Do You Camp Like You Drink?

Your favorite beverage says a lot about who you are. But the question is, “Do you camp like you drink?” The answer may surprise you. We scoured the globe and interviewed campers of all types in order to bring you this incredibly captivating and insightful infographic. No, not really. But it is still interesting, nonetheless.

Please tell us which type you are.

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Do You Camp Like You Drink? Infographic – An infographic by the team at The-House

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Bikepacking with a Fat Bike

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An evolution of bike touring, bikepacking is a relatively new sub-industry in the cycling world. Bike touring has been around for decades and utilizes a touring bike, racks and panniers. Touring bikes aren’t built for wilderness trails. Bikepacking, on the other hand, is really just a combination of backpacking and biking – think long distances on two wheels, many overnight stays in the wilderness and a backpack to hold your supplies. Well, rather than a backpack, several mountain bike specific bags are mounted to the bike to carry all of the essentials for a week long trip in the backcountry. Bikepacking bags range from large saddle bags, frame bags, handlebars bags to top tube bags. It’s a growing activity, and manufactures are pushing the envelope the make the best, lightest and most convenient packs possible.JP-BD1

A number of self supported bike races have helped grow the sport. The Colorado Trail Race, which travels through some of the toughest single track in the nation, spans 500 miles from Denver to Durango. The Tour Divide travels from Banff, British Columbia to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. It’s the world’s longest, off-pavement cycling route. The Arizona Trail race navigates the entire state from Mexico to the Utah border, through desert, high alpine mountains and through the Grand Canyon.

With the growing popularity of fat bikes, bike packing is year round sport – even in snowy and cold wether. The increase in demand for fat bikes is partly due to winter ultras and races around the states. Some popular winter  bikepacking events include The Arrowhead 135 up in Minnesota, the Fat Pursuit in Idaho and the Iditarod Trail in Alasaka.ccbikeonly

If racing or organized events aren’t your thing, no problem. Bikepacking is a great way to travel with friends or family at an enjoyable pace, while taking in scenery and traveling a bit faster and further than hiking. It’s truly a unique way to explore the backcountry! Carrying everyone you need on your bike yields a sense of freedom and simplicity.

Looking for more on bikepacking? Check out our bikepacking infographic.

 

Top 5 Things to Do With a Fat Bike

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If adventure is your name, you ride a fat bike.  No matter what mother nature serves up, a fat bike can more than likely ride it, taking you deeper, farther, and more extreme. Fat tires are becoming more and more popular on mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, snowmobile trails, sandy dunes, beaches and even shallow river beds. But a hardy breed of cyclists are putting them to good use for hunting, delivering mail, and even ice fishing. To many, fat bikes open up new possibilities are really just another means of getting around. No more excuses. When the weather gets rough and the terrain gets nasty, a fat bike will excel where any other bike will founder. Standing water, shallow streams, mud and loose gravel will never stop you from riding again. 

And they are stealthy, comfortable rides. The standard mountain bikes typically have a wheel width of a little over 2 inches, while fat bike tires can be double that or more. The massive tires can also be ridden at dramatically lower pressure. Manufacturers suggest most standard mountain bike tires be filled to 25–65 psi, but the massive fat tires can run 10 psi or even lower. The lower pressure allows more of the tire to grip the ground under the rider’s weight, drastically increasing the rubber’s surface area and making a smoother ride over rough terrain.

The fun and versatility is endless with fat bikes. Check out five things to do with a fat bike…

