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Outdoor Retailer gear expo begins today

Outdoor Retailer gear expo begins today Aug 4th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Today is the start of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held bi-annually in Salt Lake City, Utah. The OR show is a gathering of outdoor and travel gear manufacturers who come together to show off their latest tents, backpacks, clothing, and other products to industry buyers, as well as the media. Over the next four days, companies like The North Face and Patagonia will unveil new products that...

Gear suggestions for holiday weekend trips outdoors

Gear suggestions for holiday weekend trips outdoors Jun 27th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Summer is in full-swing and with the Independence Day weekend right around the corner, people are planningfor trips to the great outdoors. From hiking to camping, getting into nature is a great way to enjoy the holiday and unplug from your everyday life. However, if you're going to do it right, you need to have the proper gear. Last year, we set you up with the ultimate camping gear guide. All of...

Wine lovers can win ski trip to Chile this summer with "Sips & Slopes" contest

Wine lovers can win ski trip to Chile this summer with Jun 26th, 2011 at 3:30PM: If wine and schussing are your thang, unleash your inner poet and enter the Wines of Chile "Sips & Slopes" contest. The rules are simple: compose and tweet an original haiku about Chile, using the hashtag #SipsSlopes. The lucky winner and a guest will win a five–night stay at Chile's largest ski resort, Valle Nevado, including two round-trip tickets on LAN airlines. As you might expect,...

Sun Protection Wear from Patagonia

Sun Protection Wear from Patagonia Jun 23rd, 2011 at 1:00PM: On our first sunny day in Seattle in far too long, I got sunburned. I know better. I fell asleep in the hammock and woke up baked to an itchy pink. I do this once a year, and then I come to my senses and dress appropriately. I have a few very light weight long sleeved shirts that I picked up at the market in Siem Reap, Cambodia; all my shirts were too heavy for the oppressive humidity. I wanted...

Photo of the Day: Mendoza mountains

Photo of the Day: Mendoza mountains May 22nd, 2011 at 6:00PM: Off in the distance, there are mountains. Gently zig-zagging ridges hidden under a layer of mist and slowly evaporating fog. When the sun strikes them just so, like we see here in Flickr user morrisey's photo in Mendoza, Argentina, they can create a striking visual spectacle. It's almost like looking at a series of waves crashing along the beach, gently rolling towards the shore driven by an...

REI Adventures offers members 25% discount on select trips

REI Adventures offers members 25% discount on select trips Feb 19th, 2011 at 8:00AM: In 2011, REI Adventures, the travel arm of outdoor gear retailer REI, is celebrating its 25th year of offering great outdoor and active journeys to adventure travelers. To commemorate the occasion, they're passing on a substantial discount to members of the REI Co-Op, giving them 25% off some of their most classic trips. In all, there are seven trips that the discount is being applied to. Those...

Patagonia adventure race looking for photographers

Patagonia adventure race looking for photographers Dec 21st, 2010 at 8:30AM: Aspiring photographers take note. The Wenger Patagonian Adventure Race have teamed up with the U.K. version of National Geographic Traveler to offer adventure travelers and photographers the opportunity of a life time. They're giving away a trip to Chile to experience the race first hand, and cover it, as one of the race's official photographers. The next edition of the race will take place...

Gadling's cold weather gift guide

Gadling's cold weather gift guide Dec 14th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Christmas is less than two weeks away (and Hanukkah wishes are now being expressed belatedly), and that's still plenty of time to shop for all of your favorite people. We've already covered the best gifts for outdoor travelers and the top luxury travel gifts, so this time around we're focusing on people who embrace winter. You know the type: the adventurers who see snow and can't wait to get...

Chiloe: Chilean Patagonia's emerald islands offer eco- and agritourism

Chiloe: Chilean Patagonia's emerald islands offer eco- and agritourism Sep 30th, 2010 at 3:00PM: I can't remember who first told me about Chiloe, but I do recall that it was just a few weeks before my first trip to Chilean Patagonia. For a year I'd been planning an itinerary around my personal Holy Grail: rafting the thunderous Futaleufu River. Located across the Chacao Channel from the bustling town of Puerto Montt in northern Patagonia, Chiloe is a 41-island archipelago. The largest of...

Photo of the Day (05.01.10)

Photo of the Day (05.01.10) May 1st, 2010 at 5:30PM: Who doesn't want to have a big back yard? Everyone loves a place of their own with a nice lawn, room to play ball with the kids and barbecue when you invite your friends over. And don't even get me started on the perks of privacy. I, like many of you, enjoy suntanning in the nude. So, you know, it's nice when your closest neighbors are nowhere in site. This guanaco is surely the envy of the...

