Posts Tagged ‘dirtbag darling’

February 3rd, 2015 | By | No Comments

Road Trip Proofing Your Car A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

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I spend a big chunk of the year on the road, traveling from state to state in search mountain peaks and fun waves. What I’ve learned (besides roadside burritos are never a good idea)? That a fun road trip can turn ugly if you aren’t prepared with the right gear.

Deciding to embark on a spontaneous road trip doesn’t have to end in frustration. Nine times out of ten, you’ll roll back into the garage without a single hiccup in your journey. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for all the things that could go wrong.

It’s easy to road-trip proof your car and stock it with the right supplies. Do it now and you’ll be ready to roll at a moment’s notice (and never have to get ripped off by a tow truck company again!).

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December 27th, 2014 | By | 65 Comments

How To Do Puerto Rico in A Week A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

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I’m sitting in a cafe in Lajas, Puerto Rico, chewing on a chunk of fried white cheese, a warm breeze skipping across the table, the salt on my body so thick it feels like a second skin. We’re the only ones who speak English, so when laughter erupts from the other end of the restaurant, we can only speculate—but it’s that content type of musing that comes from being in a new place that simultaneously feels so familiar. We’re tired, beaten by the sun, scabs forming on our scrapes, camera memory cards begging for reprieve, smiles unfailing, $8 tickets for a night boat ride through the bay tucked under our plates. So this is Puerto Rico—and now all I can do is wonder how I’m going to convince myself get on that return flight in a few days. (more…)

December 9th, 2014 | By | 55 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…)

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…)