Water

Kayaks, canoes, rafting, SUP… where you get wet in the great outdoors.

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. Read More...

June 16, 2009

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 a perforated insole. . . Read More...

May 8, 2009

Dreaming in High-Def

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

February 16, 2009

Book Review — A Hard-Water World

To the uninitiated, ice fishing seems improbable, wacky, and dangerous. But every winter, more than 2 million hardy northerners go to their place on the lake. This book highlights the experience. . . Read More...

November 26, 2008

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 water for kayakers. . . Read More...

October 10, 2008

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 submerged stones and nasty currents, companies have designed shoes that guard toes, give grip underwater, and generally protect your feet once they're submerged. Read More...

July 9, 2007

$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 get you just that... Read More...

March 27, 2007

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 Inc. This water trike works via a hopping motion that propels the pilot forward. A submerged hydrofoil gives lift and float, and the rig is purported to be able to […] Read More...

March 26, 2007

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 page of the Escapes section (screaming in the picture from the climb’s exposure, mind you!). Here’s the link. . . http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/09/15/travel/escapes/15ferrata.html?ref=travel Read More...

September 15, 2006

Riverboarding Video

My column on riverboarding ran in today’s Seattle PI. See here: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/284807_gearjunkie14.html Also, check out the video below. This is from “Ice” — the kind man from www.facelevel.com who set The Gear Junkie up for a riverboarding excursion in July. Read More...

September 14, 2006

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 through a backdrop of desert monoliths and thousand-foot cliffs. My view of this gorge last month on a visit to the area was from a riverboard, soaking wet and half submerged at face level with the whitewater. Read More...

August 12, 2006

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 recreational trends. Indeed, at this year's summer show, held July 3 - 5, exhibitors from 46 countries were present, and only a small percentage of companies on the show floor were American. Read More...

August 2, 2006

Bic Yakka Review – Fold-In-Half Kayak

The company's Yakka kayaks, which include three models, are nearly identical boats with rigid plastic hulls and inflatable sidewalls. For storing and transporting the Yakka kayaks, Bic Sport added hinges to the middle of the hull, letting you fold the boat in half and tuck it away in the bed of a pickup or, perhaps, your closet in a cramped city apartment. Read More...

July 13, 2006

Hydracare water bladder cleaning kits

You know it’s time to clean your hydration bladder when: A) Live algae has sprouted in a crease; B) Water that goes in pure comes out tasting literally fishy; or, C) That strange and swampy odor seeping from your CamelBak is eliciting vocal complaints from your hiking buddies. Read More...

November 25, 2005
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