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Home for the summer on Washington's San Juan Islands.  Red Fox challenger tent with a cushy air mat for watching eyelid movies.

Large Air Mat – Big on Comfort

When it comes to camping, I have always neglected the air mat. If I’m backpacking, I’ll leave the air mat at home while I gripe to myself “it’s not real camping if it’s not a bit uncomfortable!”. When I’m car camping at a music festival… Read More

The Shelf. Little question where the name came from.

Hot Spot: Shelf Road for year round rock climbing

WHERE To get to Shelf Road, travel to Canon City about two and a half hours south of Denver. Shelf Road is on CO-67, just south of Cripple Creek. WHY Whether it’s climbing, bouldering, hiking or mountain biking, Shelf Road has it going on. Shelf… Read More

Wild Rivers in New Mexico? You bet! Great for hikers, mountain bikers, campers, anglers, and whitewater aficionados.

Hot Spot: Wild Rivers Recreation Area, NM

WHERE The Wild Rivers Recreation Area is located within the Río Grande Del Norte National Monument and along the Río Grande Wild and Scenic River and Red River Wild and Scenic River. It’s about a 45 minute drive north of Taos, N.M. WHY If you… Read More

Mixed alpine climbing in Alaska, near the Kahiltna Glacier.

Alaskan climbing escape

Alaska – it’s the biggest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. Best known for its dramatic mountains, plus a diversity of forests and wide-open spaces with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and kayaking…. Read More

Sunset over the Sherman Granite Formations in the center of Medicine Bow National Forest. Photo by Arielle Powers

Hot Spot: Vedauwoo, Wyoming

WHERE: Vedauwoo (Pr: vee-da-voo) is a nationally renowned scenic area located in Southwestern Wyoming within the Medicine Bow National Forest. Drivers traveling between Cheyenne and Laramie on Interstate 80 will be treated to iconic rock outcroppings. It covers an area of over 2.25 million acres… Read More

The San Luis Valley looking West.  Photo: Arielle Powers

Hot Spot: San Luis Valley, CO

WHERE: The San Luis Valley is a gigantic, dried up river bed (many thousands of years ago, it was an ocean bed) located in South Central Colorado. It is just four hours drive from Denver. WHY: This valley is 50 miles wide and 150 miles… Read More

Sunset on Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado

Hot Spot: Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado

WHERE: Horsetooth Reservoir is just west of Ft. Collins, and about an hour and a half north of Denver. WHY: For the adventurer who leans toward water sports, this is heaven. It’s huge reservoir in the foothills surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of public lands…. Read More

Brett taking it all in  with a cup of tea upon arrival in India.

India 2015: Ascending into unknowns – Part I

India. I hated it upon first arrival. I was a jet lagged unprepared American and it was 4 am. I spoke no Indian. I smelled of recycled air and privilege. With a fax number for my hotel contact and a vague mile long street location,… Read More

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India 2015 – Ascending into unknowns – Part II

Shoshala, the cliff luring us to this side of the Himachal Pradesh, loomed straight over head. This was Option Number One. It was first climbed by a Finnish team a few springs ago. Their climb, mixed with many bolts, opened a series of corners and… Read More

Hall Ranch Open Space. Far Right: Hat Rock. Far Left: Coffintop Mountain (near Button Rock).

Lyons, CO — A local Front Range escape!

There’s a reason we’ve all ended up in this beautiful place along the Front Range of the majestic Rocky Mountains. It’s a great place to raise a family with a flourishing economy, a diverse, intelligent, adventurous population, and so many fun things to do! No… Read More

Friedi Kuhne slacking in Europe will be touring America.

The Slacker

Friedi Kühne is a slacker. Not that kind of slacker! He works hard, at the sport of slacklining. The Munich, Germany native and Red Fox aficionado/ambassador has become a slacklining master. Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of… Read More

Travis Powell on the trail in the Himalaya with Ama Dablam rising on the right.

Nepal in a Nutshell

  These are my conclusions after two trips to Nepal during the spring. I spent time in the capitol city of Kathmandu and the more relaxed, environmental and humanity conscious town of Pokhara. I trekked and climbed in both the Annapurna and Everest regions. I… Read More

Allosaurus tracks along the Purgatoire River, in Picketlands Canyon south of La Junta, Colorado.

Hot Spot: Picketwire Canyonlands, CO

WHERE: The Picketwire (Purgatoire) Canyonlands on the Comanche National Grasslands south of La Junta, in southeastern Colorado. WHY: Dinosaur tracks. We’re talking a lot of dinosaur tracks. These primitive canyons are home to the largest known set of dinosaur tracks in North America, and also… Read More

The Red Fox crew in their lair - on The Pearl Street Mall.

