Adventurer Holiday Gift Guide

Gifting for those adventurous souls in your life? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of various Holiday gift options at a range of budgets to satisfy those craving to be outdoors.

  1. Eton Solar Bluetooth Speaker

    eton-rugged-rukusThis speaker is named the Rugged Rukus, and it is in fact rugged. It is super durable and water resistant! It charges up in the sun or by being plugged in via USB and lasts 8+ hours. It also can charge your phone or any other small USB powered device. Another favorite feature of mine is the clip hold, simply attach a carabiner to it to hang it or clip it on to something to offer hands-free on the go. $52 – Click here to shop on Amazon

2. Grub Hub Camp KitchenCamping kitchen

This is a bit over the top, yes, but it is amazing! This camping kitchen is a game changer for car camping. Or maybe we should call it glamping. The Grub Hub Camp kitchen packs down to the size of a suitcase and can be transported like a suitcase as it has wheels and a handle. It is 30lbs empty and has a ton of features to store all of your camp kitchen necessities and accessories. This is a bit of a pricier gift perhaps for a spouse so then it acts as a gift for the both of you because you will definitely want to take advantage of this one! $375 – Click here to shop on Amazon

3. Goal Zero Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Portable Charger

Another camping game changer here, but this one goes beyond just camping. This charging station is great for road trips, tailgates, blackouts, day trips, and much more. It is offered from 150wh all the way up to 1200wh at 12v. It can charge all of your technological devices (up to 5 at a time) when you’re away from home. Battery charges from AC, 12V or solar. starting at $199 – Click here to shop on Amazon

4. Goal Zero Flip 20 Portable Chargergoal zero portable usb charger

This little pocket charger is convenient and honestly, everyone should have one. It charges up via USB and can be taken with you for a long day trip: perfect for traveling, hiking, Disneyland or other days that will require a lot of phone use and little access to outlets. Buy one as a stocking stuffer and one for yourself! $35 – Click here to shop on Amazon

5. FB Sport Lightweight Backpacking Chaircollapsable packable backpacking chair

This little chair is incredible! I have two of them and we take them everywhere we go! They are so light and small, they fit in my little dakine backpack. Not just for backpacking, we take these babies hiking, to the beach, picnicking, camping and everywhere else. They are considered low back chairs so they are great for concerts or music festivals as well! The price is low, but the quality is there! Plus, they come with a side pocket that works quite well as a cup holder and additionally, the bag can be attached to the front legs when in use and acts as a zipper pouch! Love this chair! $20 – Click here to shop on Amazon

6. Therm-a-Rest Stellar Blanket

puffy blanket camping picnic

This crazy blanket packs super tight, ultra lightweight and oh so warm. I take this thing everywhere! It’s perfect for camping: sitting around the fire for extra warmth, or as a shall as I roam around camp, plus it makes a nice camping pillow or top layer when I sleep! Fit into a small backpack for a day trip and use as a picnic mat or take is on a road trip as a napping blanket that doesn’t take up too much space. Comes in green and grey. Starting at $52 – Click here to shop on Amazon

7. Pakems Outdoor Slippers

Pakem slipper shoe outdoor

Maybe they are shoes… whatever they are, they are freaking amazing. My Pakems are my ultimate comfortable outdoor shoewear. I wear them before and after snowboarding. I wear them camping in every season, I have even hiked in the snow in them. These slipper shoes are unlike anything you have ever worn or seen before. They are comfortable, stylish, extremely water resistant, and reasonably priced. Get these shoes for the outdoor enthusiast that also puts comfort at an extremely high priority. $50 – Click here to shop on Amazon

8. Matador Waterproof Packable Backpack

Matador Packable Backpack

The Matador packable daypack is ingenious! It is waterproof Cordura fabric which is ultra durable and lightweight (only 4oz)! It packs up small enough to fit into your hand or pocket yet oh so durable! The shoulder straps are also lightweight, breathable and puncture resistant. This backpack is perfect for any day trip or hike, rain or shine. It may be a bit pricey for a small daypack, but it is well worth it. The quality shows and it is extremely comfortable and fits more than you would think. This is an ultra pack for a true outdoor guru. $99 – Click here to shop on Amazon

9. Packtowel Robepacktowel robe

This is no ordinary robe. This packable and microfiber robe is a lifesaver. Imagine escaping from a mountainous hot spring in the middle of a snowy winter to find yourself in a warm robe that you were able to pack in your backpack. This robe has saved me from the cold many times and is such a great gift that many don’t know they need until they have it. Get this robe for the adventurer who loves to take the polar plunge, explore hot springs, or just walk around in a robe at the campsite.

