my hiking jacket – Columbia OutDry Ex Gold

Top layer is the new Columbia Men’s OutDry Ex Gold Interchange Jacket

It’s fairly heavy with the removable Omni-Heat Reflective inner layer. For most hikes, I’ll leave that liner at home carrying only the 2 layer shell.

I tested it in the rain while cycling. With seam tape it feels entirely waterproof. And it’s reasonably light.

It has no pit zips.  Breathability is not nearly as good as Columbia claims. In fact, I’d say it’s breathability is LOUSY.

I paired it with the new Columbia OutDry EX Gold Down Hooded Jacket

For most hikes I will bring this along, replacing my usual down hooded parka.

The most compelling reason I decided to go this direction is the OutDry™ EX outer layer. It seems obvious to me that down jackets should be waterproof. The down is not hydrophobic, but doesn’t need to be as it won’t get wet.

I’m confident I’ll never be wet nor cold with this system. The hoods are excellent.

Some feel the fit is boxy. I’d agree. But I like the extra room for more layers underneath.

For warm hikes I also picked up the Frogg Toggs Men’s Ultra Lite Rain Jacket as an alternative.

This is what the cool thru-hikers wear. It’s not breathable at all. But at US $14.22 you can’t lose.

All in all I’m very happy with my new OutDry system. It has got some bad reviews, however.

Gortex` wets out. Starts to fail after a few years. It’s the fabric of deceit. I’ve never trusted it.

Here’s how Outdry is supposed to work. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

 

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hiking Fitz Roy, Laguna Torre and Perito Moreno Glacier

Backpacker’s Review was in Chile December 2017 to trek some of the best hikes in the world:

We spent two nights in El Chalten and hiked to Laguna de Los Tres (13.6 miles, +/- 3,200 feet of elevation) and to Laguna Torre (12.6 miles, +/- 1,700 feet of elevation).

Then, we spent two nights in El Calafate and explored around the Perito Moreno Glacier. Highlights included much of what Patagonia offers including: massive glaciers, dramatic mountain peaks, glacier fed lakes, and green forests….

Jump to: Day 1, travel
Jump to: Day 2, Laguna de Los Tres and Mount Fitz Roy Hike
Jump to: Day 3, Laguna Torre and Cerro Torre Hike
Jump to: Day 4, the Perito Moreno Glacier
Jump to: Day 5, travel

LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK, PATAGONIA – MOUNT FITZ ROY, CERRO TORRE, AND THE PERITO MORENO GLACIER

related – our Fitz Roy information page

movie – first kayak descent in Greenland

Into Twin Galaxies

These three are crazy.

Erik Boomer, Ben Stookesberry and Sarah McNair-Landry.

National Geographic:

The intrepid trio, composed of previous Adventurers of the Year, kite-skied across the Greenland ice sheet and paddled the first descent of a wild Arctic river to win our first ever Hall of Fame award. …

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on Vimeo.

I saw the film on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in 2018.

related – Making of Into Twin Galaxies

Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nepal

This is a fantastic hike. But you can’t do it independently. Guides are required. Finding the right person is high priority.

Yondering Soles:

… I did my trip in September-October 2017, which is during the peak season in Nepal but just slightly before the real crowds.

Before reading this, please first read my post on the guide to Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is important to first understand about the regulations and requirements for the Manaslu Region. There is also more information on the side-treks you can do. …

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK : DETAILED ITINERARY

related – our Manaslu Circuit information page

Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve

Buenos Aires Ecological ReserveReserva Ecológica de Buenos Aires, also known as Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, is a 865-acre (3.50 km2) tract of low land on the Río de la Plata riverbank located on the east side of the district of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires CBDArgentina.

I walked the big loop enjoying most observing the wetlands birds and creatures. My highlight was spotting a Coipo (Myocastor coypus).

If you want to escape the traffic noise of the big city, this is the place to go.

Jogging or cycling that loop would be preferable to walking, in my opinion. It’s ideal for both.

Chile protects 10 million acres of National Park

GREAT news.

… more than three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined, or approximately the size of the country of Switzerland. …

Patagonia National Park Chile and Pumalín National Park will be key destinations in the network of parks of Chilean Patagonia. These parks are already open to the public …

President of Chile and CEO of Tompkins Conservation Sign Decrees Creating 10 Million Acres of New National Parks

 This includes Tompkins Conservation’s two flagship parks, Patagonia and Pumalín

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.