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Greyson Howard

Locale: Sierra Nevada
My first attempt... on 05/05/2007 19:01:58 MDT Print View

So I made my first attempt at showing the light to the general public as a reporter in the Tahoe Area.

Tahoe World

Keep in mind, this is for general newspaper readership, not UL experts like you folks.

This is a bi-weekly outdoor column, so if anybody wants to make suggestions (not just backpacking: cycling and other stuff too), that would be great.


cat morris
(catt) - F

Locale: Alaska
nice job! on 05/05/2007 20:10:37 MDT Print View

nice job!

ian wright
(ianwright) - F

Locale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
Clark Kent on 05/05/2007 23:37:41 MDT Print View

Excellent, concise, to the point and encouraging to those interested in learning. Somehow you'll have to mention BPL in a future article !

Though I do think that a tarp would be just too much for the average Joe !


Locale: South West US
Re: My first attempt... on 05/06/2007 04:40:53 MDT Print View

Short, simple, informative and to the point. I like it.

Shawn Basil
(Bearpaw) - F

Locale: Southeast
Great for laymen on 05/06/2007 09:47:43 MDT Print View

Very nicely done.

I realize you probably have many editorial guidelines you have to conform to, but it would be nice if you could mention some niche company items that readers might never otherwise hear about like Henry Shires, Six Moon Designs, ULA, MLD, BMW, and the whole alphabet soup of great companies that offer truly superior gear for lighter weight hiking.

But this is a great start for the layman. When the REI One jacket first came out five years ago, it was the first softshell jacket to hit our REI. I recommended it to a number of customers, but I don'think we sold more than a couple in the first five months we carried it. Then an article in the Tennessean talked about how this was a great cycling, climbing, day-hiking and daily wear jacket for middle Tennessee in winter. Suddenly, we couldn't keep them in stock. Your article will likely have a greater effect than you imagine.

Greyson Howard

Locale: Sierra Nevada
Re: My first attempt... on 05/06/2007 19:15:37 MDT Print View

Thanks for everybody's positive responses.

I would like to get into specific gear instead of only speaking in generalities, but this is really a side project to my normal work (local government reporting), so it's a matter of time available.

In terms of naming names, I did list a few companies I thought were pertinant, but I realize the list could have been longer.

Thanks again, and any ideas you all have for future columns would be great!

Oh yeah, and as for average joe under a tarp, one of my first backpacking trips was two weeks under a tarp with NOLS, but then again, maybe I'm a little off.

Edited by Greyhound on 05/06/2007 19:16:23 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: My first attempt... on 05/06/2007 21:57:29 MDT Print View

Nice and short, I like the "this not that" :-)