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Why You Need to Prepare for Your Hike

I have been learning how to hike for a few years now. I know it may sound silly to learn how to hike, but there is so much more to hiking than throwing on a pack with some granola bars and water in it and setting off to find the best views the mountains have to offer. There is a lot of preparation and research that has to be done in order to assure you did everything possible to be prepared and return safely.

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Oula with Minus33

Each Wednesday in small-town New Hampshire, I teach a booty shakin’ sassy, and sexy dance fitness class called “Oula.” The playlist is loaded with popular music with artists like Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and Elle King…But unfortunately for me even if my dance moves are on fire, so is my body….and not in a good way. You know those girls who say “I don’t sweat, I sparkle?” Well, I am not one of those girls, I just straight up sweat. Like a lot. It’s hard teaching a sexy class when I feel very un-sexy! I mean, how am I supposed to channel my inner Minaj when I look like I was caught in a water-balloon ambush?

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Biking Los Angeles

West Coast

I recently made the jump from the east coast to the west, and have just settled in the beach city of Santa Monica, where I will be doing a bit more of the same: a little bar-tending, a little sailing, pursuing that dream of dreams, now in the City of Stars.

One thing that I’d heard over and over again from experienced Los Angelenos before I moved is: “You’ll need a car,” “You have to have a car,” “You definitely should get a car” …welp, I have been here for over a month now, and I have some news to share.

You don’t really need a car in Los Angeles.

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January 2017: The Adirondacks to the Andes

January 2017 was a month of adventure.  I started the New Year snowboarding with friends at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY.  Temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of the mountain.  Visibility was poor at times but it was still some amazing riding. After 4 days in the Adirondacks, I made my way down to Eastern PA to meet my girlfriend and fly out of Philly to volunteer in Ecuador.  Our nine hour layover in Atlanta gave us enough time to leave the airport and explore what the city had to offer.

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Thermerino’s Maiden Voyage

I had a plan to hike Mt Willey on 01/09/2017. I wanted to hit the Tom/Field/Willey loop to bag all three 4000’ers but my hiking partner cancelled and I didn’t want to make that road trek back to the vehicle or be stuck hitching.

I had been waiting to get my grubby little hands on the new Minus33 Thermerino Jacket and finally pulled the trigger on it.  This was to be its maiden voyage.  I’ll admit, I was apprehensive of taken an unknown/unproven (to me) product into Crawford Notch when it was -10* out.  I own a heavier down jacket that I had been taking into the woods with me but was too excited for this jacket to leave it behind.  I opted to throw an extra, “heavy” top in my pack just in case.

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Minus 33 Algonquin – a wool shirt that keeps you cool

In all of my years of hiking I can think of only two shirts I’ve purchased specifically for my time on the trails. Both were long-sleeved hooded shirts purchased for sun protection (I am a bald guy, after all). When hiking in hot weather, I’ve always worn free shirts collected from various running races. This is because I am, ahem, thrifty, and figured it didn’t really matter what shirt I was hiking in because it would just get sweaty and stinky anyway.
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Rafting trip down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon

 

Just returned from a winter (Dec/Jan) raft trip down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon. Stocked up on Minus 33 gear in preparation for this adventure. Trip was wet and cold as expected, and my experience was awesome. Your gear performed very well. I was particularly impressed w/ my expedition weight base layers – Katmai bottoms and Kobuk top. Wore these every day under my dry suit on the River and stayed comfortable w/out being too warm. Great quality – standing up to daily rugged use for our 19 day trip.
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National Parks Road Trip

On my trip from my temporary home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to my university in Rochester, New York, I made the most of the drive by camping at all of the National Parks on the way (and slightly out of the way). READ MORE

Why Go Light?

 

Over the years, backpacking has evolved on so many levels.  Everything from the type of gear you carry, the food you bring, and the trips you take are becoming more demanding and extreme. Over the past fifteen or so years, backpacking has really seen a new trend: going lighter.

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Winds, Walleyes and Minus33

This Past Weekend was the 2016 Minnesota Walleye Opener. The hopes were high that we would have nice weather and calm conditions, but that wasn’t the case. Mother Nature threw everything she had at us on the water of Leech Lake! Saturday brought snow, rain and gail force winds of up to 50 MPH, producing 5-6 foot swells. Minus33 kept us committed to taking on Mother Nature and winning!
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Where Is Winter? | Minus33 Merinoholics

Where is Winter?

