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May, 2014

WOOLRICH X WestAmerica-Part XVI

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 a wild ride on the open sea it felt Amazing to be on solid ground again, we both agreed that sailing was something we never had to do again.  Arriving in Cartagena you are instantly overwhelmed with the energy of the city, music and colors fill the air, on every corner something is going on.

 

We had a couple days to burn since we arrived on the weekend and still had to import the bikes before unloading them from the boat, we wondered the streets of old town taking in all the beautiful architecture.  On Monday morning we met up with our captain at the port to unload the bikes, for some reason the bikes cannot be unloaded ashore and have to be transferred to a launch before heading to land.  I had been having nightmares about dropping my bike into the ocean since we boarded the sailboat, the unloading process went smooth but we were both sweating pretty hard.

 

With the bikes safely ashore we headed for Aduana to import the motorcycles, the first thing we noticed in Columbia was how helpful and kind everyone was, and the whole process went smooth and easy.  After importing the bikes we headed out to the car wash to rinse off all the salt that was eating away at all it could.

 

Cartagena was a blast and we probably could have spent a fair bit more time exploring the city, our plan was to head east to Tyronas national park and spend a couple days on a friend’s farm.  After a hot afternoon getting out of the city we found ourselves riding through the cool air of the northern Andes, lush green forest rising from the ocean out of sight into the clouds above.”

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WOOLRICH x West America XV

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.

 

“When we are on the bikes we crave being off the bikes but once we get a bit of time off the bikes we realize that we crave movement.  A week and a half in the small town of Peurto Lindo allowed us to work on the bikes and catch up on some planning for Columbia but we were dying to move on.

Friday rolled around and we packed up the bikes, the ride to the port was through lush valleys and beautiful farmland.  If our time in the small port town taught us anything it was that our captain was not thought too highly of, we were expecting some headaches, and after waiting for over an hour for her to show up they started.  Instead of leaving that evening we spent the next three days driving back and forth to Colon trying to export our bikes from Panama, each country that we enter requires us to temporally import then export the bikes.

 

At 11pm on Monday night we finally pulled anchor and headed for the San Blas Islands, the first leg of the trip was rougher than we expected but we held it together.  It was both our first time sailing and its safe to say we underestimated our weakness on the water, we now feared the two day open water crossing more then ever.

 

We woke up anchored in the beautiful San Blas Islands, a paradise of white sand and crystal clear warm water, after a quick bite everyone jumped overboard.  The water would be home for the next two days, snorkelling and exploring the uninhabited islands with our new friends.  Our captain had one saving grace, she was an amazing cook, every night she would make a feast of fresh seafood bought from the locals.  Our time on the islands was something we will never forget.

 

After dinner on the third day the fun was over, we pulled out of the protected bay into open sea.  January is considered one of the roughest times to make the crossing, it wasn’t long before the 50 foot sailboat was getting tossed like a toy in the swell.  We were only permitted above deck during daylight so when the sun set it was time to wedge ourselves in the tiny cabins, as we raced to our beds I made sure to grab a handful of puke bags.

 

The next two days were rough on us, I immediately puked all over myself in bed, Jordan did a little better but suffered equally.  Neither of us ate or drank for two days in fear of having to go to the bathroom.  After over thirty hours at open sea we awoke to a boat that was perfectly still, the sense of relief was incredible, we were now anchored in the Port of Cartagena Colombia.    

 

We were now officially in South America, a day we had both been dreaming about for years, we got off the boat as quick as possible to explore the lively city we were now in.”

 

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WOOLRICH X West America XIIII

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 our friends and family left Panama, James and I still had a week and a half to look around before jumping on a sail boat to Colombia. We thought we’d get some bike maintenance done and see the southern Panamanian sights. After searching Panama City for some parts for a day we quickly realized that madness of that place was not for us. We decided to take off for the Caribbean coast stopping to check out the locks of the Panama Canal on the way. 

Trying to check out the locks from a free, non tourist corralled area proved fruitless. There are security guards all over the place and we finally conceded to patron the lookout tower with the rest of the tourist herd. Such an amazing site, and well worth it. 

 

Jumping back on the bikes, it took no time at all to get from the pacific to the Caribbean shore line. As we cruised the coastal road we found some incredible landscapes and laid back towns. They were a welcome change from the chaos of Panama City. 

We met a women that let us set up camp at her place for $4 a night called that home base for the rest of our time. It was awesome to get to take so much time in an area and check it all out. We consumed our days with dirt roads, beaches, bakeries, bike maintenance and playing with all the kids who were on summer break. 

While it was nice to get to relax a bit, James and I were growing incredibly anxious to get on that boat and start moving again!”

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Tips From Black Owl Outdoors – How to Hang a Bear Bag PCT Style

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors discusses a way to safely hang a food bag while camping in bear country.

When spending the night in the forest, it’s important to keep your food safe and secure. If you don’t have a bear canister (the most secure way to store food), hanging your food is the next best option. It is essential  to store all food and scented items away from your sleeping area. You don’t need unwanted guests visiting your tent in the night. In this video, Krik of Black Owl Outdoors demonstrates and explains one method of hanging a food bag.

Watch the video here!