NYT: Pack Raft story

Pack rafting, an outdoors activity with roots in aviator survival boats from World War II, is the topic of my travel article in today’s New…

Sustainably-Harvested Surfboard

The eco surfboard has arrived. Hess Surfboards touts recycled foam and sustainably-harvested wood as materials used in the making of its eco-conscious boards.

Patagonia’s R2 wetsuit

Meet Patagonia’s “Greener Neoprene” wetsuit, a surf-friendly suit made by incorporating limestone instead of oil as its base.

Canoe made of Hemp and Corn

Hemp, corn, and fiberglass — these are the ingredients for the Mad River Malecite ECO, a “green” concept canoe made with sustainable resources (but not…

Whitewater Creek Boating

Waterfalls, tight turns, fast-flowing rivers and boat-sucking currents are all part of the allure in a whitewater discipline called creek boating.

Teva Gnar Shoe Review

Out of the box, the Gnar appears to be a sneaker. But take a close look and you’ll see drain vents throughout the upper and…

Dreaming in High-Def

YouTube has perpetuated a generation of amateur videographers. But rarely do hobbyists make the transition from online to primetime. . .

Maori Bone Necklaces for Boaters

Boaters take note: Wanderer Imports LLC of Asheville, N.C., now offers cow bone Maori necklaces carved with symbols purported to help guarantee safe passage over…

River Shoes (Keen and Mion)

The esoteric nature of water sports like canyoneering, rafting, riverboarding, and whitewater swimming calls for equally esoteric footwear. Indeed, to acquiesce with eddies and tumbling…

$800 Fishing Waders

Before today, I had no idea that $800 fishing waders were in the realm of the possible. But Simms Fishing Products of Bozeman, Mont., can…

Meet the Aquaskipper

A man named Karl Wischnofske contacted me the other day about an oddball water-walking device called the Aquaskipper, made by the Camas, Washington, company Inventist…

New York Times

My story on via ferrata climbing—see blog post below from 08/28/06—ran in New York Times today. Mike Santi, our Online Publisher, was on the front…

Riverboarding Video

My column on riverboarding ran in today’s Seattle PI. See here: https://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/284807_gearjunkie14.html Also, check out the video below. This is from “Ice” — the kind…

Riverboarding

Just off Interstate Highway 70 in eastern Utah, in the steep topography north of its namesake town, the snaking Green River cuts a deep gorge…

Ispo show highlights

As one of the world’s largest outdoors and fitness-sports exhibitions, Ispo brings together a diverse group of international companies to provide a peek at worldwide…

Ironman Swim

In mid-September, the Gear Junkie is signed up to compete in Ironman Wisconsin, a full-scale Ironman triathlon event that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile…

National Geographic Road Atlas

The National Geographic Road Atlas: Adventure Edition takes everything Rand McNally does right and adds even more pertinent information for fellow vagabonds and weekend warriors.

Wenonah canoe review

Wenonah’s Spirit II, a sleek all-purpose canoe made for multi-day trips, is available in several configurations. The Kevlar version weighs a miniscule 42 pounds and…

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