gear Archives

  1. Missing Hikers Rescued in Adirondacks High Peaks →

    This is an intense story of two hikers who were rescued yesterday in the Adirondacks after being forced to spend two nights in harsh Winter weather.

    After making their summit of Algonquin Peak, a heavy fog settled in just after they reached the top causing them to lose the trail leading down the mountain. A recount of their story noted the fog was so thick that they accidentally fell off a rock edge into a massive pile of snow:

    Their friends later determined the fall, which brought them down the opposite side of the summit from the side they climbed up, to be about 100 feet.

    The man was resourceful, and did what he could to keep him and his friend warm, a reminder that every piece of gear is worth its weight in gold in a survival situation:

    On the first night, when she lost feeling in her toes, he dumped everything out of his backpack and wrapped it around her legs, zipping it up around her. After about 20 minutes, she could feel her toes again.

    I love hiking in this area, but there are sections of trail that can be treacherous in the normal hiking season if you aren’t being careful or properly equipped. And so, Winter peakbaggers have always seemed like strange breed of people to me.

    I am glad to hear they survived, and am in disbelief they came away with all of their fingers and toes. These folks were very lucky.

  2. 2017 Jeep Wrangler Pickup →

    Rumored in 2015, it now looks like the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck is really happening. I am looking forward to this one, and can’t wait to see what kind of tops they will offer for it. I am hoping for an option to access the bed from the cab.

  3. Jeep Wrangler–Based Pickup Is Happening! →

    I would love to see this happen. But, I am still struggling with what would be my “perfect Jeep”.

    I really like my Patriot because it gives me the ability to fold the passenger sleep down and sleep on a sleeping pad using the full length of the vehicle. The only other way I can see this happening in another Jeep is using a convertible tent-top on a Wrangler, like the ones from Ursa Minor Vehicles.

    The pro of the Patriot is that you are getting a Jeep that you can sleep in for half the cost, but without the rugged aspect of a Wrangler. Adding the sleep conversation to the Wrangler gives you the best of both worlds but at a considerably higher total price.

    What would be interesting is to see how much flexibility Jeep will give to the back end of a new pick-up Wrangler design. Would the back end be compatible with a soft top? Will the front passenger seat be removable to permit sleeping lengthwise in the vehicle, protected from the weather?

    Regardless, I’m excited to see this thing.

  4. Interview with Advocate Cycles Founder Tim Krueger →

    The talk surrounding the new mountain bike company, Advocate Cycles, has a theme that Tim’s goal is to build a honest company from the very start, with a focus on quality and not quantity. His business model will certainly be a challenge, but it seems like he has the background to give it an honest attempt.

    What was a bit surprising was the business model that the aptly named Advocate Cycles would use. Taking advantage of a specific set of rules valid in his home state of Minnesota, Tim and his wife and business partner Odia started a Special Benefits Corporation. The goal? To donate 100% of their after-tax profits to bicycling related advocacy non-profit organizations.

    This article is one of the most detailed conversations with Tim I have read yet. I have wanted to get my hands on their Hayduke hardtail mountain bike since I first read about it over at Dirt Rag, but now I want one even more.

    Make sure to check out their Indiegogo campaign. There are still some Advocate Haydukes left for early bidders at $1999 — considerably less than the expected list price of $2650!

  5. Before using the Yoke-5, put away all pets and small children, as they may become upset not being the center of attention anymore.

    User Manual for the Yoke-5 Programmable Loop