Welcome to RANGE Magazine — Issue Two. Within these pages you can look forward to editorial content with a unique, on-trend voice that speaks to the past, present and future of the outdoor industry as a whole. Offering seasonalinspired brand features, lifestyle articles and photo essays, this issue encourages readers to find creativity and adventure in the outdoors year-round. Here are a few things we learned throughout the process of making this issue: • No one works over the holidays.
• The Italian Market in Philly is so gully.
• The early bird gets the worm.
• Salmon belly is the nectar of the gods.
• Cotton kills.
• There is a better way to book a campsite.
• You don’t win friends with salad.
• Instagram is an amateur photo contest the whole world is playing.
• Ice climbing is tite.
• Hiking makes us happy.
• Bozeman is so hot right now.
• New Zealand is for lovers.
• 2015 is the year of the woman.
• You can make a fancy cocktail with foraged ingredients.
• Wearing a helmet is rad.
• We have some incredibly talented friends.
• If you leave a Suburban unlocked in a ski town, ON
someone will steal your Red Bull.
M E G H AY W O O D S U L L I V A N
04 TH E MOD E R N OUTDOOR S WOMAN
• The trend train never runs out of fuel.
• It takes a minimum of two weeks to break in new boots.
• The universe rewards those that are courageous.
We hope you enjoy the issue, and look forward to seeing you on the slopes, along the coast, on your bike and in the woods this winter! — The RANGE Mag Crew
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Joe Gomez, Sydney Halle, Alex Gomes, Jeff Thrope, Rachel Mae Furman, Emily Han, Tiah Rubin, Charles Post, Dave Sutton, Andrew Luecke
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we would like
without them, this
Seth Neilson, Nick Zegel, Obi Kaufmann, Shelby Ling, Victoria Masters, Mike Cook
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HALF MY HEART CONDOR
Cooper Gill, Andrea Westerlind, Julie Atherton, Scott McGuire, Nina Stotler, Ron Croudy, Martin Carvajal, Ben Ferencz, Ben Nobel, Alex Buck, Bernie Bernthal, Chelsea Parrett, Kenzie Kirk, Gale Straub, Sasha Cox, Ali Carr Troxell, Jen Gurecki, Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Johnie Gall, Cindy McNaull, Amy Needham, Defne Altan, Molly Ambrogi, Molly Brewer, Theresa Blake, Eric Bach
ou’ve probably noticed a serious
planning her next endeavor. You could just as
surge in images of women out-
easily find her climbing in the mountains as
doors - women, in terms of trend,
rediscovering her hometown. She explores with
are having a major moment. Not so much in
an eye for color, an appreciation of technique
the #mountainbabes kind of way, but more
and a pull towards what’s next.” According to
in the #outdoorwomen kind of way. They’re
Sasha Cox from Trail Mavens, which specializes
stronger and more successful than ever, doing a great job of balancing work and family, and seriously interested in getting outside. According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation’s in-depth report on participation, attitudes and behaviors called “Getting < Women < Active,” 61% of women currently
in outdoor adventures for urban women, “An
participate in outdoor recreation, and indi-
outdoors woman is someone who’s not afraid
vidually spend an average of $295 annually on
of getting dirty outside her comfort zone,
outdoor apparel and equipment.
and likely believes ‘adventure is adversity in
As more wom-
retrospect.’ Regardless of what happens, it’s
en are empow-
a learning experience and probably a great
ered to discov-
story.” This sums up the main difference
between our experience as women in the
things being in
outdoors and that of our our traditionally
pragmatic male counterparts. Simply put, we
we wanted to ask
are on a journey to discover something deeper
and more meaningful.
The Outdoor Industry report states 75% of
women agree their feeling of connection to
the outdoors is the most important reason
Is it about tactile
to get outside. “Unlike men, who are drawn
skills and experience, or is it more a state of be-
to the tactical, logical applications of gear
ing? We interviewed a dynamic group of women
in the outdoors and almost engineering-like
with varied levels of traditional outdoor experi-
mentality of de-
ence to find out. The modern outdoors woman
is inquisitive and kind, willing to introduce less
experienced friends to the outdoors. She looks to
Donna Carpenter, Melissa Arnot, Liz Clark, Gina
snow pits, and
Bégin and Caroline Gleich for inspiration. She is
beyond stoked to collaborate, and her competi-
tive nature, although present while in motion, is
with the emo-
more passive when creating content. She finds
tional side of
strength in her femininity and doesn’t feel that
being in nature.
words like “tomboy” define her. She is just as
Then there are
comfortable casting a line as she is shopping on-
also those of us
line, and is constantly daydreaming about trips
who like the adrenaline rush, but not with-
modern doors johnie gall, dirtbag
out the fresh air and good scenery to feed our
Gale Straub, founder of She-explores.com, a
souls,” explains Ali Carr Troxell, an outdoor
site dedicated to women who wander, describes
gear editor, adventure travel journalist and
her as “curious and ready-to-go, invariably
founder of PR agency Headwaters Collective.
sandra dejin for
Another key difference is the way we
CEO of Coalition Snow, which makes skis
purchase product. Men like buying things
sas ha cox, trail
and boards by women, for women.
quickly and concisely, but women want to
Social media inadvertently plays a huge
be romanced into a purchase by an editori-
role in how women interested in the out-
al point of view. 64.7% of women say they
doors are connecting with each other. “I felt
look to store displays for their apparel in-
like I was the only woman I knew mountain
spiration, confirming the fact that ladies
biking on the weekend or surfing on the East
want to shop where they feel captivated and
Coast in the winter. Social media offers me a
sense of instant community in a space where
en get pumped
I used to lack many female friendships. It’s
especially relevant while I’m traveling. I’ve
been able to bum couch space from women
sales and col-
all over the country who have become my
good friends strictly via Instagram,” notes
why not apply
Johnie Gall, founder of Dirtbag Darling,
a blog that “celebrates the outdoor wom-
to the way they
an,” including those with “dirty feet, salty
shop for gear,
hair, goggle tans and borrowed surfboards.”
in the form of
And what about the outdoor selfie? Isn’t
it only natural
testing and group activities? The old days
to include our
of “pinking” and “shrinking” just won’t cut
it. Women want contemporary silhouettes,
in these scenic
trend-driven color options and prints that
are more evolved than paisleys and daisies.
