Category: Everything else

Half off gear

Backcountry.com has their “Hell Yeah” sale going on right now. Bump up any sale item to 50% off. Looks like entire lines of good ultralight backpacking gear are on sale. Montbell down jackets, Patagonia, Arc’teryx… entire size runs are available too. You’re almost never going to find some of this stuff discounted. Great time to buy!

Bike around town

I love riding my bike. Sacramento strikes me as exceptionally bicycle friendly. It’s flat. The central city has aggressive “traffic calming” measures that are pro-bike and anti-car. There are lots of cyclists and a strong cycling culture. May Is Bike Month.

In my sub-region I logged in the top five for the number of “errand” miles I rode. I especially like these miles as they’re true car substitution trips. One of the reasons that I ride is because I try to play my part in minimizing global warming. This year, I got a piece of paper to prove it.

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Mammoth Bachelor Party

I tubed down the Owens River last weekend. For me, that’s one of the stranger ways to spend some time in the Eastern Sierra. Most of our party rented “nicer” two man tubes. All but two of them deflated as we floated. A few of them became completely flat and their occupants had to swim to the take out. I recommend going with basic tire tubes.

Be Safe.

Everything has been eclipsed by some really bad news. A very close friend has seriously injured himself while playing outdoors. I’m distraught. All of my thoughts are with him at the moment. I urge you to be safe out there. Some of the activities that we partake in truly are dangerous. Please, please, please be safe.

Buy Less

Jobless and wanting to travel, I’m stretching my pennies. Walking down Pearl Street tonight, the Boulder Patagonia store caught my eye. In big, in the window, they have a sign that says “Reduce”. Below it: “Buy less.”

This is a store, telling customers to buy less stuff. Buy only what you need. Buy it and wear it until it wears out.