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Fishin' Trails 2 | Book Review

Posted by Matthew Rose on


The Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are a wild place—not the typical image of California that first comes to mind. They are rugged, exposed, epically dramatic.  For those who are able to look past the allure (and crowds) of the Yosemite Valley, to the range that surrounds it, there is much beauty to behold.  Bordered by Highway 395, there are endless possibilities in The Sierra from Lone Pine to Bridgeport—a region that brings life, wilderness, and opportunity for adventure, to those who travel its way. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Seth Blackamore and got to hear about his own adventure in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Seth is a fly-fisherman, former-college professor, current high school football coach, and inspirational...

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Carrizo Plain
Back-Country .22

Posted by Dave Allee on


We've been hard at work building Back-Country .22 conversion kits recently, but we took two days to break the routine, and enjoy them in the field.   The Back-Country .22 stemmed from a conversation about a simple, minimalistic rifle for backpacking.  I had seen some things on the internet that I thought were a bit too minimal and utility in design.  We set out to strike a balance of form and function, and create a simple back-country rifle that suited our stylistic preferences. (Which coincides heavily with mediums we are comfortable working in.) The weekend trip to the Carrizo Plain National Monument was a opportunity to just plink away, and remind ourselves of why we built these in the first...

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Carrizo Plain
National Monument

Posted by Dave Allee on


We took a Father/Son/Son trip to the Carrizo Plain National Monument last week to stretch the legs and stretch the eyes.  We had visited here about 18 months previously, and it was as dry and desolate as any place I had ever been. It was dead silent last time, not even a bug was chirping.  Kind of eerie how lifeless it was. After a fair amount of rain this Winter (by California standards) we figured it was worth giving the Plain another shot. We also had CA hunting licenses, in case a coyote or ground squirrel made an appearance.  It was apparent from first glance the impact that the recent rains have had on the landscape of the Plains.  Life...

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