Patagonia put together a nice short film featuring some of their gear that's been well used for decades. It's really great to see equipment & clothing that can be used for more than one or two seasons, and most Patagonia gear fits the bill quite nicely.
Buzzfeed put together a collection of 22 diagrams to help your ensure next camping trip is a success.
These diagrams come from a variety of sources, including survival websites & scouting resources.
While many are very useful, some leave major holes. For example, the fire starting diagram mentions several ways to create sparks, but misses many common tinder sources (such as petroleum & cotton balls).
Still, these are useful for their entertainment value if nothing else. There are certainly some gems in these diagrams.
Not only does getting outside & exploring help with physical fitness, eating habits, and provide much needed stress relief, getting away from artificial light resets our 'circadian clocks'. When you spend a week in the woods, your body gets into the rythym it's supposed to be in. You get to sleep earlier, and rise with the sun (generally). It gets your body back on it's evolutional track, so to speak, and helps reset your entire physiology.
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind for Zaxyn Media, to say the least. On June 21st we welcomed our daughter to the world, so sleep has been a luxury we haven't had lately. We managed to publish the June issue of Tacoma Magazine just before her arrival, and followed with the July issue of FJC Magazine a couple of weeks later.
We took Alana on her first outing at a young three weeks old, just an overnight to Peak 7 at Breckenridge to see how she would handle a car ride + condo stay. It worked out well so we decided to take her, Brenden, the GX 470, and the FJ Cruiser to Ouray for the 7th Annual FJ Summit. We had to keep our record of seven straight events intact :)
That brough us to the end of July and we've been catching our breath the last few weeks. Alana will be 2 months old next week so we're starting to settle in a little better, and we're already planning our next adventure! In September we'll be at Miller Motosports Park in Tooele, UT for the annual CruiserFest event where we'll be making a major announcement on the Toyota front.
Stay tuned for more great things from Adventure Insider!
Found this little story over on BuzzFeed thanks to our friends at Living Overland, "41 Camping Hacks that are Borderline Genius". While some of them are certainly innovative, most have been seen before in various forms, and many are just plain silly.
Obviously, I haven’t been to ALL the amazing places on the planet (yet), but my travels have taken me to some pretty great locations. A quick night on Crete sleeping feet from the Med; Geneva for a conference, which meant a quick drive through the French Alps; New Zealand for what can only be called an epic <first> visit.
Living in (and exploring) Colorado for the last 17 years has, I will admit, made me a little, well, a little snooty when it comes to my views. Mountains of New Hampshire, nice, but they’re not Colorado; Whistler BC, very, very nice, but a little to damp for my tastes; Queenstown NZ, amazing, yet not quite enough trees. It’s a problem that I know I should seek professional help in dealing with, I’ll work on that.
As you know we're alwasy looking for great quality clothing for the adventure lifestyle. To be completely honest, I'm kind of over standard ultralight (not very durable) backpacker style clothing. While ultra lightweight pants & shirts have their place when on a 5 day wilderness adventure, my daily adventures of taking care of kids and spending time in our FJ Cruiser tend to be very hard on my clothes. I've worn out more than one set of zip-off backpacking pants, and my lightweight button-up shirts always either get stained or ripped on a tree.