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Escape the City with a Towel

Urban Escapes is a great way to get away from the city and do outdoorsy stuff like hiking, climbing and boating. Lightload Towels is a proud sponsor. Urban Escapes Founder Maia Josebachvili says:

I brought a three-pack of lightloads with me while backpacking in the Himalayas in Nepal for a month. They were awesome! Didn’t weight a thing (which I really appreciated at 18,000 ft) and were just as effective as a regular towel. I’ll be using them again for sure!’

Check out National Geographic’s Urban Escapesuggestions. http://on.natgeo.com/1lsNQXO

Please contact Urban Esapes if you are an outdoorsy person living in the New york city area

-Maia J.
Maia Josebachvili
Founder and Guide
Urban Escapes
212.609.2547

Check out www.urbanexcapenyc.com

Hut-to Hut Backcountry Bike Treks

Camp Towels for Bike Treks
Camping has never been easier with a three pack of lightload Towels. Use one towel for the cook-set, one for the first aid kit and the other for general use. “Pack it in and Pack it Out” so the next campers can enjoy a good clean site.

I have been looking for different types of overnight/longer then a day biking treks when I happened on this one. Now I have done the winter hut-to-hut cross-country treks so I am not sure why this never crossed my mind, but I have to say now that I have seen it I am obsessed.

This was presented as a non-camping option and given some of the regions there is good reason to opt for the hut overnight.  Hut-to-hut touring is an activity of which Colorado is king. There you can tackle a fat-tire adventure beginning in the southwest corner of the state (in either Telluride or Durango), and wind up a few days later in Moab (okay, that’s in Utah, not Colorado). The trips are organized by San Juan Hut Systems, whose mission is “to provide low-impact, human-powered, lightweight backcountry travel opportunities for the independent, health-conscious adventurer at a practical price.” The distance from one hut to the next is generally about 35 miles; the terrain ranges from dirt roads and trails in the alpine vastness of the San Juan Mountains, to desert canyons and slickrock. Each hut is stocked with food and utensils, water, a cookstove, and sleeping gear.

Another Colorado option: Take one of the trips organized out of Fruita by “The Hut Guy,” who, according to the Colorado Backcountry Biker website, “spent years scouring hundreds of miles, identifying the premier mountain biking trails in western Colorado.” As a result, it says, Colorado Backcountry Biker offers self-guided, budget-friendly bike trips on which you can spend two or three nights in fully stocked huts, and by day experience some of the best mountain biking in the West. Options include riding on the storied Tabeguache Trail, with baggage transfer from hut to hut and other amenities that are somewhat luxurious, considering the backwoods setting.

If you are more of a do-it-yourselfer — or haul-it-yourselfer (your own food, sleeping bag, etc.) — there are some great trail rides to the huts maintained by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Not all thirty of the system’s huts are reachable by mountain bike, but a lot of them are. These huts are relatively large, sleeping an average of sixteen people, and come equipped with wood-burning stoves and propane burners, cooking and eating utensils, and mattresses and pillows.

Up in the great Pacific Northwest, Cascade Huts offers self-guided multi-day trips in Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest. Again stocked with supplies to enable lightweight riding, the huts line a loop around Mt. Hood that ranges from 135 to 160 miles in length, depending on the exact route chosen. And to the north of there, in Washington state, the five Rendezvous Huts in Methow Valley offer rustic but cozy accommodations for summer cyclists in a location that, come winter, is one of the premier Nordic skiing destinations in North America.

In Washington’s geographical counterpart on other side of the country, Maine Huts & Trails has big plans over the coming years to enhance the mountain biking possibilities it makes available. As it says on their website, “we envision offering mountain bikers a wide array of trails, from short, easy riding along our hut access roads and other dirt roads to technical singletrack deep in the backcountry. Riders will eventually be able to ride for several days along a variety of trails, staying overnight in the Maine Huts … [and, in fact] cyclists are already finding some great riding along and proximal to the MH&T system.”

Gear List

The Basics for Camping:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp pad
  • Small tent, bivy sack, or camp hammock
  • Food (or a nearby dining establishment)
  • Personal items: toiletries, hand towels and camp towels etc

Deluxe Gear List:
Perhaps you’re not a minimalist. Just remember: everything you bring adds weight to your bike. If you have much hill climbing or a lot of mileage planned, you may want to reconsider how much you take along.

Deluxe Camping Gear List:

  • Route map(s)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp pad or air mattress
  • Small tent, bivy sack, or camp hammock
  • Camp pillow or stuff sack, bath, hand and cook towels
  • Cooking equipment (small stove, cookware, utensils) including food, camp towel
  • Camp chair
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Pocketknife
  • Waterproof matches

Deluxe Personal Gear List:

  • Toiletries
  • Two sets of bike clothes
  • Two sets of off-the-bike clothes
  • Raingear
  • Cold weather gear
  • Shoes/sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Other possibilities:

  • Books
  • Camera
  • Playing cards
  • Sports equipment
  • Fishing gear
  • Radio/iPod/MP3 player
  • And more!