What with all the weather phenomena going on these past couple of months, I was unsure if I would ever have the need to dust off the winter wool from the depths of my closet. On Christmas Eve, it was a sunset kayak in a tee-shirt. On Christmas Day, it was a walk in the woods in shorts. The day after Christmas, we may as well have brought out the lemonade and sun-chairs.

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October Sailing on the Hudson River

The October winds are here, and they bring with them swelling white caps and brisk gusts on the Hudson River. The sailboats that traverse these waters pitch and yaw in the sweeping currents. We also have to deal with the massive wakes of ferries, tankers, and cruise ships. The winds that bite are volatile and shift often. And then there are all the little speed boats that love to cross your bow as close as they possibly can. Suffice it to say, if you are sailing on the Hudson, you will get wet.

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A Weekend On Rainy

Every time you head to the upper most point of Minnesota, you never really know what to expect. Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake both cover a large majority of the border between Minnesota and Canada, and the weather is unpredictable at times. However, Rainy Lake holds the fish that every angler in Minnesota dreams of, BIG.
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Introduction to Bow Hunting

If you’ve got the itch for archery, then I’m here to tell you that there is no cure for it. It’s very addictive and will change your life forever. There is no form of intervention that can stop it and you will more than likely get your friends addicted to it as well. You’ll be so addicted, that you’ll have a lot of good feelings that will bring on confidence, happiness, and if you’re not really careful; JOY.
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The Power of Spring

Canadian weather can be unpredictable in the spring. What draw me to this wonderful rocking place are the cold water walleyes that many people seek during the early spring of fishing season. This is the first time I discovered how wonderful Minus33 actually is.
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The Wasatch was Blessed with Heavy Snowfall

Well,

Just when I thought it was all over and gave up all hope, the Wasatch was blessed with heavy snowfall (2 to 3 feet in areas) of our usual preference…high density, low moisture fluffy greatness. Although this season was pretty terrible for me for many reasons, just one good day outdoors with friends is enough to remind me how much magic surrounds me every day. On the morning of April 16th, my backyard was coated in white and surrounded by misty clouds, singing in the sunlight. READ MORE

A Caribbean Adventure!

A lot of people caveat wool as a winter time fabric. It has connotations of hounds-tooth sweaters at Christmas parties, woolen snowflake beanie caps in ski lodges, and itchy pilled scarves worn on our first toboggan runs as children. But when it comes to wool and summer, the two worlds never seem to cross.
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Minus33 Isolation 1/4 Zip Gear Review

I’ve been really lucky to have three healthy boys that love enjoying the outdoors as much as I do . Some are more motivated than others but in this day and electronic age I’m glad they can unplug, get off the couch and see one of the most beautiful parts of our country, New Hampshire.
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Wool Saved My Life: Part II

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So here I am, standing with one boot on, on an abandoned dock with no one around for miles. I am out of the water but I am not out of the woods. I ran up to house to which the dock belonged and did my best to kick down the glass door on their back porch with my ski boot. They must have had some beastly installation because my kicks did not even make a dent. I looked around and saw some distance away another cottage, and made my way.
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Wool Saved My Life: Part I

It was a morning like any other. Just your typical Upstate New York polar vortex bringing the air temperature somewhere well below zero. It was however, a gorgeous day with blue skies and green pines and there was fresh snow on the ground. I decided to go for a jaunt on cross country skis through our family’s backwoods out to the lake for some crisp air and exercise. Because it was so cold, I layered up. I put on some Wool Knee Socks with long underwear and topped with a wool sweater, jacket and cap to keep me cozy as I began to traverse the woodland trail.
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When You’re Up High in the Back-country

When you’re high in the back-country of elk country, you need clothing that will help keep you cool, dry and warm all at the same time. I need something that is going to keep me going long after the rest of me has all but quit. Quality clothing helps keep the hunter moving and feeling fresh. Minus33 is some of the best around when it comes to this. The ability to wick sweat, dry in minutes and also to keep you warm when the temperatures decides to drop is crucial. It’s the ultimate clothing brand for the serious hunter. The back-country is an unforgiving place, miles from roads and even further from cell phone service. Your clothing is you’re most vital part of your gear. It keeps you from being exposed to the harsh elements of fall in the mountains.

-Kyle Figgins

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