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We were honored to interview leading Psychotherapist Esther Perel for our SPACE issue. She talked about the power of physical space within relationships, the psychology of affairs and much more. Check out one of her powerful TED talks here.

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SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: A general view of a camp site that has been flooded by heavy rain on the first day of the Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 23, 2005 in Somerset, England. The festival runs until June 26. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images) [PNG Merlin Archive]

Camping and hiking in the rain can be a fun and thrilling experience- however, it is not advisable to get wet as that may cause severe discomfort and ruin the excursion. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep yourself and your gear dry in wet weather. Here is how you may go about it:

1. Carefully Choose What to Wear

What you wear when venturing out into the outdoors, especially in a rainy season, is extremely important. Long sleeve shirts and mid-weight tights are perhaps the simplest, extremely comfortable clothing to have under a waterproof jacket. That is because they keep the jacket off the skin. Most hikers going on short trips into a rainy weather ditch the conventional hiking pants and solely rely on tights and a waterproof jacket.

If on a multi-day hike in the rain, carry a set of dry clothes for when you stop to camp for the night and another set which you’ll be spending the day in. That will ensure you can warm when you stop, though you’ll be spending the entire day in the same cold and wet clothes. It is very important that you get to keep warm.

As a rule of thumb, avoid cotton. Cotton attracts and absorbs water. If your clothes are made of cotton material, they will get wet very fast. Therefore, opt for synthetic and fleece materials as they can maintain some of their warm and puffiness even when it is soggy. Besides, synthetic and fleece materials are somewhat waterproof and are usually lightweight.

For footwear, get waterproof trekking boots featuring waterproof gaiters for short excursions into the rain, and do breathable trail runners if on longer trips. Waterproof trekking boots having waterproof gaiters under hard shell pants create a shingle effect that is effective in keeping out the rain by sealing off the space between boots and pants.

However, these gaiters, boots, and pants can’t suffice to keep dampness and sweat away for long; therefore, in a multi-day rain trip; it is prudent to go for trail runners as they are softer and more breathable than boots. Besides, trail runners minimize potential blister damage that may be caused by stiff leather. They are easy on the legs and dry quickly.

2. Build the Right Shelter

One of the factors you should put into consideration when looking for a tent is the kind of outdoor weather condition you will be exposed to when camping. Rainy conditions usually require double-wall tents- but make sure they are made by reputable outdoor companies.

While out there, build and stretch the tent properly because by leaving any sagging parts, you will have inadvertently created funnels. Also, ensure gear inside the tent doesn’t touch the walls of the tent- especially if it is a single wall tent- as contact with membranes will make water outside to seep or soak through.

Don’t pitch the tent at the foot of a hill: look for an elevated ground. Pitching a tent on the foot of a hill can expose you to very many hazards, including flooding. If there is a problem, you can dig a trench around your tent so as to keep off any floods or rivulets of water from the tent.

3. Get a Zip-lock Bag

There is no other feasible way some of the essentials will survive being damaged by water if you don’t carry them in an appropriate zip-lock bag. These bags are ideal for protecting your first-aid kit, books, oats, cell phone, toilet paper and even your map. Zip-lock bags are strong and durable; therefore, they can serve your for many trips and months.

4. Carry Your Stuff in a Waterproof Backpack

While you endeavor to protect wet-sensitive gear in garbage bags, zip-lock bags, and sacks, it is still important to protect them the outside by carrying them in a waterproof backpack. Waterproof backpacks keep away rain water and stuff inside the bag will always be dry and safe. Moreover, if your stuff gets drenched, it will get heavier.

Also, open the pack as little as possible. That is because each time you open the pack, some rain will get in, and wetness will build up.

5. Space Blanket

Carry a space blanket when going for a multi-day excursion in the rain. A space blanket will come in handy if you are caught in an unexpected intense rain storm. It will cushion you from the rain and keep you warm.


With the right gear and enough preparation, an excursion on a rainy day will be fun, thrilling and memorable. Just follow what is outlined above, and you will love the experience.

About the Author

Jack Neely is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler. He’s been in several life or death situations, and he’s making an effort to spread his knowledge around the web to help others survive these situations as well. He’s also on the content team at The Tactical Guru.

