Save Money on the Best Outdoor Gear

I’ve gone through a lot of outdoor active gear over the last 26 years. I love it when someone gets wide eyed and seems surprised when I tell them I spent $200 on a Patagonia jacket. It’s the same jacket I wore on backpacking trips in 1990. There aren’t many pieces of clothing you can say you’ve gotten 24 years of use out of, but my Patagonia stuff is some of it. I plan to share some of the resources I use to get quality stuff at an often steep discounted price

One trip on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee is particularly memorable. When we set out from the ranger station near Newfound Gap, the ranger warned us of two things, “The bears have been active, so stay overnight in bear proof shelters.” and “We’re expecting record low temperatures.” Coming down from Michigan, I wasn’t concerned with cold temps but, man, I was wrong. It got so cold near Clingman’s Dome the night we stayed up there that my hiking partner had to wrap me in all my clothing, including the two Patagonia pile jackets I brought, then zip me up in my flimsy 3 season sleeping bag. I still shivered all night but obviously survived. We got up and had to kick our boots loose because they had frozen to the ground. At the time, it wasn’t very fun. Now, in long years passed hindsight, I can enjoy the experience and I think about it every time I wear one of those pile jackets, worn-thin elbows and all.

I’m not rich; far from it. So, I look for good deals on good gear. Back in the old days, we’d either have to wait for a sale at our favorite store, something we wanted to go on clearance, or the store manager to finally take pity on us and give us “bro pricing” in the form of a small discount. Now, online we can actively find great deals all the time. One place I’ve been using for the last few years is The Clymb. Since I’ve been mentioning Patagonia, check out their gear here. And for my running friends, how does less than half price sound on a pair of running shoes?

New ET show coming shortly…

Rules, Cheating, & Vigilantes


Kip Litton, the infamous marathon cheater.

Rules are a necessary evil in sports. They can bog down the fun but they can also set clear standards that we must follow to be sure we’re all playing the same game in the same manner. Without official rules, participants may become vigilantes and begin self governing or policing in various ways.

Colin Reuter is one person who stuck his neck out to bring some sort of justice to a race where he found interesting data after suspicion was raised about a fellow competitor. The saga played out on his site HERE.

So, Join Gary David and me, Tim Long as we chat about the need for some rules to validate a sport.

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Mike Aish – Welcome to the Jungle

aishJoin us today as we welcome Mike Aish on the Elevation Trail show with me, Tim Long and Gary David. Mike is fresh off his fierce run at the Leadville 100 where he ran the fastest split ever over the last 13.5 miles (1:49!!) to catch and pass Ian Sharman for 2nd place. We also talk about Mike’s move to the US from New Zealand, running in two Olympics, and a bunch of other great stuff.

We also chat about the fact that winner Rob Krar ran off course and wonder what the implications and solutions are for that little tidbit. Is our sport too loose to care?


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Living the Leadville 100 Run – Brandon Fuller

Brandon on Hope Pass in 2011.

Thanks for joining us today on Elevation Trail as we welcome the honorary Mayor of Leadville, Brandon Fuller. We chat about how to run the Leadville 100, how NOT to run it, living in Leadville and lots of other things.

You can learn more about Brandon and get some awesome info and insight into the race at his website

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Meaning of Rewards and Risks

Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. The first climb in the Telluride 100 MTB. Photo: Jeff Kerkove

Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. The first climb in the Telluride 100 MTB. Photo: Jeff Kerkove

With Gary’s near bursting ego after winning the (CAT 3) State MTB Championships of MA, we didn’t have room to fit a guest in the studio, so we hope you enjoy our conversation today on what rewards and awards mean, whether it’s cool for Kilian to “play” around during races, and the risks we take to enjoy competition, and my 100 mi MTB race this coming weekend in the San Juans.

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Telluride 100 – Tobin Behling

Photo courtesy of Landon Monholland of Over The Edge Sports in Fruita, Co

Ah, the San Juans in summer. No better way to enjoy them than signing up for a 100 mile race. The Telluride 100 features 100 miles of MTB fun just one week after the Hardrock 100 run. You’ll be drunk off altitude and delicious beer.

Registration link:

Facebook page:

THE website (that Gary David guilted Tobin into completing)…

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Scott Kummer – Fueled by Burger King


Scott Kummer relaxing during a race.

Here on Elevation Trail Gary and I talk a lot about the make up of the sport of Ultrarunning in terms of the participants. The bulk of the runners aren’t the scrawny 20-somethings we typically see perched atop the podium. They are mostly like the guy we have on the show today, Scott Kummer. Listen in on a fresh perspective that enlightens even the darkest caves of the ET show’s hosts.

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