Tag: hiking

For the love of conifers

“I love pine trees!” Niecie squeed in excitement on coming upon a dense thicket of evergreens during a hike in the Hickson Forest last Sunday. Niecie hugging the broad trunk of a tree in excitement, a broad smile creeping across her face. The dense line of coniferous trees painted a swath of green across the monochrome […]

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Understanding hiking jackets – What do you really need?

Okay, I’ll admit it, outdoor apparel is confusing, especially when it comes to jackets. I came to this realization after my girlfriend Niecie asked me why I needed a rain jacket. The question struck me as odd, since of any jacket, a raincoat seams pretty self-explanatory, after all, it keeps you dry. But what Niecie […]

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Making 2018 our most adventurous year yet.

2017 certainly was a year punctuated by what seemed like an endless onslaught of challenges and missed opportunities. Yet from every challenge, an opportunity always seemed like it was right around the corner. The year began with uncertainty when my Jeep’s engine was diagnosed with a knock. One of the cylinder walls had been scored […]

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Adventure Bent gets a new look for the new year

The holidays are upon us, the new year is right around the corner and we’re starting the year off right with our biggest update to the Adventure Bent blog yet. Over the last week, you’ve no doubt noticed some big changes around here. Everything is different! Last sunday I flipped the switch bring our redesigned […]

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Escaping the slump, a return to the trails

To be honest, this year hasn’t turned out quite how I might have liked. Many of my trips, upgrades and personal goals have been put on hold for one reason or another. I’d like to make excuses for all of these things, but life is full of changes, and sometimes they can knock you on […]

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Stalking serpents in Perrot State Park

I shrieked “Sna-Aake!” my voice rising mid-cry as my brain processed what I was looking at; simultaneously, I made a comical two-step hop to the other side of the trail and safety. My sister Frannie, her husband, Dusty, and their two dogs, Nala and Sarabi, had been hiking with Niecie and me along the Riverview Trail […]

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Building stamina for the long walk

The week is over and my body is sore, cut and bruised. A thick callus covers my right heal, proof of every step of the 12 miles of trails I’d covered. To some, 12 miles may sound like a lot, to veteran hikers and backpackers it may sound like a drop in the bucket. For me, it’s simply progress. […]

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