#HikerChat Sunset Hike

During my trip to Outdoor Retailer I was asked to join the ranks of a super secret invite only hike. Lead by a person whom I shall call “Mr. Swedish Fish”. Met met at an undisclosed parking lot in downtown Salt Lake City a few blocks from the convention center. We loaded up into vehicles and headed into the mountains. We arrive and are promptly told to switch all phones into airplane mode. Thankfully I knew many of the people there and one does not turn down a #HikerChat secret invitation. The hike was roughly a 6 mile round trip hike that gained nearly 2000 feet of elevation.

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Cool Projects to Fund, Follow and Check Out – Father Nature Outdoors Integrated Camping Blanket

I am always looking for cool new projects and products that are being crowd funded. Today I wanted to share with you all a really neat new concept. Its not a quilt its not a sleeping bag but instead its a Integrated Camping Blanket. So what does that mean? Lets have the experts at Father Nature Outdoors tell you. Roll that beautiful product footage!

The Specs

  • Outer shell: Ripstop Nylon. Durable, breathable, lightweight.
  • Inner lining: Nylon. High thread count nylon for smoothest and softest lining material for our blanket.
  • Filling: Superloft Synthetic Fill. Water resistant with best insulation value for synthetic options and a down-like feel.
  • Temperate Range: 30 degree extreme. Perfect for three seasons.
  • Size: 210cm by 135cm (widest), 82″ x 53″. Flared design makes it applicable for a range of body types.
  • User Size: Current design best for users 6’2″ and under, 200lbs and under.
  • Stuff Sack Size: 12″ x 8″ Nylon Stuff Sack. The sack needs to hold up as well as the blanket.
  • Weight: .95 kg, 2lbs 2oz The weight is the perfect medium for warmth vs. functionality.
  • The Clasp: Current quilts and blankets on the market offer a few different options for securing your blanket. FNO has chosen to provide optimal comfort and simplicity by offering the olive clasp.

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Outdoor Retailer Gear In Review – Boot Spotlight

One of the types of gear I always keep an eye on is Boots. As technology is constantly changing so are the boots that we put on our feet. This years featured boots are built with some awesome new technologies, lighter, and a little more fashionable than in years past. Here are some of my favorites from the show.

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#AdventureMonday 8/18/2014

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Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday We have some awesome submissions this week. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with #hikingthetrail. You may also submit photos by emailing them to photos [@] hikingthetrail.com

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From one Adventure to Another

 

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The storm from Outdoor Retailer is starting to disperse and life is getting back to a normal swing. August and September have been and are going to be the busiest months for me so far this year. August was Outdoor Retailer and September has the epic social adventure Hell Hike and Raft.  Outdoor Retailer was an experience that is hard to put into words. It is something that you just have to go and experience. What can only be described as a whirlwind of gear in every direction. A proverbial gear geek candy shop. There are quite a few things I would do differently the next time that I go.  Here are my top 5! (more…)

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