Legendary British outfitter Barbour has recently announced a competition VIA the brand's Instagram account. Using the hashtag #inspiringplaces IG users are asked to submit travel and adventure videos through their accounts. Top prize is a Barbour travel bag that the winner will get to fill with goodies to tailor to their own travel needs. Watch the video below on how to stand out to the judges. Check out the Barbour blog for brand updates and good reading.
Glasgow based PRIDES made their internet debut in 2013 with the single "Out of the Blue." The song would become a mainstay on Hype Machine for several weeks and the success of "out of the blue" encouraged the three piece band to put together an E.P., which brings us to "The Seeds You So." The album's title track pairs a chanting chorus with tumbling drums to produce an anthemic earworm.
The band begins their North American tour tomorrow with a performance at SXSW. Check out their facebook page for more details on dates and venues to check them out in a city near you.
|Photo: Austin Fassino|
I met Erik Gordon the owner and operator of Carabiner Coffee Co. while pursuing my undergrad at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. The two of us had several classes together during our time there and shared more than a few beers at the best dive bars in west-central Wisconsin. He was always a smart and driven guy who took his work seriously but never himself. Finally at the end of our undergrad he took off on a cross-country bike trip and ended up staying out west, eventually starting his own business (Carabiner). Through some mutual friends I caught wind of the great work he has been doing and decided an interview was in order. Here is Erik talking about what it's like to run a coffee shop in the back of a 71 VW bus, battling blizzards, mountain roads, and vendors permits in the state of Colorado.
TGC: The last time we had spoke was around May 2012 (graduation from Stout). At the time you were preparing for a cross-country bike trip. Can you tell The Good Camp readers a bit about that experience. How long were you on the road for and what places did you bike through?
EG: I’m glad you bring that up, that ride has become one of the most meaningful things I’ve accomplished in my years so far and continues to influence me in my lifestyle to date. When I decided I would be biking across the country alone that summer it almost instantly became a fact in my mind. I couldn't see my initial time after college being spent any other way.
From my small hometown of Waconia, MN I biked west up to Glacier Nat’l Park then continued across Idaho, Washington and Oregon to the pacific where I then turn south and biked the entire highway 1 down the Oregon and California coast till finally stopping in the little California surf town of Encinitas. I would end up conquering the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and 1000 miles cliff sides, redwoods and beaches. In the end the trek took me almost exactly 3 months and covered just over 3800 miles. Overcoming a snapped bike frame in the first 200 miles and battling 50 mph headwinds were just a few things that greeted me in the first few weeks of biking. The trip there after yielded everything from perfect sunset in the plains to grueling climbs over the mountains and shivering days on the Oregon coast. I even witnessed an armed robbery and had a more than close call with a lightening strike. Yet all these things paled in comparison to the unspeakable beauty and kindhearted people that I seemed to run into almost every day.
In those 87 days on the road I experienced some of the greatest highs and lows of my life so far. Having the opportunity to be away from constant updates and deadlines and simply focus on each day, one day at a time is a rare thing I think. I owe a lot of where I am today to those three months. It was a journey that set the course for the rest of my life.
TGC: In what way has that experience influenced your vision for Carabiner?
EG: After finishing the tour, I definitely had a new perspective on what direction I was going to take when it came to making a living. The funny thing is, I was the farthest thing from a coffee drinker when I began that tour. It wasn’t until a damp and cold day of riding on the Oregon coast that I had to stop and warm up. The only warm thing this roadside mom and pop shop had was coffee, so I grabbed a cup. I like to think of as my first cup of coffee, and the cup that started me down path to eventually creating Carabiner Coffee.
TGC: How did you make the decision to operate Carabiner out of an old VW bus? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the mobile barista approach?
EG: Ever since I first learned how to drive stick in an old VW Westfalia van, old VW’s have had a special place in my heart. When I turned 23, I made it a goal to own my own business before my 24th birthday so when I came across this old 71 VW bus for sale on Craigslist, it was too perfect to pass up. The best part being, the previous owners had already outfitted it to be usable as a mobile barista wagon. After a few months of bargaining back and forth, I made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. The following months would be full of renovating, branding and building the vision that has become the Carabiner Coffee Company.
