Blog — Trip Report

Lauren Hudgins
Deb and the Curvy Kili Crew

Deb and the Curvy Kili Crew

Deb Malkin is a fat-positive massage therapist from the Bay Area who hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this March with the Curvy Kili Crew, a group of 20 plus-sized adventuresome women.

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Skip's 50 Year Commemorative Hike

Skip's 50 Year Commemorative Hike

We're working on an improved and stronger version of our carbon fiber Vertex Poles that will use a middle aluminum shaft (compared to 5 carbon shafts). We asked Skip to take them on a hike and test the feel of the shaft. He is sending the poles back to us so we can examine the wear and tear and make them even better. Here's his trip report of the Colorado Trail. I have been section hiking the Colorado Trail for two summers prior to this trip. The first summer was 104 miles from Denver to Breckenridge. The second summer was...

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Gilad Nachmani
Waterfall chasing trip in the Columbia River Gorge

Waterfall chasing trip in the Columbia River Gorge

Our local play and testing ground here at Cnoc Outdoors is the Columbia River Gorge: we can hit the first trailhead 20 minutes out of Portland and enjoy some amazing hikes. One of my favorite ones is sort of a W style trip (which loops back) that combines Angel's Rest, Wahkeena Spring and Falls, Multnomah Falls and Devil's Rest. In this full day hike, you get some of the best views in the Gorge along with the most magical and less known parts of it. At times, I like to use it as a sneaky overnight trip to test gear,...

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Gilad Nachmani
Winter gear testing - a trip video from Eagle Creek, OR

Winter gear testing - a trip video from Eagle Creek, OR

 Testing gear is vital - not just prototypes but also existing products in new conditions. The unexpected extreme weather in the PNW in the last 3 months allowed some good conditions for testing in harsher conditions. One of those testing trips was an overnight trip to Eagle Creek trail, Oregon, from the trailhead to 7.5 miles camp site and back the following day. Half the trail from Tunnel falls to the camp site haven't been used for a while so it involved breaking trail in 2-3 feet of snow. The above conditions were great for working the Vertex carbon poles hard in...

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