This We Like
Greek islands and a slope-side bloody mary... Trusty boots and a more comfortable bike seat... Explorers who won't quit and a cabin you can take with you.
These and 49 other things make us stand up and say, "Yes!"
It pills up. It melts in the dryer. It often smells like a wet dog. And it remains the quintessential chill-beating layer, which is why Patagonia recently reissued its iconic Synchilla Snap-T in the original 1980s colors. ($119)
2. Climbing Scary-Tall Trees
Best accomplished with folks who know what they're doing, like the guides at Oregon-based Pacific Tree Climbing Institute, who roped-up ascents of 300-foot old-growth Douglas firs and the option to overnight in the canopy in a hammock. From $200.
4. Rolling a Fatty
Logrolling is hard, both logistically (logs are heavy) and balance-wise (they roll). Key Log's 60-pound synthetic hollow log rolls just like a western red cedar when filled with water and comes with beginner-friendly flippers for added stability. ($2,150)
5. Not Sleeping on the Ground
6. Professional Knife Sharpeners
In your trucks at the farmers' market, with your stones and wheels and medieval tools, giving us the edge we need. You guys rule.
7. Rope Tows
We're also big fans of Pomas, J-bars, and magic carpets.
8. Hyper-Specific Vertical Magazines
9. Ziploc Bags
It's a map holder, an iPhone case, a cereal bowl, an ice pack, a canteen, a bait bucket, an extra-rugged prophylactic, and a relatively painless way to end it all. Also: a decent place to put a sandwich.
10. Pole Addicts
Exhibit A: Eric Larsen. In 2006, he completes the first summer expedition to the North Pole. In 2008, he treks to the South Pole. In 2010, he journeys to both poles—and the summit of Everest. In 2012, he attempts to ride a fat bike to the South Pole. And this March, he'll begin a 500-mile unsupported traverse of the Arctic Ocean, from Canada's Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole.
11. Coconut Water
As in water from a coconut, not from a can with a picture of a coconut on it. Access via machete.
NYPD malfeasance, as documented by the crowd.
It's the EPO of cook-offs. The headache goes away.
Or just about any other small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. But only in the off-season (May and June or September and October), when the Euro disco rats have gone home and you can have Psili Amos, a secluded beach accessible only by boat (or a 20-minute hike over a few hills) all to yourself.
15. Embracing Your Inner Child
BMX trials rider Danny MacAskill's sponsors gave him carte blanche for a video project. What does he do? Spends two years building a park that looks like a Pixar set so he can perform stunts on giant toys.
16. Ski-Cabin Decor
Bearskin rugs, snowshoes on the walls, antler chandeliers—the more ridiculous it looks in your home, the better it works in the mountains.
17. Vans Slip-Ons
18. Coffee By Any Means Necessary
Boiled. Burnt. Filtered through a sock or egg shells. It doesn't matter—just get it in your system.
19. The Yukon Territory
Every bit as remote, rugged, and beautiful as Alaska, with a fraction of the people and a much cooler name.
20. Snorkeling the Fishing Hole
Like many fools, Abe Streep spends a lot of time and too much money trying to feel the pull of fish. But he recently learned that you can have just as much fun on the water without hooks.
21. Skull-Rattling Thunderstorms
22. Nautical Charts
For navigation, but also as escapist art. And now more than ever: in April, the government will cease printing the lithographic paper charts, which it has produced since 1807. From $13.
23. Snow Peak
Japanese maker of refined outdoor gear, from folding bamboo tables, to titanium flasks, to a set of stacking mugs handcrafted from cherry birch ($120)
24. Andrew Bird
For his exceptional whistling ability, mad glockenspiel skills, love of biking, and generosity: in the fall of 2013, Bird played a hike-in benefit concert outside Joshua Tree, California, for America's national parks.
Last October, pro surfer Maya Gabeira wiped out on an 80-foot wave off Portugal, the largest ever attempted by a woman. She broke her tibia, blacked out, and had to be dragged to shore by her tow-in partner and given CPR. The next day, Laird Hamilton told CNN that "she didn't have the skills to be in these conditions." She was back surfing again by the end of the year.
26. Drinking Water
Still the optimal way to rehydrate but also as a matter of principle. Fed up with the energy-drink makers that fund so much of the action-sports world, professional snowboarders Austin Smith and Bryan Fox started a public-service campaign—Drink Water—to encourage people to do just that. Bravo.
27. Portable Cabins
Can't decide on the one perfect spot? Wyoming-based Wheelhaus offers six customizable, 400-square-foot models, so you can roam at will. Winter in the Rockies, summer in the Cascades. From $76,000.
28. Sincere Apoligies
Dear Bike Owner,
On Saturday, I graduated from University and got straight white girl wasted. After the bar, it was too late to catch a bus and I am too broke to afford a cab, so I borrowed your bike without asking. It was a lusciously smooth ride from what I remember.