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Baja w/ Stephen Kenn

Stephen Kenn is an incredible furniture designer and a close friend of Wilderness. He joined us on a recent surf trip to Baja and here is some of his favorite moments from south of the border:

The first time we got stuck on the beach and a guy came to help us. As he leaned over to help dig out the van I caught glimpse of his little hip pistol. Such a strange thing to see at first but in the context of Baja its par for the course. IMG_2896 ‘

Mr. Dubbeldam… We can be lost, without waves, out of food or stuck in the sand and yet his attitude is always positive and finding a solution is the first thing on his mind. I’ve heard it said that adventure is an unfortunate situation rightly considered. Steve is always on an adventure.


Digging out the van….again.


After about an hour of digging out the wheels and clearing a path we decided that we might only get one shot to push the van loose and up the hill so we took out all the coolers and anything that added weight. Dragging everything back to the, now free can was less of work and more of a victory dance.


I volunteered to walk into town to look for help when we were stuck… My Spanish in No Bueno so I used google translate just in case ?


The conversation seems to lean towards honesty and vulnerability when sitting on mobile chairs around a campfire. Doesn’t matter the time of day…There is something oddly magical about that setting.IMG_2958

Camped next to a pretty scary cliff. Worth it.


Nathanael Balon was our chef for the weekend and absolutely killed it.


Overall it was an incredible trip. Get outside this weekend!

Here’s more proof Stephen is excellent at what he does:

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The Wilderness crew just got back from a 4 day motorcycle trip through the Sequoia forest and ending up in Yosemite. Our media wizard, Jordan brought along a camera. Here’s his adventure story:

This was taken right in the beginning of the trip. We had all just met each other. It’s pretty rad the friendships that developed over the next few days. Seth takes in the view.


Johnny Wood has been involved with WC for a while now. This was my first trip with him and man what a legend! Always smiling and always good vibes.


Felix is our chef. When he’s not cooking incredible meals for us, he’s refilling our tanks because someone may or may not have forgotten to fill them up before we left. (Thanks, Steve)


The shifter broke on one of the bikes so Rick and Johnny were trying to figure out how to fix it. They somehow MacGyver’d it until we got to town and we found someone to weld it for us. It eventually fell off again and I had to ride the whole last day in first gear. Ha!


Mile High Curve. Pretty spectacular view.


Pork Belly tacos. Felix rules.


Long exposure while we sat around the campfire.


Drinking a delicious cup of Verve coffee around the fire is the best.


I’m always scared to take pictures at this spot. Can you spot the motorcycle?


The crew with Big Ed. This thing is huge in real life.


Group shot when we made it to Yosemite. Pretty amazing feeling going through the tunnel and seeing this view. It’s exhausting but so rewarding.


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Hope to see you on the next one!

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The team just got back from a 4 day trip through the Eastern Sierra’s via horseback. Sounds fun right?

Here’s our founder and chief of adventure Steve Dubbleman with with a quick recap:

Day one was a 10 mile ride deep into the John Muir Wilderness up and over a rugged 12,000′ pass. We lucked out with good weather but even in August there was still snow lying around in the shadows.


This is Luc who grew up in Holland but now lives and works in LA as a commercial director. First time fly-fishing and he was pulling trout out of the rivers and lakes all day long. You should have seen the one he caught right before this photo…

Wilderness chef Felix Barron doing what he does best, although he was pretty good on the horse too
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing this 3 generation family. It was Kovey’s first “man trip” at 11 years old and his dad and both grandpa’s presented him with a knife and a sword on the trip as a rite of passage. It’s powerful to see guys who understand the value of legacy and shared experience.
Camp vibes
Fly fish vibes
We rode up a rocky unmaintained secondary trail to fish this picture perfect lake at 10,800′ where the fish were very hungry.
 Headed back to the pack station on the last day of the trip after a long 7 hour day in the saddle.
To protect the natural environment in wilderness areas the horses and mules aren’t left to graze on a picket line in the evenings but rather they’re set loose with a bell on the mare to roam the tens of thousands of acres. To find them you gotta wake up early in the morning to ride and listen for the mare’s bell as the rest of the stock will be with her. Half of our horses and a few mules decided to mutiny one night and ran 10 miles up and over a 12,000 mountain pass all the way back to the pack station. We didn’t find them until about 2pm the next day…gave us more time to fish the river.
Chef Felix…horse boss.
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Note from the Editor: John Lewis was a guest on the WC010 motorcycle trip to Yosemite who chronicled his experience for Ontraport a company he works for owned by Landon Ray, another guest on this trip. This article was originally published on and is used with permission.

