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White Mountains Bike Touring | Trip Report (2/4)

Day 1 | White Mountains Bike Tour We started the morning off by rolling out of our hammocks we slept in the night before, headed back down the trail to the Franconia Notch Trailhead Parking lot where we would get our bikes ready for the tour. I made Eddie and I both a couple of bland breakfast burritos to eat. We stuffed all our belongings into the saddle bags and strapped everything to our bikes. I made sure to put all my candy and granola bars in my frame bag for easy access on the ride. It wasn’t raining yet, which …

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White Mountains Bike Touring | Trip Report (1/4)

The Idea | White Mountains Bike Tour There came a point, some time last year in 2017, when I no longer wanted to just read  about those epic adventures and sufferfests that I kept seeing all over the internet. But I couldn’t quit my job and just go backpacking in the mountains for a month, or ride my bike across the country. Even though I would love to. What was I going to do? All I knew was that I wanted to push my limits, both physically and mentally.  After throwing around some ideas  that definitely involved a bike, I settled on …

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Birdsboro Quarry | Sport Climbing Mecca in Pennsylvania

When you think of great sport climbing areas around the states, I’m sure places like the Red River Gorge of Kentucky, The Red Rocks of Nevada, or the Crags in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. But what about the Birdsboro Quarry? Never heard of it, well me neither until last summer. The quarry is home to the 158 sport routes, ranging from cruiser 5.2 to a heinous 5.14, and fun slabs to some pretty gnarly multi-pitch stuff. Never would I have guessed you could find epic sport routes in south eastern Pennsylvania, so close to Philadelphia. Not to mention it …

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From Camping to a Cabin on a Lake | Loen, Norway

“Where the hell are we going to sleep tonight?” I remember thinking to myself as we leaned against the rental car. We had come all the way to Norway and we’re now standing in the parking lot of a campground that overlooked the most incredible lake I’d ever seen, but I was far from stoked. My girlfriend and I were roads tripping through Norway and planned to camp on the shoreline of this glacial-fed lake in Loen, but things started to not go as planned along the way. The trip had been going well, until the weather took a turn …

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Peak Designs Capture Clip | Review

The Peak Design Capture has single handedly change the way I’m able to capture photos and videos. This neat little device doesn’t directly affect the photos or videos themselves, but it allows me to have my camera always ready and secure at the same time. Those two things seemed impossible before when only using a camera strap or stowed away in a pack.  The Capture is a two part device: 1st part is a metal clip that clamps onto a backpack strap or belt and the 2nd part is  an Arca tripod-compatible plate that screws into the bottom of your …

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite | Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite is by far the most important item I now take on any backpacking/camping trip. Arguably more important than my camera, backpack, or even water. If you’re anything like me, the worst part of camping is waking up sore in the morning, and that soreness has nothing to do with the previous days’ activities. I’m a side sleeper, so I’d wake up with a sore neck, shoulders, and back whenever I’d sleep on a foam pad, hybrid inflatable/foam pad, or other inflatables. Without exaggeration, I get an equally good sleep on this NeoAir XLite inflatable sleeping pad …

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