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Yukon Outfitters Vista Hammock

by Phil
07/05/2017 10:28:14 A.M.

I got to spend the morning on the Gulf waters in Panama City Beach, Florida in my Yukon Outfitters new 'Vista' series printed hammock.

The no-stretch 1.5 oz proprietary diamond ripstop polyester leaves no guesswork as to how high to hang your 10' by 5' hammock.

Pull the hammock-end of each 10' strap through its loop, cinch down on each anchor (trees, poles, or in my case, pier piles) and you're already adjusting your hammock to the perfect height with the quick-and-easy cinch buckle suspension system.

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The Evolution of the Sleeping Pad

by Richard
03/13/2017 00:43:52 A.M.

I recently purchased a new Therm-A-Rest sleeping pad—the ProLite Plus. I'd been holding off for a while because I'm more of a minimalist and rationales of "It's a $120 more than I 'd like to spend" and "I already have one" rang true in my head. But although those two comments were true, there were a couple specific things that nevertheless drove me to a new sleeping pad.

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My Top 5 Florida Springs

by Richard
02/17/2017 03:20:52 P.M.

The springs in Florida are some of the most unique, beautiful places in North America. Water bursting silently out of the earth to form pools that remain at a consistent 72 degrees (approximately) all year long. These pools are wonderful little examples of heaven on earth. And most of them are close or fairly close to Orlando, where I live and where Travel Country makes its home. The following are my top 5 springs to visit and why I think so. If you haven’t checked any springs out yet, give them a try! They are truly excellent.

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Shorts That Lean With It, Rock With It

by Richard
01/17/2017 10:11:43 P.M.

The only individual piece of clothing more important than a good pair of versatile shorts are any one of my pairs of Exofficio underwear. But while the undergarments are done and purchased and last a long time, the perfect shorts are a little more difficult to find. I had a great pair of Arc’teryx shorts a couple years ago, but they were discontinued. Recently, I found another lovely pair with the Prana Brion Shorts.

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Waterproof Backpack with Style

by Richard
01/04/2017 09:28:37 P.M.

I’ve worked my way through a lot of backpacks through the years. I’ve even tried four different Outdoor Research models (including two separate models of the DryComp Ridge Sack), in large part because I enjoy them so much. The newest one, however, has become my favorite.

The Rangefinder Dry Backpack is far and away the coolest of the lot (they make a duffel, too), while still maintaining it’s excellent waterproofness. I use it on all occasions: for work (it looks pretty classy), play (because it’s waterproof and comfortable), travel (it’s a perfect carry-on), and more.

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The Freshest Pair of Climbing Shoes

by Richard
12/21/2016 09:41:09 P.M.

Fifteen years ago, an old climbing bum (who was, consequently, younger than me but climbed all the time) gave me an extra pair of climbing shoes. 5.10s. They were pretty worn in but didn’t fit him quite right anymore. That began the long process of slowly leading me to my current shoes.

Those initial shoes lasted me many years, but as my toes began wearing through, I knew it was time for a new pair. In reality, I bounced between pairs that people kept graciously offering me. I went through 3 pairs before buying my first pair while in Seattle, 13 years after I started climbing. But even that La Sportiva pair was a 30-year-old vintage variety that didn’t last too long.

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My Highest-Rated Fivefingers Models

by Richard
12/06/2016 10:02:20 P.M.

For more than 5 years, I’ve been wearing Fivefingers for seemingly-endless different types of activities. Running, climbing, kayaking, etc. And in the past, my favorite type was the Sprint. It was versatile, light, thin, and breathable.

But those were discontinued. But now, years later, I’ve found the model that rivals the Sprint for top spot in my list of favorite models of the shoe. The CVT Hemp is also light, also has a pretty thin sole, and is breathable. But it’s also the most normal looking of all the pairs I’ve owned—besides maybe the brown kangaroo leather pair.

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The Harness of the Future In The Present

by Richard
11/17/2016 09:50:50 P.M.

I grew into climbing at a camp I worked at during my time working at a summer camp after each year in college and into the following three summers. After the first couple years, I started leading the climbing, rappelling, and high elements courses and those activities became a staples of my life, both for working out and enjoyment. Since then, my appreciation and participation in climbing has only grown and can say honestly that I’ve never seen anything quite like an Arc’teryx harness.

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London for a Season

by Richard
11/09/2016 04:40:49 P.M.

I arrived in London for an extended visit earlier this summer and I felt like an explorer. 6 weeks, that’s how long I’d have in the city the Romans set up almost 2,000 years prior. I felt like an explorer, as I rode the train to my friends’ flat with excitement for what was in store. And when I arrived there, they handed me the greatest gifts.

A bed. A bike. Community. And their friendship. The last one wasn’t new, but it is what held the rest of those together, it was the mortar.

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Traveling Too Much

by Richard
10/22/2016 04:39:41 P.M.

It’s immensely popular to travel right now. People have in their hearts and minds that traveling will do something wonderful for them—unlocking some hidden doors into their best life. They pack their rolling luggage with all the travel accessoriesEagle Creek Pack-It Cubes, and Exofficio underwear it can hold and make way to wander—looking for adventure. And while the desire for journeying isn't necessarily a wrong thing, travel can be hard. It’s not often as glamorized as people say it is.

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