Trail Talk: The Cold Weather One

Boy oh boy has it been awhile since we’ve posted a trail talk. It’s time to get back on the path and bring you guys some of the latest and best blog posts of the week. So much is happening in the world of the outdoors – let’s jump right to it.

In today’s edition of trail talk we have a first ascent bouldering video, a snow capped mountain in the Great Smokies, a memorable whitewater kayaking trip from this summer, awesome rock climbing pictures from the Alps and finally a trip report from Linville Gorge.

Chris Marley puts up a first ascent on War Tactics (V11/V12)NOLS Vimeo
Day Hiking in Cold WeatherHigh on LeConte
East Fork of the KaweahEGCreekin
Rock Guiding in the AlpsInto the Mountains
Table Rock and The Chimneys, Linville Gorge WildernessTwo Heel Drive

Hope everyone has a great weekend! The weather is getting cool so there’s no excuse not to get outdoors. Also, I want to send a reminder in case you’re blind to all the banners we have running – Adayak is giving away a free shirt every Friday in the month of October. Enter now.

As always, if you have something you’d like featured on Trail Talk then shoot us an email!

Trail Talk: The Teton Rescue One

We took a week off from Trail Talk last Friday because our staff was on vacation. A lot has happened since the last edition and it took a good amount of time for me to skim through all the blogs I follow to find out what’s been going on. It feels good to be back on schedule now and bringing to consistent content on the Adayak Blog.

In today’s Trail Talk we have a photo from the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain, a wet climb in the Rocky Mountain National Park, a slideshow of East Buttress on Mt. Whitney, a dramatic rescue attempt on Grand Teton, and some tips on how to make it through a trad alive.

What Lives WithinAppalachian Treks
Tuesdays in the ParkTravels & Tribulations of Blake Herrington
Climbing a Classic – the East Buttress on Mt WhitneyClimb | Ski | Sleep | Repeat
Choppers Pluck 16 from Grand Teton in Dramatic RescueThe Adventure Life
Basic Technique – Saving Energy on the TradDave MacLeod

Hope you enjoyed some of our finds from the outdoors blogosphere. I’d like to remind you that at Adayak we have $3.99 Flat Rate 3-Day Shipping. That means you can buy $500 worth of stuff and only pay $3.99 shipping… and you get it fast! Shop Now.

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Trail Talk: The Old West One

It’s Friday and time for another edition of Trail Talk – except this time you’ll notice something different. For the first time, we’ve attached a podcast to our Trail Talk blog posts. It only makes sense to actually talk about the blog content given the title of these posts. I ask that you go easy on us as this is our first go at a podcast. Over the next few weeks will work on editing, music, content etc. I’ll also try not to sound so monotone!

We might exploring into new content for podcasts but to kick things off we’re going to stick with Trail Talk and discuss some of the hot outdoor topics from other blogs around the internet. As soon as I can figure out how to get it on iTunes I’ll do that too, but for now you can download the mp3 or listen here:

Download Trail Talk MP3
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For those of you just looking for a quick links to a good read I’ll go ahead with the normal Trail Talk process. Today we have an acclimation day on Denali at 17,000 feet, a look back at the American West, tips on how to stay alive in the Grand Canyon, a traveler’s checklist for Yosemite National Park, and an epic mountain biking trip to Mt. Graham.

Acclimation Day on DenaliWild Snow
Bodie State Historic ParkModern Hiker
Grand Canyon Early June UpdateGrand Canyon Hiker’s Blog
Traveler’s Checklist to Yosemite National ParkNational Park Traveler
Around the MountainBikepacking and Endurnace Mountain Biking

If you listened to the podcast, I’d love it if you posted a comment with your critiques – it will only help us get better. And as always, send us your links to awesome outdoor blog posts so we can include them in the next edition of Trail Talk.

Trail Talk: The Driven One

I’m going to call today’s edition of Trail Talk the first A/V only post we’ve done. All four links below will take you to the best blog posts I’ve seen this week… two of them are videos and two of them are trip reports loaded with stunning photographs. Sometimes I wonder how climbers/hikers can get into position for some of these shots.

Today we have the first episode of Ross Herr’s new kayaking web series titled Driven, an amazing Grand Teton skiing trip report (loads of killer photos), the best Yosemite National Park write I’ve ever read (more killer photos), and the final episode of The Season.

Drive Episode IRoss Herr Kayaking
Mega Grand Teton Ford/Stettner Ski Descent Photo TRTetonAT
Ascending the Steep John Muir TrailGambolin’ Man
The Finale. That’s it. That’s allThe Season TV

I hope you enjoy these blog posts from around the web. If you have a blog post you’d like to see featured on Trail Talk, please send me a note or post a comment here and we’ll take a look at it.

Enjoy your weekend! Oh — and don’t forget to pick up some new organic outdoor t-shirts.

Trail Talk: The Thimble One

Hiking, climbing, camping, kayaking, fishing … it’s all done outdoors, in nature. But that doesn’t mean the participants don’t write a mean blog. In fact, outdoor enthusiasts are some of the best bloggers out there. We have amazing pictures, awesome trip reports and backcountry stories you can’t find anywhere else.

Today is Friday – that means 3 things.
1. The 10% off Earth Day coupon is still going on. Use coupon: EARTH10 at checkout
2. Tomorrow is the weekend and the weather is beautiful
3. Time for another edition of Trail Talk!

I’m very excited for today’s post. I found some great blog posts this week and can’t wait to share them. We have a new list of free camping spots in British Columbia, a glimpse of frazil ice in Yosemite, a trip report on The Thimble, gator spotting at Rock Springs, and a video recap from Limestoner 2010.

Camp for Free in B.C.Tracks and Trails
Frazil Ice on Yosemite Nature NotesModern Hiker
The ThimbleSoCal Hiking
Rock Springs RunDave’s Yak Tales
Limestoner 2010 VideoClimbDFW

Like always, if you’ve come across a kick ass blog post that you think should be featured on Trail Talk please send it to us.