The best part about owning a mobile barista bus is the pure fun of it. Not only do I get to cruise around in a sweet old VW, I get to make Americanos and pour Rosettas all while meeting great people. That is another perk, the people that are attracted to an old blue are usually my kind of people! There are definitely some hard parts about operating a mobile business, especially at 9600 ft. I’ve had to deal with freezing endless issues as well as the never ending race that is the mobile vendor licensing process, which I am still in the works of acquiring to operate in the resort towns of Summit County, Colorado.
TGC: If one were visiting Colorado where would you be able to get a cup of Carabiner Coffee?
EG: The fun thing about Carabiner Coffee is that there is really no telling. While I am still working on the permitting and zoning issues that come with operating in a little historic mountain town like Breckenridge, CO the best way to snag a latte served out of the bus is to simply keep your eyes peeled! I’m most likely cruising down main street keeping the locals well caffeinated through out the day.
TGC: Where do you see Carabiner this time next year?
EG: As I become more familiar with the permitting and weather concerns of operating in such an extreme environment, I have plans to move Carabiner Coffee to a more food truck friendly location and right now that location is looking like Seattle, WA. Having a steady year round client base and the opportunity to expand to a possible storefront on top of operating the bus as a mobile unit would be a dream come true. Plus, having been a Portlander prior to my move to Colorado I would love to return to the Pacific North West. I can see Carabiner Coffee doing great things in Seattle.
TGC:What has been the most exciting part of going into business for yourself?
EG: The creative freedom that you grant yourself by starting your own business is by far the best thing about it. The chance to do something you love to do and the ability to take it in what ever direction you want it to go makes waking up each day just a little bit more exciting.
TGC: Any parting thoughts for The Good Camp readers?
EG: If I could leave you with any parting thought, it would be to appreciate the light heartedness of life. If you have a dream, no matter how far fetched or impossible it may seem at first, it’s worth every second you put into it if it makes you happy. Hell, you might not wake up tomorrow morning, wouldn’t it be a bummer if you had the chance to do something that makes you really happy today buuuuut you didn’t. It can be tough to make that first move, but once you do, every move after that gets a little bit easier because If you’re not trying to live your dream… then what are you doing?
The Good Camp would like to thank Erik Gordon for taking the time to answer a few questions for this interview. Also thank you to Austin Fassino for sending over some hi-res images from your Carabiner photo shoot!
Luck for me I was able to check out the Tanner Goods flagship store when I was in Portland, OR. a couple of weeks ago. Tanner is a collection of craftspeople and designers who are dedicated to design-minded approach combined with a commitment to hand crafted goods. The focus on simplified, honest design extends through all of their products. From deerskin leather driving gloves to camera straps and lanyards, Tanner is focused in making high-quality goods for people from all walks of life.
"We go to great lengths not to overdesign our products. We carefully consider an item’s intended use, and we focus on how that can best be served without adding more to it than necessary. This, to us, is the essence of good design and craft." - Tanner Goods
Here's a selection of our favorite pieces from the Tanner webstore.
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Okay, so my obsession with True Detective is starting to concern my friends and family. With only one episode left in the first season Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga have left me with some many questions! Who is the Yellow King?? And what's up with the lawn mower guy?? Don't worry there won't be any spoilers or speculation in this post, just a guide on how to dress like the series main attraction, Rust Cohle.
I've combined parts of Matthew McConaughey's character Rust throughout the series. From the straight laced 1995-2002 detective to the grizzled, burnt out drunkard in 2012. This look is equal parts work and play.
H&M Chambray Shirt ($29): This shirt is similar to the double breasted chambray that Matthew McConaughey wears as the 2012 Cohle. Great work wear look that can also be pulled off in a casual office, or if you're office is a rural tavern you're good there too.
Brooks Brothers Corduroy Blazer ($300): This is one of my favorite pieces from Rust's wardrobe throughout the show. I imagine it was awfully hot to wear filming during the summer in Louisiana though. Available in dark brown on the Brooks Bros. website.
H&M Slim Fit Chino ($30): A great chino for the office or in the field when you're bracing "perps" in connection to a sex trafficking / murder ring. Also perfect if you're looking for some casual weekend wear.
Red Wing Heritage 6" Boot ($310): These are a hardworking man's boot. In these boots you could kick down doors in the projects, pull a breaking and entering at Billy Lee Tuttle's mansion, and even beat up your partner.
