Everybody here was busy getting ready for our SpringOuting, when in our planning meeting, we realized that because the trip was local, we had planned WAY to many activities for this outing, and it would be impossible to get it all done in one weekend.
So we decided to break up the SpringOuting into two weekends... these interns here at RainyDayMagazine have it SO tough :-)
Our home base for the SpringOuting will be the fabulous Onyx Hotel in Boston. The Onyx is one of Boston's newly renovated luxury boutique hotels. We chose the Onyx for its "in the middle of everything" locaton.
This weekend the "urban hikes" will be around the city of Boston (Freedom Trail, North End, etc...). Next weekend the hikes will be around Boston's Emerald Necklace.
As with the WinterOuting, we have assembled a fantastic collection of gear which we'll put to the test over the next two weekends.
The gear for the 2006 SpringOuting are from the following vendors:
Even though it is the end of April, the weather here in Boston is still pretty chilly. Normally, we would be wearing a jacket made with PolarTec or some other kind of fleece. For this trip, we'll be trying a piece of gear from a small company called BeyondFleece. You can't buy their jackets at your local EMS or CitySports. They can only be ordered via the BeyondFleece website.
What you get is a custom-fitted jacket with exactly the options you want. We have had this jacket for a few weeks and most of us have worn it around for various hops out of the office. We have been EXTREMELY impressed with both the fit and the tailoring of this piece of gear!
We'll be using the BioTrainer to track our energy expenditure during this outing. Our goal is to start collecting data using this device to see if what we are calling "urban hiking" is as much of a workout as "real" hiking we do out in the country.
To transport all of our gear, we got some AMAZING bags from Tom Bihn. The folks at Tom Bihn make some of the highest quality soft bags we have ever had the pleasure to use. The designs are all unique to them. They are functional, well engineered, AND great looking.
The weather this weekend in Boston is supposed to be in the high 50's but sunny. To cut down on all the glare and reflection from Boston's skyscrapers, we'll be sporting mountaineering sunglasses from Julbo. For those in the know, Julbos are the ones to have when venturing out...whether it is to the top of a mountain or Top Of the Hub.
When we went on the WinterOuting, we brought along the Magellan GPS to help us in the backcountry. For navigating the streets of Boston, we will be loading the Magellan DirectRoute Street Maps on to our eXplorist 500.
To get everyone back to the hotel bar at the same time, we'll be bringing along the Motorola RAZR. It would also be a good opportunity to test out the cellular coverage of both Verizon and T-Mobile.
For the sights that are too distant from the hotel, we'll be bringing them closer with the Brunton ECHO field binoculars. We'll probably get more use out of them next weekend on the Emerald Necklace hike, but we are going to bring them with us for celebrity sightings.