When conducting our own interviews about
case. “I typical-
the modern outdoors woman, we stumbled
ly leave my face
upon a very interesting fact: only a hand-
out of pictures
ful of the women we spoke with admitted
to wearing hiking pants. The rest wore leg-
lived that expe-
gings because they were more flattering on
the form, felt better against their skin, and
I prefer to let people put themselves in my
didn’t make them look like a “funky aunt.”
shoes, and they don’t need to see my mug to
Discuss amongst yourselves.
do that,” explains Gall.
So who is nailing it when it comes women’s
Everyone has a different level of comfort
apparel and hardgoods? That is a loaded
and an individual set of skills when it comes
question and really depends on who you
to being “outdoorsy.” Some connect through
are asking. “ To me, doing it ‘right’ means
sharing their outdoor experiences online,
while others join all-women workshops to
stereotypes, your messaging/brand isn’t
enhance their technical skills. We know our
misogynistic, you truly support the female
textbook definition of an outdoor woman
athletes on your team, and you make gear
is someone who skis, snowboards, climbs,
and clothing women actually want. There are
camps, surfs, cycles, runs, backpacks and
a lot of really well-intentioned companies
does yoga, but that list could run on for-
still constructing their women’s lines out of
ever—or at least we hope it does. All the
pastel fabrics or producing short and soft
women we spoke with were different, but
skis. As the owner of a hard goods company,
they all had the same things in common:
I understand there is a process and you can’t
a unified, deep-rooted love of life and an
please everyone. What one woman loves,
absolutely pure appreciation of nature and
another may despise,” explains Jen Gurecki,
the great outdoors.
Thinking outside the box, living the CORDURA ® Lifestyle
1,000- d e n i e r
z i p top camo tote by
hilly is a tough town filled with serious foodies, and home to the oldest and largest working outdoor
market in the United States, the “Italian Market” on 9th Street in South Philadelphia. While most people in the City of
Brotherly Love rely on public transit for simple tasks like food
s u r pa s s n o .
shopping or running errands, bikes are becoming the preferred
12164 b ag
mode of transportation for urban commuters on the move.
Environmentally friendly and community driven, cycling is much
more than just a means to get from point A to point B—it is a
way of life for the residents of this bustling city. Odds are, on
any given day of the week, you can find friends riding together to work, the market, the game (go Birds!) and even the bar.
One thing we can all agree on is that the weather can be brutal, especially during the winter season. Howling winds made
carve through the narrow streets and rain is relentless, so when
the Northeast weather bites, we say bite back with a heavy-duty
coat, an indestructible pair of jeans and a sturdy, solid pack. For
over 45 years, CORDURA® brand has set the standard for what durable materials should be. Equal parts fashion and function,
chrome industries’ truk is
1,000- d e n i e r fabric
CORDURA® fabric is built to last without sacrificing style or
comfort. The company’s portfolio of modern, versatile and
apparel-focused fabrics are embraced by some of today’s most
design-driven workwear and outdoor brands, including Levi’s,
Timberland, Topo Designs, Dickies and Chrome.
designed for at
d u f f l e - c o at by
a x e l m i r ato n
1,000- d e n i e r
t h e k l e t t e r d ay has
resistant canvas with
topo de s ig n s and
pro shoe, to
premium materials cordura® and
1,000- d e n i e r
“For over 45 years, CORDURA® brand has set the standard for
The tried-and-true nature of its range of fabrics, including CORDURA® Denim, CORDURA® Combat Wool and CORDURA®
what durable fabrics should be.
Canvas, lends itself seamlessly to the contemporary urban commuter that cycles, skates or rides motorbikes, offering a truly holistic approach to living the CORDURA® lifestyle. Apparel, outerwear,
Equal parts fashion and function,
footwear and accessories can look aesthetically pleasing while maintaining those industrial-strength attributes CORDURA® is
they have created a portfolio of
known for possessing, regardless of what mother nature throws our way. So, in the true Philadelphia spirit of riding our bikes when we want with whom we want, we say, “Back off, Jack Frost. We are on
stylish, versatile and apparel-
an Italian Market mission to cook up some belly-warming beef and acorn stew with our favorite local crew.”
focused fabrics that have been embraced by some of today’s most contemporary workwear
and outdoor brands, including
thisisrange.com for and
Levi’s, Timberland, Topo Designs, Dickies and Chrome.”
There was once a time when messenger bags were primarily
by suburban high school ravers and urban fashionistas
worn by, you guessed it, bike messengers. However, when
alike. Manhattan Portage packs were worn like a badge
Manhattan Portage founder John Peters decided to design
of honor by in-the-know New Yorkers, the iconic red
a new version of the commuter-friendly pack in the early
label of the city skyline proudly emblazoned on every bag.
1980s, he changed the game, making a bag that was not only more functional for core cyclists on the go, but could
While there have been plenty of imitators, no one has
also be carried by straphangers, students and stylists from
been able to legitimately replicate the spirit or authenticity
Harlem to Lower East Side.
that makes Manhattan Portage so unique. Repping some serious street cred, they have held it down for over 30
To make a cycling-friendly bag that was “New York Tough,”
years with their exceptional construction and use of
Peters replaced the unreliable canvas and nylon historically
premium materials. As they look towards the future, while
used for messenger bags with CORDURA® fabric, adding
taking direction from the past, Manhattan Portage has
delrin buckles and reflective stripes to create a more
successfully transitioned from underground cult status
lightweight, durable and visible bag. This revamp of what
to mainstream pop culture, cementing their standing
was once a functional tool for delivery cyclists became all
as the go-to brand for functional packs and timeless
the rage with the general public during the ‘90s, adopted
bags, both in NYC and around the world.
