A Motorcyclist Wonders… Can You See Me Now?

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It’s no secret that, in spite of a lot of effort by motorcyclists to remain visible while riding, the all-too-common scenario of “I didn’t see you!” is still the predominant reason riders are involved in crashes. In the UK, there’s a motorcycling acronym: SMIDSY. It stands for Sorry-Mate-I-Didn’t-See-You. It has a flippant tone to it, but this is a very real issue …

Hell Hike and Raft: Hydration

The Hell Hike and Raft had a lot of great sponsors. Figuring out how to share it all with you has been a bit daunting. But since I’ve finished the story of the hiking portion of the trip when staying hydrated was an individual matter, it’s a good time to break down the products we used that had to do …

Personal Safety on the Trail

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So friends… let’s keep it real. You know that’s how I roll here. There are countless dangers in life. There’s no escaping the hazards of existing in this world. The risks of outdoor adventure may seem dramatic but climbing into your car to go to work everyday is far more dangerous. But just like putting on your seatbelt, there are …

Gear Review: Cairn Gear boxes

As you know, on September 1st I’m heading to Idaho. I’ll be part of the Hell Hike and Raft crew as we take on rafting and hiking in the Seven Devils. There are some really amazing sponsors lined up to support the trip and one of those happens to be the good folks at Cairn. And just before I set …

Getting Outdoors with Coleman and Potable Aqua

Last week I went into great detail about my Potable Aqua water treatment tablets. This week I’d like to share a few other goodies from Potable Aqua’s partner, Coleman. This partnership brings bug repellant, first aid kit, and sting relief options to you and I took several of these products along with me on the Pacific Northwest Tour to test …

Potable Aqua: Easy Solutions for Minimalist Adventures

So back in May I told you about my new adventure as Brand Ambassador for Potable Aqua. Well now I get to tell you more about their products and why I use them. Choices… There are lots of ways to purify your water when you are in the backcountry. Outdoorsfolk of all flavors will likely be happy to give you …

Rethinking Adventure Food with Fishpeople Seafood

A few weeks before I set out out on the Pacific Northwest Tour, I got a treat. The folks at Fishpeople Seafood contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their products and sharing my thoughts with you all. One of the running jokes amongst the outdoor community, particularly ATQA, is my enthusiastic dislike of cooking. So …

Teaming up with Potable Aqua

I’m happy to announce that I am now a Brand Ambassador for Potable Aqua. If you’re a hiker-type, you might be familiar with them as the water purification folks. But first… What is a Brand Ambassador? Brand ambassadors are folks who team up with companies, kind of like a spokesperson. It helps create brand awareness for them and we get …

Throttle and Torque: Outdoor Research’s Trail Duds

We’ve reached the final installment in my Outdoor Research review series. I shared my thoughts on the Supercharger pants as well as the Redline jacket, both of which are now among my favorite outdoor clothing. Now I get to move on to the Throttle Shorts and Torque Tee, the last of the goodies OR send my way. As you know, …

Putting Outdoor Research’s Redline Jacket to the test…

So as you know, Outdoor Research sent me some goodies to try out and I had a lot to say about their Supercharger pants last time around. Of the four pieces they had me put to the Val in Real Life test, the pants were by far the most useful. But now it’s time to give you the rundown on …