Comes in Purple, Blue, and Grey

Starting at $30 – Click here to shop on Amazon

10. Goal Zero Lighthouse USB Rechargeable Lanterngoal zero lighthouse lantern

This little lantern is better than most lanterns and headlamps you own. First of all, headlamps blind your friends. You don’t want to blind you camping mates, be kind and get a goal zero lantern instead. Attach a lanyard to it and wear it around your neck for easy access. It has three settings for optimal use. Use it for camping, hiking, or any night use for that matter. $25 – Click here to shop on Amazon

Thanks for reading, happy holidays!

 

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Lack of Adventure

So it’s been a while since my last adventure and I’m getting extremely antsy!!! I mean, yes I’ve done little day trips around Utah and whatnot, but I have yet to do something BIG. Big as in, out of the country, for that matter, the continent! I need to get away and do something totally new and gain some culture shock. I’m going to explain 2 things in this post for people that may also be feeling this wanderlust like myself: 1. How to control wanderlust by mini-adventures until timing/money/work etc. fits. and 2. something that I don’t yet understand, but a feeling of dissatisfaction and mild-depression.

  1. Okay, yes, who doesn’t want to travel the globe at all times? True, there are a lot of people that wouldn’t enjoy that, but I am not one of them. I feel I need adventure and new experiences constantly to remain happy. Not that I’m not always happy (externally). Sometimes, I just get bored and start questioning life too much… ie. what’s my purpose? I’m definitely not filling at purpose at this job. I need experience, life is short, etc. Okay, not combatting this. Option 1 is to quit your job and just do it, work as you go, couch surf, meet people, and let it all get figured out as you go. This would be amazing if one didn’t have student loans and massive bills that they don’t want to defer. Option2: Save save, and save! Save up your money in an account dedicated to travel! Even if you have a regular savings account, create a new one, maybe even at a different bank or credit union, strictly to save for travel. Put al of your disposable income there before you can go spend it on shit. And I hopefully don’t have to mention this, but use your credit cards like debit cards so that you never have a remaining balance. So put all your money in its various places, then use your credit for monthly spending, keeping to a budget that you have allowed yourself. It’s f***ing hard, especially if you new to this life as I am. In college, I was the master of not spending, just because I couldn’t… I didn’t have a savings or anything, I just had about $9 of disposable income a month. Then I got a job and started making some money and all of a sudden though I was Beyonce. STOP! You are not Beyonce and that money you earn is worth sooooo much more than fancy food, clothes, or whatever else you are buying (box wine is just fine). In the mean time, you have to do mini adventures to make up for the lack of travel. Go on google maps and find little towns near by to visit, have a weekend to explore your own area, or as they say “staycation”, Find out how far you are willing to drive/spend for a weekend and pick somewhere, maybe based on an attraction, scenic area, or friend to meet up with. There is so much to explore within the area that you already are, so do it! Okay, option 3: This option is the most difficult, however it is the one that I myself m leaning towards… Make $$$$$. Invent something, start a company, Find your passion and start making money from it. this may take a while, but if you have the perseverance and grit, then just make it happen. Then you get a passionate career and hopefully some travel.
  2. This specific topic is hard for me to talk about because I just passed the point of denial. Depression is something that is extremely common in this world. It is nothing to be ashamed of. The most important thing you can do is realize it and figure out what is possibly a factor to causing it. Write a list of everything in you life. Repeat… EVERYTHING in your life. That includes relationships (both family friends and romantic), work, passion, health, location and surroundings, time spent in nature, everything that you do on a daily to weekly basis needs to be included on this list. then make another list of the things you wish were on that list. First, rate everything on your actual list from 1-10 on how satisfied you are with it. Then make it a priority to focus on the low level one. Next, start adding in the wish list to your to-do list. You have hiking on your list, then go for a hike every week or so. Painting, cooking, networking, etc, whatever is on the list needs to be integrated into your actual life! As far as over all depression and dissatisfaction with life, this will help and bring more drive as it will provide new experiences and hopefully new habits. Another great habit that you should do every single day? List 3 things that you are grateful for every morning! It can be as deep as a relationship with someone that has helped you or as simple as modern plumbing. I swear, this 1 thing will change your life. It automatically makes you a more grateful and compassionate person, therefore accentuating the little celebrations in life.

