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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On their most recent mission, our Directors of Toughness head to our own backyard in the Pacific Northwest where they brave the whitewater rapids of the Klamath River. Here’s the gear that got them through some rough waters: Faith Briggs WOMEN’S OUTDRY™ EX GOLD TECH SHELL JACKET: The Titanium OutDry Ex Gold Tech shell is like breathableContinue reading

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