Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and her husband were visiting from out of town (before she leaves for Japan, hoorah Air Force), so we hit up the Grand Canyon for a hike. It had been far too long since we had been there. We didn’t have a ton of time and just ended up going to Skeleton Point and back (6mi round-trip) on the South Kaibab Trail. While the Canyon is breathtaking from the rim, I think hiking into the depths is a must-do if you can! You gain so many other views and it really gives you an idea of the sheer size of the thing. Pics in the album below!
I was selected, along with 17 other outdoorsy-types from across the country, to participate in LLBean’s Discovery Project. Throughout the coming year, they’ll send us four “kits” of LLBean things to try out. We’re simply encouraged to go on adventures and post about our experiences. We’ll provide our feedback and thoughts on the products. This should be fun!
The first kit came in mid-November in a nifty tin box for packaging:
The kit included the Ascent jacket – a Gore-Tex 3-layer Pro Shell. It’s windproof, waterproof, and breathable – well, so far I know it’s windproof and relatively breathable; haven’t tried out the waterproof part yet!
I think the drawstring holes in the pic below are a great idea and something I’ve never seen before.
The inside layer is designed to move against base layers more freely and feel less clammy against skin.
Gore-Tex Pro Shell garments “are built for maximized ruggedness and are ideal for extreme and extended use” and “Garments with this rating are engineered to pass Gore’s most aggressive rain test, simulating extended vertical and horizontal wind-driven rain conditions.”
I biked to campus wearing the jacket when it was 28 degrees with a long sleeve and fleece underneath and it turned out to be far too warm haha. Employed the pit zips!
It’s been unseasonably warm here in Flagstaff lately, but needless to say, I can’t wait to test it out more. I just took a part time job at the Arizona Snowbowl as a lift operator for the winter, so it should see plenty of use!