Our blog post this month is a guest post from Elliott Diamond, a former store associate and one of our first employees at 3 Rivers Outdoor Company. Elliott and his partner, Morgan, decided to hike the Vermont Long Trail at the end of September before embarking on a cross-country adventure to Oregon. After 273 miles in 23 days, Elliott and Morgan completed their Long Trail hike, and he was generous enough to write about his experience. This is the second part of his two-part series in this part he covers gear—including what worked and didn’t quite work as planned—and their resupplying process and go-tos. If you missed the first 1/2 of this report you can read it here.
Our blog post this month is a guest post from Elliott Diamond, a former Store Associate and one of our first employees at 3 Rivers Outdoor Company. Elliott and his partner, Morgan, decided to hike the Vermont Long Trail at the end of September before embarking on a cross-country adventure to Oregon. After 273 miles in 23 days, Elliott and Morgan completed their Long Trail hike, and he was generous enough to write about his experience! This first part of his two-part series is an overview of the trip, trail, and hike.
Travel can mean different things for different people. For some, it might be as simple as a quick overnight jaunt to the Laurel Highlands to sleep on the ground. For others, it may require room service and pampering in some luxury resort. For Cody Bliss, founder of Beyond the Map, it's all about experience. It's about getting away from guide books and tourist traps to fully immerse yourself in a culture or environment. Throughout the year, 3 Rivers Outdoor Company will be partnering with Beyond the Map for a range of both regional and international travel opportunities. We sat down with the Pittsburgh native to talk about his company's approach to travel and our joint Costa Rica trip planned for April.
We’re partnering with Seven Springs Mountain Resort to bring a taste of mountain town culture to the big screen.On Friday, December 14, we’re hosting the Pittsburgh premiere of Matchstick Productions' new ski movie, “All In,” at the Regent Square Theatre. Out West, watching ski movies is an annual tradition. Before the snow really falls, it's ski movie season—a time to get excited for winter and watch the latest adrenaline-filled offerings from some of the outdoor world's big-budget film companies. Those of us who, at one time or another, embraced the mountain life have our favorites. The ski movie that inspired us to ski a little faster, jump a little higher and – undoubtedly – wreck a little bigger. For some, it's Warren Miller. For us at 3ROC, it's Matchstick Productions, and being able to host their latest movie especially exciting.
Whether it's for a sleeping bag or a winter jacket, it's always the first question: Should I go with down or synthetic? We thought we'd take this opportunity to share some basic answers to a common question around the shop and to share some lesser known details about sustainably sourced goose and duck down. So here is the rundown in simplest terms. It primarily comes down to cost, warmth and packability. Synthetic fills are cheaper but also heavier and not as packable. Down fills are lighter and more packable, but come at a higher cost. For that added cost, however, down can be a significantly warmer than synthetic, depending on the quality of fill or loft. We’re still surprised how often people touch a down jacket and ask us if it’ll keep them warm. Short answer, yes, they use them in the arctic.
It's funny, you grow up in Pittsburgh wondering about the world outside of it, occasionally overlooking the wilderness at your doorstep in the process. At least I did. I can remember doodling rugged mountain skylines and fantasizing about the Rockies and the Alps as a kid. It took 10 years of wandering the West pursuing the real-life version of those sketches before I realized there's plenty of adventure back home. Whether it's the wilds of West Virginia's Gauley River National Recreation Area, the nearby New River Gorge or Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands and Allegheny National Forest, there's no shortage of adventure right out the backdoor.
We often think of going on adventures as traveling to far off places with big mountains and majestic views, but adventures are everywhere as I discovered this past weekend. As a way to motivate myself back to trail running, (I'm more of a watersports person) I recently signed up for a half marathon with a friend I met through our 3ROC Tuesday Night Trail Runs. As part of our training plan, my new trail-running partner and I agreed that we should make our longer weekly runs serve the dual purpose of training and adventuring on trails in places we had never run before. When she brought up the idea of running at Hays Woods, I thought, "Awesome!" Hays Woods had been on my mind to check out ever since I read the article that it had been donated to the City of Pittsburgh and would become the largest city park. I mean, how cool is it that there is 600+ acres of wooded land just on the edge of our city. I was eager to go exploring.