Leather Portfolio Case ($50-125): In order to become "the tax man" the portfolio case is key. Where else are you going to draw pictures of devil nets and other clues to the location of Carcosa and the Yellow King?
I know who I am. And after all these years, there's a victory in that.
Nashville band The Wild Feathers have been all over your TV and you probably didn't even realize it, check them out on Nashville and Conan. Their sound has been compared to Neil Young & Crazy Horse meets Band of Horses. Their self-titled debut record on Warner Bros. out now! Plus watch the awesome videos for songs "The Ceiling" and "Hard Wind" below.
Any person who has had the chance to visit the Pacific Northwest region of the United States typically leaves saying there is no place like it. Roadside waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, dense forests, and powerful rivers are just a few of the natural features the northwest is known for. Fortunately for me, my girlfriend and tremendously talented photographer Mattie happens to live out there, which has given me the opportunity to get a little bit better acquainted with one of America's most beautiful areas.
The majority of my stay in the PNW was in Portland, Oregon, the often satirized mecca for millennials. The city is teeming with coffee shops, bars, restaurants, kitschy shops, and even a terrarium store; yes, a store dedicated to tiny plants. Portland is a city where locals prefer to shop locally. Within the city limits I did not see a single Target, Walmart, Costco or any big box retailer. The largest corporate presences that I saw were New Seasons Market and Whole Foods. Support of independent businesses has paid dividends by creating a unique and vibrant community nestled on the banks of the Willamette river.
- Shopping, Coffee, Food & Drink in the City of Roses -
When you're done hitting up all of the excellent pins on The Good Camp's map of Portland it's time for an outdoor adventure. When you live in PDX, depending on where you are, typically you're no more than thirty minutes from the massive and beautiful Forest Park in Northwest Portland. However if you're itching to travel a bit further out of town I suggest a trip to the charming town of Astoria, Oregon.
Mostly famous for being the town The Goonies was filmed in, Astoria is more than that. From Astoria you're less than a twenty minute drive to Shipwreck Beach in Fort Stevens State Park, an awesomely decrepit old ship from the 1800's that ran aground off the coast (pictured below). Astoria has some breath taking views of where the sea meets the Columbia River, especially at the Astoria Column, and don't forget to grab a beer at Fort George Brewery in town too.
On the Washington side of the Columbia River is a small town called Seaview. In the small seaside town there is the Sou'Wester. I cannot recommend a place to stay more highly than the Sou'Wester, it is truly a one of a kind experience. With over twenty vintage travel trailers outfitted with all of the expected amenities, they are also brilliantly furnished for totally unique stay. Sites include a record player in most trailers to listen to music you can select at the Sou'Wester Office, wonderfully tacky decor, a firepit, and the ocean 200 yards away. This place was actually recommended to me by the awesome ladies working at the Poler Store in PDX (Thanks!) Check out some pictures of our stay mostly taken by Mattie.
If you're thirsty for adventure than the Pacific Northwest is the place for you. It has long been a beacon in the Northwest for travelers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs. The Good Camp loves Portland and the PNW. I get the feeling it loves us back.
"Wooooooooooo!" is the infamous call of one of professional wrestling's living legends, The Nature Boy Ric Flair. The 16 time world heavyweight champion's professional career spanned four decades from 1972-2009. He was born in Memphis but his adopted family would later move him to Edina, Minnesota. Flair was a stud athlete who was recruited to play football at the University of Minnesota, but dropped out before receiving his degree. After working as a bouncer for a short time he eventually fell into pro-wrestling and was trained by Verne Gange who ran the reknowned promotion, N.W.A. (National Wrestling Alliance). Following Flair's debut he wrestled all over the country from Memphis to New York to Japan. Throughout his career, Flair was known for his flamboyant style as a character, bejeweled robes, jewelry, sunglasses, platinum blonde hair. He embodied the wrestling ideal, the women wanted him, and men wanted to be him. For most young men and boys growing up in the 80's and 90's Flair was about as cool as it got.
The longevity of his career is a testament to the quality of his character. To this day he get's referenced in pop music and TV (see Pusha T's verse on "I Don't Like Remix"). Inside of the wrestling ring his presence is still felt as a professional adviser for the WWE developmental program NXT. Even at 65 and considered semi-retired he is still totally jacked.
Happy Birthday to the original Mr. Steal Yo Girl.
"I'm Ric Flair! The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun!"
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