Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot Review

It’s no secret that I’m a huge gear head. But of all the categories of outdoor equipment, none has a larger presence in my gear closet than shoes. Yet even with a higher than average amount of footwear to choose from, I tend to go back to the same ones over and over again. Once you’ve figured out how to keep your feet happy and comfortable on the trail, you don’t mess with the formula. My formula tends towards light and fast: trail runners, lightweight hikers, and scramblers/approach shoes.

Back at the winter Outdoor Retailer show, I had an opportunity to meet with Ahnu footwear. I hadn’t looked closely at them in the past, never having had a reason to branch out from my favorite trail shoes. I didn’t know a lot about their brand, and my first impression was simply “ooh, fun colors”. But we all know that colors do not make the gear, and the real test comes with performance.

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Thor’s First Adventure: Santa Cruz!

Hi! I’m Thor, and this is my first guest blog post! I’m a 15 week old Yellow Labrador, and I’m finally vaccinated and can safely go out into the world now. This is my trip report from my first adventure into the world beyond the backyard!

Today, my people took me to Santa Cruz! We walked along the cliff and watched the surfers. I met a lot of new people and dogs and was all smiles.

Thor in Santa Cruz
I’m so happy to be outside!

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Murietta Falls Loop Hike

The East Bay mountains are known for their rolling green hills, oak trees, and spring wildflower displays. In the summer they are dry and brown, a constant source of wildfire concern and rattlesnakes. Waterfalls and rocks are not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of this part of California, but it turns out there are some interesting places tucked back in the hills that provide exactly that.

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Staying Outdoor-Fit and a review of Retro Fitness, Foxworthy

It’s important for me to maintain my fitness throughout the work week. Simply getting out on the weekends isn’t enough for me to maintain the level that I want to be at in order to do the things that I do. Therefore, I’ve settled into a weekday routine of a combination of climbing and running. I’ve found that to be a manageable plan to stay in relatively good condition. Climbing helps my core, balance, and overall body strength, while running helps with the endurance and cardio health.

In general, I’m not a fan of indoor exercise. I prefer to be outside, even if that only means squeezing in a jog around the neighborhood in between work phone calls. Living in such a temperate climate, the weather is almost always conducive to outdoor fitness, and I never want to take that for granted. I find treadmills boring. That said, there is definitely a time and place for gyms. In fact, I am a member of three gyms! Whaaat?

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