria and placing your order.
Read the full story on TCT Magazine
Last week Doug Tompkins, co-founder of The North Face, passed during a kayaking accident in Patagonia. He was 72 years old.
Pretty cool way to inspire us all to get outside :)
We come across all kinds of survival gear & gadgets, some great, some not so much.
Outside Online has coverage of this Kickstarter project, Parawallets. While they're final conclusion is that it's a 'silly' survival product, any time you can carry a basic fire starter + 50ft of paracord on your person, it's a good start to a basic kit. We're fans of any survival item that can be a daily-carry. Here's hoping the project gets funded!
Living Overland is great at covering basic needs of the outdoor explorer: food, gear, navigation, vehicle modifications, and other related articles.
This review of the not-for-the-faint-of-heart (or wallet) dp1 Quattro camera from Sigma is a perfct example: Great detailed information about a camera many of us can't afford, but will pine after for weeks and months.
While it's not for everyone, if you're looking for a lightweight camera with impeccable image quality, it's worth a look.
TCT Magazine just published a comprehensive comparison of the best griddles for your dollars for use when car camping (or 'overlanding' if you do that). They've included a variety of options so you're sure to find the perfect camping griddle.
For just $75, the Lodge Cast Iron griddle seems to be a winner for most uses!
At just $130 for a 32 liter pack, this is a great option for a large day pack or small-ish weekender.
Elevation Outdoors magazine posted a great little article to help you find the perfect gift for your pooch this year.
Our favorite? The $11 Nite Ize Nite Dawg Led Collar Cover, it's perfect for walking & exploring in the darker winter months.
In their April 2015 Issue, TCT Magazine published an article on three must-visit US National Parks. The three that made the article:
Are all good choices, but so much was left behind!
Similarly, the 17 Best bad Reviews of National Parks from Adventure Journal is a funny look at how many people don't know what to expect when visiting America's best treasures.
For our money, you can't go wrong with small parks that are off the international tourist's radar. You can find comprehensive reviews of National Parks over at ILoveNationalParks.org