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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

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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Hiking Shenandoah National Park A Weekend Guide

Hiking Shenandoah National Park: A Weekend Guide

I’m going to start off with a little honesty: Shenandoah National Park really hasn’t ever been on my radar. I want to visit all of the National Parks one day, yes, but I always imagined Shenandoah National Park being packed full of people and really close to a road (Skyline Drive). And it kind of is.

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Gotta Get Up to Get Down Mountain Bike Ride Oregon Merinoholics

Gotta Get Up To Get Down: 30 Mile Ride

Made the trip south from Washington to Oregon late this spring to ride some mountain bikes in Oakridge. This tiny town is slowly but surely becoming a destination on the map. Old school singletrack coupled with Cascade alpine makes for some truly amazing riding. A lot of people like to get shuttled to the top for the descent, but sometimes you gotta get up to get down. In this case we chose Moon Point… total ride: 30 miles & 5,500 vertical feet.READ MORE

Dealing with Fear to Move Forward Merinoholics Adventures

Dealing with Fear to Move Forward

4 years ago, on a beautiful summer day, I hiked up my first mountain in Alaska. It wasn’t easy, but very rewarding and so I decided to do it again. Before I knew it, I was purchasing an old ice axe along with some gear and started climbing mountains on a regular basis.READ MORE

Spring Walleye Season with Minus33 Merino Wool in Minnesota Merinoholics Adventures

Spring Walleye Season with Minus33

Minnesota is full of past times, from snowmobiling to the opener of deer season in the fall. There is one particularly close to my heart and that is the start of spring walleye. The season begins in the early part of May and offers some the best and most exciting fishing action in the country. Across the state of Minnesota, the walleye opener is treated as a holiday as people from all over wet a line chasing these fish. READ MORE

Haiti Trip Emma Merinoholics Adventures

Human Kind: Haiti Trip

This past spring, I had the opportunity to spend a month in the Caribbean. The first three weeks were spent in Borgne, Haiti, a rural commune on the northern coast of the island. We worked with a group of women who are leaders in their community to train them in the Human Centered Design process and collaboratively executed a project to help further development of the community. It was a difficult three weeks, as resources were limited, but I would not trade the experience.READ MORE

Training for the Trail - BenOnAdventures Merinoholics Stories

Training for the Trail with BenOnAdventures

When you think about going on an adventure, you may not think about how important training off the trails is. Or you may think “all I have to do is hike” to have a successful adventure. Sure, this may be applicable for some smaller treks, but larger, more ambitious ones require additional exercise.READ MORE

Kyle Merinoholics Merino Wool in the Workplace

Merino Wool in the Workplace

A lot of my time is spent outdoors doing the things I love, hunting and fishing being the primary activities. However, I spend a lot of my time at work as well, 8-12 hours days stuck inside not being able to get outside, some days until the sun hits the trees. One benefit of my Minus33 gear is its ability to adapt to the workplace and help me stay comfortable during the day.READ MORE

Why Am I Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail?

My name is Rob and I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in March of 2018! I am excited to share my journey with you wherever you are in the world. I will be sharing a series of blogs with you pre-hike, throughout my time on the trail, and after to help with your interest or planning for future hikes on the PCT or elsewhere. Introduction will be short and sweet.READ MORE

Why the Go-To Layers for Police are Wool

Why the Go-To Layers for Police are Wool

During the winter months, I often get asked about what I do to stay warm at work. As a police officer, there is a strong likelihood that I will be out of the vehicle for extended periods of time without the opportunity to duck out of the cold and get warm. I have been provided with some of the necessary gear to assist with this, however, as someone suffering from Raynaud’s Disease, the basic gear does not cut it for me. If I get cold, I lose the dexterity in my extremities, starting with my fingers and toes. With this job, that just can’t happen.READ MORE

Woolverino Men's Micro T-Shirt Review

REVIEW: Minus33 Woolverino Men’s Micro Weight T-Shirt

If there is one thing that is often overlooked on an outdoorsman’s checklist, it is the base layer.

When dealing with Mother Nature, we tend to seek out the gear that will protect us best from the elements, on the outside. But to me, the layer that is the closest to my skin will make the biggest difference between a successful day out in the wild or a trip that I would rather forget about.

