The Snowman Trek ~ Long-awaited Video

by Beth Whitman (September 9th, 2015)

This has been a long time in coming but, finally, here’s the big unveil of the Snowman Trek video from our time in Bhutan last year…

Huge thanks to our sponsors, Expedia and XShot, for making the journey and video possible. Big kudos to Chris Staudinger for doing an excellent job on editing this amazing video. And big thanks to my better half, Jon, for contributing excellent and beautiful footage.

OK, truth. Doesn’t this make you want to do now DO the Snowman Trek yourself??

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Klymit V2 Sleeping Pad ~ WanderGear Wednesday

by Beth Whitman (September 2nd, 2015)

Klymit V2 sleeping PadLooking back, it’s a little embarrassing to think about the sleeping pad I brought with me on the Snowman Trek last year. It was a pad I had used many times while car camping in the Pacific Northwest and it had served me well. It was one of those large inflatable pads that you can buy at an Army/Navy store.

It worked well, but the part that I kick myself about is how much precious space it took up in my duffel bag.

Fast forward a few months. When I was walking around the convention center floor at the Outdoor Retailer Show earlier this year, I passed by the booth for Klymit. What caught my eye were the unique designs of their sleeping pads. When I looked closer, I realized these sleeping pads could squeeze down to a fraction of the size of my Army/Navy store inflatable pad.

I was hooked.

I’ll be heading back to Bhutan next year for the Snowman Trek and no doubt a Klymit is coming with me. To test it out, I took the Klymit V2 Sleeping Pad to Papua New Guinea with me last month since I knew I’d be sleeping on the floor of a homestay. I figured that extra padding might come in handy. :-)Klymit v2 sleeping Pad

We slept under mosquito nets which you can see in the photo at right. The first night I slept on the thin pad that was provided to me by our hosts but then I used the Klymit on the second night. The difference? I definitely had more cushioning underneath me with the pad and I appreciated that. Overall I’d say it was more comfortable with those extra air pockets. But it’s hard to say whether I slept any better since 11 of us slept in the same big room and I don’t think anyone slept well!

Seriously though. I can say I was pretty comfortable on the cushy Klymit. (It looks comfortable, doesn’t it?) You’ll notice in the photo that it’s designed so your body lies in the middle with “rails” on the side so you’re not so likely to roll off of it.

It weighs just about a pound which is not much compared to other pads AND compared to the amount of comfort it will provide if you’re camping in a tent or out under the stars.

For hardcore backpackers and climbers who are need even lighter gear than this, Klymit has other styles that pack down even smaller than the V2 Sleeping Pad. I won’t need anything smaller than this, however, so it will suit me well.

The only slight downside to me sleeping on the Klymit pad in PNG was that, compared to the provided sleeping pad, it was a little noisy. I felt like I was squeaking a bit every time I moved around. Imagine the noise an inflated balloon makes when you rub it. That’s kinda how this sounded. That, however, will NOT dissuade me from bringing it trekking in the future.

The Klymit V2 Sleeping Pad is available on Amazon.

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Disclosure: Klymit provided the V2 Sleeping Pad to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.

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This Month Win a Mission Knit Long Sleeve Shirt from Royal Robbins

by Beth Whitman (September 1st, 2015)

Royal Robbins Mission Knit Long Sleeve

There’s the moment when you get a new piece of clothing. You know, that moment when you get a little buzz from the purchase. Then there’s the moment when you get a new piece of clothing like the Mission Knit Long Sleeve Shirt from Royal Robbins. A top so soft and comfortable that all sorts of neurons start firing.

That’s what happened for me when this top arrived. And then I wished for a cool front to come in so I could start wearing the shirt as soon as possible.

Like a new pair of fuzzy socks, this is a shirt that’s so comfortable you don’t even know you’re wearing it. Though the material is thin, it’s just that cozy.

The acrylic/rayon/wool blend is an alternative to Merino wool with the same warmth. It’s also wrinkle resistant, which means this will get packed into my luggage on my next cool weather trip.

I love the asymmetrical crew neck (it’s difficult to see it in this photo) and the diagonal seam in the front. Though this is considered a tunic, I found that it doesn’t come down as far as you might think based on this photo. In other words, it’s not something you’d necessarily wear with a pair of leggings.

This is available in Charcoal (pictured above), Cosmic Blue and Merlot.

About Royal Robbins

Royal Robbins produces practical outdoor travel clothing that utilizes performance fabrics, making their clothes not only comfortable but excellent for packing and for adventure activities.

Wanna win your own Mission Knit Long Sleeve Shirt?

Mission Knit LS Shirt_MerlotDuring the month of September, you can enter to win a Mission Knit Long Sleeve Shirt from Royal Robbins. One winner will be chosen on October 1, 2015.


1) Sign up for the Wanderlust and Lipstick newsletter. This goes out just once a month and your information is never shared.

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3) NEW for 2015! If you’re already a newsletter and RSS email feed subscriber, leave a comment below and let me know where you would wear your Mission Knit Shirt from Royal Robbins. I’ll then include you in the random drawing.

If you’re new to the site or this blog, do all three and you’ll have three chances to win!

Oh, and get some good karma by forwarding this to friends whom you think might like to enter to win their own Mission Knit Shirt from Royal Robbins.

Value: $65

The Deets
This contest closes at 11:59 pm PST on September 30, 2015 and the lucky winner will be chosen on October 1, 2015. Royal Robbins will ship to the U.S. only for this contest (sorry!).

The winner will have three days to respond before another winner is chosen.

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Disclosure: Royal Robbins provided the Mission Knit shirt to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.

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