Author Archive: Chris Maxcer
Outside is better than in; hiking is better than walking; fast is better than slow. I like tight lines, trails on foot, trails on wheels, competition, challenges, women who aren’t prissy, and getting up after you fall down. I respect men who do things and scratch my head at men who don’t. Oh, and playing basketball is better than watching it. To get a hold of me, take a "firstnamelastname" guess at WickedCoolBite.com.
Backpackers need high quality, reliable equipment in light weight and small packages. When you’re 30 miles or more off the road in the backcountry, the little choices start to matter. Here’s some core, reliable backpacking gear that any backpacker will appreciate. 1. Headlamp Backpackers need headlamps instead of flashlights: First, ever tried to cook on […]
I’ve tried to sharpen knives, but I’m not good at it. Sure, as I attempt to hold the perfect angle against a stone and shave away fine bits of hardened steel, I make the blade marginally sharper than when I started but never sharp like it should be. I want to learn how to sharpen […]
Extreme mountain bike rider Kelly McGarry busts out a 72-foot-long backflip over a canyon at Red Bull Rampage 2013, and while that’s cool, he filmed first-person footage with an HD GoPro HERO3+ camera. Heck, the backflip isn’t even the scary part — we started clenching our seats within seconds of the guy taking off to […]
When I go backpacking, I usually bring along a 7.5′ three-weight fly rod. It’s light and packable. It’s also a Three Forks combo from Cabelas, which makes it a low-end-yet-high-quality rod that’s a wicked good deal. When our core group went backpacking in the White Clouds mountains in Idaho a couple of summers ago, I […]
The — an inexpensive but large and durable raft — is simply the best bang for your buck that I’ve ever seen in an inflatable raft. The is what I call a mid-quality raft. I wouldn’t trust it for whitewater rafting, but it’s also far more durable than the cheap little inflatables you can find […]
This is basically a commercial for tires . . . except it’s also a kickass ode to fly fishing and taking off beyond the beaten path. The location? Deep in the Idaho high mountain desert on the Owyhee River. Great video — well worth watching — and the fly fishing part starts about 40 seconds […]