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December 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Packing Tips For Anti-Bag-Checkers A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall

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Packing. The very thought of choosing between paying extra to check a bag or hoisting a 100-pound carryon into the overhead compartment makes me feel like throwing a tantrum. Or possibly eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
It’d be way easier to pack if I were the type of person who could relax on a beach in a bikini and cutoff shorts, but that’s just not me. My relaxation? It means hiking, biking, rock climbing, surfing, and caving. And that means packing a whole lotta gear. (more…)

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December 5th, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Tips for Your First Time Rock Climbing A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall.

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“Riding a bike works your legs but not your brain. Playing chess works your mind but not your body. Climbing brings it all together.” —Pat Ament

My first rock climb was up a towering rock formation looming over California’s Idyllwild wilderness—three pitches and many hours with two much more experienced friends who would make sure I was safe. It was way out of my league and I scrambled over the top with bloody fingers, scraped knees, shaking arms and barely a scrap of energy left. But looking out over the mountains around us, I knew I was hooked. (more…)

November 3rd, 2014 | By | No Comments

Back to Pack | Hiking Essentials A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall

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It’s not often I take style cues from Dora the Explorer, but the girl knew the value of a good backpack. I have a great big 60-liter one for overnight backpacking trips, a tiny little bag for mountain biking, and a waterproof dry bag for sailing.

So what was I missing? A good ol’ normal backpack. I haven’t had a regular-sized bag since I was slinging textbooks and locker combinations! (more…)

October 16th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Finding Bluegrass Roots in a Big City

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Banjo playin’ cowboys on a farm in the South; that’s the image that came to mind when I first thought of Bluegrass music. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised… This past weekend I was able to enjoy an experience that has forever evolved my understanding of this rising genre of music; The Bluegrass Situation. (more…)