Merinoholics

Some Choose a Bar or Club for Their Wild Nights...
The snow was thick, fluttering down now harder than ever, it was hard to believe that just an hour ago at the bottom of the pass I was sweating through my shirt. The air was crisp, cold, and quiet as...
Tennis Woolies
It is December in Los Angeles and that means that the weather is almost impossible to prepare for. You’ll wake up to a chilled morning and dress in a full winter coat, only to be baked in the hot sun...
How I Changed The Way I Train
I used to think that I was in good shape. I could hike up a mountain quickly and spend hours post-holing in the deep snow of mid-winter. But the thing is, I could because I would push myself really hard,...
Lost Creek Loop
Six years ago was my first time backpacking, well overnight backpacking at least... The day before I was in the Rawah Wilderness just East of Steamboat Springs, Colorado attempting a ~30 mile loop. It was June, early, mid, late, I...
Benign Peak, Chugach Mountains
As an avid peakbagger, there is nothing more appealing than a list of peaks. Between the “Seven Summits”, the “128 Ultras”, or the “50 US high points”, there is a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment checking each new one...
Tourism Through New Zealand's Famed Fjorland
Today, I am a tourist. I am on a climate-controlled bus with a glass top, stopping for curated prepackaged meals and scenic photo-ops through New Zealand’s famed Fjordland. I am being driven by a bus driver full of dad-jokes and...
The Power of the Morning Bath, A Pro and Slow Start to your Day.
It is amazing the things you learn to appreciate when you are cut off from certain comforts of the world. When I was living and working on boats, the thing I missed most was hot water. More specifically, I missed...
Exploring Kluane National Park
Ariel Pass An unknown man led the way last night, across crusty snow that bridged rushing streams, against cliff faces, and kick stepping up the final snowy ascent to Ariel Pass, I stepped in each of his faint snowy tracks....
Mt. Rainier
A few months back, I picked up a copy of "Life on the Edge" by Jim Whittaker. Mt. Rainier is a centerpiece of the first few chapters, which got me curious about the mountain itself. After doing a bit of...
Rainy Lake Slabs
There is one thing that I enjoy every spring and that is a trip up to Rainy Lake in Northern Minnesota. This lake hides some of the biggest crappies in the state of Minnesota and every year it doesn’t disappoint....
Living With Merinos
Behind the Scenes of the Steitzhof Merinos John, one of our Merinoholics team members, takes us behind the scenes of his sheep farm in Montana. Note: The Steitzhof Merinos are bred specifically for hand spinning and are not used for...
Merinoholics: Conversations with Minus33's Brand Ambassadors
Do you love spending time in the great outdoors—and being comfortable while you do it? It’s not a trick question; of course you do. If you prefer to be comfy, dry, and at an ideal temperature while you’re following your...
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...
Airport Survival Tactics
I recently had the experience of an airplane mechanical malfunction that needed to be addressed before we could board our flight. One would hope that the reaction to such a thing would be good: “Oh thank god, I’m glad we...
Spring Walleyes 101
I have a lot of people ask me why I love to be on the water, why do I invest so much time in something that you can buy from a restaurant. I can never give a solid answer other...
10 Reasons Adventures are Better with a Dog
They encourage you to get out and be active One of the most important things when owning a dog, especially a large breed, is finding the time to exercise them in your busy life. Having a yard is great, but...
Why I Made the Switch to Merino Wool
Up until the beginning of 2018, my gear bag consisted of clothing and base layers made from mostly cotton or synthetic materials. I had a good friend I began hiking with in late 2017 that swore by wool socks. Even...
Pash-Life: Why You Need a Pashmina
  The Swiss army knife of fabrics Why a 28 in by 80 in cut of fabric made of woven wool and silk is the most important item to bring with you anywhere. I recently took a November camping trip...
When is it too Late to be Active?
At a young age, I wasn’t really into sports. In fact, I couldn’t do much physical activity because of asthma and other health issues. Any moderate exercise would have me gasp for air, like a heavy smoker. Gym class was...
Minus33 on Mosquito Lagoon
Fishing takes many different forms. I am an avid fisherman in the Midwest and love to chase the fish native to most of the upper Midwest and Canada. However, when I travel, I always try to get on the water...
Layering for a Green Christmas on the Slopes
Because I grew up in the snow belt of upstate NY, there’s something weird about not having a white Christmas. There’s something even more weird about riding up a chairlift, snowboard strapped on, with grass, dirt, and rocks beneath. With...