  1. Backcountry Snow Riding –  From flat, snow-covered meadows to steep and deep backcountry trails, fat bikes excel on snow. Some people even refer to them as snow bikes. Explore more in the winter! Branch out to frozen lakes and firm snow during spring. It’s an excellent way to extend the bike season and another opportunity for winter recreation. fat-bike-sand-ride-1631
  2. Beach and Sand Riding – Fat bikes are becoming a typical site on East and West coast beaches. See more shoreline and get a tan while cursing the beach on a rented fat bike. While not effortless, fat bikes can also plow through deep, soft sand that would paralyze a regular mountain bike. We’re not saying it’s easy, but mountain biking isn’t either! The oversized balloon tires run on low air pressure allow more surface area to grip the sand. Drifting sand can also accumulate in sandy areas and streets was with wind – a fat bike will make for perfect transportation in such areas.
  3. XC Ski Trails – More and more places around the country are opening up nordic ski trails to fat bikes. The two sports can complement each other quite well because most skiers prefer softer snow, while firmer conditions favor bikes. When the skiing is bad, the snow biking is good – a win win.
  4. Bikepacking and Touring – Creative route planning is central to life on a fat bike. Think of how fun it’d be to explore where no bike has perviously been – think unimproved abandoned railroad corridors, unrideable sandy tracks, various stone tracks and unpaved roads and sandy deserts. Let’s not forget secluded snowy winter paradises like Alaska, Fat-bike adventure ride  2012 048Northern Minnesota and Washington state. There’s a lot of wilderness out there and a fat bike might just be the ticket to seeing these new places.
  5. Hunting and Ice fishing – That’s right. But it makes sense, right? There are just some places that you won’t find groomed trails. A fat bike is ideal for getting you to spots that are off the beaten path. And much quieter than an ATV. When the weather gets rough and the terrain gets nasty, a fat bike will excel where any other bike will founder.

The GRE BC Giveaway – Win $5000 In Gear – Ended

The House has partnered with Team Rider Garrett Russell, SASS Global Travel, GearJunkie.comUnder Armour, Teton Gravity Research, Marker, and LINE Skis to film an epic 4-part ski web-series beginning August 23 in Bariloche, Argentina entitled: The Garrett Russell Experience: Another Time,  Another Place. Check out @thehouseboardshop on instagram to follow all the action!

Congrats to Sean O’Malley

Check out some of the prizes below. 
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GARRETT RUSSELL EXPERIENCE  – Another Time, Another Place 
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The Most Fascinating Ski Story of the Year: THE GARRETT RUSSELL EXPERIENCE. The world will get a glimpse into the exhilarating life and mind of Garrett Russell, the most captivating and charismatic professional skier on the planet. “The mountain is my wife and my enemy…It consumes my life…I’ve got to learn to love it beyond fear,” says Russell. Every summer for the past decade, Garrett Russell has been chasing winter to the Patagonian Andes as a Ski Guide for SASS Global Travel to share both his passion for skiing and his metaphysical beliefs with other skiers who are searching for a life-altering event.

Teton Gravity Research will be publishing a pre-trip article in conjunction with “The Giveaway” and will be launching the webiseries beginning in October with accompanying articles describing the experience and reactions to skiing in the Andes. Unique Under Armour and LINE Skis gear reviews and travel tips from Garrett will be published on www.gearjunkie.com. Coordinated Social Media initiatives also commence on August 15 and will be using #GarrettRussellExperience, #theGRE, #ChasingWinter, #TheHouseBoardshop, and #FriendsOfTheHouse.

Look no further for the most fascinating ski story of the year. It is time for more than knowledge of the procedure, more than an understanding of the lifestyle of skiing. It is time for THE GARRETT RUSSELL EXPERIENCE.

Shred Argentina This Summer!

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TRACK DOWN WINTER WITH HOUSE RIDER GARRETT RUSSELL

Recently, I have found myself daydreaming often. I have been escaping summer heat and the noise of the cluttered concrete jungle with flashes of snowfall, powder slashes, waves of cold smoke streaming up from the edges of my skis in the mountainous expanse of my mind. But this brief respite from the doldrum of summer is not enough to satisfy the hunger of the skier within, the slumbering beast. I must feed my passion with the meaty center in the initiation of the turn, that feeling in my gut as the flex in the soft creamy goodness whomps me through the arc, the “phhlooohh” of a cloud, the sensation of the snow boiling up from my knees to my hips to my chest, the satisfying cold sting as my face cuts through the blanket of white with a frozen smile. Search yourself. Can you live without this for another second?! NO!

What are we to do? Where can we turn? How can we possibly survive until next winter?! TRACK WINTER DOWN!

As the snow leopard stalks it’s prey, so must you go on the hunt. Join House Rider Garrett Russell while he is #ChasingWinter in Bariloche, Argentina ski guiding fro SASS Global Travel. SASS Argentina is a full service, big-mountain, backcountry, skiing and snowboarding camp for all ages. They take advantage of the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere to crush pow while others are sitting in air conditioning or sweating it out on a glacier. Shred some of the most sought after terrain in the world and join Garrett and the SASS Crew in the Patagonian Andes.

SASS takes over an entire hotel compound right at the base of Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest resort. Every morning clients will have the ability to choose how they want to spend the day on the mountain. Your guide or coach will help you accomplish your goals while shredding with a small group that is on the same page in terms of both skill level and desired terrain.