I truly hope this helped, because it sure helped me as I wrote it. If it didn’t try writing…

Jackson Hole Is Better Than Disneyland

I am a Disneyland lover… I truly believed that Disneyland was the happiest place on earth. I was wrong. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is definitely happier. The scenery for one is truly remarkable… nothing else like it that I have ever seen! Next up is the mountain of course. Snowboarder or skier, this mountain is heaven. The trees are spaced perfectly, the terrain is unbeatable, and I swear the powder there is different than anywhere else on earth, in a ridiculously good way. The town, people, shopping, COFFEE! I would say I want to live there but I thin I like it better as a vacation. A vacation once a month? Perhaps.

Don’t get me wrong… I still think about Disneyland everyday, I love it there. Disneyland is somewhere that I like to visit once  a year, whereas Jackson Hole, I’m thinking realistically (financially)  I could do four times a year. I will always stay at the Cowboy Village, private cabins, full breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, and walking distance to downtown. Cowboy Bar is a must if you are in town, as well as Cowboy Coffee… if cowboy is in the title you’re in good hands. One place that I visited that I will definitely go back to for breakfast or lunch is Cafe Genevieve, amazing food and an even better Pig Candied Bloody Mary. Either way, be sure to try their famous Pig Candy. Last thing on food… Late night drunk food or even just easy dinner, check out Pinky G’s. Great Pizza, beer, easy ordering, and live music… what else could you ask for?

Okay, back to the true greatness… the mountain! Here are some pictures.

Sorry there’s not of actually boarding, I was a bit distracted with the 17″ of FRESH POWDER!!!

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As always, big shoutout to Mountain Collective Pass for making this winter EPIC!

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Mammoth Mountain Matron

I LOVE Mammoth Mountain!!!

Holy cow, have you been to Mammoth yet? It is such a crazy fun mountain and you need to go there immediately (If they have pow).

Here’s how it began:

We saw that California was getting dumped on, and having the Mountain Collective Pass, we had to decide: Squaw Valley or Mammoth… Mammoth predicted more snow, so Mammoth it is. We left at 11 pm on Friday night and arrived at 7am Saturday. Epic powder, endless terrain variations, and incredible views. The tree runs were some of the best in my life! But then, we go to chairs 13 and 14 I believe and you see what you’re about to ride down and you almost want to jump off the lift to get to it sooner.

Here are some pictures:

We were planning on sleeping in the truck but it was freezing, so we stayed at a motel, it was warm and had bad coffee… I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

On our very last run of the day on Sunday, it was a complete whiteout; there may have been a chance I almost went off the side of a cliff, I have no idea. SoI went immediately to the first trees I saw and had an amazing run! I wish I could give more detail the the whereabouts of all my amazing runs but I honestly don’t remember, but as long as there is powder, my experience is that every run is amazing!

I felt like the Mammoth Mountain Matron when I was up there, and I can’t wait to go back. Mammoth, you have a piece of my heart.

Snowboarding Hoarding

That’s right, I’m a hoarder. I hoard snowboards, snowboarding gear (you don’t want to see the gloves and hats bin), and most of all, I hoard snowboarding experiences. Not only do I have my season pass to Brighton resort where I have been able to go every weekend, I also have a Mountain Collective pass, which allows me to visit over 10 resorts! So far my snowboarding season has been great! Early season, powder, trees, I’ve done it all at Brighton… but now… the adventure begins!

Pictures and videos from the season thus far:

 

Brighton Review:

Terrain:

•Milly: Every time it snows, it feels like a new mountain! Off Milly there are cliffs to skiers right, tons of rollers and natural jumps even farther right, and surprisingly not that tracked out. Fun features galore f you are creative. I haven’t had too much fun out skiers left, but that’s probably because I haven’t been back there since I discovered how awesome riding under the lift line is.

•Favorite Runs: Thunderhead, Thor and Star wars, all towards Snake. It seems to be endless amounts of fun in the trees over there, I am no where near finished exploring!

P.S. Get a Molly’s Milk in the bar to warm up mid morning 🙂

Next up… Mammoth Resort, CA