The Stuff Sack: News from the wilds of the Internet

Coast Guard surfer rescue
Surfing Alaska’s Kodiak Islands has its risks, and cold water isn’t really their most dangerous. In the case of Eagle River resident Scott Jones, it was Old Man Wind and his pesky sidekick, Riptide. Jones was surfing with some buddies (a pretty select group when you consider the winter conditions of their home break), when a rip, described as a “raging river,” pulled him from the lineup, around a point and deposited him on a rocky shore hemmed in by the full-moon fueled high tide. He found himself some shelter in a seawall cave and waited for the orange & white calvary, which was alerted to his frothy predicament by his friends.
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Climbers for a cause
Two rock climbers from Michigan are raising money for research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through their website, Their first effort under the mission is Mexico’s Time Wave Zero, a 23-pitch sport route in the Sierra Madre.
via WZZN 13

Forbes does … gear reviews?
Look, I suppose it’s cool that outdoor gear has made it to the pages of Forbes¬†and their New York City rooftop campout to test a lot of the promo gear they received is pretty innovative, but I couldn’t help but chuckle at what author Jon Burner considers “essential gear.” He does know his audience, however, given what he chose to review at length: GPS devices and solar smartphone chargers.
Have a read.