May and June Review Contest Winners

The "neighborhood trails" near the Tripleblaze office.

Sorry for the delay in announcing the May Tripleblaze photo and review contest winners: papasmurf454 and James Tracy! It’s also time to announce our winners from June: James Tracy (again) and deep_13. All winners will receive $25 REI gift cards for their contributions. Be sure to bring a camera or your smartphone on your outdoor …

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Review: Lu Lu Lemon’s Metal Vent Tech Shirt


Staying relatively scent-free is a luxury when backpacking, hiking, and camping. It’s awesome when a shirt is designed to not only help you keep smelling good, but also boast a lightweight, breathable design.  The Lu Lu Lemon Metal Vent Tech shirt gets that done, and more, with sleek performance and design.  Here’s the scoop on …

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Review: GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset


When heading out into the backcountry or frontcountry, food planning, packing, and preparation is always a priority!  For years, many of us have battled with stainless steel pots, non-stick frying pans, heavy mugs, and other kitchenware. Fortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number and quality of backcountry appliances for food …

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April Photo and Review Contest Winners

Bear Creek trail near Ellijay, GA. Photo taken with GPS-enabled Garmin VIRB action camera.

Congratulations to our top photo and review contributors last month, James Tracey and deep 13. Each will receive a $25 REI gift card for sharing their outdoor adventures on! We’ve been making some changes here at Tripleblaze over the past few weeks , making the website more mobile-friendly and adding new features. Stay tuned …

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Review: Root Beer GU Energy Gel


For years, GU has provided athletes and recreation enthusiasts with quality products to keep fueled and moving forward. GU Energy Gels are designed to deliver lasting energy that can be easily digested to be used efficiently and quickly for bodily exertion. Like many energy gels, GU’s gels contain a “carbohydrate blend,” otherwise known as a …

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National Park Service Fee Free Day: April 18-19

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Join the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation in Celebrating National Park Week with an entrance fee free weekend April 18-19th. With 401 National Parks you might be surprised to find a National Park near you. Start planning your trip visit today on or at the National Park Service website. When you get back rate your camp, hike, or cave, …

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March Outdoor Photo & Review Contest Winners

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

We took a bit of a break from the Tripleblaze contribution contest over the winter but now it’s back! Members earn points for adding camping and hiking reviews and photos, and each month we’ll reward the top two contributors with $25 REI gift cards. Out of more than 40 contributors in March, James Tracy and Jackson …

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Review: STRONG & KIND Thai Sweet Chili Snack Bars


Talk about a unique flavor! I know what you’re thinking right now… “Thai Sweet Chili? Woa!” That’s right!  And it’s pretty incredible! In recent years, KIND has grown to be widely known in the “granola bar” world–maybe more properly labeled as snacks and snack bars. With a dynamic business philosophy and an entrepreneurial mindset, KIND …

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Review: Switch Lynx Sunglasses

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How many different styles and brands of sunglasses are out there?  The number of options seem endless sometimes… but the brand Switch offers something truly unique that is worth investigating in the world of outdoor optics.  Check it out: Switch sunglasses use a magnetic interchange technology that literally allows you to pop the lenses out …

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Review: Hydrapak Stash Bottle


This summer, I reported on Hydrapak’s line of collapsible water bottles as seen at the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.  At that time, the Stash bottle was unveiled as Hydrapak’s newest compact water bottle.  This new collapsible water bottle is one of their most unique products, featuring a locking system that will keep …

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Campground Profile: Point Supreme, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head, Utah

One of the many overlooks at Cedar Breaks National Monument

This fall as part of our Labor Day biking trip, we camped for a few nights at Point Supreme campground in the Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks is located in Southwest Utah near Brian Head and Panguitch.  It’s best known for the badlands rock formations and erosions that have occurred there, creating amazing red …

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Review: Tea Drops Tea


I was pleasantly surprised when I got home the other day and discovered a beautiful package waiting for me. I’d agreed to try out Tea Drops.  These little nuggets of tea goodness are designed to take away the hassle of preparing tea, especially at work: getting out your tea ball, filling it, steeping the tea, …

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National Park Service Fee Free Day: February 14-16

Laura explores one of the main slab tunnels within Popp's.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson singed into law the National Park Service to conserve our most precious natural and historic jewels for the enjoyment generation after generation. Celebrate the gift that keeps on giving February 14-16 in observance of Presidents Day weekend with waived entrance, commercial tour, and transportation entrance fees for all National Parks by hitting the …

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