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Josie Kinney

Photo from Oregon section of the PCT

Our Local PCT Guru, Woody Keen

By Customer Adventures

My connection to the Pacific Crest Trail is 3 fold. First and foremost, I am a user of the PCT. I day hike sections, backpack other sections and trail run some sections. It is one of my go to trails when I seek solitude, or need the spiritual healing that the trail and forest always offer, or on other sections seeing many others with smiles on their faces and me knowing they too are receiving the benefits that being on trail offers. The PCT is a very well designed trail (and I should know, I am a retired professional trail consultant) and maintained trail.

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Mobile Event at REI of Bend Garage Sale

By Events

REI Garage Sales are worth getting up early for–especially since we’ll be there fixing broken items for FREE! There will be great deals on returned and used clothing and gear, so come stock up for all your summer adventures.

This Saturday, June 8th from 8am-2pm at the REI of Bend.

Please note that our studio will be CLOSED in order to attend and staff this event.

See you bright and early!

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mobile event at Spoken Moto

The Future of the Textile Industry is Circular

By Industry News

If nothing changes, by 2050 the fashion industry is on track to consume a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget, dump 22 million tons of microfibers in the ocean, and burn 300 million tons of petrochemicals every year.[1] Yet that’s not a necessary cost in order to clothe—even fashionably—every person on the planet. The current industry relies on non-renewable resources to mass produces clothing and gear which are, ultimately, destined for the landfill. However, this wasteful system is changing from the inside out, thanks to a rapidly growing repair economy.

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The Rest Day

By Customer Adventures

Hiking Snake Dike, Yosemite. Primo and I awoke to bright clear skies of Yosemite October and previous plans of a day off the stone evaporated. Hotcakes and saskatoonberry jam, mugs of coffee and hickory brews appeared briefly and we lazed bout, stretching in the streams of sunlight trickling through the trees. I quickly scrawled out the topo for Snake Dike, packed some water, rock shoes and chalk bag then roared out of the camp through the chilly morning.

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Fix Your Gear

By Customer Adventures

The fire spread in a blink of an eye and soon feathers were floating down around me like fat snowflakes. My down sleeping bag was the casualty in my momentary lapse of judgement that morning. I simply hadn’t let the alcohol dry on my hands when I lit my beer-can stove, and the moment my hand was on fire I waved it around (note: don’t do that) and splattered flames onto my sleeping bag.

It was day 100-something of my PCT thru-hike, and the only thing I could do was get out my patch kit of dental floss and a sewing needle to close up the 10 inch burn hole. Gathering as many feathers as I could, I stuffed them back in the gaping space that was once my sleeping bag and went to work.

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