Jet Boil’s got a new stove you can actually cook real food on. Therm-A-Rest has a new air mattress that inflates in just seconds. A 9-year-old kid caught a 600lb sturgeon. Mt Fuji got WiFi all the way up. VW’s got a new camper van. Here’s what’s new outside this week.
More goes on outdoors than we can cover. So, here’s a roundup of all that’s important, interesting and new this week. Got a news tip or story idea? Let us know.
Jetboil’s New Stove: Jetboils are pretty good at quickly boiling water at sea level, in above-freezing temperatures. Among the things they’re not any good at, at all, is cooking real food, like bacon and eggs or anything else that isn’t freeze-dried and vacuum packed. Now, they aim to fix that with a new simmer-able stove that’ll fit pots and pans GearJunkie got an early preview. [GearJunkie]
A “Flake” Fell Off Half Dome: A chunk of rock weighing 5 million pounds fell off Yosemite’s Half Dome. No one heard or saw it fall and it’s made one of the country’s most popular granite climbing faces unclimbable. What?! How?! Why?! [OutsideOnline]
My Most Interesting Stuff: “Minimums is a publication about the most interesting possessions of the world’s most interesting people,” the site’s founders explain. “Each post features an individual at the top of their industry, their most interesting possessions, and the stories behind each. Every feature is shot inside their home or office.” Somehow, I conned them into thinking that I’m interesting, so they did a little profile on me for the launch of their site, which is today. [Minimums]
Therm-A-Rest’s Speedy New Sleeping Pad: So most of this article is a little wrong and you’ll be reading a little more about it soon, right here. But, for now, you can at least get excited about a comfortable new Therm-A-Rest that takes just a single breath to inflate. [TheGearCaster]
Fire Closes PCT: Thanks to “Wild,” the Pacific Crest Trail is seeing record numbers of through hikers this year. But, they may not make it all the way. A fire has closed a 13-mile section in Washington and threatens to spread further. [Backpacker]
Toyota Tacoma Getting More Expensive, Less Capable: Would you pay $39,000 for a Taco? And one that comes without a manual transmission? Andrew Collins has the scoop on 2016 pricing and specs for Toyota’s increasingly outdated, yet just-refreshed mid-size truck. [TruckYeah!]
VW’s Got A New Camper Van: You still see original camper vans at virtually ever campsite and outdoors event there is. And, this new one promises to recapture much of what made that first one successful with a pop top, kitchenette and handy built-in cabinets. [Expedition Portal]
Kid Catches Big Fish: 9-year-old Keegan Rothman stands just 4-feet tall. But, that didn’t stop him from reeling in a 600lbs sturgeon in British Columbia’s Fraser River. [Field&Stream]
What We Did This Weekend: I’m learning how to shoot a bow for an upcoming bear hunt, so spent a bunch of a time shooting my new PSE Full Throttle. Corey climbed Whitney for the second (of three) times this year. Chris spent time out on Santa Cruz, in the channel islands.
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