While working at Backwoods in overland park I met a gentleman named Matt who was introduced to me as the Backpacker Puck guy. I had no idea what they were talking about at first but every now and again he would stop in give us samples of his line of meal bars.
He describes them as a mixture of 9 to 12 ingredients both wet and dry. They will always have a nut chopped or in butter form and a fruit. There are several savory flavors that include: Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Banana, Pumpkin Spice, and his latest flavor Apples and Cinnamon. He is always working on new flavors and mixtures. He has stated he is looking into some type of a Pistachio Puck.
The pucks are incredibly filling and dense but moist enough that they fall apart. Each puck has incredible flavoring. The thing that sets them apart is that unlike many of the other bars is that they are low in sugar and sodium. They pack a high calorie punch as well. Averaging around 450 calories per bar. They also pack a whopping 27% of your daily fiber. All of which are fantastic for adventures of any kind.
Make sure you take a look at the packaging because he has some fantastic instructions on each puck.
“Recommended for people who want to rock out hardcore!!”
“Recommended for people who want to defeat fear!!!! Enjoy the Power”
I am very excited to get out on the trail and give these pucks a true workout. If you would like to know more information about the Backpackers Pucks or to order them check out the Backpacker Pucks Facebook page. Matt is currently working on a website in which you can order directly from the site. At present he is taking orders directly through messages and emails via the Facebook page.
Many of you have been following along as I drove from Kansas to Arizona last week. I wanted to give everyone a quick update on how it all went and to be honest why I moved.
I will not go into all of details but lets just say some things in life changed and new opportunities presented themselves while other doors were closed. Some good friends of mine sent me a message saying that their roommate at that time was moving out and that they had need of a new roommate. With what all was going in my life at that time a fresh start was needed and they just so happened to live close to the mountains. After some time spent pondering it over, I decided that if I passed up this opportunity I would kick myself in the future.
I spent the next month consolidating all my stuff down to what was needed. What was needed would go into the jeep to be moved to Arizona. The rest went into storage. A date to move out was selected, two week notices were given. One of the nice things is one of my jobs is allowing me to work remotely which makes the move much more of a possibility having an income right away. Also having a place to live lined up also closed the deal.
I loaded up the Jeep with as much stuff as I could and headed west. The drive went very well however 20 hours of driving into the sun across vast expanses of dusty isolated road would drive anyone crazy. I have no idea how people did it in covered wagons.
Two days later I made it to Arizona. I have not been exploring yet but I can guarantee that it will be happening soon. Lots of new areas to explore and lots of new adventures in life to experience.
Happy trails whether they be paved or dirt. Also remember to keep #tryingstuff
I have been trying to find the right words to describe the entire Columbia #omniten Rogue whitewater rafting trip and some times the words of just one person can not do such an epic adventure justice. I present to you the #omniten Rogue Adventure wrap up. Shot and Edited by Mark Going. Mark is the Columbia Sportswear staff photographer. An incredible Photographer at that and awesome person. Check out the video below.
Cheers to you #omniten family and Columbia staff who put the entire trip together see you on our next adventure.
It has been almost a week since the 2013 Spring #omniten crew returned home from an adventure of epic proportions. I am still having trouble putting it all into words. I will be blogging more about the trip in the coming weeks. What makes this adventure so special?
Columbia chose 10 social media addicts flew them to Medford Oregon where the #omniten were outfitted with the latest and greatest Columbia gear. We were taken into the wilds of the Oregon wilderness where we had no connections to the outside world. Lead by the amazing guides from Rogue Wilderness Adventures we attacked the Rogue River and all of its adventure head on. We came we paddled and we conquered the Rogue. We even partook in many adult beverages.
Each one of us has our own take on the whole trip but the biggest aspect of the trip was that these 10 strangers are now not only a small little family but also part of the larger #Omniten and Columbia family. I am still very honored to have been chosen to take part in this very special adventure and look forward to so many more to come with our #omnifamily.
