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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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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

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