1 0 F U N FA C T S A B O U T T H E 4 1 S T S TAT E
“Did you move here to be in a hurry?” If so, keep on truckin’.
Montana’s name is derived from the 1
Spanish word montaña, meaning mountain country. Montana’s diverse geography covers
more than 147,000 square miles, making it the fourth largest state in the nation.
Bozeman, Montana is so hot
right now. The sleepy ski town located in
The state nickname is the “Treasure
the heart of the Rocky Mountains, where
hunters and ranchers have hung their cow-
State.” Other nicknames include “Land of Shining Mountains,” “Big Sky Country” and “Last Best Place.”
boy hats since 1864, is attracting a new class of creatives—but please, don’t tell
The longest river in Montana is
them we said that. Bozemanites are happy
to share the bountiful landscape with “cu-
the Missouri, which flows 1,029 miles from Three Forks to the North Dakota border.
rious Californians” and hipsters that reloMontana’s Roe River was recognized
cate from major cities, but they just want to do it in moderation. “Did you move here
to be in a hurry?” If so, keep on truckin’.
Records as the world’s shortest river at 201 feet.
Montanans have a hard edge but a soft
by the Guinness Book of World
The largest snowflake ever observed
center, and Bozeman is one of its most prized assets. Home to stops on both the
Bozeman Trail, an overland route connect-
What’s particularly interesting about Boz-
ing the gold rush territory of Montana to
eman is the number of companies that man-
the Oregon Trail, and the Yellowstone Trail,
ufacture outdoor-specific goods within the
one of the first interstate road systems in
If you are a skier, then consider Boze-
city limits. Kletterwerks set up shop in Boz-
the country, Bozeman has always played an
man the holiest of grails. Bridger Bowl, a
eman over 40 years ago when Dana Gleason
integral role in introducing Americans to
non-profit, community owned ski resort that
started making packs for climbing and ski-
the expansive West.
boasts beautiful and challenging in-bounds
ing out of the back of his VW bus. “In the
There are approximately 48,000 7
and minimum order requirements, Kelty,
activity, harboring more than 10,000 geothermal features, the most famous of which is Old Faithful.
offering sewers a new lightweight, yet strong
country are figuring out that
of the Rocky Mountains in Montana.
world’s most extensive area of geyser 9
posed to change the game of pack building, alternative to canvas. Due to lack of money
There are a total of 77 named ranges
Yellowstone National Park is the
spread about a new material that was sup-
of life and all corners of the
Native Americans, representing 11 different tribes, living in Montana.
Wayne Gregory, George Kelty and some of the early founders of Jansport. A rumor had
the size of a dinner plate, and was recorded on January 28, 1887.
early ‘70s, Dana was bumming around with
City slickers from all walks
in Montana was 15 inches wide,
The highest point in Montana is 10
Granite Peak, located in the Beartooth Range in the Rockies.
Gregory and Dana all got together to purchase a roll of CORDURA®, and at the time,
Bozeman is not just the “last
the only color offered was Rust. Hence, this
great place to live,” but it is also the next best place to live.
became the benchmark for the heritage look,”
was lured to Montana State University by a
explains Ben Nobel, the brand manager of
recruiter holding a hot cheese pizza and a
the multidisciplinary company.
poster of Bridger. Upon arrival to MSU, Buck
Since the launch of Kletterwerks in 1975,
decided he needed a bag he could use for
Dana Gleason has successfully cultivated,
school, so he started sewing his own packs
sold and relaunched a bevvy of brands, in-
inspired by river duffels. 10 years later, Alex
cluding his namesake Dana Designs, an
still calls Bozeman home and his line of
Farm to table restaurants are popping up
terrain, reminds us of the mountain desti-
iconic backpack brand of the ‘80s and ‘90s
colorful, CORDURA®-strong roll top ruck-
next to old school cafes, and GFCs (great
nations we visited as kids before things got
found on skiers and climbers from the U.S.
sacks, accessories and totes feels totally fresh
fucking cocktails) are served up with a side
corporate and cold, when packed lunches
to the Himalayas, as well as Mystery Ranch,
against the woodland camo backdrop that is
of Montucky Cold Snacks. 1920s era crafts-
were par for the course and powder days were
the company’s most advanced bag system,
traditionally associated with local Bozeman
man-style homes have been updated with
packed with locals. Then there’s the ice climb-
which boasts contracts with the Depart-
brands. In 2011, Caravan Skis was born out
modern additions and industrial materi-
ing. The greats like Alex Lowe and Conrad
ment of Defense, including SEALs, Special
of love for the outdoors, creativity and crafts-
als, while on the northside of Main Street,
Anker put Hyalite Canyon—home to over
Forces and even Marine Corps.
manship. Tapping into the local community
old factories, mills and stockyards are be-
250 ice and mixed climbs, and now a global
The “Ranchers” pride themselves on mak-
for input into ski design, graphics and test-
ing reclaimed by architecture firms, design
destination for ice climbers from around the
ing considered, functional collections that
ing, Caravan uses sustainable materials like
studios and start-ups. City slickers from all
world—on the map. Not to mention that the
rely heavily on the architecture of design.
bamboo, eco-friendly epoxy and basalt fibers
walks of life and all corners of the country
Bozeman Ice Fest attracts huge international
Simple forms, timeless shapes and above all,
to make light, snappy and durable skis you
are figuring out that Bozeman is not just
crowds for on-site clinics, film premieres and
the best, most durable, most comfortable
can feel good about skiing. Both of these
the “last great place to live,” but it is also the
the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup.
carry systems in the world. “We build packs
companies, while still technically considered
in Bozeman because we can and we want to.