Hot Spot: Red Fox on Pearl Street

WHERE Red Fox has opened its Boulder store, in the heart of Boulder at 1218 Pearl Street on the mall. WHY Boulder’s newest Hot Spot is our own Red Fox Outdoor Equipment. The store just opened on the famed Pearl Street Mall, in the very… Read More

North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Flickr CC License.

Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail – Pt. III

This is the last in a 3-part series on Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon Part I • Part II Travel Considerations for the North Rim Before going out to the points in the Kaibab NF, check with the Back Country Office in… Read More

View from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Photo by John Sternenberg courtesy Flickr CC License.

Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail – Pt. II

This is the 2nd in a 3-part series on Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon. Part I • Part III In the Native American language of the Paiute “Kaibab” means “mountain lying down.” Good way to put it. The upwarp of the… Read More

Panorama of the Wind River Range. Photo by Kylir Horton courtesy Flickr CC license.

Hot Spot: Lander, WY – Gateway to the Wind River Range

WHERE Nestled against the foothills of the Wind River Mountains and on the banks of the Popo Agie River, Lander is in west-central Wyoming. It sits on state highway 287, which came up from Ft. Collins, Colorado and continues on into Montana to the north…. Read More

View from the Rainbow Rim Trail. Steamboat Mt. in the foreground.  Photo by Rob Stahmer

Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail – Pt. I

This is the first in a 3-part series on Hiking the Rainbow Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon. Part II | Part III A leisurely trek on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon You can always tell when you are approaching the north edge of… Read More

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Hot Spot: Moab. Utah’s ABC.

Moab is basically Utah’s adventure base camp, simple as that. WHERE Moab is a 3 hour 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City, 5 hours and 20 minutes from Denver or 6 hours from Las Vegas. Just south of Interstate 70, and just west of… Read More

Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  Photo by Davey Nin courtesy Flickr CC license.

Hot Spot: Black Canyon of the Gunnison N.P.

  WHERE Black Canyon is a fantastic location in western Colorado, north of U.S. 50 and northeast of Montrose. It’s about 90 minutes southeast of Grand Junction, and four hours southwest of Denver. WHY The canyon’s name owes itself to the fact that parts of… Read More

Small town Buena Vista with a big view in central Colorado.

Hot Spot: Buena Vista, Colorado

Where Nestled in the center of Colorado, between the continental divide and the Arkansas River. It’s near the intersection of Colorado Hwy. 24 and Colorado Hwy. 285, an easy drive from Denver and Colorado Springs. Why Well, why not? The small town of Buena Vista… Read More

Checkpoint by a raging river in the 15th Annual Red Fox Adventure Race in Karelia.

Home court dominates 15th RF Adventure Race

The 15th annual Red Fox Adventure Race sponsored by Polartec®, a grueling non-stop, no-sleep challenge in the wilderness, went off without a hitch this past weekend – June 9 – 13 – in the Karelia region of Northwestern Russia at Ladoga Lake on the border… Read More

Jeff Garmire hangin' out on the Appalacian Trail.

Reflections on Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

A thru hike is difficult under the best circumstances. Starting in the winter only elevates the difficulty of the hiking and adds an element of mountaineering to the adventure that few others get to experience. I began my quest to complete the triple crown of… Read More

Water sculpted marble caves on Lake General Carrera in Chile.  Photo by Kate Little

Chilean Patagonia: From the Peak to the Sea

Underneath the little marble islands lie the “capillas de marmol” or the marble chapels: the lake has slowly eroded away the underside of the marble islands leaving caves that glow in the sunlight and reflect the blue water. In the Chilean Patagonia, in the region… Read More

Heading out from advanced base camp on the North Ridge of Everest.

RF Co-Founder, Vlad Moroz, summits Mt. Everest

A year after his attempt was stopped by a deadly earthquake in Nepal, Red Fox co-founder Vlad Moroz reached the summit of Mt. Everest on Friday, May 20. Moroz and the Russian team were at advanced base camp (6,400 meters) last year when the earthquake… Read More

Travis Powell cramponing up Cholo in the Himalaya.

Solo Cholo (6024m) in the Himalaya

A wood stove heats the dining room of Gokyo Namaste Lodge, one of two lodges my new friend Tenzing runs in this tiny town. The room has windows on three sides to encourage the amazing view over the lake and steep mountain faces. It is… Read More

Karl Egloff of Ecuador takes first place in the Elbrus Race SkyMarathon®.  Photo by Aigul Lotfullina

Snow slows Skyrunners on Mt. Elbrus

The most challenging competition of the 2016 Red Fox Elbrus Race took place Friday, May 6th — the SkyMarathon® or high-speed run to the West Elbrus peak. A total of 165 athletes from 13 countries all over the world participated in the competition: 83 in… Read More

The start of the Vertical Kilometer race at the 2016 Red Fox Elbrus Race event.  Photo by Aigul Lotfullina.

