Let Go of the Agenda

Essays From the Field
From my previous 27 trips to Baja, I had developed a checklist. Upon landing, the checklist would be immediately put into effect; pass customs, grab bags, get taxi, get food, establish a home-base, and pick up surfboards from Juan and Carlos. Check, check, check. Read the rest

How It All Started

Stuff We Like
This year, Big Agnes is celebrating its 20-year anniversary, or as we like to say #20yearsinthedirt.  Founded by Bill Gamber back in 2001 and based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Big Agnes has grown into a successful, sustainability-focused, global leader in the outdoor industry. After 20 years we have a lot to celebrate, but none more important than Melissa Minter, who reigns as BA's longest standing employee. Read the rest

Big Agnes Celebrates #20yearsinthedirt with Major In-Store Giveaways

Company News
Big Agnes, the Steamboat-Springs-based outdoor equipment brand, is proud to commemorate its 20th anniversary in May 2021. In celebration of the milestone, Big Agnes will be giving away anniversary-themed logo gear and hosting contests at 60 retailers nationwide, with one select customer at each retail store winning a Torchlight Camp 20° Sleeping Bag and an Insulated Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad. Read the rest

Think Globally, Act Locally

The Campfire Chronicles

Public lands are like family and for me, they play those same archetypal roles. From the wise grandparents that encourage you to pause for reflection to the strict parent that insists you follow the rules and respect the order of life. The loving aunt who cares for you, reminding you

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How We Overbet the River

The Campfire Chronicles


It was hot and sticky, Minnesota in mid-July. Our two Alpacka rafts and oar-rig raft were beached on the shoreline. We were camped at the tip of a small island in the Cannon River, which snakes through the Southeast part of the state, eventually joining the Mississippi.  

My oldest

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