“new kids on the block” compared to older,
We’ve been fortunate to have a diverse cus-
more established Bozeman brands, repre-
tomer base who needs (and wants) Ameri-
sent an emerging group of creative thinkers
can-made product, and that diversification
breathing new life into the valley and its sur-
enables us to continue expansion into other
next best place to live.
caravan s ki s; kletterwerks x
j u ng mave n te e, mystery
markets. Building product at home allows for
The beauty of Bozeman is that the good
some titanic benefits: quality control, shorter
ol’ boys and young guns are making it
lead times and most importantly, being able
work. These unlikely partners are proving
to test product immediately during the de-
that although they may not hail from
sign and development phase,” notes Nobel.
the same school of thought or even the
But Kletterwerks and Mystery Ranch ar-
same generation, they can agree to exist
en’t the only American-made manufacturers
in harmony on the same plane. At the end
in the stockyard. BuckProducts was found-
of the day, the common goal shared by all
ed by Alex Buck, who would visit the city
Bozemanites is to build a bright future
every summer when he was a kid to “fish,
for the rapidly expanding community of
ride horses, make mud pies and camp.” He
natives, locals and transplants.
RANGE Magazine’s guide to Bozeman, Montana, complete with good eats, must-see shops and essential outdoor destinations through the lens of a local.
Eats + Drinks 1
The Eagles Lodge
Wild Crumb Bakery
The Eagles Lodge is the place to go if you’re looking for
Some say two is better than one, and in the case of
ave, an d
authentic entertainment in Bozeman. With cheap drinks,
Wild Crumb Bakery, it’s definitely true with twin sisters
With three locations and a 25-plus-year history in
identity as the go-to spot for big lines and deep pow.
games, live music and two-step dancing, what more
Lauren and Caroline Schweitzer baking up delicious
Bozeman, Schnee’s is the leading manufacturer of oil-
Thanks to its cooperative status, Bridger’s only mistress
could you ask for from a no-frills Montana dive bar?
organic artisan breads and pastries before dawn each
tanned, top grain cow and bison leather “pac” boots
is mother nature and when the season is in session,
day. A great choice for your breakfast fix, Wild Crumb
with durable, vulcanized rubber bottoms. Their boots are
you can expect the ridge line to be packed with locals.
also serves up local Ghost Town drip coffee, providing
made for the rugged, mountainous outdoors of Montana
One of the few resorts in North America where a
patrons with a perfect start to their morning in the
and provide all-day comfort, whether you are hiking,
transceiver is required for inbounds terrain, you can take
Northside industrial hood of Bozeman.
riding or just doing chores around the ranch.
(nearly) free avy classes at the Gallatin National Forest
/ 1520 w mai n st
Tennessee transplant Joe Darr has brought his family’s
/ 35 e mai n st, 1934 n 19
316 e main st
Roost Fried Chicken
/ 600 n wallace ave, s u ite 6
Founded in the late 1950s, Bridger Bowl maintains its
2825 w mai n st #2e
southern fried chicken and barbeque recipes to the
Avalanche Center to ensure you are ready for whatever
town of Bozeman at Roost Fried Chicken. Offering
The Stockyard Cafe
conditions the mountain throws your way.
plenty of delicious comfort food to choose from like
s to c k ya r d c a f e . c o m
fried and rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese and fried
The Stockyard Cafe is a no-nonsense counter service-
Jon Davis opened REVOLVR Menswear in July 2013
okra, they’ll even pack a box to go if you’re planning a
style diner that’s known for its breakfast options and the
to offer the male Bozeman community affordable, high
n o r r i s h ot s p r i n g s . c o m
fishing trip on the river.
best bacon cheeseburger in Bozeman. Be sure to follow
quality clothing with clean lines and great fits, sans the
Live music, a geodesic dome, good food, campsites
the list of 22 house rules while you’re there, which
over-embroidery or beaded embellishments that can
and 30 minutes from downtown Bozeman, Norris Hot
include answering the phone if it rings while you’re near
sometimes come with more formal Western wear. They
Springs, also known as “Water of the Gods,” prides itself
it to answer the caller’s question and not expecting ice
carry brands like Coal Headwear, Poler, Levis and Nixon,
on the “perfect soak for all seasons.” A series of artesian
because they “don’t have any.”
and will offer you some local beer while you shop.
springs, flowing at a constant rate of 60 gallons per
Taco Del Sol
ta c o d e l s o l . c o m
/ 17 s t r a cy av e
Step into Taco Del Sol to find authentic L.A.-style
r e v o lv r m e n s - c o m . m y s h o p i f y . c o m
/ 1018 e griffin dr
/ 30 w main st
Mexican food made quickly with fresh ingredients.
Norris Hot Springs
minute and an average temperature of 120 degrees,
While the menu isn’t extensive, featuring a few types
Montana Fish Company
the wood-lined outdoor pool is emptied nightly using the
of burritos, tacos and nachos, they’re better known
m o n ta n a f i s h c o m pa n y . c o m
for exhibiting their patrons’ burrito foil art creations,
Montana Fish Company is holding it down for seafood
Jade Elhardt’s cute clothing store El Heart — get it?
thermal springs are clean, chemical-free and packed
displaying the best of the best in the restaurant as well
lovers on Bozeman’s Main Street, where fresh fish air
— carries a mix of colorful dresses, novelty National
with posi vibes, just the way we like it.
as on Instagram.
cargo deliveries are made daily that are then filleted and
Park camp hats and cold weather basics like vintage
processed by MFC’s master fish cutters. We can attest
Patagonia fleeces. Catering to both men and women,
to the freshness and quality of their offerings since we
you can not only pick up some handmade wearable
h ya l i t e . o r g
had some of the best sashimi and salmon belly we’ve
goods from artisans, but also buy, sell and trade your
World class ice climbing and home of iconic routes,
ever had in our lives there.
own unique apparel and accessories along with the rest
including The Matriarch and Winter Dance — enough
of the Bozeman community.
