On one memorable trip to the Valley of the Gods in Southern Utah, photographer Jay Dash took one carefully planned photo—and one photo that fate lined up.
In January of 2020, the Outdoor Industry Association announced the Climate Action Corps as a way for the outdoor industry to collaborate and to lead on climate action. In joining, companies commit to measure, plan and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to share their progress annually.
Geartrade signed on to the Climate Action Corps because we recognize that climate change poses a risk to our business and that collaboration is key. The Climate Action Corps pathway provides us an avenue to measure our carbon footprint and to set targets, while also receiving guidance in line with science and global best practices.
The idea of spring skiing conjures up beautiful images of corn-skiing, parking-lot beers, and long-awaited toasty temps. All these things are true, but backcountry skiers need to consider one other huge factor arising in the spring: wet avalanches.
Wet slides (available in two flavors, loose and slab) are an incredibly dangerous hazard that can arise anytime the snow warms up. And, of course, springtime is primo snow-warming time. Yet this mega-hazard is often an afterthought mentioned in avalanche discussions. “Oh yeah, and in the spring, you gotta watch out for wet slides.” … Yeah, those monster rivers of exceptionally heavy snow careening down a mountainside, snapping trees in half and pulverizing everything in their path. Watch out for those.
We’ve got the scoop on a new, eco-forward waterproofing technology
In many cases, waterproofing is one of the most critical aspects of gear performance—whether you’re trying to stay dry during a day of ice climbing, or out for a snowy overnight where dryness can be a matter of life or death, you need to trust your gear to do its job. For a long time, a small number of waterproofing technologies have dominated the scene (GORE-TEX, anyone?), but that’s starting to change. A new technology has joined the show: HDry, a direct-lamination waterproofing process, which got its start in Europe, is now making its way to North America.
How do great photos come about? Are they carefully plotted, or does the photographer await a moment? Adventure photographer Adam Clark says that, for him, the perfect photo happens when a few factors combine: a beautiful day, a boatload of stoke, and a bit of time set aside for taking photos.
There’s plenty to celebrate about this most-fabulous month of the year—a return to hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, and trail running. (And a continuation of spring skiing for the die-hards among us who consider a crusty isothermal snowpack a really good time.) Spring also heralds plenty of UnNew gear deals here on Geartrade—plus super deep discounts on winter gear if you want to think ahead for next year.
There are a million ways to go camping, and all of them are a different flavor of fun. While deluxe options exist like glamping (Pinterest-worthy teepee tents!) and van camping (string lights sold separately), we’ll focus here on good old-fashioned tent camping. Tent camping comes in two main varieties: car camping, in which you drive up to your campsite, and backpacking, in which you hoof it on a trail for hours or days with all your supplies on your back.
Paddle boarding, or SUPing, is a great sport for so many reasons. The barrier to entry is low, the learning curve is quick, and paddling itself is so enjoyable it might not even register as exercise (when have you ever said that about an exercise that hits your core, arms and legs …. and improves your balance). And the best part, you’re out on the water!
Hiking is hands-down one of the most beginner-friendly ways to get outdoors, regardless of your fitness level or preferred level of adventurousness. It also happens to be extremely affordable, as there’s no fancy schmancy gear required. Just a few basics, plus a little window of time to get outside.
Spring is springing here in Utah, and we have to say, we’re amped up. With the longer days come the possibility for “Utah triathlons,” in which we can combine multiple sports like skiing, running, biking, or climbing all in one glorious day—and still have enough light for a sunset beer.
As you go through your gear pile to start switching from winter sports to warm-weather adventures, you’ll spy a few things that could use replacing—or that you might want to list and sell on Geartrade to fund other cool gear.
A look at the controversial, but tried-and-true material that’s enabled outdoor survival and exploration since time immemorial.
Ideally in my mind, this Year of UnNew would feature not a single purchase of a single new thing. Literally nothing (save food and medicine, as we outlined at the beginning of this journey). But, of course life doesn’t operate in a silo, and things don’t always work out the way we envision or plan.
Journalist Adam Minter has traveled the world researching the world of second-hand goods, and he’s two written books that dive deep into “the afterlife of stuff.” We spoke with him about how different cultures in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America perceive used goods, how social dynamics play into the secondhand industry, and he provided keen insight into common misconceptions about the used-goods industry.
There’s no reason to toss a perfectly good jacket, or tent, or sleeping bag because of a jammed zipper or a burn or tear. These battle wounds can be repaired out in the field … if you’re prepared.
Use the practice of sustainability to strengthen your empathy muscles beyond the environment, enveloping all humans in your wake. We are stronger together, and together we are as naturally diverse as the plains and mountains and rivers and oceans on this planet. Invite people into the journey with you, it’s much more fun with friends new and old anyway.