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Tagged with 'Travel'

Winter Backcountry Hut Trip Tips

Backcountry winter yurt trip

Are the mountains calling but it’s the dead of winter? You might consider planning a group winter hut or yurt trip, skiing or snowshoeing in with your pals through the beautiful backcountry. Winter travel in the backcountry might seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but it can be a truly unique and fun experience (not to mention crowd-free)—as long as you’re well prepared. Our in-house Gear Geniuses have put together a list of tips for snowy backcountry adventures that will help you make the most of your trip.

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SURPRIZE-ING TRAVEL HACKS FOR NON-FREQUENT FLYERS

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It’s no secret, I love to travel! Whether it’s for business, vacation, or to visit friends and family, I take advantage of every opportunity I can to get out of the house. For me, one of the most stressful ways to travel is by air. During my travels, I’ve learned some tips and tricks from fellow travelers that have made traversing through airports easier and less stressful. After many trips for both business and pleasure, I’ve put together a list of my favorite travel hacks for the navigating the airport, while on the airplane, and once I’ve reached my destination.

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PLANNING YOUR MOTORCYCLE ROAD TRIP

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My first long distance road trip was a complete failure.  I had been riding for years, so I felt assured I could manage a multi- day trip for a couple thousand miles.  It was early June in Colorado, and about 5 hours into the ride it started snowing, which turned into a white out.  It was wet, heavy and cold and I was not prepared.  It was in the high 70’s when I left home, so I was wearing a half helmet, fingerless gloves and a leather jacket.  After waiting out the storm on the side of the road and giving time for the snow to melt, I continued, freezing, until I made it to a gas station.  I consumed large amounts of hot coffee and chocolate attempting a warm up.  The only clothing options available to try to keep dry on the road were bright yellow dishwashing gloves and a shower cap.  I planned to be Wyatt from Easy Rider, but I looked like Scuba Steve and I felt miserable.  I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even look at the other riders when I finished that days ride.

I’ve learned a number of lessons on my rides throughout the years.  To save your ego and get you safely to your next destination, I’ve put together some helpful hints from my years on the road.

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HOW TO PLAN A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY BIKEPACKING TRIP

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By Guest Bloggers Jason and Chelsey Magness

As professional adventure racers and race directors my husband Jason and I love big endurance training trips.  But as new parents of Max (4) and Revel (1.5) it has been a fascination to look for ways to incorporate more adventure, play and training into our family life. One of our most favorite ways to check all of these boxes is to go on family bike-packing trips. When we had just one kid, it was much easier to go on backpacking trips (one person carried the kid, the other the camping gear), but once we added little brother Revel to the mix, we quickly turned to looking for other alternatives that allowed for us to manage even more gear and weight. 

We just got back from our fourth bike packing trip through Central Oregon and it was amazing. We took 4 days (3 nights) to do 120 miles, most of it on dirt roads with lots of play stops along the way. Every night we ended at a different lake or river to ensure easy water access and lots of water, dirt and sand play (a kid’s dream).  On average, we rode hard for about 2-3 hours before our first stop and tried to do a second push in the early to late afternoon after the kids had worn themselves out. A few days into the trip, we hit a small town, which proved to be a fun stop for the kids and enabled us to carry less weight in food and water knowing that we could refill during the trip.

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MAXIMIZING ADVENTURE TRAVEL IN THE UTAH DESERT

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Imagine a quaint, red rock western town that used to be one of the most isolated spots in the lower 48.  What comes to mind?  You may be thinking Moab or Sedona, but the town I am talking about is further off the beaten path than either of those: it is a small pioneer town in Southern Utah by the name of Kanab.

Kanab is located smack between Zion, Bryce, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is a fantastic jumping off point for many of the Colorado Plateau’s incredible national parks; it is also home to me personally, and to the guides of Dreamland Safari Tours – a hardy bunch of most excellent backcountry desert guides with decades of experience in delighting guests by creating access to hard-to-reach locations like the Wave, White Pocket, and more.

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10 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER

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Summer is here and we’re more excited about it than ever. Considering how limiting our summer activities were last year, we’re looking to make up for lost time and make the most out of each and every long day this season. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate summer to the max, plus a piece of gear for each activity that will make the experience easier and/or more fun.

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MOBILIZE: PHONE ACCESSORIES FOR EVERY LIFESTYLE

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Let’s face the grim reality: we’re all hopelessly reliant on our smartphones. Whether we’re having GPS guide our way to our next destination or taking ‘gram-worthy photos on a hike, it’s likely that wherever we go, our phones go with us. While we’ll spare you the sociological examination of our society’s relationship with our devices, we will give you a breakdown of our favorite mobile accessories to help simplify your life and keep you connected around the house, on the road, and beyond.

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MOBILIZE FOR SPRING ADVENTURES: FAVORITE ACCESSORIES FOR LIFE ON-THE-GO

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Spring has sprung and the smell of summer barbeques is so close we can almost taste them. Meanwhile, thoughts of springtime adventures stir in our minds. Whether your spirit of adventure leads you to explore new local parks or faraway destinations, we have a few tips and tricks for adventuring safer and smarter with your smartphone. For better or worse, smartphones and technology have generally changed the way we explore and experience the world around us. Rather than packing up maps, a camera, a video camera, a GPS, and relying on the kindness of strangers to lend directions, we bring along one trusty, compact smartphone.  So, here are a few ways we recommend keeping your device protected and accessible on your next adventure, as well as a few ways your phone can keep you safe and enhance the experience.

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“SKOOLIE LIVING” TRAVEL DAYS MADE EASIER WITH NITE IZE

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When you first move into a tiny home on wheels, there is so much to learn. Figuring out how to secure everything while your home is going down the road is an artform and takes time to perfect. When we first moved into the school bus, it wasn’t uncommon for items to fly across the bus once we took off toward our next destination, but we had a head start on finding great solutions thanks to Nite Ize. We have used Nite Ize products for years and during the downsizing process, we kept every single item that had their logo on it. We didn’t know how we would use all of it, but we knew we would need it.

When looking for methods of organizing and securing belongings in our skoolie, Nite Ize has so much to offer, both in our home and in the great outdoors. When we recently reached out and shared our love of their brand and amazing products, they sent us a box of gear to replace some of the older products we are using. We’re happy to share all of the ways you can use Nite Ize to make travel day as easy as possible!

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BIG IDEAS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD: VISUALIZE YOUR 2021 GOALS

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If we’ve learned anything from this heck of a year, it’s that making plans doesn’t always work out, well, as planned. There may have been certain holiday traditions you had to forgo this year, but one that you should still make an effort to uphold is making your New Year’s resolutions for 2021. Even those might look a little different this year after taking time to reflect on all that was 2020. After a year nearly stuck on pause, there’s no time like the present to tackle your goals and focus on self-improvement, one resolution at a time.

Each month of 2021, we will reveal a Big Idea word designed to help you get motivated and make the most out of your year. This month’s Big Idea is VisualIZE – our way to help you dream up your aspirations for the coming year, and rise to meet them. If this year has you feeling a little less inspired to set some exciting goals for the next year, we’re here to help with some suggestions.

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