said. Whether you prefer fishing, hiking, climbing or
b lackb i r dkitch e n.com
/ 140 e main st
Blackbird Kitchen is only open for dinner, but is well
/ 119 e mai n st
worth the wait for their pastas, brick oven pizza and
w babcock st
original gate valve installed by miners in the 1880s. The
entrees, which are made with local and organic
The Filling Station
mountain biking, Hyalite Canyon has something for
ingredients. They have a decent selection of wine and
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everyone with three developed campgrounds and two
beer on tap or if you’re looking for something non-
The Filling Station, or “The Filler” as it’s known by locals,
day use areas. As the winter weather creeps in, the
alcoholic, try the Maine Root Spicy Ginger Beer or
is a V.F.W. bar that has been open in Bozeman since
activities don’t cease, as you can use the trails for skiing
1976. There’s always some great live music happening
and snowshoeing, or catch some dinner while ice fishing.
at this roadhouse, and it’s a great place to get a drink when other places town are crowded with tourists. bridger bowl illustration
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RANG E X WE STE R LI N D
j u ng mave n,
pata g o n i a
m o n ta n a
There’s a Better Way to Book a Campsite
founder eric bach
amping is fun. Reserving a campsite, not so much.
“Right now, we have to do the final transaction through Reserve
For starters, camping in temperate, rapidly growing
America because they have a government contract,” said Bach. “We
California has turned finding a campsite into a competitive sport.
basically get you as close to the finish line as possible.” One of Hip-
The most popular sites must be booked months in advance,
camp’s major initiatives is for open data within the park system,
removing any hint of spontaneity from the experience. Also, if
which Bach argues would allow for a more competitive and creative
you’re booking based on the information online, it’s rarely clear
marketplace. Reserve America basically came around at the dawn
what you’re signing up for. And how many times have you been
of the Internet and has held the contract with the government ever
told that everything is booked when you’re staring at a handful
since. Bach explained that because of this closed system, there hasn’t
of empty sites! While we wouldn’t say the system is broken, it is in
been much reason to innovate, but if park data were made available
desperate need of repair. This is why Hipcamp exists.
to everyone, more businesses could provide more services.
Hipcamp is a new way to discover and book campsites. Right
For example, if you think about the travel industry, there isn’t one
now, the website only covers California, but the site is expanding
exclusive place to book all of your travel. There are a wealth of options
to Texas and plans to encompass the entire Western United States
aimed at landing you the perfect itinerary at the right price. Why should
by summer 2015.
camping be any different? Ideally, each step ofthe process for the entire country could be done via Hipcamp, from research
Hipcamp is more than just the
and planning to booking and even sharing the
antidote to Reserve America.
“That is the goal and we’re getting there,” said
The story goes something like this: Back in 2013, Hipcamp
Bach. “We’ve actually just
Founder Alyssa Ravasio wanted to explore the Big Sur coastline.
built our own booking
She spent hours researching different sites with 20-something tabs
software, and we have
open in her browser. “One minute you’re on the government site,
a campsite using it in
then you check out Yelp, then you find somebody’s blog. It’s a mess,”
Sonoma County. Since
Eric Bach told us. He later co-founded the company with Alyssa.
they signed up with us,
Alyssa ended up camping at a state park next to an epic surf
they’ve seen 300% growth
break, but she missed out because somehow this valuable piece
of information had escaped her research and she didn’t bring her
His enthusiasm isn’t
board. Surfers may not be the most forthcoming about good surf
so much about profit-
spots, but Alyssa couldn’t help watching the waves break, thinking,
ability as it is the campable land going untapped. Offering a platform
“There must be a better way!”
for managing reservations to park land, but also private landowners, it
Hipcamp’s first step approached the problem through modern
increases availability and opens the door to some rad places people have
design. The founders built a website as easy to navigate as it is
visually pleasing. The content is informative, offering not only real-
“We are in the process of speaking with private landowners—places
time campsite availability, but also information about the local area
that have waterfalls, intricate trail systems, ocean views. Places people
and nearby activities. It’s an experience that actually makes you more
have never heard of. You can think of it almost as an AirBnB for places
excited about going camping, however, there are some limitations.
to camp,” said Bach.
Duckworth is the homebase of the #sheeptoshelf
What is the inspiration behind the
company manufacturing quality goods from
The forest, my garden, real food and
100% Helle Rambouillet merino. Sheep are raised
fast cars. Clothing that is source-verified,
on mountain pastures at 9,500 feet, the ideal
clean lines and “acta-non-verba” with style.
elevation for producing premium wool. From there
Northern soul and provenance. In general, the
the fibers are sent to North Carolina to be spun,
collection is truly inspired by the fabrics – their
knit and sewn into an impeccable, completely
character and the best possible application for
American product. In FW14, with the help of
each one of them. Warm and comfortable,
classy, yet functional clothing that is made
quietly launched a focused women’s collection
close to home with exquisite fibers grown on
of basics, which we think it is the perfect poetic
balance of form and function.
Tell us about the Hummingbird series. range
Who is the Duckworth girl?
How is the hand so soft?
I guess for me, she is
It starts with the extra fine wool fiber
pretty straight up. She is adventure-loving,
from the Helle Rambouillet Merino sheep.
but not silly. A solid person you can count
We select the finest micron, long staple wool
on in all situations. She probably drives
fiber to spin a very fine yarn, knitting slowly
a truck and hunts with a bow and arrow,
and carefully to create a 2x1 rib structure.
or appreciates and is intrigued by things
The combination of fine wool and a knit
of true nature, the outdoors and all it
that has air trapping ribulets with reduced
encompasses and offers.
points of contact with the skin gives the rib an
amazingly soft and light hand.
hipcamp founder a ly s s a ravas io
WINTER 2015 E SS E NTIALS
Snow Peak Knife
Foraged cocktails straight from the trail.
