[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past Saturday I saw the latest Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire, and before I go any further I should say that I haven’t read any of the books, nor do I have a tattoo of Katniss on my bicep. That said, I was thoroughly entertained. At one point, I even screamed. This Hunger Games …

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] A chalk bag is not a climbing accessory; it is a climbing necessity. Whether you are pulling on pockets at the Red River Gorge or need to chalk up on a sustained boulder problem, these chalk bags will provide what your project demands. Select colors that fit you personally and Granola will sew …

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] To-Go Ware Snack Stack makes your traveling food into a metal tower of sleek, clean amazingness. Show up to work or the side of a mountain with one compartment full of steaming hot rice and the other with homemade curry, and, ba-da-boon, you’re in business. See our Recipes section for ideas of what to …

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] Made by one of our very own interviewees, Ashley Lloyd, check out this pintail short log  (complete with deck patch and 1/2″ cedar stinger). It is a “longish board;” an easy adjustment from a classic longboard feel while going shorter in length. Shape inspired by David Kimball Anderson. 8’ x 23” x 3   …

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] Austinite, Joanna Wojtkowiak, makes  concrete home goods cast from used food containers, then finishes them with metal leaf or enamel paint. Her planters are perfect for succulents and other house plants. They will make your home into a gilded palace.   [divider]Where to Find It[/divider] Oh, Laszlo!  

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] Juniper Ridge goes out into the wild and collects fragrance from the field and extracts and distills it in their warehouse using pre-industrial-perfume-techniques juice presses, converted whiskey stills, steam, and crazy copper pipes. Then, they turn that essence-of-trail into soap. Scent notes: The Timberline Trail on Oregon’s Mt. Hood, where Fir and Pine give …

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] This minimalist set includes 36 vibrantly-colored pencils in a handy recycled cardboard storage tube. The pencils are made of Cedar. Muji doesn’t mess around.   [divider]Where to Find It[/divider] MUJI  

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] women-specific fit that works with a touch-screen device 5 Dimensional Fit that ensures consistent sizing (okay…) Radiometric Articulation keeps hands in their natural relaxed position (sounds like voodoo to me) Four-way stretch fleece Silicone gripper palm pattern provides superior grip (for gripping bike handles, hands to shake, that rail that you grab to …

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[divider]In Brief[/divider] Keep the cold weather at bay and your metaphorical engine warm with the Kelty Ignite DriDown™ 16°F sleeping bag. This fluffy, metaphorical chili pepper stays warm and dry with revolutionarily light and compact down insulation.   [divider]Where to Find It[/divider] REI  

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