The Stuff Sack: 11/30/12

The Stuff Sack is a week’s worth of Internet cool about gear, adventure travel and outdoor pursuits.

A Restless Transplant: Found this on Adventure Journal. It’s the story of a guy who’s doing what most of us want to do but can’t. Or have convinced ourselves we can’t. It’s the ongoing ramblings of Foster Huntington, a guy from NY who said “I’m done here.” and took off in a VW to see what the country had to offer instead. Turns out, quite a bit. Give it a bookmark.

Topo Designs. I’m a bag man. (Sounds cool, right?) No, not that guy, just someone who likes duffels, packs and sacks. (Don’t do it.) These guys in Colorado are making some practical and creative places to put things and I’m down for one for one those Klettersacks.

Waiting for Lightening is the movie about the guy who jumped the Great Wall of China on a skateboard. Not Fonzi; Danny Way. I read about it when it happened, somewhere on the fringes of the news. I’m not sure why I passed by it at the time. But a good documentary should give you reason to pause, something to consider. Judging by the trailer, there’s more to this guy than I care to concern myself with the first time around. I’m in.

The State I Hate is an enjoyable tirade of admitted prejudice and then self-actualization confessed by a West Coast surfing snob who learned to love — well, tolerate — Florida’s surf culture, the very culture where I learned to surf. It’s a solid essay from the January, 2013 issue of Surfer.

Wyoming wolf policy is helping hunters keep up with wolves

The Center for Biological Diversity reports that “Without federal protections, wolves in Wyoming’s vast “predator” zone can be freely shot, snared or trapped; killed from aircraft; and pursued on four-wheelers and snowmobiles. Wolf pups may be killed in their dens.”

The four-wheeler part sounds fair. I mean, wolves are pretty fast.

Isn’t Five Hour Energy Supposed to Keep You Vital?

Evidently there may be a link between Five Hour Energy and the deaths of 13 people. If found to be true, I wouldn’t be totally surprised that a small bottle of an unregulated liquid intended to catalyze your adrenal system marketed heavily to those who frequent remote truck stops and half-lit 7 Elevens in the middle of the night tends to have an unfavorable effect on your ticker.

And another thing, if so much of America is hopped up on something intended to give us more energy, why the hell are we still in a recession?