After my last trip to the Madison REI for their Garage Sale, I was pumped to find that there was a national REI Garage Sale happening on March 12th. Multiple people decided they didn’t want to come with me at 5:30am (and Andy was busy coaching water polo), but that only hardened my resolve. I … More What to Expect at an REI Garage Sale
The REI garage sale is a popular way to gear up on the cheap. But what exactly happens at these sales? … More Navigating Your First REI Garage Sale
Oh, National Parks You are really pretty neat Just keep doing you Ok, so I don’t know what an ode is. What I do know is that if I knew what an Ode was, I’d want to write one to national parks. What else are you supposed to give someone for their 100th birthday? Fortunately, … More An Ode to National Parks
“Nordic Walking” is exactly what you think it is….it’s when you walk around an Ikea! I hope that joke makes sense…if not, click these Wikipedia links then laugh: Nordic, Walking, Ikea. But more seriously, “Nordic Walking” has nothing to do with Ikea…it just refers to walking with hiking sticks. Incidentally, modern day hiking sticks are small, light, metal sticks that extend and … More What is “Nordic Walking”?
When the Shenaniconglomerate sets its eyes on a four day weekend, it dreams big. This New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day landed conveniently on a Thursday/Friday, allowing a perfect amount of time for a nice cruisey backpacking trip. The question was, where to? I pulled up google maps, zoomed out of my location enough to see … More Black Mountains Backpacking
I bet you don’t know about Flashlight Day. It’s a real thing. And it’s today. It makes sense though; today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. What better time to celebrate the life-saving powers of bulb-in-a-tube’s. If you don’t own a flashlight, this post will help you understand the importance they … More National Flashlight Day!
Back in 2003, the U.N. declared December 11th International Mountain Day! Here at the Shenaniconglomerate, we love mountains more than the water we swim in and the air we walk through. In honor of this holiday which we just found out about today, here are our top 9 international mountains wecame up with off the … More International Mountain Day!
The Shenaniconglomerate did something very uncharacteristic last weekend… we bought a helmet. Now, now, I know what you are thinking, “does safety really have a place in adventure?” And of course the answer to that is “no.” In that sense, we failed you. I hope we can make it up to you by assuring you … More Hillbilly Holla!
I wish I could say we got lost on this trip, but we just didn’t. But you don’t always have to get lost to have an adventure… Being lost helps because it creates unknowns and forces you into survival mode. But these conditions can come about in other ways too. Andy and I love the … More Storming the Porcupine Mountains
This weekend we set out to determine whether or not the famous saying from the movie, Dodgeball, is true: “If you can dodge a wrench, then you can dodge a governor.” You may be thinking to yourself, “He doesn’t understand what quotes are,” or, more likely, “what a moron.” Both of these responses are equally … More Get the Hell Outta Dodge