Trail Mix - Podcast Recommendations

A big part of camping is the prep. Whether you’re on your way across the country for a week-long trip or heading up the road for a one-night stay, you’ve probably put together a packing list and checked it twice. 

These days, one thing that’s on our list (and maybe yours) more and more is podcasts. Whether you get to your destination by plane, train, or automobile, this is a great way to fill the silence.

Here are a few outdoor-themed podcasts we love:

Image credit: REI Co-op

Image credit: REI Co-op

Wild Ideas Worth Living

Sponsored by REI, Adventurer Shelby Stanger hosts this awesome series about getting a wild idea and going for it. She talks to surfers, climbers, explorers, musicians, and anyone else who’s taken a risk for the love of their craft. In one of our favorite episodes, Shelby chats with Sally Bergesen and Sensi Graves (founders of Oiselle) about designing gear that prioritizes women and community. 

Image credit: New Hampshire Public Radio

Image credit: New Hampshire Public Radio

Outside/In

New Hampshire Public Radio puts out this podcast, and it’s definitely worth a listen. Host Sam Evans-Brown uses this time to “bring the outdoors to you wherever you are.” These stories and conversations cover a wide range of topics, each as awesome as the last. On a recent episode, Ron Naveen talks about his experience as a penguin counter in Antarctica!

Image credit: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Image credit: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Pennsylvania Legacies Podcast

Closer to home, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has a series that dives into some of our state’s environmental issues and explores the natural beauty that surrounds us. For a great conversation with author Richard Louv about building “nature-rich cities,” listen to episode 67

Pro tip: Don’t forget to download a few episodes before you leave in case you don’t have service! 

You’re already packing snacks for your mouth, why not pack some for your ears too? Keep an eye on our Trail Mix blog posts for more media recommendations.

Brand Spotlight: Oboz Footwear

Whether you’re a trail runner, a kayaker, a climber, or anything in between, you know the right pair of shoes can make a world of difference. From the straps to the sole, the engineering and design work that goes into every aspect of your footwear is an important element of your outdoor experience. We think the company behind all this is a pretty important part of the equation, too. When you support a brand you believe in, it’s not just your feet that feel good.

When a group of big-brand employees ventured out on their own in 2007, they made a decision to make a different kind of company. They called this new company Oboz (Outside + Bozeman, Montana), and incorporated a holistic mindset from the start. They call this philosophy being “True To The Trail,” and it shows in everything they do, from precision-fitted footwear to globally-minded conservation efforts.

The range of their products is vast enough there's a good chance they have exactly the kind of shoe you've been looking for. And every pair is made just for you. (It’s true, they vouch that every shoe has been touched by 280 hands before it gets to your feet!)

Here are some of the Oboz we love and stock in the store:

Men’s Sawtooth II Low

The MVP of your most trail-worthy quiver, the Sawtooth II brings another level of streamlined functionality to the trail with breathable mesh paneling, a lighter weight but equally sturdy heel counter, and an asymmetrical collar for improved fit around the ankle. Enjoy the unbeatable comfort and performance of a shoe designed to go mile-for-mile with you on your favorite outdoor pursuits.

The MVP of your most trail-worthy quiver, the Sawtooth II brings another level of streamlined functionality to the trail with breathable mesh paneling, a lighter weight but equally sturdy heel counter, and an asymmetrical collar for improved fit around the ankle. Enjoy the unbeatable comfort and performance of a shoe designed to go mile-for-mile with you on your favorite outdoor pursuits.

Women’s Luna

Get an extra mile (or three) on the trail with the Luna hiking shoe. Its lugs and high traction rubber propel you up the trail while the TPU shank and EVA midsole reduce trail impact and foot fatigue. Highly abrasion resistant yet breathable mesh keeps things cool. Synthetic leather overlays shrug off brush and rocks while keeping your feet snugly centered over the supportive BFit Deluxe insole.

Get an extra mile (or three) on the trail with the Luna hiking shoe. Its lugs and high traction rubber propel you up the trail while the TPU shank and EVA midsole reduce trail impact and foot fatigue. Highly abrasion resistant yet breathable mesh keeps things cool. Synthetic leather overlays shrug off brush and rocks while keeping your feet snugly centered over the supportive BFit Deluxe insole.

Men's Firebrand II B-DRY

Unnamed peaks in the Lower 48?! Head to mile marker 203 on the edge of Glacier National Park, start hiking, and find out. You'll need traction and waterproofing for the snowfields, protection from the sticker brush, and stability for the scree and sheer mileage. Better take the Firebrand II.

Unnamed peaks in the Lower 48?! Head to mile marker 203 on the edge of Glacier National Park, start hiking, and find out. You'll need traction and waterproofing for the snowfields, protection from the sticker brush, and stability for the scree and sheer mileage. Better take the Firebrand II.

But Oboz Footwear isn't just a leader in fit and function. We're especially enamored with this brand because of their conscientious attitude and dedication to the environment. Their headquarters is powered by clean energy, any shoes that don't sell get donated, they embrace carbon-offset practices...what's not to love? On top of all that, their One More Tree initiative is restoring and enhancing green spaces around the world. For every pair of shoes sold, Oboz plants a tree. As they like to say: “It's that simple.”

In fact, 3ROC is holding a One More Tree event tomorrow, May 16th! If you try on a pair of Oboz from 12:00-8:00 at the store, a new tree will find its roots. You can donate yours or take it home to your own backyard. (For anyone who wants a little guidance, our friends at Tree Pittsburgh will be giving a planting demonstration from 7:00-8:00!)

If you can't make it to Thursday's event, no sweat. 3ROC stocks Oboz, so you have plenty of chances to support these awesome folks!

Tales from the Vermont Long Trail Part Two: Gear & Supplies

Tales from the Vermont Long Trail Part Two: Gear & Supplies

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.

Tales from the Vermont Long Trail Part One: Trip, Trail, and Hike Overview

Tales from the Vermont Long Trail Part One: Trip, Trail, and Hike Overview

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.

Going Beyond the Map in Costa Rica

Going Beyond the Map in Costa Rica

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 Bringing Mountain Town Culture To A Theater Near You!

We’re Bringing Mountain Town Culture To A Theater Near You!

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.

What's Down Got To Do With It?

What's Down Got To Do With It?

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.

Wild in the 15238: Allegheny Land Trust's Sycamore Island

Wild in the 15238: Allegheny Land Trust's Sycamore Island

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.

Hay Woods Adventures and Misadventures

Hay Woods Adventures and Misadventures

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.