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Trails

Trail Report: Walking the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is a marked walking trail that extends 154 kilometres (96 miles) from Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland. The Route The Way was established in 1980 and sees 15,000 walkers completing it annually. The well-marked path makes use of old footpaths, military roads, abandoned railway lines and trade routes through the… Keep Reading

Community

Local versus Online: The Modern Ski Shop

The smell of melting wax floats on the air as a creaking door opens. A warm, usually cramped, space sits before you. Kids are wobbling around in rental boots, men and women are drooling over the well-lit ski wall, the shop crew is speckled about talking boots, bindings, skis and outer layers.  A guy from… Keep Reading

Food

White Sauce – A Versatile Base for Backpacking Meals

Making sauces for Backpacking Meals might seem intimidating, but with a grasp of a few simple principles, you can make a basic white sauce and flavor it in a multitude of ways for gourmet cooking while on the trail. Cooking up a homemade mac and cheese on day five will make you a hero with… Keep Reading

Gear

Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool Review

During any backpacking trip, a reliable multi-tool is crucial to basic responsibilities like chopping food to more complex duties like gear repair and equipment improvisation. The Leatherman Signal multi-tool by Leatherman offers a versatile swath of tools to accomplish it all in the backcountry. The Test I tested the Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool during a 15-day backpacking… Keep Reading

Gear

Break Into Winter With c2 Apparel

See if this sounds familiar: It’s wintertime. The alarm has already sounded and been silenced. Kneading your eyelids open while trying to adjust your senses to focus on a harsh, low wintry morning light, motivation loses out (yet again) to the warm dark security of…your bed. Alas, c2 is here to help drive you up and… Keep Reading

Gear

Sierra Designs Zissou Plus Sleeping Bag – Gear Review

For warmth and comfort, down sleeping bags are the obvious choice. Fears of complete saturation and loss of all of those warmth properties prevented me from making the switch from synthetic bags. The Sierra Designs Zissou Plus Sleeping Bag eased this fear, keeping me warm and dry in snow, rain, and wind. The Test I… Keep Reading

Gear

Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket – Product Review

The Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket – So soft and cozy I never wanted to take it off! When I ordered the Karma Jacket I was looking for a multi-purpose layer to wear under a light rain jacket or parka, depending on whether I was hiking an urban trail or heading up to snow. The… Keep Reading

Gear

Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Tent – Gear Review

Going to wild places with Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Tent.  When solo camping, I prioritize light weight. For the past couple of years, though, I have compromised on weight by bringing a two-person tent. With most one-person tents, I find myself struggling to sit up even half way comfortably. Sierra Designs has addressed that compromise… Keep Reading

Gear

Teva Arrowood Lux Sneakerboot – Product Review

Teva Arrowood Lux waterproof mid-high sneakerboot for women.  From the minute that I took the Teva Arrowood Lux boots out of the box, I could tell that they were going to be completely different from any of the other waterproof hiking boots I had purchased and worn in the past. Teva Arrowood Lux comfort and… Keep Reading

Community

SBM Holiday Outdoor Gift Ideas

Let SBM ease some of the burden of the season with our outdoor gift ideas.  Tis the season for REI gift cards and boxes of Clif Bars you say?  We here at SBM say Bah Humbug – Tis the season to rock the outdoor gift ideas and let that special outdoor someone know just how… Keep Reading

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