Animal Encounters: Mountain Lions / Cougars

Animal Encounters: Mountain Lions / Cougars

While it’s quite rare, humans and cougars do sometimes wind up face-to-face. If that happens, here are a few steps to get out of that situation as safely as possible:

1. Know your tracks.
2. Keep your friends close.
3. Let it go.
4. DO. NOT. RUN.
5. Show them who’s boss.
6. Throw sticks and stones.
7. Fight back.
8. Do not play dead.

Want to see our original article on Cougar encounters? Click HERE

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Salomon S/Lab Sonic 2 Review

Salomon S/Lab Sonic 2 Review

Salomon S/Lab Sonic 2 Review

When we say Salomon running shoes you say…probably trail, right? In the past few years, Salomon has actually been dipping their toes into the road running market and with typical Salomon panache, they’ve built shoes that are not just for fun, but for some serious kicking of ass. Today they shoe we’re going to talk about is the big daddy of Salomon’s road running fleet – the Salomon S/Lab Sonic 2.

Some people are critical of reviewers who don’t really have anything negative to say about a given piece of gear (we do have a bit of a thing with this shoe so hold your horses) but if we’re being honest, we don’t really have any problems with the construction, fit, quality or performance of the Salomon S/Lab Sonic 2. This is a great shoe and we think you’d be good to go with distance from 5K to marathons and beyond. Now that that’s been said, the price of this shoe, as with all S/Lab shoes (and other gear) is quite steep at $180. If you’re shocked by that then you likely haven’t seen prices on other S/Lab shoes before. It’s an expensive shoe but there are others in the Salomon road running line which bring a lot of the same or similar technologies to the table with a more approachable price tag.

Again, the Salomon S/Lab Sonic 2 is a fantastic shoe and we think that it does a wonderful job of balancing performance and comfort from both sides. While it is expensive, it could be the shoe that you find as good as we do and that may just be worth it.

If you there was a shoe that was absolutely perfect for you, how much would you be willing to pay for it? Tell us in the comments!

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

Boston Marathon Age-Groupers Get First-Ever Awards

Boston Marathon Age-Groupers Get First-Ever Awards

Boston, MA, April 16, 2018 — While elite runners fought it out for more than $800,000 in prize purses at the 2018 Boston Marathon, age groupers to date have only collected a trophy for first place. This year, for the first time, over 200 age group finishers got rewarded via a collaboration between the BAA, adidas and The Woolmark Company.

The custom-designed collaboration rewarded the top-20 age-groupers in thirteen divisions with fine Merino blend tee-shirts that, as appropriate for Boston, had to be earned.Boston Marathon Age-Groupers Get First-Ever Awards: Top 20 Finishers Awarded Numbered, Custom Wool Shirts at Fairmont Awards Ceremony

Men’s champion Yuki Kawauchi, who stunned the field by passing defending champion Geoffrey Kurui and steaming to a victory in the lashing rain, also was rewarded a shirt, since he is an unsponsored athlete and holds down a full-time job.
As evidenced this year, weather conditions in running are determinative and highly variable. Adidas, in conjunction with Sydney-based The Woolmark Company, is increasingly using merino wool in its running apparel.
The age-group winners this year included Nancy Rollins of Illinois, who won the Women’s 70-74 AG with a time of 4:17:01, and Gene Dykes of Pennsylvania, who not only won his age group in a scorching time of 3:16:20, but set a new single-age marathon best time in doing so.

Stuart McCullough, the managing director of The Woolmark Company was on hand to personally present the prizes a the awards ceremony at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer BONUS: Write about your adventures on Gearist!

Write about your adventures on Gearist!

BONUSWe’re betting that, if you’re reading this, you’re a lot like the Gearist crew. You love adventure, you love being outside, you love sweat and you love a good beer. So, since there are more of you than there are of us, we want to hear about your adventures and we want to help you tell that story on Gearist! If you’re doing a cool race (Ironman, adventure race, OCR, multi-day stage race, whatever!) let’s chat about it. But don’t think it has to be some event; if you’ve got a great trail or camping spot or mountain near you that you’re just going to be hitting up, we LOVE hearing about those things too! The big point here is that we want to be a part of telling your story! Think you’ve got an awesome adventure or spot to tell us about? Shoot us an email by clicking HERE and we’ll get started!

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer: #10 River Surfing

10 New Adventures To Try This Summer: #10 River Surfing

Go surfing...in a river

10.Surfing was born over 3,000 years ago in Western Polynesia and since then the world has fallen in love. However, those landlocked folks who don’t have access to the big waves of the ocean were long in need of a way to satisfy their need to catch a wave. Legend has it that in 1955, some surfers rode the tidal bore in the River Severn as it wound its way through Wales. Then in the 1970’s in Munich some die-hard nutjobs hopped in the Eisbach River on a couple of planks and river surfing on a standing wave (a wave that is continually in the breaking stage at one spot in a river) was born. The way it works is that a lot of water (a river) flows over a rock and is slowed down beneath the water but the top continues to flow. This causes a wave the same basic way a wave breaks at a beach. All physics aside, river surfing is amazing because there’s no need to paddle out for the “next wave”. These waves last until the river is frozen – or until the flow is somehow restricted upstream. Riverbreak magazine is dedicated to river surfing and at the link below you’ll find their “spots” both in the USA and abroad: RIVER SURFING SPOT DIRECTORY

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

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