Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I have lived in cities for most of my adult life and have been going outdoors to the mountains that surround those cities but I have yet to experience a city that is so integrated with those mountains and streams!
Of course, you can't HELP but be reminded of the mountains with Mt Rainier looming over everything. Look up there is a jagged white hulk looming over the South. It is so jaw dropping I am surprised Seattle-ites don't have more jaw problems.
Of course, its not just about downtown Seattle, mere minutes to the East there are the Cascades and so many mountains you can shake a stick at them.
Aside from the mountains, Puget Sound is everywhere. Much like San Fran, the sense of water is everywhere with many bridges and boats.
Seattle is so far North that during the summertime the light stays for hours and hours after its bedtime and gets up really early. It might screw up your circadian rhythm but its worth it for shots like this.
Overall I loved Seattle. Loved the vibe, loved the weather (well at least in the Summer) and loved how much it was a part of the outdoors. Get yo'self to Seattle!
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 7:00 AM
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Those folks at Revant, they never stop improving their products and who am I to stop them? I was a huge fan of their HC3 replacement lenses for my Oakleys so when they said they had a new Elite lens for me to try out, I jumped at the chance.
Don't get me wrong, Oakley lenses are pretty great but I like my Revant's better and their price point is far far less than what Oakley will get from ya. The clarity that these lenses give you, while not imposing a grey fog over everything is the real key. I don't feel like I am wearing sunglasses while using these lenses which I think is the biggest compliment I can pay them.
So how were the elites?
I used the Elites on the trail in Seattle, on a golf course darkened by redwoods and also while I was tooling around Seattle staring at the water and in each light condition they worked great! The lens is just as good or better as the HC3 which was pretty darn good to begin with. If you want to change things up with your Oakley (or your Ray Ban or your Smith or your, well you get the idea), then Revant is the way to go!
For more info on the lenses check it out here: https://www.revantoptics.com/
The Oakley shades were provided by Revant for review purposes. I get no benefit whether you buy Oakley products or shop at Revant, its life, make your own decisions. I try to review things as honestly as possible but it is the internet, take everything with a grain of salt, thanks.
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 8:03 AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
A couple of years ago I got a notion in my head. What if I hike 366 trail miles in a year, basically one trail mile a day? Could I do it, why do it? These were all questions that I dealt with all year until finally in December, that lovely odometer rolled across and I made it!
So of course, when I found out about the 52 Hike Challenge, I had to promote it here on the site. As you can image, the goal of the 52 Week Challenge is to hike 52 times in 52 weeks.
Yes the mountains are beautiful and the air is fresh but if that doesn't get you off the couch you need other ways. There is something about lists and goals that help motivate people to get out there. The filmmakers of 52 Hike Challenge want to document that experience and bring another take to the outdoor space.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign and donate if you can to help getting a great documentary out there and hopefully inspiring more people to get outdoors!
For more info on the campaign, check out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1196406193/52-hike-challenge-documentary
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 12:05 PM