“I thought Las Vegas was ugly,” said Germaine, “but we hiked out to that little waterfall, I didn’t think we had stuff like that in Vegas.” Though it only took twenty minutes to drive out to the trailhead from Germaine’s school, the day we spent with Outside Las Vegas and Leaders in Training was hisContinue reading

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You know that feeling you get when you step off an airplane somewhere exotic and the warm air hits you square in the face…? Well that’s how this latest Directors of Toughness testing mission started, after leaving the wind and rain in Portland behind us. Co-Director of Toughness, Faith Briggs and I arrived in LasContinue reading

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Our Directors of Toughness put our gear to the test in the extreme and unrelenting heat of Death Valley National Park. Here are their top picks for surviving the heat: FAITH BRIGGS WOMEN’S TITAN ICE™ HOODIE: Built with sweat-wicking, super-cooling technology and 4-way comfort stretch, this sleek performance hoodie keeps you cool and dry on steepContinue reading

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“You may want to bring a… sham-wa” I read the email out loud to fellow Director of Toughness for Columbia Sportswear, Mark Chase. “A what?” He asked and I showed him the word. “Oh it’s French, pronounced ‘shammy,’ I think it’s like a cleaning cloth in the U.K.” I googled it. “Mark,” I said excitedly,Continue reading

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As beautiful as the desert was during the day, the real secrets of the desert come out every night. When I first knew that Co-Director of Toughness, Faith Briggs and I would be spending our nights on the desert floor for our most recent mission the first thing that came to my mind was obviously,Continue reading

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Our Directors of Toughness face their toughest challenge yet. Follow our Directors of Toughness as they embark on a 250 mile journey through Death Valley National Park. Will they survive the unrelenting heat of the desert? Death Valley: The Toughest Mission Yet The Desert is not only one of the more beautiful places I haveContinue reading

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