Gear Review – Columbia’s Men’s Diamond 890 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket – My current favorite backpacking jacket – #omniten

Viewing a freezing sunrise at Haleakala, the top of Maui

Disclaimer: I received the Diamond 890 TurboDown Jacket for free while on a trip wholly funded by Columbia Sportswear. They were the best hosts one could imagine. I received a ton of gear and I am giving my honest opinion of this jacket, since I’ve used it so much since I got it. They gave […]

Lanilili – A fun and muddy hike to a peak on Maui

The view north from Lanilili

While scanning the map of Maui, I was struggling to see where I could hike to a peak. There’s Haleakala, which is a drive-up peak, and there’s Pu’u Kukui, where you have to know someone in order to get access. I wanted it to be reasonable hike, as I was on vacation, so I found […]

Being Inspired by the OmniTen Experience

Dog sledding - Let's do this! - photo by Katie B.

Special thanks to Wilderness Dave for shooting so many awesome photos. It was a day after I returned from Columbia‘s OmniTen week in Park City. I was driving in my car and a song about the singer’s dying mother came on. I broke down into tears. It happened again when I was searching for dogs […]

Gear review – Columbia Men’s Baselayer Midweight Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip #omniten

Columbia Baselayer on the top of Fox Mountain

Disclaimer: As part of this season’s #omniten crew, I was sent a big box full of stuff to try. This Columbia Men’s Baselayer Midweight Long Sleeve was one of those items. Columbia has asked me to simply be honest in any reviews of their gear, or don’t review them at all. I tend to only review […]

Fox Mountain and Cuyama Peak Lookout Tower – Peaks 25 and 26 – Back on the trail

The Cuyama Peak Lookout Tower

  Fox Mountain Elevation: 5,167′ Cuyama Peak Elevation:  5,878′ Distance: ~5 miles Trailhead Since I have been hiking and backpacking with my daughter lately, I have been choosing shorter hikes. As a result, my hiking endurance has suffered a little bit. In order to get me back into shape for longer hikes, I decided to […]

I’ve been chosen for Columbia’s OmniTen Team

My Columbia omniten box

About 6 days ago, I received a nice package in the mail. I was cautiously hoping I was going to receive it, but just wasn’t sure. You see, I’ve been selected by Columbia (the sportswear company) to take part in the Fall 2013 edition of their OmniTen crew. I am super excited. I have been […]