REI Cyber Monday Deals

REI Cyber Monday Deals

REI is having some killer deals today only for Cyber Monday! REI Cyber Monday Here’s a couple of my favorites: 24oz Hydroflask 50% Off Black Diamond Moji Lantern 3-Pack 50% Off Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Heart Rate Monitor Watch 25%...
Lamson Giveaway at Sierra Trading Post

Lamson Giveaway at Sierra Trading Post

Enter to win some sweet Lamson fly fishing gear at Sierra Trading Post with no purchase necessary! Sierra is also running a special 30% off deal when you sign up for their flyer. Easy enough if you want to save some money....
Garmin Edge 200 GPS Cycling Computer

Garmin Edge 200 GPS Cycling Computer

I just picked up a Garmin Edge 200 GPS Cycling Computer at REI with free shipping! I’ll get a review up here after I put a few miles on it. But so far, with only a few rides recorded on it, I’m really impressed! Uploads to Strava really easy and records all of my important data plus shows real-time speed, time, average speed, and elevation gain all through GPS with no wheel magnets or anything to attach. The Garmin Edge 200 GPS unit is small but easy to read while riding the bike. The battery life I can already tell will last for a really long time, great for century rides! It was easy to mount and came with two bike mounts, that’s a bonus, especially since you don’t need a magnet or anything so you can use the device with two bikes. And, so far the data has been super accurate, way better than using Strava on my iPhone...
Deschutes Float Trip – Warm Springs to Trout Creek

Deschutes Float Trip – Warm Springs to Trout Creek

I floated an overnight trip with a friend from Warm Springs to Trout Creek and the salmon fly hatch was hitting pretty hard! We caught a lot of great looking fish and enjoyed being away from it all for a couple days. Here’s a brief photo recap of the trip. These bugs were everywhere! We found golden stones and salmonflies mating and lining the grassy banks. There weren’t many hitting the water though so the trout were not as keyed into the big bugs as they can be sometimes. Float camping with the Eureka Tetragon 5 Tent made things a breeze. A very stable tent that gets decently compact for storing in the boat. It’s a perfect size for two of us with gear, you could accomodate another adult if you wanted to pretty easy. And, this is a great float for starting out on the Lower Deschutes. Nothing more difficult than a small class II rapid. Very easy to pick lines and row a drift boat through. Make sure you get a boater’s pass and know the regulations before you head that way though! I know everyone has different gear preferences but here is my main setup for fishing the Lower Deschutes: Echo Carbon Fly Rod 9′ 5-Weight Lamson Konic Fly Reel Rio Gold Fly...
REVIEW: Manfrotto KLYP+ Case and Set of 3 Lenses for iPhone 5/5S

REVIEW: Manfrotto KLYP+ Case and Set of 3 Lenses for iPhone 5/5S

Pretty excited to review the Manfrotto KLYP+ Case and Lenses for iPhone 5/5S! It’s been a while since my last blog post and I must admit that life has gotten in the way, probably a good thing, of my adventures. Things have been really busy with my photography and I can’t be happier with where life is at the moment! So, for this set of lenses and tripod mount from Manfrotto. I love this setup! I absolutely love it! I’m so happy with the images these lenses produce and I’m really fond of the tripod mount. You can attach your iPhone to almost any tripod mount out there, from big professional ones to small gorilla pods and everything in between. I can’t wait to use these lenses backpacking, since they’re so light and small, compared to my more professional gear. I’ve been getting into timelapse photography lately with my iPhone and the tripod mount is a must for that. Really excited to shoot some timelapses while hiking or camping in some remote locations. Here are a few images I’ve captured with this system so far. The quality is great! And, here is what the system looks like all together. Perfection. We recommend purchasing these lenses from B&H. Here are the links if you want to give us some credit on the sale: Manfrotto KLYP+ Case for iPhone 5/5S Manfrotto Lenses for iPhone 5/5S – Set of 3 For a more in-depth review, check out my photography website:...
REVIEW: Redington Sonic Pro Waders

