Pack Up and Go: Vancouver Island, B.C.


There are few things better than taking a road trip with your closest friends. Adventure, surprises, and unforgettable stories are all but promised to those who are willing to get in the car and simply drive. Throw in a destination like the outdoor mecca of Vancouver Island, and you’re sure to be treated to all three. Such was the case earlier this summer, when Shaun Daley and company made just the trip, traveling 10 hours north from Portland for some weekend fun. Besides the intensely rich landscape, the crew was heavily rewarded for their explorational efforts with camp fires, sun rises, fresh fish, ferry rides, and more. Click through the slideshow below to relive their journey.

Getting there…

Into the woods…

At the beach…

All photos by Shaun Daley.

Shaun Daley enjoys leftovers more than the actual meal, but can’t manage to eat just half a burrito.  Scare yourself. His portfolio can be found here along with his Instagram here.

All surfcrafts by FRESTcoast. Check out their boards here.

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Men's The Drifter Jacket         Men's Classic Waterproof Rain Slicker         Men's Rich Flannel Shirt

Men's Day Hiker Sweatshirt         Men's Chamois Long Sleeve Shirt        Men's Baja Hoodie

Woolrich 40x70 Cotton Beach Towel         Allegheny Blanket


Woolrich and Almond present the Wax and Wool Collection


‘Wax and Wool’ is a collection inspired by the heritage of Woolrich, the Original Outdoor company, and the coastal lifestyle of California’s Almond Surfboards. Each piece is 100% Made in The USA and reflects their different backgrounds and the common appreciation for timeless, quality goods.

The clothing, which includes both men’s and women’s pieces, was designed for a perfect day outside at the beach. The collection includes graphic tees, a tote bag, henleys, sweatshirts and corduroy walk shorts.



Also included in the collaboration are custom Woolrich inspired surfboards that, like the rest of the line, combines classic California Almond aesthetic and incorporates hits of iconic Woolrich patterns. Each surfboard was custom built and hand shaped by Almond using prints inspired by Woolrich highlighted by the iconic buffalo check and a topographic map print celebrating the outdoors.


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Buffalo Pocket Sweatshirt

Surfing Sheep Corduroy Hat

Tote Bag


Tips From Black Owl Outdoors – Oregon Coast

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With Spring finally here it’s time to start thinking where the road might lead you this year.  Where will you FIND adventure or let ADVENTURE find you?

In this video check out the 2014 Oregon Trip clips… perhaps it will inspire you!  Welcome to spring and make your season one to remember.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!

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Tips From Black Owl Outdoors – St. Anthony’s Wilderness

“While riding a bicycle, you’re able to explore large areas. In this video, Krik and Stony ride their mountain bikes around St. Anthony’s wilderness in Pennsylvania, stopping to explore cultural and natural features.”  Watch the video here!


You can find the entire library of videos and photography at  And check back here monthly as we will feature videos, photos and stories from the guys as they continue the outdoor adventure that is Black Owl Outdoors!


WOOLRICH x West America – Part XVIII

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back. The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey. Below is the a new post in a series of report from the road.

“With blisters on our hands we left the farm for the lush mountain town of Minca Colombia, only a short drive away.   On our way towards Santa Marta we pulled over to fill up on cheap gas brought over from Venezuela, any time you are close to the boarder the streets are flooded with people selling fuel out of jugs.  Although the gas is cheap I can’t say that is was the best quality, the bikes burnt it but were lacking the punch on the hills.

Halfway to Minca Jordan raced up next to me to remind me that it was my birthday, I have never been a fan of birthdays but was stoked to be with my best bud headed into the mountains with no plan.  We reached the small tourist town before noon and found a nice hostel outside of the main drag, a beautiful place perched up in the jungle away from the crowds bellow. 

The plan was simple, unload the bikes, put on swim gear and head upriver to find a swimming hole.  The road above Minca turned into an unmaintained double track within 10 miles of leaving town, we quickly forgot about swimming and our minds shifted into finding the end of the road.

At each road split we just kept going up, as we climbed the climate evolved around us, from dense jungle to misty cloud forest filled with plants we had never seen.  We were now deep into the Parque National Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a reserve that shoots up of the Caribbean coast, between the mist we could still make out the town of Santa Marta way below. 

After riding over 25 miles into the unknown we came around a corner to find a military base perched up on the ridge line, we approached slowly before being asked what we were doing by a very confused looking guard.  Not much was said but we got the vibe that we should be heading back the way we came.

As we rode back towards Minca the air once again became hot and humid, before reaching town we took a small path off the main road towards the river.  We were rewarded with the perfect pools all to ourselves, washing the dust and sweet off from the ride in the warm fresh water. 

The day could not have been any better, we walked down to town and got some burgers to wrap it up before crashing out early, we had a massive ride ahead of us the next day.”

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