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Message from the President

We’re coming in hot for the 2018-2019 USTSA competitive season, with athletes all across the country (plus a few over the pond) getting out and getting ready to be on the snow.
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Good gear can save your ass Merinoholics Adventures Will Carter Imp Campsite Backpacking Trip

Good Gear Can Save Your A**

Check, re-check, then check it again. That’s how I plan and pack. Whether it’s for travel or hiking. I try to go as lite as I can but carry what is necessary.

This trip was no different. I was antsy and excited. I had another knee surgery two months prior and this was to be my first hike. As John Muir put it – the mountains are calling, and I must go. Cabin fever had more than set in, and it was the summer.READ MORE

Peakbagging Martin Merinoholics Adventures Hiking Backpacking Mountaineering

Peakbagging in Alaska

Peakbagging – “An activity in which hikers, climbers and mountaineers attempt to reach a collection of summits, published in the form of a list.”

I got into peakbagging almost 3 years ago. At first I would just hike up mountains to enjoy the views. I would only stay on trails and after a while, my trips became fairly limited. That is when I decided to literally go off the beaten paths in search of new adventures.READ MORE

September on the Rocks Kyle Merinoholics Adventures Northern Minnesota Fishing

September On the Rocks

If you have ever traveled to Minnesota you get to see some diverse country, from Oak Ridges to farm country we truthfully have it all. Often, however, the far North part of Minnesota gets overlooked. Creating magnificent beauty that many people feel you can only see in Canada. The far North of Minnesota is home to many wonderful fisheries. They host a bounty of fish every year. From my home town of Grand Rapids, MN it’s a short 2-hour drive to the rainy Kabetogama Lake. It’s truthfully one of my favorite lakes to fish regardless of the time of year, producing very dark Walleyes and Crappies year-round.READ MORE

Cody Merinoholics Bio Hiking Van Life

The Worst Best Night in Olympic National Park

With 20 miles of coastline hiking ahead of us, we set out around 8 am.  It was day two of our hike and it was about an hour later than we had planned on leaving.  We had a fire this morning and we got caught up enjoying sunrise on the beach for the first time!  This was rare considering the amount of rain Washington can get in mid-September.  Shi Shi Beach was just as beautiful as I imagined it to be! Both carrying 40+ pounds, my girlfriend Brooklynn and I set out on a 3-night backcountry trip along the most Northwest coastline of the United States. Our plan was to head south from Shi Shi to North Ozette Beach by night 2, set up camp, and hike back out. I was given a tide chart and a bear canister at the ranger station when we picked up our backcountry permits. These both would come in super clutch, even though I was learning to read a tide chart on the fly.READ MORE

The Welcoming Words of Wool in Warm Weather

Over the course of the past few months, I have been upgrading my wardrobe to be more up-to date and comfortable by adding new pieces of clothing. One thing I have learned, is love is merino wool. I am, as described by Minus33, becoming a ­Merinoholic (someone addicted to wool). When I was very young (dating myself here) my mother used to dress me in a wool outer suit to play outside in the New Hampshire winters. After hours in the snow you may have been warm, but you had little balls of snow all over the suit (think Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story).  It was a pain in the rear to take on and off and you could barely move it was so damn bulky. READ MORE

Knee Injury Merinoholics Adventures

An Unexpected Injury

It was a Friday afternoon in May and I was sitting down trying to plan out an overnight hiking trip to knock off a few more of my remaining twelve of the New Hampshire 48 four thousand footers. With expectations of finishing the NH48 before the next winter season started, I was getting very excited for finishing this mission out. The plan was a traverse going north to south of Mt. Moriah and the Carters. A traverse that I’ve been purposely holding off on for an overnight, even though I believe that I could do it in a day.

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