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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Durable Goods: The '90s-Teal Day Pack


It was April 1996, and I was standing in Eastern Mountain Sports on Lower Broadway, not far from my apartment in the East Village. I'd been nose-to-the-grindstone in the business world for years, and now I was kitting up for a real vacation, some time to reconnect to the Southwest, a place that had been vital to me a long time before.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Durable Goods: Prana climbing knicker


The Durable Goods series features that killer piece of kit, that failsafe bit of gear, that's been with you for years, and goes with you every time you head out. You can neglect or abuse it, and it's always ready for more. All hail!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tully Lake, Royalston, Mass: A weekend in heaven


A couple of weekends ago, Emily and I loaded up the Corolla, threw a couple mountain bikes on the rack and headed out to Tully Lake Campground, in Royalston, Massachusetts.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Michigan and Niagara Falls: A Midwestern Outdoors Tour


The beginning of August brought a long-awaited road trip to Michigan, a place of mythical outdoor opportunities. My wife’s family has had a large cottage on a beautiful lake there since the beginning of time—an old-school lake house with hand-built bunkbeds, raw pressboard walls, and the mellow waft of 50 years of damp swimsuits. The ideal place for a mid-summer escape.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Five Ten Guide Tennies as Mountain Bike Shoes: First impressions



First, a disclaimer: Though the Five Ten Guide Tennie was built by a venerable climbing company as an approach shoe for pure rock-heads, I'm going to review it as a mountain bike shoe and day hiker, because those are my jams. I haven't climbed in nearly 20 years, and, though I hope to flail around on some local boulders with these, it'll be rare.

Your mid-season training plan



Here is your training plan for August:

If you feel like riding your bike, take it out of your garage/living room/shed and get on. Start riding.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Year of the Upgrade: Ride whatcha got

I swore to myself this would be the year of the upgrade—that I would dance with the one who brung me and not buy any new bikes.

So far, so good.