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Tips From Black Owl Outdoors – Wool Blanket Camp Chair

campchair

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you how to turn a wool blanket, some cordage and some sticks into a comfortable, versatile camp chair. Perfect for when you’re sitting in the forest practicing bushcraft, reading field guides or just enjoying what nature has to offer; the wool blanket camp chair is both comfortable and warm.

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WOOLRICH x West America XII

Trees

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 looking at Central America there are two traditional routes, either you stay on the coast going through El Salvador or take the longer high route through Honduras.  Since boarder crossings take several hours of paperwork for the motorcycles, we opted for the high road avoiding El Salvador.  Honduras has a bad reputation for its instability and it’s capital Tegucigalpa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.  Our experience through most of the country was great. The areas we rode through did not have any tourism which was refreshing, and the landscape was very reminiscent of the pine forest of the high cascades in Oregon.  We wanted to avoid Tegucigalpa, but there was no good route around it. About 30 miles out of the city we could see the dark skies of a massive storm brewing, and before getting engulfed by it we pulled over to suit up.  Sure enough the skies unleashed a down pour as we pushed on trying to get in and out of the city before dark.  As we descended into the chaos bellow we noticed a bypass around the city, what looked like a freeway turned into a traffic jam with flipped and burning cars filling the road side. People would just stare at us wondering what two tourists were doing in the slums of the most dangerous city in Central America. The whole experience was a blur and we were relieved to make it out the other side.  We settled for a shady motel off the highway and made it to the Nicaragua border by the morning, it turned out to be a quick and painless crossing. The volcanoes that filled the distant landscape made my thoughts fade away and the miles melted in turn. Good pavement and some nice dirt sections had us at the notorious Costa Rica boarder.  Costa Rica shares only one boarder crossing with Nicaragua and its always packed. Five hours later we where finally back on the road, well kind of, two flat tires insured progress was slow. 

We rode through the night trying to avoid Costa Rica’s horrible police and strict traffic laws, making it 30 miles from the Panama boarder by midnight. We crashed in hammocks for a quick nap before crossing into Panama in the morning. The sleepy boarder crossing on the Caribbean proved to be painless and Jordan played with the local kids while I submitted bike papers. The people of Panama were very warm and welcoming, personally escorting us in the right direction after a wrong turn put us in the middle of a banana plantation. It was Christmas eve and Jordan and I split ways for a week, I headed to Bocas Del Toro to visit friends from home while Jordan raced to Panama city to be with his fiancee for the holidays. A bit of time off the bikes sounded great after jamming through Central America.”

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WOOLRICH x West America – Part XI

guatacross

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.

 

“The boarder crossing into Guatemala is a hectic crossing. Far from what we are accustomed to. After ducking under a gate we found ourselves in the slow motion process of importing the bikes.  Stamps, photocopies and a wait in a never ending line to pay for the temporary permits.  With about an hour and a half of daylight left we were on our way into the deep canyons leading into Guatemala. The scale was massive, shear cliffs reaching into the clouds and dropping down into the swollen rivers bellow.  

We had our sights set on reaching the fresh water pools of Semuch Champey. The route climbed through rugged river valleys and fertile fields filled with crops of various fruits and veggies. The land was very lush and alive. The next morning we jumped in the back of a 4×4 for a bumpy ride into the hills. Its easy to forget how beat the roads are here when you have a dirt bike with a foot of travel soaking everything up. We decided to jump in with a group on a cave tour so we could explore the various water caves that filled the hillside. Guided by candle light we hiked and swam deep into the mountain side.

A short walk from the caves lies the pools of Semuc Champey. A lava flow filled a section of the valley causing a handful of streams to flow into a series of pools rather than the raging river flowing beneath them.  It was insane watching the whole valley’s drainage disappear underground only to reappear at the other end of the lava flow. Being the wet season meant the river was running full bore.  In the clear pools above the river we found wonderfully warm water. Swimming back home means jumping in and out as quick as possible, it was a nice change.  The afternoon was spent soaking in the various pools and jumping off cliffs. Our time in Guatemala was awesome and we both wished it could have been longer. Since we left Oregon later than planned we had to move south pretty quick to reach Patagonia for the end of there summer.”

