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February, 2014

WOOLRICH x West America – Part VIII

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.

 

“We pulled into La Paz after dark and all we could think about was finding some decent food after a week of rice and beans. We hit the main strip and found a good spot with internet so we could start planning our ferry ride to the mainland. Neither of us where ready for the bad news ahead. In our lack of planning we overlooked the fact that Mexico had changed its policy on where you could get your tourist permit that is needed to import the bikes into mainland Mexico.  We had planned on getting them in La Paz but things had changed and now we where over 1000 miles from the closest border that could issue us what we needed to get out of Baja. The joy of making it to La Paz was wiped away and now we were in a rental car doing a cannonball run to Tijuana for our permits. We left La Paz at 11pm, got to Tijuana at midnight the next day and found a way to sneak back into the Mexican immigrations from the exit side. Within 10 minutes we where pointed south and racing to get out of the mayhem of Tijuana on a Saturday night.  24 hours later we were back where we started with a smashed rental car bumper and an angry rental agent.  We both really wanted to get out of La Paz and decided to try to make the ferry for that day, otherwise it would be a two day wait. We pinned it to the ticket office, imported the bikes and got one of the last spots on the boat.  As we sat in the blazing sun waiting to be loaded we could finally rest our minds, and soon enough we would be passed out on deck for the 16 hour boat ride to Mazatlan. We got the green light to drive the bikes on board and strapped them to the railing. We opted for the cheap tickets which put us with all the truck drivers in a sweaty room playing Fast and Furious in Spanish. Jordan was stoked, I set up on deck and tried to forget about the last 48 hours. Lesson learned, a little research goes a long way.”

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Few patterns are as enduring or American as plaid. While simple in concept – crisscrossed bands of color in different widths and sizes – plaid is infinite in possibility. Our buffalo check flannel plaid has been a cold weather favorite for generations, valued for its versatility and rugged good looks. And with that as our starting point, we’re pleased to offer our spring collection – chock full of plaids in brighter, trend-right colors and lighter, cooler fabrics for the warm weather ahead. Whether it’s one of our many popular shirts, or a blanket woven in the USA, we invite you to join the Plaid Nation.

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Woolrich White – Sneak Preview

Woolrich, the Original Outdoor Clothing Company, is proud to introduce a sneak preview of Woolrich White, the brand’s new contemporary men’s and women’s collection. By visiting the new Lookbook Review site and signing up with an email address, customers and retailers will be kept up to date on all the latest news, sales dates and special offers leading up to the fall 2014 launch. The site features the entire Woolrich White lookbook, shot in and around the brand’s headquarters and the historic Woolrich Woolen Mill in Woolrich, PA.

The Lookbook Review site can be found here: http://bit.ly/woolrichwhite


About Woolrich White

“Woolrich White will be a focused assortment of styles that are deeply influenced by our storied legacy. But it’s more than a take on classic pieces. We set out to design a collection that would be relevant to today’s modern customer while staying true to our outdoor roots,” said Josh W. Rich, Woolrich Executive Vice President.

Woolrich White, which features modern cuts and fitted silhouettes, is a direct link to the company’s vast archive and is inspired by the brand’s authenticity, craftsmanship and tradition of honoring the American landscape.

Continuing the brands commitment to increase its domestic manufacturing, many of the pieces from the Woolrich White collection utilize wool from the historic woolen mill in Woolrich, PA, the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the country. With a focus on outerwear, which has always been synonymous with Woolrich, the collection includes a variety of jackets and vest as well as sportswear in various wool fabrications.

WOOLRICH x West America – PART VII

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.

“After an unexpected sweaty start to the day we where off again into the the morning sun, we where backtracking a bit of our route from the night before and it always nice to see your surroundings.  From were we spent the night in San Fransquito the dirt ends its southern route and kicks west to the pacific, we wanted to explore more of the gulf side which meant hitting pavement for a day, after 4 days of bouncing throughout the desert neither of us where too bummed to have a day of smooth riding.


What we did not know was how sketchy the paved route 1 through Baja is, its barely 2 lanes wide and semis rule the road, they drive in the center and when they come head to head with another semi they both swerve out of the way at the last minute, its like watching a constant game of chicken.  Our motorcycles are not the quickest on the pavement so it meant we where constantly getting buzzed by truck traffic, not the relaxing ride we hopped for.  Since it was thanksgiving day we saw it fitting to stop for lunch and buy a hole chicken to fill the void in our stomach, nothing like the feast happening back home but it did the trick.

The road mellowed out after Santa Rosalia and the highway winds along the coast for a good stretch along the Bay of Deception, beautiful water and bays bellow the winding road.  Before we knew it we where climbing up from the coast through amazing cloud forest and leveling out on the high plateau headed into Ciudad Constitucion, the sun was long gone and we where scanning the surroundings for a place to set up camp.  All the land around us was fenced off cattle land so we where hopping to find a cheap camp site along the road, finally around 10 pm we put our heads to rest for the day.


Since the camp site was right next to the highway neither of us had the deepest sleep and where excited when the sun came up, today we would be back on the dirt for the last stretch to La Paz.  The terrain in southern Baja was much different from the northern section, there was a lot more water and we encountered lots of small remote villages along the way, the terrain offered great riding with plenty of elevation gain.  After going east for most of the day we descended back down to the coast as the sun was setting, the last hour of glory light was spent blasting along the ocean on a perfect dirt road, there was a sense of accomplishment pulling into La Paz, the first big leg of the journey was done and mainland Mexico was just a ferry ride away.”

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WOOLRICH x West America – PART VI

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.

