Gear Review – Columbia Powerdrain Cool™ Shoe

PowerdrainThe Columbia Powerdrain Cool™ Shoe This hybrid lightweight shoe is designed to allow you to go from trail to water and back again. It features the Omni-Freeze ZERO technology.

Lets get right to guts of these shoes. They are light weight, breathable, sturdy, fast drying, and super comfortable. I find myself wearing them around the house because I had forgotten I still had them on.  I also find that I wear them more around the house and in the yard than I do actually on trails or doing awesome adventuring. I suppose spending time in the back yard could be considered an adventure since it now looks like a jungle. (I need to mow but its simply to hot to be bothered by such work). (more…)

Omni-Freeze Zero sweat activated cooling

image taken with a thermal camera that displays, when it was moistened with steam, darker blue areas signify colder temperatures

image taken with a thermal camera that displays, when it was moistened with steam, darker blue areas signify colder temperatures

As part of the #OmniTen crew I have had the wonderful opportunity to test out lots of neat gear over the past few months.  Before I get into the gear itself I would like to first take some time and talk about little blue rings that keep you cool.  Very similar to the little reflective dots that keep you warm the blue rings help you stay cool. They do this by absorbing your sweat creating reaction and cooling down the fabric.


Guest Post – Hiking with the grandkids

guestpostbadgeThis post is written by Ernie Allison, a bird watcher who usually doesn’t mind squirrels, but has finally caved and gotten a squirrel proof bird feeder. He’ll let the aggressive creatures stick to the nuts he leaves by the trees.

As a grandparent, I do what I can to spoil my grandkids without them becoming spoiled. I like to treat them to adventures and give them gifts, but I don’t want them to feel like they act badly and still get what they want. (more…)

25 Adventurers, 1 Special Cause, Adventure Ensues


In a couple weeks, 25 young adventurers, hikers, climbers, and outdoor lovers will take part in an extraordinary project to raise funds for Epic Experience, a camp in Colorado that provides outdoor experiences to inspire and empower cancer fighters and survivors. Each of us have been tasked with taking on a daring and audacious project known as #Adventure4Life. The goal of this project is to raise $25,000 with every cent going towards the camp. Each adventurer will raise $1,000 through their own unique project which ranges from hikers to kayakers and climbers demonstrating the best of their abilities. (more…)

JMT is just around the corner.

I apologize for not posting a whole lot lately. I have been super busy and 5 days until #JMT2013. I hope everyone is doing some awesome adventuring over the 4th and this weekend. Be safe out there and have fun.

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