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Winter Camp – Umtanum Creek Hammocking

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go winter camping with a bunch of folks from one of my online hangouts, HammockForums.net. I was a splendid weekend with daytime highs around 35, night-time lows around 15 degrees, and absolutely no cloud cover what so ever. The moon was a couple of days from full and provided so much light at night that a headlamp was unnecessary.READ MORE

"Treasure Box" photo by Flickr user Evelyn Giggles. Used under Creative Commons License.

5 Best Toys of All Time [via WIRED]

As we approach Christmas, I thought it was a good opportunity in this time of decadence, over-indulgence, and plain old over the top sillyness of gift lust, to remind everyone [and myself] of the best toys of all time.

[Also, with that being said … I promised the boys I’d post their Amazon wishlists, ugh.]

[Copied verbatim from WIRED’s Geek Dad column dated Jan 31 2011 written by Jonathan Liu]READ MORE

The Love Letter – Our Hearts Are A Wilderness

I don’t rock climb. It’s not that I am trying to say that I couldn’t climb, just that my current body configuration isn’t conducive to climbing. Although this movie is based in the idea of climbing, it really is only one tiny bit of what the film is about. It’s a glorious movie about the outdoors, and life, and love.

It captures how I feel about the outdoors, and wraps it up in a digestible nugget. It’s a really well done adventure film that lacks all of the typical pieces you’d usual find in one. It’s free of the usual million fast paced cuts, and the overly loud musical interludes. It’s a story, and a great one. An excellent, exhilarating feel good piece that is well worth your next 12 minutes.

Funded by Outdoor Research [whom I now love EVEN more] & Osprey Packs.

From the description on the OR site:

Still clinging to young man’s dreams, a 30-something professional revives his youthful vision of summits and faint trails and abandons work and the city. The Love Letter follows a pair of climbers in search of new and classic climbing routes across the spine of the Sierra, into difficult to reach stretches of the range. In the clutter of the modern world, can wilderness restore the human spirit?

Follow Fitz and Becca Cahall on their 300mile journey through the Sierra.

It’s been making the rounds in the climber circles, but I think that it has tons of storytelling and cinematic merit as well. OR is even running a contest giving away gear and such over on a The Love Letter Project Facebook Page. What’s even better that getting free gear, is reading all of the stories that are being posted over there. Really hope filled, awe inspiring stuff. Enjoy. Now go outside.