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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!

 

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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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Woolrich and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Collaborate on Small-Batch Beer and Custom Made in USA Capsule Collection

Woolrich, Inc. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are excited to announce their first collaboration, featuring goods both wet and dry, The two brands, both dedicated to the true craftsmanship of their products, are collaborating on a limited batch of custom beer and a capsule collection of clothing.

“We’re so excited about working with a fellow northeast company dedicated to American-made craftsmanship,” says Josh Rich, Executive Vice President of Woolrich. “Dogfish Head and Woolrich share so many common values, so it’s been a wonderful experience collaborating with Sam and his team. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that they make fantastic beer…”

The custom small-batch Woolrich x Dogfish Head beer, dubbed Pennsylvania Tuxedo, was brewed with spruce tips from Woolrich, PA at the Dogfish Head Brew Pub in Rehoboth this past May. Named after the head-to-toe red and black wool outfits that woodsmen wear in New England, the 4.5 ABV Rye Pale Ale reflects the brewery’s signature “Off-Centered Ales for Off- Centered People.” Pennsylvania Tuxedo will debut as draft-only at Analog-A-Go-Go, Dogfish’s music and beer festival, June 13 & 14 in Delaware and will then be served at select events on the Eastern Seaboard.

Additionally, Woolrich and Dogfish have partnered to create a nautical-inspired capsule collection as part of the collaboration, which includes a classic chambray men’s button- down and a long women’s beach shirt, as well as a 100 percent soft wool throw blanket, beach hat and coozie, perfect for the city or the sand. A port and starboard theme will be featured throughout, with red and green anchor-stamped buttons, co- branded labels and a screen-printed Dogfish Head logo on pockets. The entire collaboration will be 100 percent made in the USA.

 

“Dogfish and Woolrich have very similar DNA’s,” says Dogfish Head president Sam Calagione. “We’re both family-owned, east coast companies committed to our communities, obsessed with celebrating nature and using the best natural ingredients we can get our hands on.”

Watch a video about the partnership here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftNk4VkxcC8&feature=youtu.be

 

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 – Winter Fire Starter

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

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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Meet the guys behind BlackOwlOutdoors.com

“Two brothers bridging the gap between nature and the modern pursuit.” Black Owl Outdoors is comprised of two brothers from Pennsylvania who have an unrelenting passion for the outdoors. And part of that passion manifests in video form. Stony, the eldest of the two, is the one behind the camera (above at left); and the younger, Krik, is the one in front. Their videos range from plant identification, to bushcraft, to outdoor adventures, to outdoor equipment reviews. “One of our goals is to share the beauty of nature. We understand there are lots of folks who want to spend more time outdoors and are unable to do so. So, when you can’t get outside, we hope to provide a gateway,” says Krik. And by capturing that beauty, the brothers hope to bring awareness to natural resource protection and preservation. “There’s a value in nature that can’t be described or quantified. We want to do our part in preserving these wild places for generations to come.”

 

You can find their entire library of videos and photography at BlackOwlOutdoors.com.  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 – IX

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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