How a 250cc motorcycle can help you get back on your entrepreneurial path
Written by: John Lewis WC010 Alumni

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI met a shaman once who told me that Westerners have lost the ability to be alert, awake, and observant with senses fully engaged and body relaxed. I considered this idea when I signed up for a three-day motorcycle trip with Wilderness Collective, a nuts-to-bolts outfitter led by a young, tough and freewheeling Canadian guide named Steve Dubbeldam.In nature, it’s easier to quiet your cleverness.

WC promised us things that weren’t implicitly stated in the beautifully shot and well-edited promo videos on their website. Itwas clear from the site that we’d be well-fed and provided with all the creature comforts. It wasn’t as clear that we’d riding on loose gravel with a few treacherous river crossings and cliffs, and that we’d be led through fire roads we’d never be able to navigate on our own. On a personal note, I knew I was in way over my head as I had never ridden on dirt before and wasn’t sure what adjustments I would need to make until I was actually riding. If you’ve ever started a business, this sounds quite familiar.

You see, I had just spent the last five years of my life entrepreneuring in Beijing, China with a business of my own creation. I didn’t have a Steve Dubbeldam to lead the way to make sure I “got out”. I learned Mandarin “on the job” speaking to a patient, bilingual staff, and I definitely ate things for dinner that most Americans trim and toss. Riding dirt was comparable to learning a language with over 2,000 characters and trying to explain to demanding Chinese VC’s how I planned to spend 7.5 million rmb (over $1M USD): While I was in way over my head, it was all figure-outable. This feeling was exactly why I signed up for this trip, and is the hallmark of being an adaptable leader and engaged participant in the journey of life.

So this was more than thrill seeking, this was also about connection.

Connection to purpose.

Connection to self.

Connection to others.

Connection to nature.

And depending on what bike you decided to try, connected to a snappy, fun-to-ride Honda 250 (or 650). In my case, I rode both.

You take on a journey knowing damn well that you will meet obstacles unknown, and you will, with almost 100% certainty, find yourself in a situation where you will fall down and need to get back up.

The mythologist Joseph Campbell claimed this narrative in the form of the hero’s journey:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Ahh, yes…of course.

The hero’s journey. The mysterious adventure.

What metaphor can we explore that connects entrepreneurs to the danger of the journey that leads to personal transformation?

Where is there danger and uncertainty countered with clarity of purpose?

No (De)Vices

As mentioned, WC and Steve have a strict no-electronics-on-the-trip policy. No cell phones. No cameras. The idea is that, without your (de)vices, you can be totally present with other riders (all men) and ultimately connect to your purpose as you rip through 100+ miles a day of John Muir’s perfectly preserved Sierra foothills en route to the Yosemite Valley. (Note to naturalists and John Muir fans: the “archetype of our oneness with earth” can be achieved with proper braking and increased throttle. More on that later.)

I tucked away our much loved (de)vices, and headed out to the unknown. (Fortunately, Steve and team documented the entire trip with still shots and video.)

Three hundred plus miles in three days of riding with new eight new fast friends and the WC staff (Steve, Yao, our videographer, and superstar Chris who somehow, in the middle of the Sierras, whipped-up cider braised pork shoulder, bison chili, and bacon-wrapped filet mignon, accompanied by handmade cocktails) I got clear on one thing real quick. Riding a motorcycle and running a business have a helluva lot in common, it really is all about the journey.

The Meaning of Life

Zen comes from truly seeing with eyes (and heart) that happiness, flow, ease, and the meaning of life can be achieved through the practice of being present.


Go back and read that sentence again.

I just handed you the meaning of life and it only took me three days to figure it out.

Realize, I have seen friends test the laws of gravity and the strength of human relationships to know this truth for themselves. In my case, I took a few turns too wide on this trip and applied too much brake and found myself face down in the Sierra dirt.

In 2003, I took a turn too wide on the Kancamagus Highway from rural Vermont through the white mountains of New Hampshire when “it” happened and my entire nervous system was set on fire. I misjudged a turn and found myself on the other side of that yellow line that separates motorcyclists from organ donors. Here in the Sierras, that feeling is no different except there isn’t much time to be present when throttle, poor judgement and gravity slam you face first into mother earth. That honor was shared by pretty much every guy on this trip, and certainly some more than others (no names here).