This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to push themselves into the terrain they have always fantasized about. Learn what it takes to shred big mountains and the backcountry not only better but properly.

The All Star cast of guides, coaches and logistics staff are there to help you experience the culture and the copious amounts of snow and fun to be had in Argentina this summer. Seek out that which enriches your soul. Plan for pow. Plan for fun. Plan with SASS.

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Best Places to Paddle Board

You don’t need a lift ticket, killer set of waves or a season pass to enjoy the growing sport of  Stand Up paddle boarding. All you need is a SUP and a sense of adventure and maybe a swimsuit – there are legit places to rent a board and take a tour at all of the hottest places to paddle. It’s easy to tie in an afternoon of paddle boarding to see a city, shoreline or mountains from a different perspective.

PADDLE BOARD DESTINATIONS

Bend, Oregon

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Voted as the top SUP Getaway for 2014 by Outside Magazine, Bend has claimed it’s fame as a mecca for paddle boarding. A 30 mile radius of the city offers flat waters, luxury accommodations in the mountains, 15 craft breweries, and an open air food truck court and beer garden. A perfect day of paddling in the mountains wouldn’t be complete without a local snack and cold one! You’ll find smooth waters on Cascade Lake and a killer view of the icy 9,065-foot Mount Bachelor Cascade Lakes in Deschutes National Forest. And of course, lessons, rentals and tours are abundant in this perfect summer mountain town. 

San Diego, California

SanDiego San Diego has some of the best water to paddle in California. There are three main flat-water spots: San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, and Carlsbad Lagoon — and then, obviously, you have the open Pacific Ocean. San Diego Bay is my favorite for flat water. You can paddle around Coronado and have great views of downtown San Diego. LaJolla Cove is a great place to paddle out in the ocean. The shoreline is beautiful, and there is a lot to see in the water

Lake Tahoe, California

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Surrounded by mountains, Lake Tahoe is pristine, incredibly clear and an unreal place to visit. The only drawback is that the water is cold. Thank goodness for the hot springs on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Paddle just 30 minutes east along ponderosa forest to the granite-rimmed Crystal Bay. On the return trip, stop to warm up by the 120-degree Brockway Hot Springs, a three-pool cascade that warms the lake’s frigid waters. Yep…it’s pretty sick! Key West, Florida The relaxed pace of stand up paddleboarding fits well with the laid-back attitude of this island paradise. Tour the mangrove forests and all the natural beauty of Key West with an SUP tour. From stingrays to manatees, marine life is abundant in this diverse and protected ecosystem.

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Why  not head straight to the source? Hawaii is where stand up pad­dling claimed his­tory. Locals and trav­el­ers alike hit the ocean to glide amidst the var­i­ous island’s beautiful shore­line. The Mecca of stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii is found on the North Shore of Oahu. Ali’I Beach is one of the most pop­u­lar pad­dling spots, which fea­ture calm, crys­tal blue waters. The pro­tected bay region is located on the south end of the beach and is great for novice SUP and swimmers.

Seattle, Washington 

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Think lattes in the morning, paddle boarding by day, and fresh salmon by night. Seattle perfectly blends city and outdoor life. The city sits amidst pools of water and features several SUP destinations. In fact, exploring Seattle on water is one of the hottest trends in exploring the city. Lake Union, Shishole Bay, Green Lake, Lake Washington and Elliot Bay are a few of the paddling hot spots. Before heading out on the Puget Sound, however, be sure you are comfortable with your skills – especially on strong current days.

Whistler, BC

Lake Cheakamus, Whistler There’s a ton to explore once the lifts have closed in BC. Whistler has rapidly become a water sport destination where paddlers explore the cool pools of Alat Lake and Alpha Lake. The Canadian Rockies boast breathtaking water views unlike any other place in the world.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

With 86 degree water, sunshine and the wind-sheltered Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta is a killer spot for novice and seasoned paddle boarders alike. Feeling ambitious? Take a covered boat six miles offshore to Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and spend an afternoon floating by the arid coastline, paddling above coral reefs, and scoping endangered sea birds perched on rock pinnacles.

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Wisconsin’s state capital is surrounded by flat-wate, clean lakes, making perfect conditions for paddlers. Madison is the host of the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival half every year in July. You’re sure to find an abundant selection of boards for sale and rentals. While Lake Monona is the biggest and most popular, there’s also Waubesa and Kegonsa which are equally awesome for paddle boarding. 

