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Trevor Bockstahler Merinoholics Adventures Great Himalayan Trail High Route

Merino Wool Doesn’t Smell!

So there is plenty to be said about the benefits of merino wool!  We can talk about it’s ‘fabled warm when wet’ properties.  We can talk about the ultra soft, non-itchy texture.  Or how about it’s durability and breathability.  Even its moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties.  All of which have been well documented, tested, and talked about.  All of which has made merino wool the most versatile and sought after outdoors fabric… But what about the smell?

When you’re out and about on a hike, a backpacking trip, road tripping, camping, or general traveling, how long can you go without washing your cloths before they start to smell?  You don’t have to answer, but I have no shame… 30 days I wore the same base layer shirt, underwear, and socks while floating on the Yukon River and beyond.  To make it worse, I hadn’t had a shower in the same amount of time.  Worse again… It was cold enough at night that I didn’t want to take them off to go to bed.  So the underwear and socks never came off, the shirt admittedly I removed for about 5 minutes at one point.  Call it magic, but nothing had an odor… Confirmed by my neighbors on the plane ride back home, as well as unsuspecting family and friends upon my arrival back to Denver.

Merino Wool Doesn't Smell
Yukon River, 2016

“But Trevor… It was cold, you weren’t sweating, of course you didn’t smell.”  Well, first off, I would sweat during the day, I was working hard paddling and biking trying to make time.  Although it’s a fair point, I wasn’t getting drenched.  But over the course of 57 days hiking across Nepal I did.  Summer time canyoneering in the Utah desert for a month I certainly did!  Then up in Alaska and the Yukon the temperatures fluctuated wildly and I did as well!  All of which provided similar low wash periods of time for my clothes.

Now I would be a liar to say that odor resistance was this reason that peaked my interest in merino wool, the performance value and comfort of the fabric is what originally brought me to use it.  But man is it one heck of a bonus!  After days out in the woods, not having to feel like you’re the olfactory pariah walking through town is peace of mind!  I wore the Chocorua as I packrafted the Yukon River and biked to Prudhoe Bay, I wore the Ticonderoga as I hiked across Nepal, wore the Algonquin in the desert, and Woolverino Micro Weight in Alaska and the Yukon Territory.  I still wear all of them on a regular basis, and as far as the Chocorua is concerned, I still wear it as one of my go-to work shirts!

Trevor Bockstahler Merinoholics Adventures Great Himalayan Trail High Route


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minus 33 merino wool clothing, winter snowboarding, outdoors, merinoholic TrevorI grew up in Houston, Texas, and anyone who has ever been there knows, that saying there are limited outdoors opportunities is an understatement. But being born in Colorado, and living the first few years of my life here, I guess I have the mountains in my blood. After making a return to the colorful state, I decided to try to make up for lost time.

 

In the winters you can find me skiing in the Vail area, and storing away funds for my summer adventures. Which include my most recent traverse across the Great Himalayan Trail’s High Route, that took me from the Eastern to Western borders of Nepal. As well as last summers trip from Colorado to Alaska, where I went 4700 miles from Steamboat Spring to Prudhoe Bay, by hiking, biking, and paddling. Not to forget my first adventure, which I consider my entry into the outdoors, a raft guide on the Arkansas River.
 
I am always looking for the next big adventure, the next great test out in the wilderness that I can challenge myself with.
 

Favorite Minus33 Product: “I think that in any adventure, versatility is key, making the Ticonderoga Lightweight Crew my go-to.”

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