Portlandia characters as clueless ‘gear junkies’

The popular sketch comedy television series Portlandia this month set its sights on outdoor culture. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play their regular airy, self-consumed character selves in this episode under the auspices of gearing up for a hike in Portland’s Forest Park. Worth a watch to see Armisen try and clip a carabiner if nothing else.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.