Made in America: Cascade Designs

Made in America: Cascade Designs

Over the summer if you were watching ABC News you may have seen Cascade Designs on their “Made in America” series. Maybe you weren’t paying attention because you didn’t know what Cascade Designs was. Let me put this in terms you may know, Therm-A-Rest, MSR, SealLine, Platypus. Yes, many... Read More ››

Superfluous heal hook? I don’t think so!

A heal hook can be a very useful move in climbing.  Not to mention it looks cool! Pumphouse Traverse in Unaweep Canyon, CO is one of those places where a heal hook is a necessity.   Being a 25 meter overhanging traverse, you do not have many other options.  Hook... Read More ››

The paddling adventure of a lifetime

The paddling adventure of a lifetime

A few weeks ago I was working late on a Friday night when my office phone rang.  I picked it up: “Wtf, working late?!” yelled the voice on the other end. ME: “Sadly, yes. Who’s this?” “Chuck.” Chuck Joy, our sales rep from LiquidLogic Kayaks. ME: “Hey, man. What’s... Read More ››

a ‘Jack Frost’ hike

Hiking has been on our minds for a few weeks now, but that “work” thing got in the way last weekend, and a bike ride got in the way the weekend before that. So this weekend we dedicated a hike to this Birthday Boy: He turned 4, getting to... Read More ››

Getting psyched for ice climbing season

Getting psyched for ice climbing season

Undaunted by the slow start to ice season, Ryan Nicholson from our Upper West Side store recently organized a night dedicated to the latest ice climbing gear at the Manhattan Plaza Health Club’s Climbing Gym. A passionate climber, Ryan shot and edited the video below for us to share... Read More ››

Creative Stocking Stuffing

Creative Stocking Stuffing

For many Christmas revelers the small, thoughtful gifts jammed into their stockings are the best gifts of the day. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas to fill your loved one’s stocking, here are a few of my favorites along with an idea that will make a really... Read More ››

Earning my daily trip to Ski Heaven

Earning my daily trip to Ski Heaven

It’s December 10th, I’m almost two months overdue on a dental bill, still getting my porch plastic up for the winter, bedtime has become nine-thirty, and suddenly time has eluded me.  What in the world is going on? Skiing is what’s going on.  I forget, during the carefree summer... Read More ››

Stay fit. Stay warm. Stay Smart.

It’s the holidays… that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to putting on winter weight to keep you warm! I have a ‘Smarter’ idea… it’s called Smartwool! I was introduced to this amazing brand just two years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. One thing that I couldn’t... Read More ››

Even Greener at the Green Mountain Club HQ

Even Greener at the Green Mountain Club HQ

Even a day hike on the Long Trail can feel like an epic journey, thanks to the tree roots, boulders, mud, slippery rocks and scree that litter the trail. It’s one of the toughest thoroughfares in the East, but not from lack of trail maintenance. On the contrary, the... Read More ››

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