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From the forest to the sea, this pack is the perfect side-kick for any adventure.

Review: Sandhill 45 – A barely-there backpack

For the last six years, I have used the same 65 liter backpack. No matter if it was a one night trip or a 3-week trip abroad, I packed that bag to the brim with everything I thought I needed. While it is a solid… Read More

No avoiding getting wet on the Stikine River, B.C. Canada.

Canoeing Canada in Comfort

Tucked into the spraydeck of my canoe I examined the sky, calculating how much time we had before the next squall hit, hoping we would make it to camp in time. For the past several days, dark, looming clouds threatened from the west, ready to… Read More

Watson Lake at sunset. This place is as photogenic as it gets. Wikimedia Commons

Hot Spot: Granite Dells, Arizona

Where: Prescott, Arizona. Located just west of smack-dab-in-the-middle of Arizona. Elevation: 5500 feet. Environment: High desert. Surrounded by 3 national forests: Prescott National Forest, Kaibab National Forest and Coconino National Forest. Less than 2 hours from Flagstaff, Sedona and Phoenix. Why: Willow Lake and Watson… Read More

Snowshoeing. Everybody's doing it!

Snowshoeing – it’s for everybody!
Just add snow

Consider this: it’s the fastest growing winter sport in the world, because it is. It’s a great way to get outside in winter, get a workout, a refreshing hike, and not worry about sinking in snow that’s too deep. The sport is easy to learn,… Read More

Ha ha! Sammy Podhurst romps in the snow with a Down Shell.

Review: RF’s Down Shell for women

When winter reigns in Colorado it gets cold. Especially at altitude, which we have a lot of. Bitter cold. But at least it’s windy. My answer to that condition is Red Fox’s Women’s Down Shell. Plenty of airy light and comfy goose down to stay… Read More

Tracks lead to Janet's Cabin, one of many in Colorado's 10th Mt. Hut System.

Colorado’s 10th Mt. Hut System – something for all seasons

It started as a winter idea, something to do when the snow flew. The first Appalachian Mountain Club ski hut was built in New Hampshire back in 1888. Construction hasn’t slowed a bit since then. The American tradition of hut-based backcountry skiing, where skiers set… Read More

Let's go skiing and call it work.

Review: RF’s Ride BC pack

It was a powder day. The storm that was wreaking havoc throughout the country was the perfect mix of ingredients for a skier. Moisture was hosing the Sierra while a polar vortex spun down on the 48 states of America. This particular situation had been… Read More

Staying warm in winter means keeping dry with the right layers.

Staying warm in winter with layers

Whether hiking for a few hours, skiing for the day, or heading to the backcountry for some winter camping, the biggest challenge you will face is likely the most basic: staying warm. When it comes to staying warm in winter outdoor activities, everyone seems to… Read More

When learning to climb, safety is key! Setting up a proper top-rope anchor can be tricky, but with practice, you can be sure to have a safe anchor every time.

The Value of a Lesson

In my recent post about learning to ski with a back-country professional, I made a joke about teaching an old dog new tricks. While it was mostly a poke at my age and my lack of skiing experience having grown up in Colorado, there is… Read More

9,500 racer take off from the starting line in the 2009 American Birkebeiner. (AP PHOTO/PAUL M. WALSH)

Catch the fever – 2017 Birkebeiner XC Ski Race

Some people get their kicks climbing mountains. For others, it’s downhill skiing. Want a little bit of both? Consider the Birkebeiner. What’s this about? 2017 marks the 44th annual Birkebeiner (pr: birk-uh-bee-ner) Cross Country Ski Race, held each year in Hayward, Wisconsin. Located in the… Read More

The namesake for the park can be found throughout the desert but not below 4,000' elevation.

Hot Spot: Joshua Tree National Park

Where: Joshua Tree National Park is a well known, but less explored National Park located in the south-central valley of California. About 3 hours west of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a spectacle that is surrounded by a whole lot of what many people would… Read More

Looking at the propeller of the submarine.

RF Ambassador Christine Dennison honored

Red Fox Ambassador Christine Dennison of New York City has been awarded the Brazilian Navy League Medal of Honor, for her efforts in discovering the lost World War II submarine R-12, and her 42 entombed sailors. Christine Dennison is the co-founder and president of Mad… 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