Snow Peak Cutting Board Mason Jars Cast Iron Skillet Large Pot Snow Peak Silicone Glassware Pruning Shears Snow Peak Titanium Flask Jigger Spoon Muddler Cheesecloth Soil knife for digging dandelion roots
FORAG E D FI N DS Before our trail cocktail mission, we packed some basic cooking essentials to heat water and make syrups with
Purple Sage / Salvia leucophylla
our finds. A stop by the farmers market provided winter
Black Sage / Salvia mellifera
fruit and citrus to incorporate into the cocktails, maple
Pink Peppercorn / Schinus molle
syrup and sugar to sweeten, and spices to accent.
& Schinus terebinthifolius Dandelion Root / Taraxacum officinale
FA R M E R ’ S M A R K E T
Winter Gimlet makes
Honoring the environment and foraging graciously was
the first lesson on our adventure. Our foraging guide
Emily taught us to look around and take note before
snipping any leaves. Was there plenty of that particular
plant growing in this area, and did it look healthy and
lush? Once we identified a plant with leaves to spare, 3
we respectfully trimmed just the tips so as not to
oz. Simple syrup
disrupt the plant health.
Limes, squeezed and muddled
Sprigs purple sage
Sprigs black sage
Backwoods Tea makes
Slice pears in half, sprinkle with sugar to caramelize in cast iron pan over the fire, and add extra foraged sage for flavor. When golden brown, remove from the heat, slice in half again, and add a pear quarter in a mason jar with a few sprigs of sage leaves. Cut limes in half, squeeze one and a half limes, and drop them into the mason jar. Muddle until the pear is mashed and limes are fully juiced. Add gin, simple syrup and a few ice cubes. Shake everything in the mason jar with the cap on, and then use the disk of the cap to strain the
Off-Trail Soda makes
cocktail into a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and another sprig of sage.
oz. Vodka or tequila
Heaping tablespoons of
cranberry peppercorn chutney
Large pinch of dandelion root
Large pinch of burdock root
Dried star anise
oz. of maple syrup
Scrub the dandelion root well and finely chop. Place in a tea bag or cheesecloth with the burdock root. Boil in a medium pot of water with cinnamon sticks and dried anise to make a tea. Add two to three glugs of maple syrup and the orange slices. Heat until the tea is flavored, pour into a mug with bourbon, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, anise and orange peel.
Cover the bottom of a medium sized pot with cranberries, pour in just enough water to cover them, and then generously sprinkle one cup of sugar over all ingredients. Pick off peppercorns from their branches/leaves and sprinkle in with the cranberries, about 20-30 peppercorns. The leaves are not meant to be consumed, so be sure to just use the actual peppercorns. Let the pot boil, the cranberries pop, and the liquid reduce a bit. Once all are mushy, remove from the heat and muddle in the pot to form a chutney consistency. Spoon two heaping tablespoons into a
Purple sage and black sage were abundant on the trails. Everywhere we turned, we were met with their fragrant lure, as well as the scent of sage brush, a similarly named but unrelated plant. A gentle brushing of the leaves in our hands released the freshest scent, and we couldn’t help but pinch some all along our walk.
glass, add booze, top with club soda, and give a stir.
Using our finds from the farmer’s market to create cocktail ingredients, we sprinkled our pears with sugar before heating them facedown in a cast iron pan. The sound of the cranberries popping was similar to the sound of the fire crackling, creating a magical song as the sun began to set and the day started to wind down.
rachel mae furman photographs
jennifer puno illustration s h e lby li ng foraging e m i ly h a n
Let Me Upgrade U
c o n s t r u c t e d w i t h 5m m neo-tech™ lite insulation
eyoncé knows when it’s time for an upgrade, to flip the page and introduce you to
some new things. It seems like the designers over at Bogs Footwear are following in Queen B’s footsteps these days, 100%
revamping the look and technical features of their boots.
The brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection provides serious updates to your #basic weatherproof winter boots. Rooted in the Pacific Northwest, Bogs has a solid understanding of wet,
bogs max-wick™ moves sweat away from your foot to keep you dry
snowy, muddy conditions, but also realizes the demand for fashionable footwear that can be worn on a daily basis, no matter what the weather is like. In particular, the Sidney Lace boot combines a minimal, lace-up silhouette with innovative features, such as 5mm Neo-Tech™ Lite Insulation for warmth, DuraFresh odor-fighting biotechnology, Bogs Max-Wick™ to keep
molded eva insole with durafresh and bogs max-wick™
feet dry, and outsole rebound technology, which creates true, lasting comfort. The high-gloss upper is paired with a slightly shifted plaid, lending a touch of flawlessness to an otherwise tomboy-inspired staple. This 100% waterproof boot will take you wherever you need to go this winter, through slushy sidewalks along your urban commute or lingering puddles by your favorite yoga studio. Comfort rated at five degrees Fahrenheit, you can’t go wrong by giving your winter boot collection a little upgrade, courtesy of Bogs’s Sidney Lace. Ladies, that’s a good look.
rebound technology in outsole provides lasting comfort
comfort rated 5˚ f / - 15˚ c
The urban jungle is one of life’s greatest treasures, and navigating through it can be part of a city’s charm - but getting from one place to next while lugging your gear can sometimes be a hassle. To lighten the load and make life easier, San Francisco-based Timbuk2 has created solutions for your weekend and playtime explorations with its gender-neutral Alamo and Octavia bags, both from the brand’s Skyline Collection. The Skyline Collection from Timbuk2 fuses a versatile design with genuine leather and elevated fabrics to provide you with functional accessories to carry your belongings while helping you maintain your rep as a stylish urbanite. The Octavia is specifically great for all the folks who insist on carrying their 13-inch MacBook Pros around town, and if backpacks aren’t typically your thing, then the Alamo Tote-Pack has you covered with its ability to seamlessly convert into a tote. Upscale, roomy and versatile, these Timbuk2 packs are worth your while. Whether your adventure includes getting around by bike, streetcar, train, bus or foot, these packs help deliver you in style and ready for whatever occasions the day brings.
