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Heading up in howling winds in Norway's Burtjord Alps.

Putting Vinson to the Test

  Light broke to reveal a fresh coat of snow; the cold, light kind Colorado is known for. While driving through Boulder the roads had a veneer of packed powder so there was no sense in pushing the speed limit, even if I was running… Read More

The author on ice.

Ice Climbing Basics – How, Where, Why

Are you interested in climbing ice but have no idea where to start? The sport is foreign to most people and intimidating to get into. There are many questions to consider. Where to go? What gear is needed? Is it safe? This article will touch… Read More

Colorado's legendary powder keeps its composure by staying cold. Go Light. Stay Warm. Flight Lite.

Flight Lite: Down for higher

It’s that time of the year again in the Northern hemisphere — precipitation is falling, cold winds are blowing, and the mornings and nights are brisk. You know what this means, it’s time to pull out that old down jacket you’ve had for the last… Read More

Think of it as  luxury in the backcountry.  Photo courtesy Sun Valley Trekking.

Idaho Yurts: Luxury Winter Camping

WHERE Across Idaho, winter adventurers and yurts go hand in hand! WHY Did you know Idaho has the most yurts-per-person in the country? The appeal of these a circular Mongolian-style yurts is strong, especially in winter. Just imagine looking out of the frosty window of… Read More

Perched at Big Sky ski resort. Photo by Zach Dischner courtesy Flickr CC license.

Hot Spot: Bozeman, Montana

WHERE Bozeman is located at an altitude of 4,820 feet, with Interstate 90 slicing right though the city. It’s a college town, home to Montana State University. It’s practically surrounded by mountains. The Bridger Mountains are to the north-northeast, the Tobacco Root Mountains to the… Read More

Student and Teacher riding the lift at Loveland Ski Resort, Colorado.

Learning to ski – 20 years later!

Arielle’s view It’s not easy to learn something new as an adult. For one, when on earth do I have time for that? Amongst all these adult things like working, doing laundry, paying bills, and whatnot? For two, I thought you couldn’t teach an old… Read More

Warming up while getting to the shoreline for a surf session in Siberia.

Surfing in Siberia

“…we don’t want people to come and surf here, we don’t want that kind of responsibility…” SURF IN SIBERIA ARCTIC OCEAN 5 from Kokorev Konstantin on Vimeo.

Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, NV.

Hot Spot: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Where Red Rock Canyon, just a few miles from Las Vegas, off State Route 159. Why In 1987 I was on an assignment in Las Vegas. I was writing a series on how Sin City was working to change its reputation. I interviewed the governor,… Read More

O'Higgins Glacier meets the Pacific. . The glacier’s edge is about 80 feet high and 12 miles in shore length. The whole glacier is about 320 sq mi and 28 miles long.

Nowheresville: O’Higgins in South Southern Chile

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” ― Aldo Leopold Of all the different landscapes and peoples of Patagonia, the most isolated region on the Chilean side of the Andes is the region of Aysén. There is no direct… Read More

Looking up from Albuquerque to the Sandia Mountains at sunset.

Hot Spot: Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

WHERE: The Sandia Mountains is an easily accessible range immediately to the east of Albuquerque, New Mexico within the Cibola National Forest. Part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, at 10,679 feet (3256m). WHY: Just… Read More

Moonrise over Craters of the Moon National Monument.  Photo by drjykyll Courtesy FLICKR CC License

Hot Spot: Craters of the Moon (on earth)

Where This lesser-known National Monument and Preserve is located in south central Idaho, right on Highway 20. There’s just about nothing on either side of the park for miles in between Jackson, Wyoming and Boise, Idaho, but it’s well worth the drive if you are… Read More

Heading for the summit of Ama Dablam means carrying lots of gear to base camp.

How to fit a big pack

Pack Fitting Finding the right pack means finding the right fit too! Everyone is built a little different so Red Fox packs are built to be worn in comfort. All our packs can be adjusted in varying degrees (depending on the pack style and size)… Read More

The views are great from the top, or the bottom of the canyon.

Hot Spot: San Rafael Swell, UT

Where The San Rafael River region in Utah north of I-70 is just northwest of the town of Green River, and about two hours west of Grand Junction, CO. Salt Lake City is just over three hours away. Why Central Utah’s San Rafael Swell is… Read More

The author and Ginger on the coast of Maine.

RF Duffel doubles as a daypack

The east coast was very hot this summer and I was lucky to get some time to travel north to Maine with my rescue dog Ginger. She is a husky breed and has tons of energy so we hike and around seven miles a day…. 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

Quinn Brett - mt-range_0816

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

Photo by Lina

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

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

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