Posts Tagged ‘outdoor’

December 13th, 2013 | By | 32 Comments

How To: Do Joshua Tree in A Weekend Guest blog by Johnie | Dirtbag Darling

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Arriving in Joshua Tree National Park feels a bit like entering a Dr. Seuss story, and not just because of the bulbous boulders and whimsical yucca trees. Joshua Tree is like a fantasyland for rock climbers thanks to an endless number of world-class routes. And if you aren’t into climbing? There’s still plenty of scrambles, hikes, and all-around rad adventures to be had in the massive desert park.
Read on for your weekend guide to it all by Dirtbag Darling Blogger, Johnie (more…)

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October 31st, 2013 | By | 883 Comments

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Be a sunset watcher.

Once, I was traveling in the Greek Isles and was staying at a hostel. I realized it was almost sunset time, and something in my DNA said, “hey you’d better figure out a way to go watch it.” Everyone else was partying, eating, or hanging out in the common room, but I found my way to the roof and watched one of the most spectacular sunsets during my time there. There were two other people on the roof:  an employee at the hostel, and another traveler (I think from the Czech Republic or something). The employee turned to us two lone travelers, and told me something I still haven’t forgotten: “You are either a person who watches sunsets, or you aren’t. I’m so glad that you made the effort.”  It was in a thick Australian accent too. ‘Twas quite poetic. (more…)

September 25th, 2013 | By | 1,014 Comments

The Mountains Are Calling (Here’s What To Wear) Mountain Climbing Tips & Gear Picks from Dirtbag Darling

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Someone once said, “getting there is half the fun,” and, oh boy, is that the case when you’re trying to get to the summit of a mountain. Bagging a peak is a huge accomplishment both mentally and physically because, along with the fun, there’s also a whole lot of bruises, scrapes, sore muscles, aching feet and tired lungs going on.

Reaching your first mountain summit—whether you’re on maintained trail, shimming along a rocky ledge, or climbing with harness and rope—should be on everyone’s bucket list, but you’ll need to prepare first. Here’s what you need to know to get started… (more…)

August 29th, 2013 | By | 287 Comments

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Get those feet naked. Really, please do. Do you know how many health benefits there are to going barefoot? Well, here’ s four:  reflexology, strengthening, injury prevention, and it evens the workload across your whole foot. And that’s just the physical part.

There’s a reason foot messages feel so good. There is a reason you never wear shoes in yoga class…hmmmm. (Those yogis are on to something there.) There’s a reason we all want to walk barefoot on the beach (if you are a person who insists on wearing shoes on the sand, you are missing out). There’s a reason my feet feel like leather and I can walk on cement in summer with little discomfort. The reason? Going barefoot rocks. It feels great, and it loosens up your overall demeanor.

So, set your two feet free from time to time. Your whole body will thank you for it.
-Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen

…and for those “no shirt, no shoes, no dice” situations, SWELL has has some pretty darn cute shoes:
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Pictured: Reef Boot / Matisse Buckle Bootie / Volcom Canvas Flats

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