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Welcome to Melanin Base Camp: your home base for diversity in outdoor adventure sports. Our purpose is to inspire you with weekly content from Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous and Queer People of Color who love the outdoors. Join the movement and help us #diversifyoutdoors.
Bluffworks, an adventure lifestyle brand, sent a pair of jeans, a vest and a t-shirt—all wrinkle resistant, lightweight, and breathable materials stylishly designed with the active individual in mind.
Holy moly is this jacket incredibly lightweight. I really value anything that is functional and lightweight because every ounce adds up when packing for a climbing weekend or a backpacking trip.
I put the Cotopaxi Taboche pack to the test during a training hike and a 2-day 45lb technical ascent of Mt. Hood via the Sunshine Route. This 55L pack weighs 4lb 17oz and offers a comfortable cushioned frame, stylish colors and thoughtful interior and exterior storage for multi-day backpacking trips. There’s only one thing it’s missing!
The Sky Kaha ($220) has plenty of cushioning to keep you hiking longer and with less pain and discomfort. They’re also surprisingly lightweight, comfortable right out-of-the-box and stylish!
The Nine Trails 36L is an exceedingly comfortable and well designed trail pack ideal for novice and experienced hikers. The easily accessible interior makes packing and locating items a breeze.
If you’ve ever chased Steelhead you’re part of a select group of humans that find enjoyment in torture. The last trip was no exception, but this time I had some new gear to try out on the bank. Biolite was kind enough to send me their new Campstove for testing and review.
The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack ($190) is a sturdy and thoughtfully designed travel backpack built to withstand years of use. It provides enough space for multi-day or week-long trips and features to help you stay organized while traveling.
The Cotopaxi Teca Patterned Full-Zip Windbreaker ($80) is a lightweight, unisex jacket designed to block wind and light precipitation. It has numerous thoughtful design touches that make it a great choice for adventuring in windy and rainy conditions.
The KEEN Women's Terradora Leather Waterproof Mid ($150) is a lightweight hiking boot intended for year-round use. It’s immediate out-of-the-box comfort and water resistance make it a great fit for the casual hiker.
Check out our Featured Bloggers page to hear firsthand accounts from Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and LGBTQ2IA people who love the outdoors!
Want to learn how to kayak? Planning a weekend hiking trip or a visit to a national park? Check out our Trip Reports page for relatable content from our team of bloggers. We tackle how to get started, what type of gear you’ll need and interviews with grassroots activists, environmentalists and educators as well as complex issues like race, gender and gender identity in outdoor recreation.
Looking for gear to purchase? Before you do, check out our Gear Reviews page.
Join the conversation at Around the Bonfire and submit your own article to the blog.
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