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WOOLRICH x West America – Part XVII

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 Cartagena was a bit hectic, the only map we had of Colombia was an illustrated atlas from 1980 we bought at a street market, if you plan on traveling in South America get maps ahead of time.  We finally shook the grip of the city riding a narrow strip of land running along the Caribbean; the road was packed with massive trucks and a fierce cross wind making for many exciting maneuvers.

After navigating Barranquilla, a major shipping port, things finally mellowed out and the truck traffic disappeared.   It was smooth sailing into Tayrona National Park which we would call home for the next couple days.   A week earlier we had made arrangements to spend some time on a friend of a friend’s farm.  We had a loose description of where it was and looked for the pink house after the waterfall on the left.  Luckily the pink house stood out and we turned down a small road leading to the farm, a beautiful lush setting in the narrow bit of land that separates the ocean from the dense mountains above.

The owner was not there but he had informed his farm hand Sidel that we would be coming, at this point in the trip our Spanish was very limited but we were able to get settled in just fine.  Sidel, like most Colombians that we met, was incredibly warm and friendly, making us feel right at home.  We set up the tents next to the chicken coup not thinking about what might happen later, around 1 in the morning the chickens decided it was time to party.  The tranquil setting turned into a full ragger and did not settle down until sunrise, Colombian roosters are on a different schedule apparently.

First thing in the morning Sidel was hard at work making new shelters for the cattle drinking stations, in our broken Spanish we informed him that we wanted to spend the day working with him, the language barrier made for a slow start but soon we were all busy cutting and banging nails.

It was a wonderful day,  traveling has made us miss our shop and being able to make something with our hands again was awesome, Sidels love for the farm and all its animals was great to see.  After a hard day in the sun he took us up to the water falls above the property, emerging from the dense jungle cascading into perfect deep pools perfect for soaking.

The best part of traveling is meeting the people that live on the land, to see how they spend there days and share experiences with them; it’s amazing how much can be communicated with very little language.  We went to bed very satisfied and ready to explore the mountains of northeast Colombia, from the farm we would be climbing up above the coast to the small town of Minca.

 

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The lure of fly fishing: Five questions with Woolrich designer Steven Fuller

Woolrich designer Steven Fuller’s outdoor life began in New England, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and lives today in the rolling mountains of central Pennsylvania.   A passionate angler, hiker and conservationist, Fuller’s outdoor life began early on the waters around Martha’s Vineyard, as family and fishing were an inseparable pair.   He grew up on the plains of eastern Washington, and followed the waters there to Puget Sound, to Seattle, and to the inspirational peaks and rivers of the Olympic Peninsula.

Although Steven occasionally travels to find his fishing quarry …  it’s clear he has always been a fan of Pennsylvania legendary fly fishing,

What are a couple of your favorite spots?

SF:  Penns creek, the narrows section on Fishing Creek and a few ‘nameless’ local mountain streams nearby. Continue reading

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Keeping time with the enduring style of the Railroad Vest

In 1859, the iron tracks of the Sunbury & Erie Railroad stretched to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, bringing regular train service within a few miles of the Woolrich mill.   Yet while regular train service brought a massive building boom to central Pennsylvania, that wasn’t its only legacy.  It also inspired the creation of one of Woolrich’s most enduring designs:  the Railroad Vest.

Also known as the “Utility Vest,” the original styling is graced with rough charcoal wool, and a light grey pinstripe.   The material is thick enough to feel immediately warm and durable, yet smooth enough to make the call for an evening out on the town.  As appealing as the material is … it’s the pockets that make this piece truly tick.   Today’s wearers turn to the Woolrich Railroad Vest to stash their iPhones, business cards, notebooks, screwdrivers, flyboxes, digital cameras and more.

But originally, it was all about the pocket watch.  Continue reading

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