The Vertical Kilometer® race on Mt. Elbrus

Yesterday one of the most popular competitions of the Red Fox Elbrus Race took place — the Vertical Kilometer® – Mt. Elbrus (2450-3450 m). It was an exciting and hard won battle! Bright sun changed the previous day’s rain and clouds. It was hot at… Read More

The start of the Elbrus Open Ski Mountaineering race at the 8th Annual Red Fox Elbrus Races.

8th Annual Red Fox Elbrus Races Begin

Yesterday, on May 3rd, 2016 the 8th annual festival of winter extreme sports, the Red Fox Elbrus Race officially began! More than 300 athletes from 14 countries all over the world spent the first beautiful days of May on the snow covered slopes of Mt…. Read More

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Acclimatizing on Mt. Everest’s Northern Route

Last week members of the 7summits Club established Base Camp at 5100 meters on the North Ridge route of Mt. Everest. It took a full week to get from Kathmandu, Nepal, to camp. The camp is very well equipped. Each team member has their own… Read More

Nearing the top of the course on the Elbrus Ski Mountaineering Race, 2014

The 2016 Elbrus Race Festival

Racing at Altitude Hundreds of athletes will soon be gathering around and on Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, for the 8th Annual Red Fox Elbrus Race. It’s an intense week of competition involving alpinists, skyrunners, and skiers from around the world. This festival of extreme… Read More

A metal sculpture depicts the historical pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago. Photo by A Herrero courtesy Flickr CC license.

These boots were made for walking…

…no one needs to worry themselves about how long the walk takes. “It shows that time, the concept of time, doesn’t matter.” — Ann-Karin Tellefsen A very long walk It’s a very long walk, so let’s call it what it really is: a trek. Better… Read More

Vlad Moroz, co-founder of the Red Fox company, on the summit of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest behind him on the left.

Red Fox Co-founder to climb Mt. Everest

If it’s April, climbing teams from around the world are heading to base camp below the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. It’s like that every year. This week, Red Fox co-founder Vlad Moroz left St. Petersburg for the journey to Tibet and base camp, as… Read More

The start of the 19th Elk Mountain Grand Tra-Re-Verse, March 25-26, 2016.

19th Elk Mt. Grand Traverse – er, Reverse

For only the second time in 19 years the Elk Grand Traverse ski race was run not as a traverse from Crested Butte to Aspen across the rugged Elk Mountains, but as a Reverse, up to the high point of the traditional route then back… Read More

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Week 3: Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

Day 12: Snowless in Tennessee Well, my wishful thinking that it would not freeze another night in these Smoky Mountains didn’t happen. Waking up to a rain jacket, warm jacket, rain pants, two shirts and three pairs of socks that were so frozen they could… Read More

It might be spring, but in Colorado's mountains winter still reigns.

Review: Dry Light Merino Wool baselayer

Winter in Colorado is cold. Really cold. And beautiful. Which is why I love long underwear, because then I can stand to be outside and soak in the beauty without freezing to death. I’ve tried many brands throughout the years to keep warm in the… Read More

Kayaking is a big part of Red Fox's annual Adventure Race on the Karelian Penninsula

Crazy! RF hosts 15th Adventure Race

Having it light for most of the day tricks your body and allows you to push harder and longer than you would think. —Shawnie Mulligan Next Adventure Race set for June 2016 The 15th annual Red Fox Adventure Race, a grueling non-stop, no-sleep challenge in… Read More

Snow covered hemlocks along the Appalachian trail.  Photo by Alex Ford courtesy Flickr CC License

Week 2: Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

Day 6: Even more snow I woke up with a thin sheet of ice covering my sleeping bag. I would later learn the overnight temperature was around zero degrees Fahrenheit. I put on everything I had to stay warm as quickly as possible and got… Read More

The Great Smokey Mountains, where the Appalachian Trail does pass.  Photo by Wayne Silver.

Week 1: Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

Day 1, Feb. 8th, 2016 – Georgia Today is the day that I officially began my journey. I woke up on top of Springer Mountain and was ready to move north toward North Carolina. It was a cold, windy restless night. But lack of sleep… Read More

Messenger bags are easy and convenient to carry.

Messenger Bags for bikers and commuters

The Tarp Messenger Bag series from Red Fox offers a versatile alternative to conventional shoulder and messenger bags available on the market today. The large model can hold up to 30 liters of stuff. What makes the Tarp series of bags truly unique is its… Read More