Gizmos are vital. In the outdoors, personal locator beacons provide a crutch in case of emergencies, iPhones allow us to call in late for work when the powder is just that good, digital cameras help us show our moms what the summit really looks like, and GoPros serve as proof that the cliff really was a 50-footer.
Our friends, Mark and Janelle Smiley, are closing in on their goal to tick off the Fifty Classic climbs of North America as set forth by Steve Roper and Allen Steck in their iconic book. They have now braved everything from bat guano to frigid Alaskan storms and we are proud to have helped power their adventure.
Sure we created a potential bucket list filled with exotic and breathtaking adventures to consider, but finding a good spot doesn’t have to include a passport. If you’re in the market for a fresh place in the states, these national parks are worthy of your consideration. Olympic National Park, Washington Set aside any preconceived notions of a national park. Olympic offers whitewater rapids that may require a white knuckle grip on your paddle. Next up you can feel free to do some cliff diving into clear water for another adrenaline rush. If you’re looking for something more tame, rent a … Continue reading