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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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How To Live Your Dream Of Riding The Divide

by Andy Amick

Ever Dreamed But Never Acted? All of us have probably had visions of our head of acting out some incredible lifelong dream whether it’s travelling, completing a sporting event, or living our life the way WE want to live it.  But in the end, very few of us actually turn those dreams into reality. We […]

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Happy Friday – Links From The Week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday.  Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun July 4th.  Colorado cancelled almost all fireworks celebrations due to the dry conditions and many fires which is a fine restriction if it results in fewer fires.  If you are camping anywhere in the western US this year, please obey all fire bans and restrictions because […]

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