This about wraps up the hut-to-hut riding opportunities my research turned up. If you know of others, feel free to add them to this list.

 

Toronados Ultralight Backpacking Gear Review of Lightload Towels

Toronados ultralight backpacking site did a review of the lightload Towels. ” I
got
to test it out on a recent backpacking trip in Ojai, California where I put it through the not-so-tough paces of drying off my wet pot after cooking a meal and mopping up some spilled water on my groundcloth.

After arriving home, I threw the lightload towel in the washing machine and dryer with my other gear. I found the result was a much softer version of the towel…and we’re talking feathery soft. There is minimal fraying, but nothing that would affect performance. It also results in a slightly larger size — 12.5 in by 22 in,” says Toronado.

Toronados ultralight backpacking site
is an extension of Tornado’s Ultralight Backpacking, a website dedicated to ultralight backpacking: the pursuit of great outdoor adventures with minimal weight on your back. Here you will find trail recipes, homemade gear info, gear reviews, cool new products, and inspiring outdoor musings. Enjoy!
Toronados
“philosophy is to go backpacking as light as possible without eliminating important items like a toothbrush or a first aid kit. I aim toward minimalism to lighten my pack, eliminating unnecessary items and keeping everything as simple as possible. I prefer low-tech bare essentials so that my gear is able to handle the abuse of the outdoors without constant coddling or repair.

I don’t necessarily chase after the most recent breakthrough in ultralight gear or fabrics, but rather wait for ideas to prove themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have my pack under 5 pounds, but I don’t want to break the bank, and I want my gear to be reliable.”

Please visit
htp://litetornado.blogspot.com/2009/05/gear-review-lightload-towels.html

Idaho Based A Happy Camper sells lightload Towel

    ahappycamper
    Here is a summary of the homepage of A Happy Camper a great camping store that sells lightload Towels, the only towels that are survival tools. Please visit their website http://www.ahappycamper.com.

    “When was the last time you went camping? Remember what it felt like to be in the fresh air outdoors? Remember sleeping under the stars and dreaming of the exciting adventures that the next day might hold? Maybe it is time for you to leave behind the modern world and reconnect with Mother Nature. At A Happy Camper, we can supply you with all the essentials that you might need on your great adventure outdoors or indoors if it rains!!

    Ever wonder what it takes to be A Great Dutch Oven Cook? Come check us out! We have the high-quality dutch oven equipment and camping gear. Everything you will need to make your outdoor cooking experience a great one. Feel free to browse this site, or visit us at A Happy Camper in the big city of Twin Falls, Idaho.

    We carry Lodge Dutch Ovens, Camp Chef Dutch Ovens, Maca Dutch Ovens, Dutch Oven Cookbooks, Dutch Oven Accessories, Dutch Oven Tables, Volcano Stoves, Fire Starter, Fire Pans, Insect Repellent, Lanterns, Camp Stoves, Hot Dog Forks, Flashlights, and plenty more.

    All orders are usually shipped out the next day after receiving the order unless it is a holiday or a weekend. Orders should be received in 3 to 5 working days unless next-day, 2-day, or 3-day service has been requested. All customers are responsible for the freight coming to them; and if they decide to return the item, they are responsible for paying for the freight back to A Happy Camper.”

    1848 Addison Avenue East – Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 – (208) 736-8048
    Open M-F 9:30 AM. to 4:00 PM Sat. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday Closed MST

Anti Gravity Gear Sells Lightload Towels

Anti Gravity Gear now Sells Lightload Towels the only towels that are survival tools. .The online retailer “provides high quality low cost ultralight backpacking gear such as TarpTents Tarps, Ponchos, Trail Designs Caldera Cones, Pepsi can alcohol stoves, pot cozys, ultralight backpacks, survival bandanas & mapdanas, headlamps and cooking pots. “Their “vision is to provide the best camping gear available and support organizations that develop and maintain the trails and wilderness we all enjoy. ”

Buy Lightload Towels at Get Outdoors With Anitra

smaller-lightoad-flyerpocket-towel-photo11January 31,2009 New York

Lightload Towels are now available through Get outdoors With Anitra http://www.anitrakass.com. The great blog site offers articles and advice on wildflowers, backpacking, books and gear.

Anitra the brainchild behind the site is a long distance triple crown hiker. She hiked the three major long distance hiking trails the Continental Divide, Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest. She is one of the few people in the world to have done that.

Lightload Towels is the only towel that is a survival tool. Use it as insulation in cold weather, a fire starter, first aid supplement and much more. It packs down to the size of a silver dollar and can be stored in it’s package for an entire 2000 plus mile hike. It’s great as a Pacific Crest Trail addition to gear, Appalachian Trail lite backpacking supply or Continental Divide hiking accessory. It works for short section hikes too.

Columbus Dispatch says Lightload Towels will Ease Air Travel

The columbus Distpatch Newspaper

’08 Holiday Hit List: ways to ease air travel
Sunday, December 21, 2008

TODAY: ways to ease air travel

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/travel/stories/2008/12/21/HITLIST21.ART_ART_12-21-08_F1_H8C8C54.html?sid=101