Gadling Gear Review: Patagonia R3 Regulator Fleece Jacket

Gadling Gear Review: Patagonia R3 Regulator Fleece Jacket Dec 15th, 2009 at 10:30AM: With winter upon us, it's time to start bundling up. And if you have any cold weather vacations planned for the holiday season, you'll want to be sure that you have the proper gear before you get to your destination. Keeping your core warm is not just about comfort; It's a matter of safety. At the heart of any layering system is a solid, insulated and wind-proof fleece coat. I decided to put the...

The Gadling gift guide for the lightweight traveler

The Gadling gift guide for the lightweight traveler Dec 14th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Traveling light is a challenge - I'll admit that it is the kind of challenge I usually avoid, but with rising luggage costs and more exotic destinations, people are starting to pack as lightly as possible. In this list, you'll find a couple of gifts that can reduce your luggage load, and help make your trip more enjoyable. Of course, every lightweight and "one bag" traveler has different...

Driving Chile's Patagonia highway

Driving Chile's Patagonia highway Dec 12th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Earlier in the week we posted a story on 18 of the world's craziest roads, which featured amazing and downright scary highways from around the globe. Absent from that list is a 770-mile long stretch of pavement that runs from Puerto Montt to Villa O'Higgins, right through heart of Chile's Patagonia district, that is known as the Carretera Austral. This lonely and remote highway offers one of the...

Eco-friendly packing - and how you can do it too

Eco-friendly packing - and how you can do it too Oct 15th, 2009 at 4:30PM: I've long been a supporter of eco-tourism and have tried (and many times failed) to be a fully-aware eco-traveler myself. In this world of technology and modern equipment, it's sometimes hard to find your way back to the basics and just enjoy travel for what it is rather than enjoy it alongside all of the gadgets and gizmos that we're buried under in this 21st century. It's time to rethink how we...

Adventure Destination: Patagonia

Adventure Destination: Patagonia Jul 27th, 2009 at 8:00AM: South America has some of the most remote and amazing places on the planet. The continent is home to the Amazon and the Andes of course, both of which conjure images of beautiful, wild places. But perhaps the most remote, beautiful, and wild of all, lies far to the south, transcending the borders of Argentina and Chile, in a place called Patagonia. Sitting just on the southern end of the Andes...

History's Most Famous Travel Adventures

History's Most Famous Travel Adventures Feb 20th, 2009 at 8:32AM: There is no doubt that history has a level of influence on the places that many of us visit. We read about far off places and exotic adventures, and it fires our own imaginations, sometimes compelling us to take a journey of our own, and experience the things that we've dreamed about. Forbes Traveler has put together an excellent list of the greatest travel adventures from history, not only...

Where To Go To Truly Get Away From It All

Where To Go To Truly Get Away From It All Feb 16th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Everyone has different reasons for why they like to travel, and their destinations of choice vary just as much. Some love to visit noisy, bustling foreign cities, others prefer the quiet tranquility of a secluded beach. Then of course, there are the travelers who truly like to get away from it all. They prefer to visit remote wilderness places, far off the beaten path, with few, if any, amenities....

In Patagonia: Chile's awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park

In Patagonia: Chile's awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park Nov 24th, 2008 at 9:00AM: Widely heralded as South America's most beautiful national park, Torres del Paine in Southern Chile offers outdoor-lovers everything they could want: rugged landscapes, snow-capped peaks, massive glaciers, and abundant wildlife. Named for the towering granite columns (torres) that dominate the park's gorgeous skyline, the park also contains dozens of crystal-blue lakes, including Lago Pehoe,...

Bike blog: Two Portlanders cycle South America

Bike blog: Two Portlanders cycle South America Feb 21st, 2008 at 9:00AM: Kelsey's post about traveling through Portland got me thinking of all the great stuff that comes out of this west coast city. First of all it was just rated the greenest American city, and of course it has the infamous bookstore Powell's. But even better, the city also manages to produce a lot of inspirational travelers. One of Portland's current traveling teams is Elicia Càrdenas and Andy...

Rafting "the Fu" (in the Andes)

Rafting Nov 30th, 2006 at 12:01PM: Apparently, if you're a kayak-maniac (you know who you are), you've heard of "the Fu," aka the Futaleufu River, spilling down out of the Andes from Patagonia, through Chile, into the Pacific. Some of the river's rapids are so technically demanding that they weren't ridden until 1985 (by a U.S. Olympic kayaker, nonetheless). Well, now that he's blazed the trail, he's set up Expediciones Chile, an...

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