Andy Amick

Happy Friday – Labor Day Edition

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday!  It’s the start of a long Labor Day weekend and it’s still blazing hot here in the Denver area.  It won’t be long until Fall is here, but for now we can enjoy a few more hot days.  By the time you read this, I’m hoping to be out on the trail for […]

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NoLogo Bikepacking Frame Bag Review

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Earlier this year, I decided to upgrade my singlepseed bikepacking setup to use a full frame bag instead of a partial frame bag.  I wanted to carry my hydration bladder in the frame bag to get that weight off of my back – literally.  I had been following the NoLogo Bikepacking Bags blog for a […]

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How Minimal Is Too Minimal?

by Andy Amick

I was planning on a Happy Friday post for today, but I read this post from Jill Homer and it got me thinking about a lot of things related to minimal gear and being prepared when we head outdoors. The post goes through her thoughts regarding the death of ultrarunner Michael Popov in Death Valley.  Michael […]

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A Frame Bag For Full Suspension Bikes

by Andy Amick

A few weeks ago, I was preparing for a bikepacking trip with my oldest son.  We were riding on the Colorado Trail and he was riding on the tag-a-long.  The weight of the camping gear, a 7 year old, and the tag-a-long meant that I couldn’t use my singlespeed bike because I needed lower gears […]

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Happy Friday – Links From The Week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday!  Hopefully it has been a great week.  This will be the first weekend since July 4th where we won’t be camping in some fashion.  Each of the weeks was a different type of camping but all 4 were excellent family trips.  And by the way, we had a great time “camping” in the […]

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I Got This – Wisdom From A 5 Year Old

by Andy Amick

A couple of weeks ago, we were camping with a group of friends and my youngest son started using the phrase “I got this”.  The phrase was used heavily on the waterfall hike, where he was telling the adults that he didn’t need any help with creek crossings, log bridges, or climbing rocks.  He even […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Applesauce Style

by Andy Amick

If you have young kids, you have probably seen the new trend towards the squeezable packets of applesauce.  They work very well for kids that can’t seem to get the spoon to their mouth without having applesauce end up flying in a 10 foot radius.  Ok, that’s probably almost all kids. My five year old […]

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Happy Friday – Links From The Week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday!  Hopefully it has been a great week.  My family is headed out for a second weekend of camping in a row, which doesn’t happen often enough for us.  And this trip will be 4 nights in a yurt.  Not exactly ultralight backpacking, but it will be fun to stay in a yurt for […]

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3 Tips To Help Kids Be Prepared When Outdoors

by Andy Amick

After a long week of work and a plan to go hiking or camping on the weekend, it’s tempting to just to throw together some items and get away to the outdoors as quickly as possible. As much as we want to just get outside and hike or bike with our kids, we also have […]

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Celebrate The Bicycle

by Andy Amick

Last week was the anniversary of the bike being patented way back in 1819.  In less than 100 years, things sure have come a long way from those early bikes that didn’t even have pedals.  Today, we have downhill bikes which feature 9″ or more of travel.   Have a look at the History Of The […]

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