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2020 Staff Picks

December 2020

Our staff love to put gear and clothing to the test when they are out of the shop on adventures or at home. Check out some of their favorites this month………..

Lawton Clites

“On a mountaintop in the single digits, there was ice in my beard and my water, but my head was toasty warm.”

Jenna Veazey

“My Opinel Nomad Cooking Kit! Every meal feels fancier when prepared with this set…no cooking prowess required.  You get three tools: a serrated bread knife, pairing knife/corkscrew, and a peeler. The cutting board is just the right size for picnic or campsite food prep.  A microfiber towel conveniently wraps up the whole set for travel and can be used as a tablecloth or wash towel.  It’s definitely my glamping go-to.”

Meegana Henry

“The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants have been to every continent I have ever visited. They are versatile, breathable, fast-drying and stretchy. I’ve used them with layering in the cold of Vermont and Africa’s heated desert plains! I continue to add to my collection with their shorts and assorted colors.”


November 2020

Lawton Clites

“Trekking poles are the outdoor gear you didn’t know you needed until you hike with them. They improve balance, circulation, allow you to better engage your upper body and core while hiking, and can give you extra support if you get injured on the trail. They can even be used to pitch some shelters! Black Diamond’s trekking poles are light, strong, and designed with easy to use adjustment and collapsing points. ”

Jenna Veazey

“If your pack doesn’t already come wiht one, Osprey has you covered. It packs up smaller than my rain jacket and lets me hike worry free when showers are in the forecast”

Meegana Henry

“If you have been camping with me, seen me on top of a summit or checked my sleep system anytime within the past ten years – the sea to summit reactor plus has never left my side. I love bringing my own personal blanket to hotels, hostels and need the extra warmth in fall/winter. It’s easy to do this and not add too much extra weight with the STS Liner series.”


October 2020

Lawton Clites

“Calm or blustery, riverside or mountaintop, my windburner boils water in no time flat, and it sips fuel. I upgraded to this system when I realized the stove, cookpot, integrated windscreen and potholder, strainer/sipping lid, supports, and cup combined, even with a full 4oz fuel canister, weighed less than just my old white gas stove did on its own, empty.”

Jenna Veazey

“My Oboz Bridgers! The durability, stability, and comfort can’t be beat for keeping my feet happy on trail (or even on my feet all day at the shop!!).

Meegana Henry

“The Osprey Daylite is my grab and go bag. I take that pack everywhere. It’s always in my car ready with my first-aid kit and toilet kit because I never know when a spontaneous adventure will occur! It’s the perfect size for a day hike fitting everything I need for myself and a little extra room for summit snacks and a blanket. At only one pound and 13 liters – it’s the day pack for me.”


September 2020

MEEGANA HENRY

“The ZLite is so versatile! I know when I’m carrying it I have a pad, an extra hip belt, a splint, a chair, and so many more uses.”

JENNA VEAZEY

“My trusty Osprey Ultralight Cube. Keeps my supplies organized and handy so that I can nature journal anywhere I travel.”

Lawton Clites

“Prana pants. Whether hiking up to a waterfall to enjoy a BBQ sandwich or sitting down to throw some pottery, the water repellent stretch fabric is these Stretch Zion Straight Fit pants is comfortable, practical, and with it’s wrinkle resistance they’re great for travel.”

If you have any questions about these items or other items we carry, give us a call at 540-372-8708 and one of our River Rock experts will assist you.