Anyways, I am very sorry I did not ask to borrow your bike. So I have returned it with a coupon for a free lava cake at Domino’s as an apology.
Actual note left on a bike last April.
29. Nice Guys
In 2012, Jeff Kish hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. Like most PCT through-hikers, he frequently hitched it from trailheads to towns to resupply. Last summer, he decided to pay the favor forward by converting his van into a customized shuttle and driving hikers around Oregon and Washington for two months.
30. Reverse Technology
31. Sian Kennedy's Instagram
It's a different world through the lens of this globe-trotting photographer.
32. Women Mountain Guides
Like Kim Havell, 39, who last winter notched the first female descent of the Grand Teton's Otterbody Route, a legendary line that was first skied by Doug Coombs and Mark Newcomb in the mid-nineties.
33. Field Guides
You can wander for hours without leaving the couch.
34. Wooden Boats
35. Welcoming Saddles
Brooks's new Cambium line uses vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton canvas for a seat that's just as classy and durable as its famous leather designs, but without the brutal break-in period. From $196.
Especially on international flights, combined with a few swigs of warm ginger ale and any film starring Sandra Bullock.
*Unless it makes you attack people. Then try melatonin.
37. Having It All
Cut from stretchy, breathable fabric, Rapha's Gingham shirt was made for bike commuting. No one will even know you rode to work. ($145)
38. Low-Angle Powder
The kind that’s just steep enough for fast, swooping turns. Frequently found at these five stashes:
The perfectly spaced hardwood glades off of Steamboat Springs’ Priest Creek lift.
Practically every run at Powder Mountain, Utah’s largest and most criminally overlooked resort.
Jay Peak’s Milk Run.
The Middle Earth area at Mount Bohemia, far and away the snowiest resort in the Midwest.
The Colorado Drops, best accessed in one of San Juan Untracked’s snowcats ($385)
39. Civil Disobedience
The federal government tried to ruin Whitney Dreier's 30th birthday, but she didn't let it.
Preferably, one you can make dinner on, like the Italian-made CookinStack.
41. A Disarming Olympian
With mega-celeb Lindsey Vonn out of Sochi, the Olympic lights will shine bright on her laid-back teammate Julia Mancuso, the perennial underdog who always seems to come home draped with medals.
42. A Trusty Pair of Boots
With a crepe rubber outsole and soft leather lining, Oliberté's Tompa boots are as comfy as they are tough. ($175)
43. Original Yellow Tint
It remains the best hue for contrast and depth perception in flat light. Try the Dr. Bob Smith edition of Smith's I/O goggles, released this year in honor of the company's founder, the late Dr. Bob, who invented modern double-lens ski goggles in 1965. ($175)
44. Being First
On the Water. In the lift line. Getting up early has its benefits.
45. Laser Tag
46. Sporty Undergarments
Whether it's merino-wool boxer briefs or the rather aggressive-looking women's chamois panties from startup Urbanist Cycling (from $50), you hold us right where we need it most.
47. A Company That Gives a Damn
Like Miir, which sells stainless-steel water bottles and commuter bikes. One dollar from every bottle helps provide clean water in developing countries. And for every bike sold, Miir donates a second one through World Bicycle Relief or the Boise Bicycle Project.
This Klondike-era recipe adapted from Alaska Sourdough: The Real Stuff By a Real Alaskan is best when made from scratch.
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"Picture a weasel… that little demon of destruction, that small atom of insensate courage, that symbol of slaughter, sleeplessness, and tireless, incredible activity—picture that scrap of demoniac fury, multiply that mite some fifty times, and you have the likeness of a Wolverine."
—Ernest Thompson Seton, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, in 1909
50. Canada's Postal Service
Its Sarah Burke stamp is an impressively cool and classy tribute.
51. Not Pulling Out Your Phone When You Need to Know What Time It Is
Watches are one of the only accept-able pieces of man bling, so it's important to get this right. You don't want to under- or overdo it. That's why we like Electric's FW01 SS. It's well made and water-resistant, and it feels modern and classic at the same time. ($200)
52. Goggle Tans
53. A Company with a Sense of Humor
The D Stock No. 905 "big ass brick of soap" from Duke Cannon Supply Co. is 4.6 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall, and 1.6 inches thick—or roughly "three times the size of most chick soaps." ($18)
54. A Good View
The penny-farthing is much easier to ride than a unicycle, and it's faster than you'd— Oh, whatever. They look fun, and for some reason people are making them again.
55. The Enduring Style of Smokey the Bear
Jeans, hat, no shirt. Now, there's an animal who knows how to dress like a man.
56. A Proper Cocktail Venue
When the perfect drink coincides with the perfect location, you get better than buzzed.