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Iceland Hiking Trip Chris Nancarrow Customer Submission

Iceland Hiking Trip

“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful product. I purchased 2 Chocorua Midweight shirts for a weeklong hiking trip across Iceland’s Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails. The shirts kept me completely comfortable through the constantly changing temperatures and intense wind/rain storms. I even wear them casually when I work and go out for the evening.

 

Your Merino Wool Ridge Cuff Beanie also accompanied me on the hike and worked wonderfully. Iceland’s temperature in mid-September ranged between 25F and 55F and the beanie kept me warm while sleeping through the freezing nights.”

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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, wool saved my life: Part II

Wool Saved My Life

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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Weekend Slabs on Rainy Lake Merinoholics Adventures Kyle

Weekend Slabs on Rainy Lake

With the fall colors comes some of the best fishing of the year. In northern Minnesota there lies a lake that holds some of the largest Crappies in the country! With Rainy Lake’s beauty comes great fishing. The Crappies in Rainy Lake are the 3rd favorite target for Anglers falling behind Walleyes and Northern Pike.READ MORE

Review: Saratoga Lightweight Bottoms

For the past two years, I have worked for the U.S. House of Representatives serving the constituents in the most professional manner. Politics and service to others is in my blood. I have had a wealth of experience in my young life and I always have sought out ways to challenge myself and take risk. Risk that has always bettered my character and experience.  As such, I have been in the planning stages of completing a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018.READ MORE

Read Before You Go Merinoholics Adventures Will

Read Before You Go

Read before you go.

 

There is an abundance of resources available these days to anyone looking to hit the trails. I encourage everyone to get a good guide book and map to plan their trip. Even with those available, use your common sense when out there.READ MORE

It's All Relative Merinoholics Adventures Stephen

It’s All Relative

As a born-and-bred child of the North-East, I was often told fables of the perfect 72 degrees of the Southern California. And I’d hate to be the one to shatter this illusion; but after a summer in California, I can tell you, it gets hot… and if the autumnal equinox is any indication, it gets cold too.READ MORE

Food for the Trail Merinoholics Adventures Martin

Foods For The Trail

Should I pack a full lunch, or just a couple snacks?

Sweet or salty?

How much is too much?

What foods are best?

Those are only a few of the questions that come to mind when prepping for a (long) day outdoors. Like everyone else, I come across these situations and through trial and errors learn about the best ways to meet my food requirements on the trail. So here are a few tips that I picked up along the way:READ MORE

Unfinished Business Merinoholics Adventures Martin

Unfinished Business

Unfinished business: a trip back to where I left off

 

This summer, I felt ready.

I was going back to Pioneer Peak. Last year I got to the South Summit and back, after a fairly strenuous 10 hour-hike, over 12 miles and 6000 ft of elevation gain.
A ridge separates the South from the North Summit. There is only a 50 feet difference in height between the two summits, but I felt compelled to get to the top of the highest one. The ridge that separates the two peaks is pretty exposed and requires some fairly descent scrambling skills. I knew it could still be challenging but I wanted to try it.READ MORE

When Summit Fever Takes Over - Minus33 Merinoholics Adventures by Emma

When Summit Fever Takes Over

It’s 2am and we are speeding down a dark, empty highway, less than an hour after our plane landed in Ecuador. In the seats behind a taxi driver whose language I do not speak well, we are completely unaware of where we are or the direction we should be going in. The altitude and anxiety are kicking into full gear just as we finally pull up to the home of our host family. We sigh with relief as a friendly face helps us out of our car and greets us in broken English. Up until that moment, the limits of my comfort had never been pushed so far.READ MORE

Pioneer Peak Minus33 Merinoholics Adventures

Hiking Pioneer Peak

Since I moved to Alaska in the winter of 2012, the mountains have been calling me.

 

I became an outdoor enthusiast fairly quickly and soon found myself on a quest to step beyond the tree line and seek the pristine air of high altitudes. 2 years ago, while doing some research, I came across a mountain that stuck with me. Pioneer Peak massively rises above the town of Palmer, in the Matanuska valley, at an elevation of 6,398 ft.

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Minus33 Merino Wool Merinoholics Love Outdoors Letting Go

Letting Go

There are many reasons for which I love the outdoors.

 
Taking a break from daily life and spending time alone are obvious ones. But there is also something much more important to me: letting go. I tend to worry a lot in general, about the future, about my choices in life, about money, etc. Things that appear so convoluted and never seem to improve over time, although I’m sure they do. And so I get stuck, I can’t seem to find a way to change my state of mind.