Connecting Craft, Community and Wellbeing in the Canyon
ree from the bustle of L . A ., yet close enough to hear the cultural heartbeat, families and creative
souls are settling in Topanga Canyon. Residents Heather Culp and Carly Jo Morgan are tapping into the region’s bohemian past and transforming it into a sustainable lifestyle with their bi-annual devendra banhart
Mercado Sagrado fair. The two-day event presents beautiful handmade objects, curated vintage collections, panels on nutrition,
opportunities for meditation and creative expression, and
musical performances by Devendra Banhart, all set in the
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mountaintops above the Pacific Coast Highway.
Those seeking a healthier model of commerce will find
one at Mercado Sagrado. Artist, jewelry designer and event organizer Carly Jo Morgan describes an afternoon where
maker and consumer can meet face to face in appreciation
of an object available for purchase. Each artisan’s booth is presented as an extension of their craft studio, showcasing the hard work that goes into creations such as those by ceramicist Rob Doran. What emerges from the oneof-a-kind vintage gems and handcrafted furniture is a sensory experience that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the soul. It’s not simply a monetary exchange, but also a
Photographer and Mercado Sagrado organizer Heather Culp ex-
conversation, a shared smile and a trusted handshake. In
plains that while Topanga’s hippie past is still palpable in its current
culture, it has noticeably transformed and matured. While free love,
one word: community. The concept of community can be fickle in an isolated area like
h e at h e r c u l p and by
furniture o n ly l o v e
is real in the
c a r ly j o m o r g a n
experimental drug use and being “checked out” ruled the Canyon in
Topanga Canyon. Creative solitude and the counterculture famous-
its heyday, today emphasis is placed on family life, wellness
ly converged there in the 1960s and ‘70s, bringing with it a flur-
and being “tuned in.” The population is no longer charac-
ry of actors and musicians, including Dennis Hopper, Neil Young
terized by individuals looking to escape, but rather by those
and members of the Doors and Canned Heat. Today, contemporary
seeking awareness. Accordingly, Mercado Sagrado offers sub-
artists continue the pilgrimage to the Santa Monica Mountains, al-
stance-free self-exploration through meditation, the healing
though to a decidedly different beat. Nature still runs wild and while
arts, organic foods and a carefully cultivated speaker program.
residents value the ability to live and produce in the landscape’s se-
Although Mercado Sagrado is geared as a platform for
clusion, they also seek new ways to connect with like-minded souls.
thought leadership, food culture and creative expression, it
This is where online communities like Instagram and in-person ex-
aims to do so quietly. That is, while a participant may choose
periences like Mercado Sagrado come into play.
to attend a practicum on organic food or opt in for a card
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reading, the experience remains distinctly apolitical and completely customizable based on attendees’ preferences. What is brought home from Mercado Sagrado will range depending on what one is looking for, whether it’s the memory of breathtaking Canyon views, a hand-carved wooden object or simply the sense that a gentler, more peaceful way of life is possible. This is the intention of Mercado Sagrado - the embodiment of the Topanga Canyon spirit that Carly Jo Morgan and Heather Culp would like every visitor to embrace.
k a c i e to m i ta
h e at h e r c u l p a n d
Meg Haywood Sullivan is an outdoor lifestyle photographer
village of less than 9,000 people,
winter camp would shield them from the long
whose work has been featured in publications from
would be their jumping off point to
night with temperatures that dropped below
across the globe, including The New York Times and
the vast sea of snow, ice and rock
negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit. As the last
NationalGeographic.com. Meg’s passion lies in her deep
that surrounded them. As one day
of the snowflakes fell off their tent, Meg arose
reverence for the outdoors and relentless pursuit of those
led to the next, it quickly became
unforgettable moments that punctuate her adventures.
apparent they were in for the long haul. The sun hadn’t
last rays of the moonlight and the first beams of dawn that
to see her wintery world illuminated by the
offered a single ray for close to two weeks, and they were
blanketed the ribbons of mountains and valleys below. That
A shotgun trip to chase POW on assignment for Transworld
running out of time. On the 14th day, that formative moment
moment, captured here, will forever illuminate the sheer
Snowboarding landed Meg in the heartland of the world’s
came when the forecasts they had been meticulously
bliss etched deep into her memory.
deepest powder and arguably the best snow, a claim that
studying offered a glint of hope. Tomorrow would be their
immediately proved true shortly after arriving in Japan
day. Bags were packed and their sights were set toward
during the winter of 2014. She was there to photograph two
the snowy abyss. Over the course of four grueling hours,
of the snowboarding world’s most progressive big mountain
Meg, Ryland and Ralph would skin their way uphill, covering
riders, Ryland Bell and Ralph Backstrom, in the shadow
miles of chest-deep powder, an arduous journey powered
of the looming Japanese Alps. Hakuba, a cozy mountain
by a collectively intrinsic commitment to get the shot. Their
A Visual Mixtape, Road Tripping Through New Zealand
Venture Out is a production of Outdoor Retailer in collaboration with The Mountain Lab. Part trade show, part community building event, Venture Out highlights the brands, attitude
and experience of the modern outdoors. Stadiums & Shrines explores music from a surreal vantage. While most scenes on their site are imagined, they also dream of reaching real, wondrous destinations. New Zealand, with its infinite vistas and mirrored waters, has long topped the list. With the support of Venture Out, Dave and Victoria from S&S campervanned around its breathtaking South Island, and returned with a visual mixtape, highlighting the spectrum of landscapes on their distinct road trip adventure. Inspired by this sensorial experience, the audio mix (which you can find at thisisrange.com) is comprised of NZ-based artists and field recordings taken along the way. #VentureOut hills photographs
victor ia maste rs
he places we go say a lot about who we are. How many times do you catch yourself geeking out about
your favorite brewery or that epic beach that no one knows about? There are a lot of digital tools for organizing, navigating and even ace
andrew jason leung
rating the places we go, but what about telling the story?