St. Lucia 

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Head down to the Caribbean, St. Lucia in particular, and you’ll find the island’s twin pitons, rolling rain forests, and turquoise waters. St. Lucia offers the perfect combination of calm waters, luscious scenery, and secluded bays for paddle board adventures. 

Minnesota

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With 10,000 lakes to choose from, every outing on your paddle board will be different from the last. The urban paddling in and around Minneapolis is probably some of the most unique in the country. The chain of lakes including Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and Lake Harriet, each has a different view of the Minneapolis sky line. With abundant trees, green space and gorgeous houses, it’s hard to believe you’re within city limits. Even better, you can hit each of the connecting four lakes on your morning paddle. Heck, why not grab lunch lakeside at the Tin Fish or Bread and Pickle. Head north a few hours to paddle the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior. Novice paddles should take caution as the water up there can be quite ocean-like! Calm, clean, wind protected lakes of all sizes are scattered across the entire state of Minnesota.

Black Bear Safety Tips Infographic

Before you go camping in bear country, there are a few things that you’ll need to know about your potential four-legged guests. First, chill—black bear attacks are not common. In fact, most conflicts between humans and black bears occur when we don’t tidy up our food and garbage or when people approach them to feed them. Don’t do that. Instead, learn a few tips on how to handle a black bear and the best way to avoid one of those famous hugs that they are known for.

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Black Bear Safety Tips – An infographic by the team at The-House

 

SHRED THE HIMALAYAS!

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JOIN THE HOUSE FOR AN EPIC ADVENTURE

Join Man of the People, #PaddyO and The-House.com as they travel to the Indian Himalayas this upcoming winter. Come along as they journey to Gulmarg, a powder-seekers paradise in Kashmir, northern India, in search of fresh lines and cultural (mis)-adventure! This trip will be an amazing opportunity to ride some of the world’s best snow and discover a world little-known to most Western riders. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the hardy few. Come experience this life-changing event firsthand this February with TheHouse.com team!

Gulmarg is a small town in northern India in the Pir Panjal range, one of 6 mountain ranges which form the Himalayas. This is the first mountain range to be hit by storms sweeping across the Indus Plains and needless to say, Gulmarg receives a ton of snow, on average 15m (50ft) per year. Skiing Magazine recently called this one of the top 10 snowiest resorts in the world. Luckily, there is a gondola to access all this snow and huge amounts of terrain, including one of the highest peaks in the world (topping out at 13,054ft or 3,890m). From there, 4,260 foot vertical powder runs (1,300m vertical) await!

The mountain is so big with so few skiers/boarders around and regular enough storms that it does not get tracked up. A busy day on the mountain is maybe 200 to 300 people. If you know where to go, you can always find untouched lines in Gulmarg. 95% gondola accessible backcountry, the skiing and boarding is out of this world! But don’t think it’s just about the skiing and riding…you will see some incredible wildlife in Gulmarg; the ever present Snow Monkeys running on rooftops, the elusive Snow Leopard, or perhaps a Eurasian Black Bear.

An international ski trip this epic includes the entire cultural experience. Kashmir is a Muslim state, but is part of India. The local Kashmiri’s are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world. They are warm and welcoming and eager to meet Western tourists, of which they’ve met relatively few. They are very curious about people from outside of their country and you will get to meet many of these wonderful people during your stay in Kashmir and in India. We finish our 2 week trips back in the capital of Kashmir, in Srinagar on the houseboats on Dal Lake. The houseboats are converted barges that have been turned into little floating hotels and your captain takes care of everything for you. All you have to do is relax, rewind, and reminisce about all the incredible experiences you have just been through.

All this wouldn’t be possible without the help of a quality tour company and a team of the best guides available. We are working with The Adventure Project, a US-based tour operator who has been operating in Gulmarg since 2011. They are experts in putting together trips to Gulmarg and take care of all the details for you: the accommodation, the international and local guides, the transportation, the houseboats, and provide safe and epic untracked pow runs.

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Top 5 Sleeping Bags

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What goes into picking out the Top 5 Sleeping Bags?  A lot of sleep.  This great assortment of bags spans a wide range of needs, designs, and of course budgets.  There’s a lot of hype surrounding camping gear these days and we cut through the mud by selected the Top 5 Sleeping Bags that you’ll want most.  Take your time, snuggle in, and browse through the randomly ordered list.