 

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Tips From Black Owl Outdoors – Winter Fire Starter

TulipTree

Fire making is an essential skill. During the winter months, natural fire starting materials can be scarce. But if you know where to look, the forest will provide. The bark from the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is present year around in the eastern United States and north into Canada.
In this video, Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows how to find and use this fire starting resource.  Watch the video here!

WOOLRICH x WestAmerica – Part X

Cbikes

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.

 

Our first rest from the road came in Zipolite. Its a nice little spot on the coast that is know for its nude beach and tranquil vibe. We checked into a sweet hostel built into the cliffs overlooking the ocean for a couple days of sun. Ever since we left the cold NW Jordan has been fighting his beard, at this point it was full of road grime and sadly time to go. Over the coarse of an hour the poor electric shaver bogged through the mess and Jordan came out the other side stoked and ready to hit the beach.

We flailed in the water like seals and bodysurfed the waves. Neither of us have much experience in the ocean so when a big set came in we got checked pretty hard and learned what an undertow was the hard way. The town was super mellow and it was nice to be off the bikes. After a full day in the sun we both went from being two pasty gringos to fully lobstered. Time to cover up and get back on the road.  Zipolite was about as far south as we where going before heading east into the mountains and the state of Chiapas. Once again the scenery changed drastically. We went from 90 degrees on the coast to shivering our asses off as we climbed up to over 6000 feet and into the town of San Cristibol de las Casas. We avoided the toll road and found an amazing secondary road that took us through tiny towns of indigenous people living very simple lives. The sunset was insane and we were loving the cool dry air. The night was spent exploring the amazing architecture of the city and roaming the streets for cheep food and pastries. This would be our last stop in Mexico before heading into Guatemala. After our fiasco in Baja we where sure to be more prepared for the crossing ahead. Morning brought rain and it was hard to motivate the body to get on the bikes in the cold after so much sun and nice weather. Luckily, just out of town the road drops its elevation and we where sweating in the sun as we rode towards the border.

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WOOLRICH x West America – IX

FixBike

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.

 

“The ferry ride to Mazatlan was a much needed rest. We both passed out pretty much the whole way and woke to an amazing sunrise as we got closer to the mainland. The bikes needed some love after 1500 miles of dusty desert roads so we found a hostel that would let us catch up on maintenance and work. Neither of us like being in cities much, but luckily the beach was just a minute away and we were able to get some swims in between wrenching on the bikes.

With fresh oil and tune ups we where ready to make some distance again. The mainland was a hole different world, wide roads, new cars and vegetation was a nice change. We worked our way down the coastal highway 200 spending our first night getting eaten alive by sand flies after our map showed a detour that dead ended at a dump on a lagoon. It was too late to backtrack so we just suffered through the night. We woke up bummed and had to ride an hour back to the main road. By the time we made it to Sayulita we where both ready to call it a day and found a nice camp spot up on the hill above town. After setting up camp we got our swim gear on and headed to the beach.  As luck would have it we ran into an old friend that we had no idea was living down south for the winter. She was stoked to show us around and took us out of town to an amazing deserted beach where we continued practicing our body surfing for the afternoon.

We had been warned about the two states bellow us, Michoacan and Guerrero. They were both described as lawless states and that we should avoid if possible. After a little discussion we decided to stay on the coast and hope for the best. Our experience was mixed but for the most part everything went smooth. We got off the main road by accident a couple times and where reminded very quickly that we shouldn’t be there. Just like anywhere in the states there are places you avoid. The roads where deserted and there were no police anywhere so we could ride however we wanted. We made good time, and made sure we got into decent towns to spend the night. We got lucky and found some nice small beach towns where we could set up our hammocks for cheep. We had made it through the no go zone and where stoked on the experience. Almost everyone we met put off a very warm and welcoming vibe, but you could tell there was a lot of tensions between the people and the military.”

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WOOLRICH x West America – Part VIII

SunBoat

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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WOOLRICH x West America – PART VII

TheCoast

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

Sunset

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!

Jewell

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.