MAP is a visual mapping community celebrating people and their
journeys. Several years back, co-founder Jennifer Puno and her husband, Daniel Chin Yee, were preparing to travel
Right now, anyone can create a MAP or follow another user, and
across Thailand, but felt
you can search for locations.
that most travel resources
There is a lot out there in the travel space, but not so much for
lacked depth or covered
location-based discovery and sharing.
virtually the same ground.
The closest thing that comes to mind is
So she and her husband
Instagram’s Photo Map feature, which
created a prototype and
allows users to simply geo-tag photos
tested it on their trip.
and represent them on a map. While
Initially it had more of a
it’s been around since 2012, Instagram
food focus—the food is
remains much more about photogra-
bomb in Thailand—but
phy than it does mapping.
after connecting with so
“Where MAP is different is in the
many people in so many
community we are building,” said Puno.
new places, they wanted
“We want to showcase your taste and
a tool that could bring
personal connection to a location. You
can be a tour guide through your expe-
just get into it, and this is for them.”
search and photo upload-
Currently MAP is in beta, but it is al-
ing,” said Puno. “But we have some great features on the way like
ways seeking trailblazers to add to its al-
the ability to get notified of new photos in a specific location.”
ready growing community.
The creative conference for active, outdoor, and urban design Portland, Oregon May 7-8, 2015
Join us for conversations and workshops on design leadership, communication, and entrepreneurship. Presentations from Nau, Poler Outdoor Stuﬀ, Swift Industries, Range, Gear Commons, Carryology, Giro, Snow Peak, Shwood, Topo Designs, The Mountain Lab, and more. Evening receptions hosted by Snow Peak & Poler Outdoor Stuﬀ.
riences. There’s a group of people that
f a t ree fal l s i n a fo re s t an d n o o n e i s aro u n d to hear it, does it make a sound? And if the perfect
outdoors-inspired moment isn’t captured and shared on social media, did it ever really happen? Humans have been documenting their fascination with the outdoors since the early 1800s when the world’s first photograph, “View from the Window at Le Gras,” was taken in 1826 by the French photography pioneer Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The process was long and complicated, and included an eight-hour exposure and an oil mixture of lavender and white petroleum, but the subject matter was simple. It was nature.
Many outdoors enthusiasts love the great wide open because it affords them the opportunity to “just, like, get away from it all, man.” In this age, “from it all, man” surely includes one’s smartphone, right? We just can’t help ourselves. Who isn’t guilty of stopping on a hike to snap a pic of an epic sunset or a perfect vista? Fast forward to 2015 and just like Niépce, savvy social media users continue to share their love of nature and the outdoors. We hate to say it, but there’s a recipe for success associated with this genre of documentation. If you can nail the right combination of images, textures and angles of intimate outdoor moments, we can pretty much guarantee that your following and overall likeability will #increase. So while the recent avalanche of outdoorsy Instagram accounts boasting well-curated selections of #campvibes, #axes, #adventures and #backpacks have provided us with a much needed dose of thoughtful content, let’s take a moment to reflect on just how silly and undeniable this algorithm truly is.
When you’re warm, you don’t even think about it, but when you don’t have a jacket, you’re miserable. Maybe you’re one of those people that constantly tells others how cold you are, which can be annoying, right? Either way, you spend the rest of the day wishing you had a jacket, but not just any jacket. A good jacket, the kind of jacket that’s so great, you’re constantly telling people how warm you are, which is still annoying, but awesome. Enter Mountain Hardwear, the mad scien-
trekking to work on a subarctic day in Chicago. Then you
tists of insulation and design, who want
can have a jacket that’s just for chillin’. It’s lightweight, com-
to make sure you’re wearing the right
fy and cool. If you are looking to stay toasty, but you know
jacket for the right situation. They’ve got
you’re going to get wet, duh, there’s a jacket for that, too.
your top-of-the-line warm, lightweight, breathable down jacket, which is some-
Mountain Hardwear has over 50 different sleek styles for
thing you might cram in your pack when
both men and women to keep the cold off your back and
you’re traversing across Antarctica or just
outside where it belongs. #findingwinter
was sure that the flapping wings in the corner of my eye belonged to another one of the seemingly
endless amount of turkey vultures that make their home under the bright blue skies of California. The second time it passed overhead, I looked up, squinting towards the sun, failing to catch a glimpse of the distinguishing white pattern that makes the noble buzzard so easily identifiable. I glanced back down at my boots, scanned the surrounding redwoods, and took a deep breath. I was 3,000 miles from home, one mile ahead of the rest of my group and one week fresh off the end of an eightyear relationship. Needless to say, birds were not on my mind. I kept walking, quietly whispering, “Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck,” as one sings a scale of “Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do.” I had been doing this for the first leg of our trip, a few days of trail maintenance in the Sespe Wilderness, and it had been calming me down, making me feel a little less dramatic about coming to the woods to mend a broken heart. Truth be told, I had booked this trip months ago, and when deciding at the last minute if I should cancel, I thought a few days of physical labor, rolled cigarettes and whiskey would do me good. It was only a matter of minutes before the silence of the woods was overtaken by loud repeating swooshes that ran through the tops of the ancient trees. I tilted my head back to see not one, but two enormous black birds crisscrossing the sky, dancing back and forth, up and down, side to side. The California condors, North America’s largest birds, were so close that I could hear their wings flapping in the soft summer breeze. I put my dirty hands in the air thinking that if I tried hard enough, I could touch one when it floated past. I sat down and took off my pack, barely noticing a friend from my group had caught up and laid right beside me. We both sat in silence, watching and listening to the great show, pretending that nothing else in the world ever existed before or after those damn birds took to the illustration
dancefloor. After a few minutes, my fellow audience member and I
caught eyes, wiping the tears from our face before we burst into laughter. He looked up at two of the 500 condors left on Earth and mumbled, “All of the shit, I don’t think it matters much.”