We want to congratulate our University of Denver Brand Ambassador, Brent Phillip for taking the initiative to expand the At The Pool name in his community. He has helped grow the At The Pool network in Denver through local press, word of mouth, and a myriad of shared adventures.
Brent loves to hike, flyfish, snowboard, and mountain bike. If you are in the Denver area, you should find him on At The Pool and see what he’s up to!
Thanks for the great work Brent, you will be receiving an Amazon gift card to help subsidize some adventure supplies!
- The At The Pool team
Saw this on Secret today.
One of our favorite #mountainmoments from the contest so far. @aidansheahan
A guest post from At The Pool member Timothy Martin. Raised on a Montana ranch, Tim is an avid hunter and outdoorsman who’s prepared for just about any emergency.
Despite the fact that Punxsutawney Phil declared there are six more weeks of winter, it’s time to start thinking about getting your adrenaline flowing on an awesome motorcycle trip. Whether you are planning to tackle one of Adenturebikerider.com’s 13 best roads to ride or cruising the backroads of your state, it’s time to start planning your next great adventure.
It doesn’t matter if you’re headed to Colorado to explore spectacular views at 10,000 feet or looking for some action on the sandy dunes in West Texas, chances are good there won’t be a corner drug store or McDonald’s within eyesight of your camp. Pack right for a great trip.
Make sure you have a reliable GPS. The Garmin zÅ«mo® 390 maps out a course with the rider in mind, leading you to the curviest roads in the area for heightened pleasure. Don’t forget to pack local trail maps — equipment can fail, signals can fade and accidents can happen. Backup maps help you find your way out when unexpected things happen.
Pack lightweight clothing appropriate for the climate. Include flags, a head lamp, gloves, shades and headgear. Make room for plastic bags to store soiled clothing, shoes for relaxing, and hygiene items, including shampoo, deodorant, soaps, etc.
BikeVirginia.org recommends cyclists consider three main categories when packing: camping supplies, riding supplies and first aid. The detailed list is geared toward bicycle riders, but outfitting your trip for a dirt bike camping trip follows the same principles.
A tarp and a weather-tight tent are both essential for the rainy season. Be sure your dirt bike gear includes a hammock for those clear nights. Nothing compares to ending a full day on the trail with a relaxing view under a canopy of a million stars and the sound of the nature winding down around you.
Also include outdoor cooking gear like a pan, utensils, plastic food containers, small trash bags. Prepackaged-boil-in-the-bag entrees take up less room than groceries for meals. If you’re taking a tow vehicle with room for supplies and coolers, checkout the camp recipes at Scoutorama.com for camp-friendly ideas.
Be prepared for bumps, bruises and things that bite in the night. Pack prescription medications, allergy medicine, topical creams, analgesics and bandages. Stock up on appropriate dirt bike gear before your trip — comfortable boots, helmet and riding pants and jersey can keep you intact during long days in the saddle.
Always explore with a buddy. Don’t ruin the environment for other outdoor enthusiasts — if you pack it in, bring it out. Some of the most amazing areas don’t have access to potable water. When in doubt, carry your own. Before you map out your journey, check with local officials to learn about the laws and regulations regarding dirt bike activities. Always respect the environment and private property boundaries.
University of Chicago Brand Ambassador, Rita Sokolova and friends ditch the comfort of cell phone service for a camping adventure only accessible by kayak. This is her story.
My belly was full of marshmallows. The sleeping bag felt like a marshmallow. My heart was a marshmallow. My feet were warm and wrapped in three pairs of socks. There were three people crammed into a one person tent and at that moment the world was soft and sweet.
A few weeks into fall quarter of my second year at university, a group of friends and I slipped off campus and went canoeing in the middle of Illinois. My college has a student organization called the Outdoor Adventure Club. Adventures are student organized, student led, and often end up being the semi-poetic stuff of movies. On Saturday morning, we piled into two cars, stuffing every corner of car space with sleeping bags and snacks and leaving behind whatever academic commitments we had for that weekend. The campsite we were heading to was only accessible by canoe and there was no cell phone service – we were essentially entering a secret vacuum in the world. I indulge in being unreachable as often as possible and find that too many people are uncomfortable when left alone with their thoughts, or at least digitally disconnected.
There’s something magical about entering a hidden realm in the world with a canoe full of friends and German biscuit cookies. I remember floating along the river, feeling a satisfying exhaustion like what you feel after a long day of being smacked by waves and warmed by the sun at the beach. As two of us rowed, the third played songs on her ukelele (painted to look like a watermelon). At moments like those, I recognize the best part about wilderness adventures: you’re forced to reevaluate what you define as “necessary.” It’s so easy to be happy with so little. Make sure to leave for some extra space in your head and heart though, because you’ll always come back home with a little more than you packed – some perspective and wonderful memories.
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Thanks for the great story today, ThebeginnerEU - Getting Offline with the People You Care About, an in depth look at the beginning of At The Pool.
Take Tim and Hannah’s advice, and go build a cabin in the woods
Guest post from Francesco Chiapinotto for our #CollectMomentsNotThings campaign. This shot was taken in the Italian Alps!