 

Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag

The Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag snuggles into Big Agnes‘ classic series of down bags that offer extreme warmth, tight compressibility, and big comfort.  The Lost Ranger 15’s built in pillow pocket holds a fleece perfectly and the integrated full pad sleeve allows for any 20″ rectangular sleeping pad to be slipped into place – imagine staying on your sleeping pad all night and not slipping off! [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  15° F
Weight:  2 lbs. 14 oz.
Insulation Type:  DownTek – Water Repellant Down – 650 Fill – 14.5 oz.

 

 

Eureka Cimarron 15 Sleeping Bag

Eureka Cimarron 15 Sleeping Bag

Fleece Pillow Pocket, yep that’s right – head resting doesn’t get any more comfortable than that.  Eureka‘s ThermaShield synthetic insulation combined with a full zipper draft tube are a few things that attributes to the Cimarron 15’s successful warmth.  The Eureka Cimarron 15 Sleeping Bag is the perfect sleeping bag for under $100.  It weighs slightly more than the rest of the bags on this list, but for the price point it can’t be beat.  [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  15° F
Weight:  4 lbs. 1 oz.
Insulation Type:  ThermaShield Synthetic – 2 lbs. 10 oz.

 

 

 

Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag

Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag

Simply put the Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag is a show stopper.  As an active part of the Kelty TraiLogic Collection the SB 35 Sleeping Bag stays dry 10 times longer, stays warmer by retaining 170% more loft, and dries 33% faster with the incredible 800-fill DriDown insulation.  The Kelty SB 35 Sleeping Bag is one of the lightest sleeping bags on the market – it’s a must have for hiking in to a spot.  [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  32° F
Weight:  1 lbs. 9 oz.
Insulation Type:  DriDown – Hydrophobic Down – 800 Fill – 11 oz.

 

 

 

Marmot Trestles Sleeping Bag

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With enough room to swim in the Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag is one of the roomiest of the bunch.  With a trapezodial foot box and large entry (full length zip on one side and 1/4 length zip on the other) this Marmot bag is easy to love.  If the Trestles 15 happens to get damp or wet the SpiraFil Synthetic Down will continue to regulate heat and keep the bag warm.  Although its compression size is a little large than most the price point is tough to beat on just a well rounded bag.  [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  15° F
Weight:  3 lbs. 14.25 oz.
Insulation Type:  SpiraFil – Synthetic Down

 

 

Mountain Harwear Pinole Sleeping Bag

Mountain Hardware – Pinole 20 Sleeping Bag

For a 20° F bag the Mountain Hardware Pinole 20 Sleeping Bag does wonders with warmth because of the offset quilted construction and tailored face gasket.  A trapezoidal footbox, ample shoulder and hip room provides everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars.  Every once and a while a sleeping bag fits just right, and the Mountain Hardware Pinole 20 Sleeping Bag is one of them at a price that amazing.   [PURCHASE]

Temperature Rating:  20° F
Weight:  3 lb. 3 oz.
Insulation Type:  Thermal.Q – Synthetic Down

 

Five Things You May Not Have Known About Jackson Hole

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  • Jackson Hole offers one of the lowest skier densities (one skier per one-and-one half acres) of any ski resort in the country. On an average day at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort there are only 1,750 skiers skiing on the 2,500 acres of terrain at the ski area.
  • Jackson Hole was originally named Jackson’s Hole for Davey Jackson, a mountain man who trapped in this area during the late 1800’s .”Hole” was a term used in that day to describe a high mountain valley.228_2853
  • The terrain is considered to be some of the most challenging in North America, both in bounds and out of bounds. Jackson Hole has become the home to many of the world’s best free skiers.
  • Corbet’s Coulior is an expert, in-bounds ski slope located at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. It is currently rated #4 on the top fifty things for skiers to do before they die. Corbet’s holds an international reputation among expert skiers, and has been described as “America’s scariest ski slope.” While Jackson Hole ski instructor and mountain guide Barry Corbet first spotted the narrow crease of snow shaped like a funnel, it was Lonnie Ball who first skied it in 1967. It was, however, named after Corbet.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has one of the lowest base elevations of any ski resort area in the Rocky Mountains, at just 6,311 feet.  Most other ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have base elevations between 6,900 and 9,500 feet.

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