Meet Martin - Minus33® Merino Wool Clothing

Meet Martin

About Martin

Martin is a longtime Minus33 customer who enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, logging, backpacking, mountain climbing, and bouldering. He spends at least a day a week in the great outdoors of Alaska, summer or winter.

 

“It is pretty cold most of the year here in Alaska, which means that reliable clothing that can keep you warm no matter what the weather throws at you is very important, if not life saving at times.”

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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

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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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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