A Wealth of ‘Gear’. . . For What?

I was in a lather as I stepped into the cool breezes of the Salt Palace convention center here, eager to see the latest wares for getting my groove on in the great outdoors.

Yes, the 22nd Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held Aug. 14 to 17, was a palace of gear-head splendor, chock full of ropes, harnesses, headlamps, climbing packs, hydration packs, adventure racing packs, trail running shoes, walking shoes, mountaineering boots, all-in-one tools, knives, tents, bivvy sacks, sleeping bags, trekking poles, GPS personal locators, sunscreen, sun hats, sunglasses, binoculars, altimeters, barometers, watches, kayaks, canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices for humans and for dogs, dog carrying packs, water bottles, fuel bottles, Luna bars, Balance Bars, Powerbars . . . I was overwhelmed! In addition to being an inveterate collector of Stuff, I was hoping that my proximity to dude-i-tude would add muscle to my underdeveloped hip factor. Read more

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