When I learned about the newest Minus33 technology, Woolverino, I had to give it a shot. I’ve been choosing to wear merino wool base layers for a long time. Spending a lot of time off trail, I tend to abuse my gear a lot, which is why the nylon inner core of Woolverino sounded like a great idea. READ MORE

Minnesota Bucks and Minus33 Merinoholics Adventures Kyle

Minnesota Bucks and Minus33

Preparation

The chilly night air consumed me as I prepped for opening morning, for the first time in 15 years there would be snow on the ground for Opening day of Minnesota Deer season. It is always an exciting time of year. Our traditional family cabin was packed with 6 of us. The anticipations made it hard to sleep. Hanging my gear the night before, I made sure I had all the appropriate Minus33 gear on hand. Starting with my inner layer of Lightweight next to skin, such as the Saratoga bottom and Ticonderoga top. These are followed by the Explorer Midweight Crew and the Adirondack Midweight Vest. Finally, the Thermerino jacket before my outer shell. Combined with the Expedition Wool Balaclava which keep me comfortable during the long days sit. These products keep me in the stand longer and warmer, so I can pursue such a great tradition in the Northwoods.

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Lark Mountain Merinoholics Adventures Martin The Ideal Adventure Partner

The Ideal Adventure Partner

It might sound silly to someone who spends most of their time on well-beaten paths, but for some of us, coming across the right adventure partner can be as difficult as finding the right life partner.

There are a lot of things to take into account in order to create the right chemistry and make sure that everybody comes home safe and sound.

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Lark Mountain Alaska Merinoholics Adventures Martin

A New Friendship on Lark Mountain

I met Tim through one of my wife’s long time friends. At the time, I had no idea that we would end up climbing mountains together. I was planning to catch a few silver salmons during the Fall run down in Seward, AK and as I knew he was an accomplished angler, invited him to join me for the day. We had a good time and we got along from the start. After talking outdoors for a while, I brought up the idea of him joining me up in the mountains and he seemed very enthusiastic about it.

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Trevor Bockstahler Merinoholics Adventures Great Himalayan Trail High Route

Great Himalayan Trail – High Route

The Great Himalayan Trail… I heard that it hadn’t been done solo before (later to find I was the 5th), so I derailed my plans to go scuba diving for a Himalayan adventure.   The trail traverses the country of Nepal and I was awestruck by the extreme ruggedness, and the unbelievably intense and beautiful scenery.   Equally as amazing, were the unbelievably kind and hospitable locals, surviving in the harsh landscape, yet always happy and welcoming.  During my traverse I traveled through lowland jungles, across high alpine glaciers, stayed in a couple of local’s homes, had a near death experience, and a nighttime run in with a snow leopard.  Everything you could ask for to make a wonderful adventure.

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Trevor Bockstahler Colorado to Alaska 2016 Merinoholics Adventures

Colorado to Alaska 2016

As my first real backpacking experience the 4700 mile journey from Steamboat Springs, CO to Prudhoe Bay, AK was a trial by fire.  Starting in the middle of May on 8 feet of snow, I began the trip that would have me finish in snow on October 1st at Alaska’s Arctic coastline.  From the high ridgelines and rugged peaks of the U.S. and Canadian Rockies, to the strong currents and unpredictable weather on the mighty Yukon River, and North through the Brooks Range of Alaska.  The trip was a fabulous expression of not only the grand beauty of the wilderness, but what we can all be capable of.

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Opt Outside for Thanksgiving Holiday

Opting Outside for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time when, as a society, we all get caught up materialistic behaviors and other unhealthy habits. Less time is typically spent outdoors in an effort to prepare for the holidays. This Thanksgiving, I vowed that I would spend time outside and moving before indulging in dinner.

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Cold Weather Layers for Fall and Winter, Midweight and Expedition Wool Base Layers

A Simple Clothing System

The System

The main point of my clothing system is to have a few key clothing items that can be used for a variety of environmental and route conditions.  Being able to mix and match these key clothing items will allow you to be able to carry only what items you need for the location you’ll be hiking in.

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