#skoutfind: National Geographic PDF Quads

Technology has opened the doors to many possibilities that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago. National Geographic has utilized the power of satellites and GPS technology to make yet another of these projects a reality. Since 1879, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has taken upon themselves the responsibility of mapping the country and “has been the primary civilian mapping agency of the United States ever since,” according to the … Continue reading #skoutfind: National Geographic PDF Quads

#skoutfind: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles

Photo: Flash-Sport “It’s pretty rare that I use poles… but when I have, the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles are awesome! Lightweight and collapsible, they are easy to carry or stow. They are great on steep ascents.” – Janessa Taylor “Fast and Light” is a common theme among our ambassadors.  It is important to be able to move fast and light on the side of … Continue reading #skoutfind: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles

#skoutfind: Simple Hydration Water Bottle

“The Simple Hydration bottle is my favorite minimalist system for carrying water while racing and moving fast. It tucks into my waistband, doesn’t bounce, and let’s me run with hands free efficiency.” – Brian Donnelly Trail & Ultra Runner | Fast-Packer | Skout Backcountry Ambassador “The Simple Hydration Water Bottle is a crowd-funded product. Initial funding came from other runners and individuals through Kickstarter” explains Simple … Continue reading #skoutfind: Simple Hydration Water Bottle

#skoutfind: VaporAiress Hydration Backpack

This week’s #skoutfind comes recommended by a few members of #teamskoutbackcountry! Both Bethany Patterson and Ashley Kelly highly recommend the VaporAiress Hydration Backpack from Nathan. Bethany says, “I love my Nathan pack. It’s been my go-to pack for the last few years!” The VaporAiress is built to sit high up on the back so it doesn’t bounce while running. Extremely lightweight, at just 9.3 oz, the VaporAiress … Continue reading #skoutfind: VaporAiress Hydration Backpack

#skoutfind: Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Sack

This one’s for you committed minimalists out there—mountaineers, ultralight backpackers, touring cyclists, and climbers—looking for lightweight emergency weather protection. The Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Sack is OR’s lightest bivy, at just 18oz.  Widely praised for its durability, the tough, 70-denier nylon floor is built to hold up against the roughest of terrains. The OR Helium Bivy provides protection from the elements while remaining somewhat spacious.  A … Continue reading #skoutfind: Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Sack

#skoutfind: UltrAspire Spry 2.0

This week’s #skoutfind is for the trail running minimalist. Ultra runner Ashley Nordell says, “For any long run, my go-to item is my UltrAspire Spry 2.0 with the flask-shaped bottles. I wear 1-2 bottles in the front for easy access. At aid stations I don’t have to take off my pack to fill a bladder — I just pull out the bottles, refill, and go. … Continue reading #skoutfind: UltrAspire Spry 2.0