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, "We need to be our own advocates and perform a little trail maintenance sometimes. Don’t leave it up to someone else. Clean up after yourself and leave no trace." Read more #Merinoholics on the blog: http://ow.ly/PO1c30bSaRb … … … … … #getoutside #outdoors #adventure #explore #hike #hiking #camping #travel #getoutdoors #optoutside #mountains #nature #wilderness #hikelife #hikeNH #hikeSafe #ShareTheCode #hikethewhites #newhampshire #whitemountains #getoutsidenh #leavenotrace #findyourtrail #nationaltrailsday

Leave No Trace

I try to get out weekly for a mountain run, hike or climb.  I didn’t have a ton of time as I needed to get some house work done since it’s spring.  I went out to my local haunt for a run with a little elevation and to allow the puppy to stretch his legs before he gets miserable with the heat.

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Minus33 Walleye Opener Northern Minnesota Fishing

Walleye Opener

Mid-May is some of the best to be on the water in northern Minnesota. The annual Walleye Opener brings some the of the best Minnesota has to offer: Walleye, Pike and Perch. It’s something most Minnesotans look forward to participating in every year.READ MORE

minus33 merino wool clothing, city view of Haiti

From Alleghany National Forest to Haiti

This spring was a season of change and as always, adventure. I played my last college softball game, graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, completed a black diamond rope course (it was killer), adopted a puppy, traveled to Haiti, and started grad school.

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, blog post by Jamie on a night rescue in the White Mountains of NH

A Call Out, Mt. Lafayette

Its Saturday night right around 10:00 pm, and I’m in the process of getting ready for bed. I’m brushing my teeth when my phone starts ringing and on the caller ID  it shows PVSAR, which is the acronym for Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue. READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Wool Gathering and Meditation

Woolgathering and Meditation

I recently discovered a new word that encapsulates my early twenties fairly well. It is an old word that has been around since domesticated sheep: Woolgathering.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Sailing On Blue Water

Sailing on Blue Water

California has got the goods when it comes to climate.

 

I’m finding Los Angeles to be more and more of an outdoor city. There are beautiful mountain trails, camping venues from the shore to the desert, and it seems everyone is constantly outside enjoying nature. The weather here allows for it. The ocean’s current brings cold water down from Alaska, but the sun shines on the same latitude as Georgia. The result is a warm sun with a cool breeze. This creates a Mediterranean climate that hangs out somewhere between 50 and 70 degrees all year long (perfect sailing weather). So if you are a fan of light jackets and ocean breezes, this might be the place for you.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Last week I had the fortune of coming home for Easter. The East coast ordered us up chill nights in the 40s and sunny days in the 80s. (Layers of wool were applied and removed as needed.) While home in the Adirondack Park, we were sure to spend some time on the mountain-side; hiking the trails, drinking the spring melt water, and breathing in the evergreens. Some people say that a walk in the woods can be just what the doctor ordered and recently I found evidence supporting that claim.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Moose hunting with Minus33 in Alaska

Moose Hunting with Minus33

Minus 33,

My friend Dale Ash turned me on to your products last year. In September I did a DIY moose hunt in the Alaska Range. It was my first trip to Alaska. Your underwear was perfect for hunting in and sleeping in. Kept me comfortable even when damp. Temperatures ranged from 15 degrees F and snow to sunny and 55.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, The "Big Windy", Greenbacks and Minus33. Winter, fish, Ice fishing Big Windy

The “Big Windy” Greenbacks

Lake Winnipeg is a large body of water nestled in Manitoba strait north of Roseau, Minnesota. This lake produces some of the most sought after walleyes in North America. “Greenbacks” as they call them, are walleyes with a beautiful green hue to them –  almost looking transparent at times. These fish are spectacular to catch, however doing so can drive any great angler crazy trying to find them. The wind is unbearable at times and the terrain can be extremely dangerous.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, overnight hiking, mountains, winter, snow

Nature’s Cold Challenge

I Love Overnight Hiking.

 

It allows me to take on longer trails, enables me to spend more time to appreciate nature and disconnect from the busy life. Winters in the mountains are usually pretty quiet. Most of the wildlife has either traveled to warmer climates or gone into hibernation, the sap of the trees and bushes made its way down to the roots until the temperature rises again in the spring. The layer of snow that covers everything dampens all sounds and creates a feeling of stillness and peacefulness. A few hikers might brave the cold for a day trip.

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, Alaskan Adventures

Tough on Nature, Soft on Skin

Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a sensitive skin.

 

I couldn’t go to the swimming pool without developing a rash from the chlorinated water. I went through spouts of eczema and allergic reactions most of my life. I cannot wear any synthetic fabric for too long and I can definitely not have polyester on my skin when involved in intense physical activity. As I’ve learned to avoid those situations altogether, it has never been a major problem for me. But it eventually changed, when I moved to Alaska and felt compelled to take on the outdoors through various sports.READ MORE

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