The #Omnigames a look back.

Yesterday Columbia released the first #omnigames video. After watching the video a flood of memories and emotions hit me. I am so incredibly grateful to part of such an amazing program with fantastic people and created by a company that inspires us to get out there and keep #tryingstuff.

The #omnigames video was released reminding everyone that the #omniten are heading to Jordan in just a few days. Follow their epic adventures on hastag #tryingstuffinjordan and #omniten. I am so excited for my #omnifamily to show the country of Jordan what the #omniten is all about and have no doubts that the county of Jordan will leave an everlasting impression on them. Get out there and remember that #tryingstuff is what its all about.


What is #HellHikeAndRaft all about?

cropped-HHR-BW-Small1Many of you may have been seeing me post on twitter and facebook using the hash tag #hellhikeandraft.  I am sure you are all wondering  what is it and why and I posting about it? Both are very good questions.  I was approached by Parker from Americas Rafting Company in northern Idaho.  Parker had put together a mixed trip of backpacking and white water rafting to utilize a backcountry hiking permit. After several emails and a phone conversation we came up with a very cool idea. We would choose 14 outdoor bloggers and social media junkies and have an epic social adventure.

The purpose of this adventure is to take 14 people of different backgrounds on this adventure and have them share their experiences with everyone. This project will allow us to challenge the group, ourselves individually, the guides, and our gear.

We have been very lucky and have partnered with some awesome companies to help make this whole adventure a possibility.  Make sure to watch the hastag #hellhikeandraft and check out the website to watch the adventure unfold.

My role in this is quite a unique role. I am working on the logistics of getting all of the participants signed on, communicating with potential sponsors, and various other tasks before we head out into the backcountry of Idaho.  It is a work in progress and I have no doubt with the folks who are accepting the challenge and the crew at Americas Rafting Company this is going to be a fantastic adventure.

Stay tuned for more and like always happy trails.

Adventure Monday

Who has been out on an adventure over the weekend? I would love to see your photos. Tag your photos with #hikingthetrail on any social media network and you might be featured. Each week we will share the photos we like with all of you. Here is your adventures submitted from last week.  (more…)

6 Adventure Themed Lego Sets

One of the great things so many of us remember from our childhood are those colorful Lego Bricks. All kinds of sets with themes such as space, castles, city life, and so much more. With the Lego Movie coming out in theaters everywhere it reminds us that we need to slow down a little and play more. I still have thousands of Legos that get played with quite often. Might seem a little strange for adults to play with these toys but to those people I recommend you go buy a small set put it together. Then send me an email saying that it was not any fun.  I have put together a short list of Adventure / Outdoor themed sets for all of us “Dirtbags” to enjoy. (more…)

Positive Customer Service Review –


If you have not heard of by now you must be living under a rock. is a gear clearance website in which they work with major retailers and manufacturers to bring awesome deals of up to 70% off retail prices to its members. In order to get the offers you have to sign up and it only takes a few minutes. Sure that all sounds rather sales pitchy and I apologize. I really like their service and have used it several times and will continue to do so. Part of why I really like TheClymb is their customer service. (more…)

Backpacker Tip: Using denture cleanser to clean bottles and hydration bladders

0073063704240_500X500 There are a few products currently on the market that will clean your bottles and water bladders. Products like Clean Ethics’ Bottle Bright ($7.95 for 10 tablets) and CamelBak’s Cleaning Tablets ($12 for 8 tablets).

There is nothing wrong with these products at all. They work as advertised. However if you are looking for a way to save some money I have the perfect solution. (more…)

Columbia Men’s Bugaboot™ – Gear Review

boots The Columbia Men’s Bugaboot boot was given to a few of the #omniten guys to test out during the #omnigames. I was one of the lucky guys who got a pair. A very comfortable medium weight super warm water proof boot.

We were told by Columbia that we would be given a pair of boots but I honestly had no idea which ones we would be getting. I had done some research before the #omnigames to see what was out there. I was honestly rather skeptical about a “lifestyle” company who also makes boots. I will say that I am very particular about boots mostly because I have found more that I do not like wearing than I do like to wear. I have owned several pair of Columbia shoes like the Conspiracy and the Master of Faster. Both of which are comfortable and fit great. (more…)