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GORE-TEX vs. Hot Weather: Do You Wear It?

GORE-TEX vs. Hot Weather: Do You Wear It? In the South, we're no strangers to hot weather, even into "Fall," right? This month alone we have broken TEN days of record high temperatures in the Chattanooga area. While we haven't received much rain lately, many people choose to wear GORE-TEX products entering the Fall hiking season. Some hikers and trail runners are adamant about GORE-TEX being too hot for hot weather... but what exactly is GORE-TEX and what does the science say?    WHAT IS GORE-TEX? GORE-TEX is a PTFE (for simplicity's sake: a type of fabric) waterproof, windproof, breathable material developed by the Gore family in 1958. Of course, it was developed where many great company's are... in the...

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”Blake, you will never guess what’s up here!” A Backpacking Saga

I will never forget my first backpacking trip with my friends. We were freshmen in high school, and the weekend could not arrive fast enough. I had been preparing all week for the trip. We decided we were going to spend all weekend backpacking along the side of the Hiwassee river. Between the three of us, we had accumulated all that we thought we would need. On the contrary, we had nowhere near enough. Instead of a water filter, we attempted to carry water... along the Hiwassee river. I know, not our best idea. Food was definitely a shortage that we did not plan accordingly, but we didn’t care. We were three young, teenage boys, who were just ready to be...

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5 Summer Activities in Ocoee, Tennessee

Growing up in Cleveland with my mom and my brother, we were always finding ways to burn energy. We moved to Cleveland in 1998 and automatically started exploring. As a single mom, my mom often looked for activities outdoors that were cost effective and fun for the whole family. Some of my best childhood memories are in Ocoee, Tennessee. I've always strived to be as cool as my mom (still) is when it comes to sports and adventures. Reminiscing on my fondest memories, I've compiled a list to help your family have just as much fun! 1. Rock Hop on the Upper Wear your swimsuit, remember $3 for parking, and take a sandwich. When the dam is switched off, the...

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"What's with all of the changes at Ridge?"

"What's with all of the changes at Ridge?" It's a question we have answered several times per day lately. On one hand, I feel so grateful for each and every encounter of a person that cares about us and cares to be a customer at our business. On the other hand, I realize we have shocked some people, and I'm ok with that. In a world that is constantly evolving, we need to do the same. Most importantly: We’re not going anywhere. The thing is, this store was never ours to begin with; it has always been God's store, and it always will be. I know, I know, maybe you're not "religious," but the last sentence is true. Hear me...

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Let's Go to the Airport: Travel Tips

To limit the amount of plastic in landfills, take an empty reusable water bottle, such as a Camelbak Chute or Eddy, with you. Once you have gone through airport security, fill it up at a water fountain. Save up, plan it out, make memories. We've only got one life to live - live adventurously.

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