Trails, Hikes, & Gear Reviews of the Vaucluse Cool-Dry Backpack Airflow Frame.
TRAIL REVIEW - SCOTTSDALE, AZ
LOST DOG TRAILHEAD
Looking for a fun, easy, and scenic trail in Northeast Phoenix? Look no further than the Lost Dog Trailhead. I took three different trails. I started from The Lost Dog Trailhead and took The Lost Dog Wash Trail (say that a few times fast!). Then there’s also The Old Jeep Trail and The Sunrise Trail.
This side of the park, as you can see by this topography map, is much flatter. So it's comfortable. Of course, it was getting warmer, but as I went down, I could feel the cool breeze, and my body was cooling down quickly. Going up, I was getting a little warm but, given it was an hour-long hike, overall, it was nice.
I'm sharing a fantastic hike just south of Sedona, where you'll get fantastic views of the red rocks without all the other hikers. If you've ever been to Sedona, you know that it's very popular, and sometimes there are many people on the trails.
Here is my first experience hiking the trails northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, called the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Southern Range (based on how they describe it on the map). I thought it was going to be flat. That it would look like a desert. Absolutely not! I'm happily surprised that there is a whole lot more to discover.
"The Cool-Dry Frame held up to its name this time... I did a lot of sweating on this trip, and my back (and front) held the evidence of it, but the frame allowed the breeze to come through, cool down the back, and wick away moisture."
I have come to Park City to attend the Big Gear Show. A fantastic event where hundreds, I mean hundreds of different gear companies are here to display and come and show what's going on to media retailers. Today, I am sharing what I learned about rubbing shoulders with some of the big brands.
I will share my hike to Cathedral Rock, a fantastic trail, if you ever find yourself in northern Arizona.
So we took a nice little hike to Cathedral Rock that I will share with you. I think it's a spectacular hike if you're looking for great views, accessibility, and fun. The hike (in all) takes just about an hour. So it's short and delivers awesome views in very little time.
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST, CALIFORNIA - GEAR REVIEW
"I started hiking at the warmest part of the day, with a light breeze. I got to our first site at four miles (6.5 k) with an unexpectedly very dry shirt and, most notably, a dry back. I could actually feel the cooling air wafting through the space between my back and the pack! Although variables may not make the comparison of much note, I (in a purple shirt) was dry and the back of my hiking partner (in a blue shirt) was wet."
Jim Armstrong, founder of L-5 Imaging in Carrollton, Texas, provides Search and Rescue services with a focus on night operations in wilderness areas. Jim to put the Cool-Dry Frame to the test. Located in northern Texas, Jim usually deals with extreme heat when going out on trails - the perfect environment to test the Cool-Dry Frame.
Last weekend was the hike of all hikes for us. We trekked 13 miles up 3,748 feet to reach the peak, Pointe de Banc Plat (6,257 feet). While it is not the highest peak you’ll ever hike, it does provide spectacular views of the Lac d’Annecy, the Mont Blanc, and other major mountain ranges of the Alps. The trail definitely offers a few challenges – if you want an adventure with stunning views, this is the hike for you.
The Dentelles are the foothills of the highest peak in Provence, Mont Ventoux, which is situated just to the east.
The dramatically jagged shape of their peaks was formed by horizontal strata of Jurassic limestone being folded and forced into a nearly upright position and subsequently eroded into sharp-edged ridges and spikes.
ABANDONED 14TH CENTURY CASTLE AND 15TH CENTURY WINDMILL
The great outdoors didn’t disappoint last weekend.
I trekked nine miles around the picturesque village of Montagne, France, and discovered some remarkable landmarks. Its 15th-century windmills, Les Moulins De Calon, reminded me of the Dutch countryside. I’d never seen windmills in southern France before but when I reached the hill where they stood, I understood why they were there: there was a lot of wind!
I hit the hiking trails in Southwestern France in late May. While the town of Saint-Émilion is known for making some of the finest red wines in the world, I must say the trails through the vineyards equally deserve applause. Backpacking around the vineyard allows you to uncover the hundreds of years of agriculture this region has traditionally enjoyed.
This week was the ultimate sweat check. I took the biggest (55L) backpack that I own on a hike in Austin, Texas, in some seriously humid weather. In fact, there was so much humidity, that there was no way I was not going to sweat. The test was, could I keep my body temperature cool and save my backpack from getting soaked in sweat?
I partnered with a Backpack Gear Test to test out the Cool-Dry Frame. With over 15 years of testing equipment, BackpackGearTest.org (BGT) is a premier source for online backpacking, hiking, and camping gear reviews. They proudly offered to conduct a comprehensive review and test the Frame. The first field test was conducted in warm and sunny Grant, Alabama.
Warm weather is officially here. Last Saturday morning, I took a fantastic 7-mile hike through the Greenbelt outside Austin, Texas, with a hiking group of around 15 people. I brought my Deuter Speed Lite 32L pack on the three-hour hike. Of course, the backpack is bigger than what I needed, but I wanted to put my Cool-Dry Frame to the test with a large pack.
I brought my Gregory 40L pack on an 8-mile hike through the Greenbelt just southwest of Austin, Texas. The pack is much bigger than what is needed for a day hike, but I wanted to put it to the test with the Cool-Dry Frame.
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