It’s been a wonderful summer so far. Although it was a slow melt in the high country this year, we’ve enjoyed the extra water and how green it is in the mountains. We’ve finally been able to climb some classic Colorado 14ers, backpack to pristine alpine lakes, and van-camp under the stars in many of our favorite (and secret) rocky mountain campsites. The fall is nowhere in site, so here’s to keeping cool and enjoying the ride! 

Lowe Alpine: Altus Backpack

The new Altus from Lowe Alpine features their new Air Contour carry system designed to provide optimal carry support and outstanding comfort during long days in the mountains. The Altus comes in both men’s and women’s specific versions and is available in several sizes ranging from 30-57 liters. This is a do-it-all pack that is great for any season. We’ve used ours on several long backpacking and peak bagging trips and we appreciate the extra comfort.

Leki: Micro Vario Carbon Black Series

Leki’s lightest trekking pole got a facelift this year. The Mirco Vario Carbon, as the name suggests, is still made from carbon making it extremely stable and lightweight. These poles only weigh 7.3 ounces per pole. The tri-fold design makes them easy to stash in a pack or a crowded van. This year Leki updated their locking device (Core Locking Device or CDL) to a slimmer and more lightweight construction to ensure these poles are as light and easy to use as possible.

Sea To Summit: Sleeping Mat Coupler Kit Loops

Sometimes the best gear comes in the simplest form and smallest packages. This Coupler Kit is designed to hold you and your partner’s sleeping bags together. Perfect for people who want to sleep close and avoid navigating the crack between two sleeping mats.  With its lightweight (0.5oz) and low profile design, this is something you can pack and never know it’s there.


There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to SummitMountain HouseLowe AlpineLekiBig AgnesStioRoofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!”