News / Outdoors

Carmel River State Beach

I was very fortunate to have grown up in Carmel on California’s central coast, the amount of bio diversity and natural beauty in such a small location is amazing. I know there is a lot to do and places to see but one of my favorite little secrets is Carmel River State Beach (the river mouth) and Stewart’s Cove.

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First Lite Chama/Kiln Hoodies

And while I stood there in shorts and flip flops (I forgot my boots) I was really glad I had remembered my Chama hoodie from First Lite.

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Danner South Rim Boots

I have packed a lot of miles under these boots, I climbed Mt Whitney in them, hiked the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and just completed a marathon with a forty pound pack as well as countless day trips and overnight trips in between.

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First Lite Traverse Hunting Gaiters

Over the past few years light weight trail gaiters have also become popular among hikers for keeping out those pesky pebbles and foxtails.

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SoCal's Secret Camping Season

Southern California has a secret camping season a lot of us locals love to take advantage of. While the rest of the country is putting away their camping gear we are keeping it out for another few months.

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Kit Fox Outfitters February Desert Run

Desert season, well winter is a great time to get out and enjoy the California Desert. Although it is much more enjoyable than the summer the winter in the desert can come with its own unique challenges.

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Trail Etiquette

The past few hikes I have noticed an increasing number of people on the trail which I love to see. However, I also noticed a lack of good hiking etiquette and that got me thinking those hiking might not be aware such a thing exists. As a beginner hiker myself the thought never occurred to me there might be a set of unspoken rules on the trail until I experienced my first encounter.

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Solo Stove Bonfire

We just got back from some winter camping over our holiday break and boy was it cold, luckily for us we brought along our Solo Stove Bonfire.

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Christmas at the Grand Canyon

Maybe you noticed we were a little quite over Christmas, well other than taking time with each other we were well out of reception and Wi-Fi at the Grand Canyon.

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Base Camp

Base camp is a term used in the outdoor world to establish a semi-permanent home from which adventures begin. It is defined as a main encampment providing supplies, shelter and communications for personas engaged in wide-ranging activities, such as exploring, reconnaissance, hunting, hiking, mountain climbing and even in the film industry. It is essentially the home away from home and why this month I will be reviewing a few key points listed below on the importance of base camps.  

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