Our Directors of Toughness attempt to summit Mt. Shasta. This is the gear that got them through the physical and emotional challenges of mountaineering. Faith Briggs WOMEN’S NORTHERN GROUND™ HALF ZIP FLEECE SHIRT – Built with body-mapping seam lines in premium Polartec® stretch fleece, this performance long sleeve serves up breathable warmth and move-with-you comfort forContinue reading

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We woke up at 3am for our alpine start, pulled on all of our layers (five for me) and drank strong coffee. I secured my crampons, adjusted my headlamp and fell into step behind our Shasta Mountain guides, Eric and Jenna. This was the beginning of what would be twelve hours of putting one footContinue reading

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2,650 miles of trail snake through the back country of the Western United States creating a walking route from Mexico to Canada. This is known as the Pacific Crest Trail or PCT. Whether on a day hike, hiking in sections, or approaching the whole journey for an average of five months, the Pacific Crest TrailContinue reading

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When Co-Director of Toughness, Mark and I arrived in the Pacific Northwest in late November 2016, neither of us knew what to expect. We arrived in a winter wonderland, more snow than the PNW had experienced in record time and even an ice storm. We hit ski slopes, put screws into our running shoes forContinue reading

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Since we stepped into our roles as the Directors of Toughness with Columbia Sportswear, Mark and I have done a lot of camping. We’ve slept in a snow shelter, a lean-to, on the floor of mountain huts, and lakeside in Argentina, the list goes on… Our primary camping woe has often been getting to campContinue reading

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Tested tough in the Pacific North West: the only prompt we were given for our next mission as the Directors of Toughness. Ma Boyle has always believed in testing her products right here in the PNW. From freezing cold ski lifts in the middle of winter to sending her own son through a car wash, theContinue reading

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