Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

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…)

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November 21st, 2014 | By | No Comments

DIY: Flash Tattoo Nail Art

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Reason #522 why we love Flash Tattoos: easy nail art.
In addition to being swim-able, semi-permanent jewelry and great gifts (see our DIY Flash Tattoo Glasses tutorial), these metallic marvels moonlight as flashy nail decals. As if we really needed another reason to stock up. Read on for the how-to… (more…)

November 20th, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

#SWELLivin

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We have checklists and to-do lists for shopping, work, life, the home, homework, and school. So, why not add a daily checklist to the mix concerning something that’s just a weeeeee bit important, like your health. (more…)

November 3rd, 2014 | By | 87 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…)