As I sift through emails and begin to get back to normal after Outdoor Retailer, I look back at all of the whirlwind crazy that happened. I saw friends, met new ones and finally met several fellow bloggers in person. There were fancy dinners, happy hours, gear testing, hikes, and meet ups. A whirlwind of awesomely crazy fun.
In the next few days I hope to try to put everything into words and share with you everything that I saw and experienced. There are lots of new and cool products as well as some favorites to talk about. I am also getting ready for #HellHikeAndRaft so be ready to read all about it. To all of my friends old and new that I was able to spend time with. It was nice seeing you and I hope that our paths cross sooner than later.
Happy Trails – Adam
I have been playing with the Peak Design Slide and Clutch system. I to be honest have not used the clutch much but it is super easy to connect to the camera and then use. It is comfortable to shoot photos with while the camera is securely attached to you hand. Out of the two products the slide is my favorite so far. The ease to adjust the strap lengths is simply unmatched by any other product I have owned in the past.
Peak design has some great camera gear that allows you to capture all the right moments by providing straps, clips, and various other accessories that are designed for photographers of every level and every application. (more…)
As a country which is comprised of seventy two percent mountains the opportunity for backcountry adventures in Japan are virtually limitless. Living for the past six years in Tokyo I’ve had the opportunity to witness incredible vistas from the many of these often sacred peaks. In the past few years hiking has seen a huge resurgence here and not surprisingly with an ageing populous many these are senior climbers – which is probably a surprise to many readers. The zeal and stamina they exhibit for mountain climbing isn’t something that can be easily put into words.
Much of the hiking I have undertaken in recent times has been in the mountains surrounding the Greater Tokyo Area home to some 35 million according to a UN estimate. Whilst at first glance this might sound like a recipe for disaster, it is in fact relatively easy to find personal space and time for reflection on many lesser used trails. One of my favourite places to unwind is around Mt. Kinpu on the boundary of Nagano and Yamanashi Prefectures. Here depending on time of year it is entirely possible to go days without knocking into another backpacker. With a little forward planning and making an early start even some of the closer mountains to Tokyo can be tackled in relative serenity.
Living in the stresses of Tokyo means that several days of hiking and camping provides a much needed occasion to recharge the batteries before once again having to squeeze onto overly crowded trains. For those considering a hiking holiday in Japan the best advice is to plan for the spring and autumn seasons where skies are clearest providing the best visibility and the foliage is arguably at its finest.
David the author of this post runs the fantastic website ridgelineimages.com where he writes about Hiking in Japan and wilderness exploration. Please check out his blog to find more incredible photos of the area around Tokyo.
USA Today runs a website called 10best.com it primarily a site dedicated to travel and food. This year they have added a new category for bloggers. A few days ago I was sent am email from a gal representing this site and asked if I wanted to be a “Expert Panelist” to help narrow down the listing of amazing bloggers to 20. From those twenty the world would then be voting on who they like the best. This is a who’s who of AMAZING people who happen to also be amazing and inspirational people. There are fellow #omniten folks there are close personal friends on this list. PLEASE go take a look and vote for your favorite. You can vote daily and you do not have to give out any information. VOTE HERE!! I am extremely honored to be considered an expert and I am very excited to see who the 10Best are when the voting is done.
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