Road Trippin’ Roan

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"Roan is now 13, and along with traditional holidays, she also celebrates equinox and solstice.  While her peers saturate Instagram, Roan marks these calendar transitions with revolving and exciting adventures. Spring flows into river trips and rock climbing; summertime brings road trips and backpacks. Her perspective is still very much about the moment, the action, and the fun.  We head out the door and she is pleased." Read the rest

Surviving the Backcountry in Baxter State Park

The Campfire Chronicles
"Snow melting, water boiling, coffee drinking and bag stuffing as we joked about how this whole circumnavigation seemed uphill. We dismantled our tent, laced up our boots, loaded up our sleds, clicked into skis and pushed off for another day in the park. Eight inches of fresh snow had accumulated over the night which made what was already a glorious winter wonderland even more spectacular." Read the rest

Big Agnes on Denali

Essays From the Field
"Spending two or three weeks on a high-altitude arctic mountain does not need to be uncomfortable. When you have a cozy jacket and bed it makes all the discomforts of mountaineering a little more manageable." Read the rest

“Copper Spur Meets Empress Gulch”

The Campfire Chronicles
"To shed some light on the power and movement occurring inside the tent during this barrage, the force of the hail shut the roof vent, my Garmin was vibrated out of the roof pockets, and Ponderosa pines all around took a significant haircut. When the storm passed, I climbed out feeling lucky and rewarded having just witnessed the awesome power and now beauty of Mother Nature." Read the rest

Walking the Walk to Talk the Talk

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Our mantra at KNS Reps has always been use the gear we sell. So, on a beautiful Fall day in September, I planned to hike over West Maroon Pass to Aspen to visit my friends at the Ute Mountaineer, and hang with Sam, my good buddy whom also works on the buying team at the shop...I have been selling outdoor gear for over 20 years, and it was refreshing to see a myriad of folks getting after it. I thought of sharing my sales pitch for Big Agnes several times, but kept it to myself. Maybe this foray into the wilderness will lead these hikers into the Ute Mountaineer, or their own specialty retail store back at home. Read the rest