We woke up on the beach in Bay of LA, a small fishing town on the gulf, the town is a mix of fisherman and old snowbirds hiding from winter back home.  We were sad to say goodbye to our buddy Tim who had been an awesome companion and guide, he had a long drive home to make it in time for thanksgiving dinner back in San Jose.

After a bit of maintenance of Jordans bike to get the headlights working again we  were off to find the road leading out of town to San Fransquito.  It proved to be more difficult than we thought, every road led us to a dead end, at one point we where turning around in someones driveway while his massive pit bull was doing everything it could to get free.  With a giant jolt the rope holding it back snapped and Jordan was now face to face with the frothing dog.  Turns out the dog just wanted to get off the leash and once it was free it chilled out, definitely not what I expected to happen.

Eventually the road was found and proved to be well graded dirt, the pace was fast and we were making good time.  The road started to get bad quick and in the distance we could see a pile of tires spread out, before we could see that the road was washed out Jordan was launched twenty feet through the air landing crooked and plowing over a handful of cacti.  Somehow he kept the bike upright and we where both relieved to be in one piece, the speed was dropped and we both rode off humbled.  


The sun set behind the cacti and we found ourselves in the dark looking for the remote fishing camp of San Fransquito, since there is no power out this far we could not just look for lights in the distance.  After chasing several spur roads we finally recognized a small airstrip and located the owners of the tiny restaurant, we were the only gringos in town but they where happy to open up and make is the best fish tacos of the trip.

We set up camp on the beach and crashed out hard, morning brought more sun and a flat front tire, luckily it was easy to fix where we were and the air strip had a compressor that made things go quick.  It was Thanksgiving day and we where headed west to catch some pavement down to San Rosalia.

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Woolrich – Committed to helping find ways to get youth OUTSIDE!

Woolrich Inc., The Original Outdoor Clothing Company, is committed to finding ways to get today’s youth engaged in outdoor activities.  Recently Nick Brayton, Woolrich President, had the opportunity to sit down with Sally Jewell, US Secretary of Interior to discuss the secretary’s youth initiative, which is seeking help from the private sector as it aims to create 100,000 new jobs for young people and veterans on public land.

“Secretary Jewell and I are very aligned in our goal to find ways to get our youth engaged in the outdoors as a whole.  As a father of young children, I realize more everyday the need to get our children back outside and unplugged,” said Brayton. “We plan to spend more time with the Secretary’s office in the coming months to help drive this initiative home locally.”

“John Rich founded our family company 84 years ago because he understood the need to provide quality woolens to lumberman working outdoors.  Today we still build purposeful products to help people enjoy their time in the outdoors, regardless if it’s to work or for recreation.  We at Woolrich are passionate about outdoor recreation and want to encourage and educate younger generations to the opportunities our region has to offer, both for jobs and enjoyment.’” says Josh Rich, Woolrich Executive Vice President.

Over the next 12-18 months Woolrich will focus on seeking ways to get the next generation outside.  The first plan is to create a Family Fun 5k Walk/Run, which will start and end at the Woolrich Park, sometime in late summer.  Proceeds from this event will then be used to find more ways to get our youth engaged.  There is also a plan to create a calendar of events at the Woolrich Outlet focused on outdoor-oriented education.

“This year Clinton County celebrates it’s 175th anniversary,” Brayton continues, “and my involvement in that celebration has also reminded me about all that Central Pennsylvania has to offer; hiking and biking trails, beautiful water on which to fish or paddle, and some of the best hunting the state has to offer.  There have to be ways to get families outside together, Woolrich would like to set an example of how companies can get involved.”

If your group or organization is involved with youth in the outdoors or outdoor education and you would like to join Woolrich in raising awareness please send an email with ideas to ldole@woolrich.com.

 

WOOLRICH x West America – PART V – Crossing into Mexico

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.

 

“Leaving San Diego early in the morning and riding for the boarder was a mixed bag of feelings. So many unknowns lie ahead and every scenario runs through your head, good and bad.  We rolled over the boarder without stopping, no passport check, no inspections, nothing. We weaved our way through the boarder town craziness and took a small two lane road into the country.  The first military check came up in the horizon and my mind races. All you hear about are negative things, crooked cops and 16 year old military personal with AKs asking for bribes. The officials could not have been nicer. They all seam to want to talk about the bikes and where you are going and coming from.


An hour down the road we got to our first dirt section that would take us to San Felipe. A month before we got to Baja they received heavy rains that did a lot of damage to the roads, the riding was fast and loose, out of nowhere sections of road where washed out. No markers to tell you anything, nothing could be assumed.  The reality of the terrain sunk in fast and a couple high speed slams into ditches had us humbled and dropping the speed. The feeling of being fully responsible for your decisions and not expecting any warnings was invigorating.  

We got to San Felipe in the dark and spent the first night on a platform above the beach overlooking the gulf. Morning greeted us with sunshine and a beautiful sunrise. We had a 100 miles of pavement to ride before reaching dirt again. Todays ride was going to take us to Cocos corner, then meet up with part of the Baja 1000 course.


Cocos corner is a famous location in a remote section of Baja that I have wanted to visit ever since watching early racing footage from the 1000. His property is full of racing history from the last several decades, and Coco is a character full of charm. It was an honor to met him in person.

From Cocos we raced off into the hills. The Baja 1000 was only a couple weeks prior, so the course was as beat as it gets. Huge whoops, mud holes and endless sand filled the rest of the day. The learning curve in the sand was steep and plenty of wipe outs had us drenched in sweet trying to kick over flooded bikes.  By the end of the day we where beat but stoked to have seen such a beautiful section of Baja. Jordan’s headlights had failed so we had to take a shortcut into bay of LA to beat the darkness.

Another perfect night on the beach sleeping under the stars. It feels like there are twice the amount of stars that I’m used to in Baja’s night sky.”

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