The #omniteners, Columbia Staff and even the Guides all connected in such a way that it seemed as if we had been doing trips like this for many years and we had just picked up where we left off from where we left off last.
So what are the #omniblues? The #omniblues is the moment in which you must return from an epic adventure with amazing people and you look back on the fun times the inside jokes and all of that ranch dressing. A part of you will stay on the Rogue waiting for your return with the #omniten who you share an incredible bond.
I want to thank Columbia and their awesome staffers who made this incredible adventure possible.
Happy Adventures and remember that the river is calling.
The Gateway front pack by Seek Outside is like having a fanny pack but instead of having the belt attach around your waist the pack connects to your backpack.
Plenty of room for a drink, snacks, camera, and maps.
There is a drink holder compartment with a pocket and a zippered section that is divided with a small organizer inside.
My first impression was that it was smaller than some of the other front packs that I have tried and it was also not incredibly easy to use. The pack came with no instructions and when I contacted the company about it they sent me to a video of a guy wearing the pack and talking about how great it was. Nothing was said other than you just hook it up or something to that affect. The product is not water proof but it is made up of ripstop nylon so it does have some water resistance to it. It seems rather durable and could hold up to some heavy use.
Overall I would not see myself using something like this but it might be good for on the go parents or someone looking for a a little extra storage space and quick access to gear.
To learn more about the Gateway front pack by Seek Outside you can visit their website here.
Full Disclosure: The Gateway front pack used in this review was provided to me by Seek Outside at no charge as coordinated by Deep Creek PR. This did not influence my review in any way. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and were not guided in any manor.
Out of the box and directly onto my feet. The Columbia Conspiracy™ OutDry Shoe is comfortable light wight and an all around great shoe. These trail runners are made for adventures both on and off the trail. Built with Columbia’s OutDry water proofing and the Techlite midsole. I had no idea what to expect when trying on these shoes. I honestly did not expect much as I am not a huge fan of shoes that ride low on my ankles. I was very impressed with how sturdy they where and provided enough stability for just about any kind of activity you can think of. I have hiked and did a little trail running in them. They are also great for out and around town or even for daily wear. The tread on them is grippy enough for trails but still works great on pavement.
Lets Get Technical
- OutDry patented waterproof breathable construction
- Breathable sandwich mesh upper
- Protective rubber screenprint
- Protective wrap
- Asymmetrical lacing alleviates pressure on the top of foot
- Techlite lightweight cushioned midsole
- Techlite FluidFrame multidensity underfoot support for smooth foot transfer
- TPU shank
- Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber
- Weight: size 9, ½ pair = 10 oz/283.5g
- OUTDRY UPPER
- TECHLITE MIDSOLE
Techlite FluidFrame technology
- OMNI-GRIP OUTSOLE
High traction non-marking rubber
To learn more about these fine shoes and the awesome technology used please head on over to the Columbia’s Website.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Columbia sent me these shoes to review at no charge, but my views and opinions are my own.
We got up and ready before the sun hit the bottom of the valley and headed up the trail. The view from our rock was fantastic. A great start to a day with amazing weather. Today’s goal was to make it to Tuallame Meadows, drink more, and eat more. Overall I felt pretty good considering we hiked nearly 12 miles the day before. We had 13 miles to get to Tuallame Meadows and it was quite the roller coaster. Not as brutal as the day before leaving Yosemite but several large ascents in short miles. We passed by Sunrise Lakes, Sunrise camp, and Cathedral Peak. (more…)
The adventure begins with an email saying that my flight is an hour late. I then spend the rest of the day making sure that I can make my connecting flights. The original plan was to fly into Seattle and Paul would pick me up and then we would drive down to Merced CA. I ended up having to change flights and destinations in order to make things work. I flew into Portland and landed around midnight. Paul made great time to pick me up and off into the night we drove.
We arrived at Merced around 11:30 am on the 9th. We had just missed the YARTS bus that would take us to Yosemite. The next one was not scheduled until 5:30pm so we had some time to organize our gear and rest up a bit. (more…)