Motorcycles and running a business both teach you life lessons and here are mine.

Lesson #1 — What’s behind you can be just as important as what’s in front of you.

Now, this is more of a paved road rule than dirt, but for any entrepreneur who has failed knows, your past does not predict your future but you carry it with you as part of your human experience.

In motorcycling I always check my mirrors because the stuff behind me, if ignored, will run me over. On the road, it might be a distracted motorist, a texter, or even a reader. (Sadly, I have actually seen people reading novels while driving in L.A. commuter traffic.)

Entrepreneurs build on the past to inform their future — but they never dwell on the failure. Entrepreneurs and motorcyclists both know about scar tissue and how it makes you tougher. (And let’s be honest, it also makes the story just that much better.)

Look in the mirrors, have an exit plan, and keep moving forward. At the same time, remember where you are from and know where you want to go.

Lesson #2 — Don’t target, fixate. On a motorcycle, your bike goes to where your eyes are looking.

If you stare at one thing too long, it can become too hard to focus on anything else. The spiritualists and self-help gurus will tell you that if you constantly think about one thing, it expands in your mind. Think you’re poor? Focus on your lack of abundance and it will continue to define your reality. In life, you might end up working too much or obsessing over a business relationship you want to control.

Look into the future, not at it.

Lesson #3 — When you ride, lead an examined life and be mindful of your surroundings.

Don’t think that little thing in the road isn’t important. Maybe it was an argument, a snarky comment you made, the copy you approved too quickly, or the loose end left undone. Nothing is little if left unexamined. On a bike, it can take the form of loose gravel or a flattened can that decides to become a moveable surface when you apply the brake.

Observe. Adjust. Focus. Throttle.

Next step, get off your bike, put the kickstand down, and help your bro push his bike out. Here’s lesson 3.5: If you get through a difficult period in your business, you are obligated to help someone else. Even if they don’t want help, and perhaps they won’t, but you should ask. You should feel an obligation to pull the next person through to where you are; to share your lessons.

Lesson #4 — It’s always about going your speed, not someone else’s.

Richard Branson explained in a TV interview that during difficult cash flow periods in his startup days with Virgin, he would investment-spend his way out of troubling financial times to show his competitors that he was still in the fight.

One of my fellow riders, Jesse, described how important it was for him to go his own pace on the trip as the “front” of the pack didn’t work for him.

Whether it’s an opportunity to go at your competition, or the chance to test limits and alter your approach — throttle makes the difference. Find that happy place between throttle and brake, between expanding and contracting, or being in the front or adjusting to a different position that works for you. Don’t compare yourself to others; find that sweet spot and own it in your business and in your life.

Lesson #5 — How you do one thing is how you do everything.

I tell my kids this story at least once a week. When I worked at Nike my boss always said that “God was in the details.” On a motorcycle it’s obvious within seconds if your preparation is rushed. On a solo ride, I didn’t pull my gloves over my jacket cuff and a bee flew up my sleeve at 75 mph on the PCH — and stung me on my arm. In business this means your code might be off and create bugs, or there’s a typo on your website which creates a lack of trust with your reader. Be obsessive.

Own the details and own your results.

Lesson #6 — Everything is relative.

This is my brother’s favorite expression, and he’s right.

Hell yeah motorcycles are dangerous…and so is starting a business. The danger is only relative to the danger of NOT doing the thing you need to do. If it’s in you it is in you and the pain of not having tried is not the movie you want to play back at the end of your life.

Back from the mysterious journey, I have my clarity of purpose and am happy to bestow these “boons” with my fellow man.

The energy associated with danger and uncertainty are most certainly your friend. This is not a speech about getting outside your comfort zone, this is more about channeling that crazy energy into your life’s purpose. Ultimately, the bike is nothing more than a tool to help you check in with yourself. It helps quell the cleverness and the business that distracts you and guides you back onto the ‘right’ spiritual (read: metaphorical) path. If you’re not sure what your path is, quiet the chatter in your head and identify a philosophy that resonates with the life you are meant to lead.

I have a few friends who have tattooed their life philosophy somewhere on their bodies. I am not a fan of tattoos generally speaking — but if I were, mine would be pretty simple.

“More throttle. Less brake.”

Click here for registration information about the upcoming 2015 Sequoia to Yosemite trips.

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