Leah R. Fielding

Jul 22

Dakine Trail Photo Review

Dakine Trail Photo Review

The Dakine Trail Photo16L pack is a great way to get your camera out to all the backcountry adventures around Aspen. The minimalist design and padded compartments make it ideal for hiking, biking, or any other trail sport you can think of.  The side entry to camera gear makes this pack great to get the action shots on the fly.  On a bike ride the pack is stable and comfortable, and for access to…

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Jul 07

MicroAdventures: Canoe Camping

Canoe camping is one of my favorite ways to camp. The beauty of it is that whatever you carry get’s to float, rather than carrying it on your back. There are a number of small lakes and ponds nearby with established campsites that are almost always empty on a weeknight. So since I’m just getting back into the overnights, I thought I’d start out with a simple canoe camping trip.


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Jul 02

MicroAdventures: Thermarest Mira sleeping bag review

MicroAdventures gear: Thermarest Mira bag review

The Overview
The Mira Women’s Down Sleeping Bag is new for 2014. It’s a three season, 15ºF 750+ fill goose down bag that has special features to keep women warm and comfortable for a great night sleep. It features a women’s specific cut, an extra warm toe-box, secure links to keep connected to your sleeping pad, and silky soft fabric that makes me want to lounge around my living room in it on days…

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Jun 24

MicroAdventures 2014

Let’s be MicroAdventurers!MicroAdventure gear

Some months back, I was totally inspired by Alastair Humphrey’s MicroAdventure project. He promotes the concept that we don’t need to take on huge expeditions in order to have more adventure in our lives. After reading his blog, I gave a talk about the concept. Listen here.

This concept also inspired me to look at MicroAdventure as it applies to my life and how it…

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Apr 09

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L Review

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L Review

The best question about the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel – 90L is where I haven’t taken it. So far the Black Hole has been on the river, camping in Utah, road trips to the city, overhead compartment in planes, huts trips in the mountains and more.2233914-p-MULTIVIEW

So let’s start with the basics: durability. This duffel is tough as nails. I beat my gear up but this bag is weather resistant and stands up to outdoor…

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Apr 02

Anatomy of a Camera Backpack

Anatomy of a Camera Backpack

Whether adventure or action sports photography is your hobby or profession a lot of planning goes into getting the perfect shot, especially packing your camera backpack. Here are some tricks of the trade for staying organized and protecting your precious camera gear in the great outdoors.


7d_1_xlThe Canon 7D is a prosumer body that almost has it all. An 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO from 100–6,400,…

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Mar 22

TSL Symbioz Snowshoe Review

TSL Symbioz Snowshoe Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis winter I’ve had the opportunity to check out the new TSL Symbioz Snowshoe. I do a lot of snowshoeing for work, both as a hiking guide at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and for my Yoga Adventure programs: Frosty Snowshoe, Toasty Yoga. What I love about snowshoeing is that it’s a gateway into actually enjoying winter. In my opinion, many people who don’t love winter, would change their…

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Mar 22

Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Words and recipe by: Jordie Karlinksi
Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from thefitnut.com

Craving peanut butter cups? These will do the trick!

Everything about them is so satisfying! The rice chex mix cereal give them a nice airy-crunch, and of course the peanut butter-chocolate combo is a classic.

I make these more than you should know…and as a matter of fact, I’m eating one as I write, right now.


But that is just because they are so delici…

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Mar 11

Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole

Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole

As I perfected my splitboard kit, I searched high and low for a perfect pole. Most don’t collapse small enough, and stick dangerously from my pack while I shred. Others are generally a heavy addition to my pack which is already loaded with my camera, probe, shovel, snacks, etc. Then the Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole came into my backcountry experience and changed everything. And they aren’t…

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Mar 11

The Best Girls Adventure Trips

Backcountry Babes Whether you and your gals are looking to learn a new outdoor skill or simply experience a new outdoor adventure, …