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Run (Or Hike) Around A Mountain

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Double espresso, apricot almond pastries, pistachio gelato, wood-fired pizza, cheese fondue, wine, good friends, and oh yeah–some of the most stunning mountainous terrain in the world. It’s hard not to fall in love with the Mont Blanc region of Europe the minute you step off the plane in Geneva. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to return to this, one of my favorite corners of the world, thanks to Columbia Sportswear. We were there to not only test gear from Columbia’s new Spring ’17 line, but to also get a taste of the trails featured in the legendary Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) ultra trail running race where Columbia is the main sponsor.

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OutDry Extreme ECO

Columbia Goes PFC-Free

OutDry Extreme ECO

Looking to set an example for the rest of the outdoor industry, Columbia today introduces a high-performance shell that is PFC-free. You now get all the non-wet out and superior breathability benefits of OutDry Extreme with the added benefit of eco-friendliness.

Japan Skiing

Japan–The Best Powder Ski Vacation, Ever

Japan Skiing

Let’s get it out in the open. Japan is the powder snow capital of the world. With all due respect to Utah and Colorado, neither state can beat the powder I found in Niseko—a big volcano on Japan’s northern-most island, Hokkaido. Niseko powder is lighter than Dom Pérignon. It falls like a curtain of glitter—so fine and delicate that often you don’t realize it’s snowing until you see the sparkle in the glow of the streetlights. It’s not the thick gob-smacking flakes we have in the U.S. but more like the delicate dusting of a snow globe. I was there for a week—and it snowed every day—we had a half-foot to a foot of the fresh stuff to greet us every morning, and nearly two feet for our final hurrah.

Sri Lanka Gear

What’s In My Bag: Sri Lanka Cycling

Sri Lanka Gear

I am currently in Sri Lanka getting ready to ride 1400 kilometers around the entirety of this island country. The ride is part of a charity fundraising event called Around The Pearl that helps purchase wheelchairs for children with Cerebral Palsy. Cycling trips are inherently easy to pack for as you spend most of the day on the bike, but below I will highlight a few pieces of all the gear I brought with me.

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