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Adventure Concept: Mini Cooper Adventure

Since its initial release its modern form, the Mini Cooper seems to generate big ideas. Some come to fruition and roll into the market place. Others, like this concept project as envisioned by young apprentices and their mentors at BMW in Munich, are just creative exercises, examples of what could be done if they cared to do so. Starting with a Mini Cooper S Pacemen as the base platform, they set out to create a pint-sized adventure mobile with as… read more »

Long Term Test: MSR Dragonfly Stove

Not too long ago while sorting through boxes of old backcountry gear in my basement, I came across a battered and dented MSR fuel bottle. I recognized it immediately as one I had misplaced years earlier and determined the fuel sloshing around in that bottle was exactly twelve and a half years old. Curious if vintage white gas would still burn, I grabbed my MSR Dragonfly and set out to make some fire.   The MSR Dragonfly, particularly mine, is… read more »

Understanding Weights and Ratings

When planning to tow a trailer there's more to consider than just the rated towing capacity of the vehicle. Hitch rating, tongue weight rating, payload capacity, unbraked towing capacity (if a brake controller is not installed), aftermarket accessories, cargo, and passengers all affect the maximum trailer weight that a vehicle can safely tow. Adding to the confusion, manufacturers often exaggerate the tow ratings they give their vehicles in an effort to one-up the competition. Understanding how to calculate accurate values and how they'll affect handling off-pavement… read more »

The Trucks of Iceland

It is one of the last unspoiled landscapes on earth. Home to volcanoes, glaciers, and hundreds of miles of remote backroads, Icelanders rely on vehicles like few others to explore this tiny island nation. In a short three week visit, I managed to photograph only a handful of these ubiquitous adventure mobiles. Many are used to ferry tourists into the remote corners of the interior. Hundreds are available for rent if you dare to brave the fee. Several were brought… read more »

Long Term Test: Crispi Monaco GTX Boots

Last year I had the opportunity to test a pair of boots from legendary Italian boot maker, Crispi. I was admittedly almost overly eager to try them due to the high praise they invariably garner, and pulling them from the box brought as much excitement as Christmas morning. It’s been over a year since I first laced up my Crispi Monaco GTX boots, and I have to say I love them more today than I did then.   Alessandro Marcolin,… read more »

The Lost Fishing Fleet of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan

While driving across north western Uzbekistan we decided to risk a fine for not registering with the authorities straight away, and headed into the desert to look for the Aral Sea. This isn’t as easy as it sounds as there are no roads to it, no signposts, and it is nowhere near the size or shape it use to be.   In the 1940’s the Soviet Union diverted the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers away from the Aral, the… read more »

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