REVIEW: Redington Sonic Pro Waders

There are quite a few reviews out there already for the Redington Sonic Pro Waders. I guess it was common practice for Redington to send these out free for bloggers to review. Not the case for mine though, I did some research and made the purchase myself. Now, granted, the price point for waders these days has a ton of diversity to it. You can get budget waders for under $100 or go high end and drop over $600. My budget allowed for somewhere in the middle and I ultimately came out with a new pair of the Sonic Pros. I purchased these waders for $300 new. That was two years ago, and the price is still the same for the most part, however, you can find some great deals if you search selectively. Before the Sonic Pro Wader, I had gone through three waders in three years. I’m not sure what the deal is there! I’m not particularly tough on my gear, just bad luck and cheaper waders I guess. These Redington waders were a breath of fresh air though! The most important thing for me is staying dry and comfortable. Being a professional photographer, most of my summer is booked every year, so I spend most of my time on the water in less than ideal conditions. Plenty of winter steelheading, rainy days, etc. These waders have kept me perfectly dry and I have no complaints as far as that goes. I did develop a very small leak in the right foot but Redington replaced the waders for free and very quickly so. Great customer service! I...
REVIEW: North Face Cat’s Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

REVIEW: North Face Cat’s Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

I wanted to review this bag quite a while back but never got to it for some reason. Right away, I loved this sleeping bag! Besides all the regular stuff and what you can find by looking at the bag specs, here is what I like about it: Versatility: This may be one of the most important things about most sleeping bags but nobody ever mentions it. Can I use this bag in various conditions? When it’s 29 degrees? When it’s 42 degrees? If I’m on a trip with varying elevation and varying temperatures? I can’t answer everything for every circumstance, but I will say this bag is quite versatile! I’ve slept in it on nights below freezing, I’ve slept in it in the spare bedroom at home. I’ve used it on backpacking trips, car camping, overnight float trips, and lounging around. I had one night where it was too warm, but that was camping on the river in September with a low of 55 degrees. Easy fix though, just opened the side and kept my feet out. Glow in the dark zipper pull: Yeah, stoked! Easy to use and easy to find in the dark, and that’s usually where you’ll find yourself sleeping. Also, the zipper doesn’t catch nearly as much as some other bags I’ve used. Lightweight & Packable: That should go without saying, however, I wanted to give it a quick mention here. I pack mine with my tent in a large Alps Compression Bag easily. Also, happy to carry a synthetic 20 degree bag in a long, under 3 lbs. You can get the North...
Indigo Lake Overnight Backpacking Trip

Indigo Lake Overnight Backpacking Trip

How is it that nobody has heard of Indigo Lake? I’ve talked with tons of people and the vast majority have not even heard of this place. I can’t understand why, so hopefully this info broadens your geographical mind and gives you a fresh idea for a day hike or an overnight trip. Indigo Lake is about 85 miles from Eugene, OR but plan for the trip to take close to two hours. There is quite a bit of gravel driving towards the end and the road is really not the best of shape. No matter your starting location, head to Timpanogas Lake to start your hike. There is a clearly marked trailhead parking area, but the trails themselves are not clearly marked. The trail opposite of the small lake near the trailhead is for Indigo Lake, the trail that runs parallel to the small lake is to June Lake. It will be pretty apparent that you’re on the correct trail if you start seeing the letter “i” carved into some trees in the first tenth of a mile. The 2-mile hike to Indigo Lake takes you up 600 feet in elevation, mostly within the first mile. You’ll be hiking through oldgrowth forest for the most part and then along some beautiful alpine meadows. It’s really a nice hike and a great trail! Once you reach Indigo, you’re in for a treat. The water is deep vibrant blue and Sawtooth Mountain forms the South boundary of the lake. Absolutely incredible. There are five walk-in tent sites spread out around the lake, each with a fire-ring and a rustic picnic...

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