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Faraway Southwest

Adventure Film, Photography, and Design

Alaska

In July, my 80 year grandpa and I went salmon fishing in Alaska.
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How to Prep any Vehicle for Remote Adventure Travel

...ssshsh A lump formed in my throat as the sound of rushing air emanated from a rear tire on my 1998 Ford Ranger. No spare tires left, 4x4 out of commission, and 15 miles of rough doubletrack mountain driving to the nearest pavement... This Ill-advised camping trip into the Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona could have turned out much differently; however, a tool kit and bit of preparation saved the day. The tire was promptly patched and reinflated with a small, onboard air compressor, an
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5 Essential Pieces of Desert Hiking Gear

But it’s a dry heat… 115℉ and bone dry look scary on paper, but with the right gear, it’s manageable. Note: As I’m finding out during my stay in southern Texas, these tips don’t work well in high humidity. The gear and tips below have been honed over 15 years of desert travel, and have kept me comfortable through everything from late summer bow hunts to speed runs down the Grand Canyon. 1. Bandana / Shemagh In my opinion, this is the #1 trick to staying comfortable on a desert hike. A plain c
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The Ultimate Mountaineering Food?

Need to pack in the calories for a summit push and also celebrate a birthday all in one go. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you what I think will be the biggest thing in sports nutrition since someone decided that Clif bars were actually made of edible materials: Birthday Cake! This gastronomical revelation was revealed when we decided to summit our local high point on a weekend that also happened to be one of the participant’s birthday. Also, food shopping while hungry, never a good idea… Summit
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