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Escape From New York

By Tom Ran

Published: April 29, 2014 under Outdoors

Urban Adventure NYC: Escape From New York with Aether

Photo: Aether

As avid riders, both Aether founders, Jonah Smith and Palmer West have organized motorcycle adventures in LA and San Francisco. This weekend will be NYC’s turn. They’re teaming up with Union Garage for an all day ride just north of the city. It all starts at Aether’s Soho shop and will end at a secret training location in Bear Mountain where your riding skills will be tested through a specially designed obstacle course. The route up to Bear Mountain will take you through scenic views and a tour of Harriman State Park’s best roads. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided and a special skills challenge will take place at the end of the day. The best riders will be awarded for their performance. The ride takes place this Saturday, May 3rd. Tickets are now available for $45. To secure a spot and a look through the day’s itinerary head over to Aether’s site for more information.

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Overland Journal

By Tom Ran

Published: April 16, 2014 under Outdoors

Overland Journal

Photo: Overland Journal

Overland Journal has been around the block in their all terrain vehicles since 2006. The publication is all about self-reliant adventure travel that is usually accompanied by off road transport, from trucks to bikes. The team is comprised of a group of journalists, photographers, and adventurers, many of whom are experts in the field of the outdoors. Along with the spectacular journeys they document, they also review gear for outfitting your travel and gear for your vehicles. It’s a niche publication for the outdoor enthusiast where the journey is so much a part of the experience.

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Timberframing at Beaver Brook

By Tom Ran

Published: April 2, 2014 under Outdoors

Timberframing class at Beaver Brook

Photo: Beaver Brook

Take your outdoor obsession to new heights with Beaver Brook’s “Learn Wild” classes. The private forest commune started by Zach Klein will be conducting a workshop for people who want to learn the art of cabin building. Tom Bonamici, a designer, builder and the co-founder of Archival Clothing, will be the host. The program will span nine days and by the end of it all you’ll be able to “design, lay out, and build a simple gable roofed timberframe.” Timberframing starts on August 2nd, room and board is included as well as the necessary tools. All you’ll need is to get yourself to NYC where Tom will transport you and the crew to Beaver Brook. At $1800 for the workshop and only five spaces available, the class has already been filled. However, you can still apply for the waiting list in case anyone bails. (via Friends of Type)

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hobo presents PROJECT TRUCK

By Tom Ran

Published: March 28, 2014 under Outdoors

hobo presents PROJECT TRUCK - a collection of backpacks

Photo: Vendor

Truck, the Osaka based furniture maker is venturing into backpacks. They’ve collaborated with hobo, a Japanese accessories brand, to improve upon their existing line of backpacks they created with Araitent. The collection comes in four styles and colorways. The designs are reminiscent of Yvon Chouinard’s early backpacks and other packs from the golden age of climbing gear. Vendor has created a short film with a visit to Truck’s Osaka workshop. The backpacks will be available through Vendor and Truck starting March 29th.

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Goodness Travels

By Tom Ran

Published: August 8, 2013 under Outdoors

Vintage trailer rental from Goodness Travels

Photo: Goodness Travels

Owning a trailer is probably the furthest thing a New Yorker has on their list of wants and desires. To endure the hassle of maintenance and costs, not to mention the space to store one is a huge deterrent. But who hasn’t dreamt of being out in the wilderness, sitting around a campfire and sleeping on a comfortable bed inside a camper? Goodness Travels alleviates the complications of owning one and offers rentals instead. Their vintage trailer has been newly restored and equipped with all the modern day amenities, AC and heat, propane stove, classic icebox, and of course a bed for two. Goodness Travels is located in the NY metropolitan area. You can either pick up the trailer on your way out or have it delivered on site.

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The Northern Post

By Tom Ran

Published: August 10, 2012 under Outdoors

Lucy Engelman shares her experience at Cabin Time.

Photo: Lucy Engelman

Earlier this summer we devoted an entire week of posts to the outdoors and camping. We could have easily continued for another three weeks and turned it into a month long coverage. Alas we were too distracted by other things. Fortunately for us, there are sites that do a much better job at it. The Northern Post being one of them. They cover a lifestyle of outdoor adventures, past wanderings, and interviews with a group of creative people that share a similar passion–from Geoff McFetridge and Peter Buchanan-Smith to John Moore the founder of M. Nii and Damon Way. The site is solely run and operated by Dustin A. Beatty, a guy that wears many hats including photographer, editor and entrepreneur. It’s enough to spark a desire to shed your daily regimen in exchange for a pair of hiking boots and a compass.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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