Retro Gear, Airstream, ‘Skottle’ Camp Stove: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories for the week of Sept. 4 – 10, 2016.

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1) 24,000 Kilometers: ‘Trans Canada Trail’ Longest In World

Canada is about to finish the world’s longest trail network. Lace up your boots, pump up your tires, ready your paddles, and prepare for 24,000km of adventure.

2) Camp Gourmet? Meet The ‘Skottle’

Essentially a wok with a gas burner supported by a tripod, the ‘Skottle’ could be your next favorite camp stove.

3) First Look: Iconic Opinel Knife Gets Survival Upgrade

A classic French brand pivots this month with a survival knife design. We took it into the woods for a first test.

4) Whale! Close, Closer & OMG!

Kayak: check. Camera: check. Giant whale flying right at me: CHECK!

whale

5) YETI Goes On Tour: Film Night Events Across U.S.

Known for its coolers, drinkware, and (increasingly) its film projects, this month YETI sets out on the nationwide ‘Stories From The Wild’ film tour.

6) Antique Gear List: Climbers In 1942 Were Tougher Than Nails

Mountaineering ain’t like it used to be. Climbing a mountain is never easy, but can you believe how hard it was in 1942?!

7) Meet The Airstream You Can Pull Behind A Subaru

The iconic Airstream silver bullet just got smaller. Meet the Airstream Basecamp.

Airstream Basecamp trailer

8) Against The Clock: ‘White Mountain Direttissima’

Covering more than 240 miles, a man knocked out 48 peaks in New Hampshire in less than 6 days, unsupported.

9) Watch: Running 600 Miles Across The Rocky Mountains

Crossing just three paved roads, but 13 mountain ranges, the ‘Crown Traverse’ is a North American backcountry route unlike any other.

10) Darwin Award Runner-Up: Dumbest Cliff Dive In History?

Take the dumbest thing you’ve ever done and multiply it by the most terrified you’ve ever been, and you MIGHT have some idea how this guy felt.

el morro clif dive fail

11) $100,000 For 16 Outdoors Non-Profits

The KEEN Effect program will help fund environmental non-profits aimed at doing good in the outdoors. Check out these 16 programs.

12) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From the world’s smallest drone to a hidden bike pump, this is our weekly look at emerging products from the world of outdoor gear design.

13) Watch: 72-Year-Old Attempts Western States 100

Meet Wally Hesseltine, a 72-year-old ultra-runner attempting to finish one of America’s toughest 100-mile races, the Western States 100. Can he finish in under 30 hours? Watch and find out.

72 year old ultra runner

14) First Look: Sierra Designs ‘High Route’ Modular Shelter

Renowned adventurer Andrew Skurka teamed up with Sierra Designs on a lightweight tent for hikers. We put it to a review in the Rocky Mountains.

15) Dump To Dresser: Brands Upcycle Gear From Scrap

Could wearing cast-off apparel be the next trend in environmentalism? The push to revitalize old gear is gaining momentum thanks to these intrepid brands.