First Look: Teva Arrowood Lux WP

Hiking shoes and boots are always a never-ending struggle. Mid-length for ankle support or regular shoe? Waterproof or not waterproof? Regular size or size up? The questions hikers, backpackers, and outdoor enthusiasts ask when it comes to shoe wear is never-ending. As a female, I am not ashamed to admit I care about aesthetics as well. Thus my arrival to purchasing this little number.

Teva isn’t a hiking shoe company, but they are well-known for their sandals among outdoor enthusiasts.  Read More

52 Hike Challenge: Hike No.6 at Watchung Reservation, NJ

OK, I know. Where the hell are hikes 1-5? Well, truthfully I chewed over where to start off posting about this challenge. I never originally intended to write about each hike, but then once the spark lit up in my head I couldn’t put it out. So, here I am, starting at Hike No. 6.

I completed Hike No.6 only last Friday, on 9/2, so it’s still pretty fresh in my mind. Perhaps, I might go back and write about the hikes before this. Perhaps not. For now I will list them as follows: Hike No. 1 & 2 were done during my White Mountains trip in July, No.3 was at the Manasquan Reservoir, No.4 was at the D&R Canal with a Meetup group, No.5 was after a SUP lesson at a lake in Freehold.

And then there was No.6. On this Friday, the company I work for let us out early because of the holidays, so I made my way to Watchung Reservation to hike the History Trail there.

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Starting the #52Hike Challenge

This challenge was created by Karla Amador, who after seeing her boyfriend Phillip loose 30 pounds from mountaineering, decided for her New Years resolution to complete 1 hike for a year–or 52 weeks. Read More

August Chasing Challenges: Meet Kelsey Simms

I saw Kelsey on Instagram from one of the (way too many) profiles I follow. I’d like to say I remember what account it was that talked about her, but it’s Friday night as I’m writing this post, I’m currently already into my glass of wine, and I’m wearing a tank top that reads “No mas today”–so I think you’ll forgive me for this one.

I started Chasing Challenges after reflecting on some of my own challenges I was pursing. I also really love all the stories I see every day in my feed, in articles on the internet, and even in person. I wanted to be more involved in those stories. It’s been a learning process, and although my first interview was in May, this one jumped over a few months.

Kel decided she was going to summit fourteen 14ft-ers all by the end of this summer, having never done anything like this before nor even hiked a 14ft-er. Some of these she even braved by herself (something I’m not ashamed to admit I haven’t accomplished psyching myself up to yet). I really loved how she made the decision of what she wanted to do despite not having the experience or knowing how it would go; she still went after her goals anyhow.

I immediately sent her an PM asking if I could feature her here. Luckily for me, she said yes! Read on to hear about her epic summer journey. Read More

Sandy Hook: Celebrating National Parks 100th Anniversary

If you haven’t heard yet or can’t figure it out from that clever title, it’s the 100th anniversary for the National Park system. They are hosting some events in various parks across the United States, including free park admission to all parks from August 25th to August 28th.

The National Park System is an amazing organization that protects and shares America’s wild places, cultural landmarks, and so much more. It includes a giant 412 protected areas, and was created on August 25, 1916. In 2015, a total of 307,247,252 people visited our parks. Although often access to such things are taken for granted, they are a treasure we should certainly celebrate. These parks take hard work, money, and many volunteers and philanthropists to endure.

This Is #MyParkStory

If you scroll through some of the top outdoor brands, top travelers, top photographers or any well-known content creators for anything outdoors on the internet, you’ll soon pick up an idea of some of the most beautiful and memorizing National Parks there are. If you were to turn to page 33 of National Park System magazine from April, you’d see an article called “Your Park Stories” that speaks of inspiring personal tales. These are the ways how I’ve learned about places like Zion, Acadia, Denali or my latest trip: the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Except there is a common denominator among these parks: the size. These are the big dogs. These are the parks that make for stunning photos and wistful adventures. We follow along in a daydream as we read in awe of their lovely stories. But somewhere along the lines other, smaller parks get left behind.

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Women’s White Mountain Spike Trail Crew With AMC

I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club a few months ago, in anticipation of being able to be active again. After which, I searched obsessively through the various events for things I could participate in. Although organizations like AMC have existed since before we started using the internet, I am often very thankful for the opportunities being connected digitally can bring to us.

It was through AMC that I found a week volunteer trip in New Hampshire, a women’s spike trail crew vacation. Although I was instantly intrigued, at first I dismissed it. I didn’t have all the gear I would need, after all; tent, backpack and work clothes. The White Mountains are also a pretty decent haul up north from central New Jersey–around 8 hours. I just purchased a Jeep Renegade in the fall. So did I really want to put that many miles on my brand new car? Read More

May Chasing Challenges: Meet Jennifer McAmis

I am very excited to introduce RWF’s very first Chasing Challenges interview (drum roll inserted here). Meet Jennifer McAmis! An all-around inspiring, talented, and friendly girl.

I met Jennifer through Sweat Pink (you’ll likely see a lot more interviews from its members), and have enjoyed seeing her take on even more challenges since she first did this interview. Jennifer is an outdoor enthusiast–she rock climbs, canyoneers, hikes, slacklines, goes camping under the stars and so much more.

Her belief in the magic of the outdoors is so strong, she recently joined Explorer Chick Co.  as their Chief Marketing Officer.

But today our interview is on a different challenge. Read on to learn about Jennifer, and her 30 by 30 Challenge. Read More

Gear Review: Flow Fold Minimalist Outdoor Wallet

Flow Fold is a American based company in Maine that designs simple, lightweight yet durable wallets and bags. Their wallets are made with high performance racing sail cloth, and ballistic nylon webbing.

I first found Flow Fold in Brooklyn, NY during the pop-up American Field event in the fall. This event hosted many great American based outdoor companies such as Cotopaxi, United By Blue, and more. Read More

BioLite’s BaseLantern Kickstarter Campaign

BioLite is a company that forges unique, innovative products which aren’t afraid to think outside the box. Their products revolve around the outdoors, including things such as camping stoves and lighting. But they don’t stop there. Biolite takes the gear that has always been needed in the wilderness and added on modern needs as well: energy.

Enter BaseLantern, the newest of their line. The BaseLantern tackles the need for a large, core lighting source yet slims it down to be far more manageable, packable, and–despite this–even more useful. For BaseLantern can also charge your electronics.

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Chasing Challenges

Why do people seek out challenges? Humans have been chasing this intangible desire since Prometheus decided they deserved fire*. There is a burning hot drive within the human species to go beyond the normal abilities practiced in everyday life; even when whatever that may be changes with people, place, and time. Read More