Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Jeep Renegade

There's a new Jeep Renegade, which appears to have its own distinct look and personality. Due on sale later this year, the Renegade will have a nine-speed automatic transmission for improved fuel economy. And it will have a new roofless MySky feature. The Renegade will come with a Trailhawk version that will be four-by-four trail capable. For Europe, it will offer two diesels and a gas engine and be capable of towing up to 3,300 pounds. For the USA, engine options are still to be determined.

Looks like a nice vehicle for mini adventures.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Enduro Techniques Useful for Adventure Motorcycling

Check out this 50 minute video that demonstrates techniques used while riding enduro motorcycles. It is a bit long, but good. When adventure riding one may not ride quite as aggressive as when enduro riding, but many of the techniques may still be used to hop over bumps, ride through sand, go up hills, crawl down declines and get around obstacles. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to assess corners and limit points when riding a motorcycle

I think that I knew about this concept intuitively, but it is nice that this video describes it pretty clearly with verbal and visual instructions.
Check out this short 10 minute video that describes how to assess corners and limit points when riding a motorcycle. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Worn Wear - A Film about the Stories We Wear

Ahhh…. gear.

I found this short film online and liked it. It made me think about how some of the "things" that I have owned have added value to my life and have been a part of some great memories. Realistically, none of the gear that I have owned could be called a necessity, but it has made some of my adventures more enjoyable.

I have some old wool socks that have kept my feet warm while hiking in the Rockies and cool while in the desert of West Texas. I have a tent that has protected me from some torrential weather in the rainforest of Costa Rica. I have a swim suit that has swam along dolphins, turtles, rays and sharks during scuba trips. I have an old parka that has been up mountains in Tanzania, Peru and Nepal. I have a bandana (pictured above) that I believe has been on all seven continents. All great memories.

Prior to a long trip that I took a couple years ago I had a mega garage sale to get rid of many of my possessions. What I did not sell, I gave away to some friends and charities. I like to think that those things went on to have second lives.

With less clothing and gear, I have found that the items that I do own, I use much more. And now… I like the idea of holding on to my memories for 15 or 20 years or longer.

Check out this short film and maybe you'll have a new perspective of your "things".

Thursday, March 20, 2014

How To Pack A Backpack

I've seen many websites and videos about how to pack a backpack. It's really not that complex of a concept. It's somewhere between "be prepared" and "go light". But it's always nice to hear the basics from a pro.
Adventurer and photographer Jimmy Chin provides the basics. Check out the video.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A New Rod and Reel!!!

Got to love LLBean. About three years ago, I purchased this compact fly fishing / spin casting fishing rod and reel combo set for traveling. When I was down in Patagonia fishing in 0 degree temperatures the tip of my fly rod snapped just the tip. Recently, I called LLBean to inquire if they could repair or replace the part. They gathered my information, then told me to print out a return slip and mail the whole set back to them. I sent the whole set back to LLBean and waited. After about two weeks, a completely new set arrived in the mail yesterday. Great products... great customer service... a great company... LLBean. 

Filed under how to make a customer for life.

Sunday, March 16, 2014