Monthly Archives: July 2010

Gear Review: Black Diamond Infinity 50 Backpack

July 24, 2010  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Black Diamond Infinity 50

Black Diamond Infinity 50
$210, 50L/3,050 c.i., 3 lbs. 14 oz. (men’s medium)

A lot of packs feel good when you first put them on; only a few are still your friend at the end of a long day. I carried this streamlined top-loader with upwards of 30 pounds on 16- to 18-mile days on the rugged Rees-Dart Track in New Zealand’s Southern Alps—and it stayed comfortable right up until I took it off every day. The key feature is BD’s ergoACTIV hipbelt that attaches to the pack via a simple ball joint: The hipbelt pivots with your hips, but the pack itself doesn’t, eliminating the side-to-side shifting with each step that can fatigue your back and rub your hips raw over the course of a full day. Continue reading →

July 22, 2010

The Magic of Hiking to Yosemite’s Waterfalls

In Family Adventures, Hiking, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   6 Comments

By Michael Lanza

My seven-year-old daughter, Alex, is engaged in some heavy intellectual lifting. I can tell by the way she stares quietly, her brow knitted in thought, at Upper Yosemite Falls. We’ve hiked for 90 minutes up a thousand vertical feet of hot, dusty trail above Yosemite Valley to stand below this curtain of water that plunges a sheer 1,430 feet off a cliff, ripping through the air with a sound like fighter jets buzzing us. Continue reading →

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