I was looking for a two day excursion for Kristine, KC, and myself in between kayaking trips and stumbled on a gem nestled in between the Ridge and Valley Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau. We found an off-road park called Windrock. 72,000 acres of trails, camping, either up or down hill terrain, with no flats. I was particularly fired up to find amazing downhill mountain bike trails that the...(Read more...)
The Orion 55Buy Now
There’s a slot between a long weekend camping adventure and a full week of roughing it in the field, and the Orion 55 was created to fill it. Bring on the limit of salmon filets or quartered game. There’s room. That’s not to say the 55 can’t handle more civilized chores. Keeping all the adult beverages icy cold for an outdoor summer wedding party? Brining the family’s turkeys for Thanksgiving? The 55 is down for that kind of duty, too. Trick it out with RAM accessories attached to the integrated gear tracks and it becomes even more versatile and useful for anyone whose pursuits tend toward the bigger and bolder.
Capacity: 55 quarts
Tie downs: 6
Bottle openers: 4
Standing pad: Integrated
Interior tray: Solid thermoformed ABS plastic.
Closures: Lifetime galvanized cam latches
Exterior Dimensions, base: 27″ x 15.75″
Exterior Dimensions, top: 29.25″ x 18″
Exterior Height: 18.25″
Weight: 26.75 lbs.
The Orion 55 Chronicles
You arrive at camp, several miles deep in remote wilderness, remove your pack from sore shoulders and begin sifting through gear. You prepare a meager freeze dried meal by boiling water and dumping it into a pouch full of what resembles styrofoam as darkness settles across the landscape. As you eat your "meat" and noodle mush, the thought of a soft mattress and a fluffy pillow crosses your mind....(Read more...)
On a day off from my tourism job in Juneau, Alaska, I sat on my front deck enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a book, and taking in the view of the beautiful Gastineau Channel and Mt. Bradley towering above. My solitude was abruptly interrupted by a tourist on the sidewalk, "Wow, so this is the last frontier." I peered over my book to see a man standing on...(Read more...)