Author: mountainmanpioneer

The Best Fruit-Based Grooming Products You Need This Season

All-natural grooming product labels are starting to read like grocery shopping lists. That’s because fruit is more than a healthy snack. Many of them possess skin-saving properties that eliminate the need for lab-made chemicals. Here’s what we’re slathering on. (1) Brandless Avocado Basil Hand Cream ($4) rejuvenates dry paws with a blend of avocado (yes, […]

The Coolest Pieces of Gear We Tested This Week

Here at Men’s Journal, we constantly test the latest gear to find the best new products you should know about to take your next adventure, workout, wardrobe, and every other part of your life to the next level. That includes everything from the best new adventure gear like a kayak that can double as a fishing […]

7 Reasons to Love Leather: The Best Products to Own This Fall

Don’t skimp on the stylish wardrobe staple. This fall, we found new ways to appreciate the natural fabric that looks—and even smells—good from head to toe. Here’s your style guide, including the perfect leather boots, a classic leather credit card case, and the ultimate leather duffel bag. The Frye Company Bowery Lace Up ($358, […]

Fuel the Love: How Nutrition Can Shape Life on the Trail

Despite knowing better, I occasionally make the mistake of completing a strenuous activity and only refueling with junk food. It’s the same story every time: later in the day I crash and realize what I really needed a burger, so–weak with hunger–I force myself either to the kitchen to cook or to Five Guys down the street. After tortuous work on an empty stomach, I finally obtain the object of my desire, eat it, and then sigh as my body yells, ...

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The MJ5: Climber Nims Purja on His Essential Gear, the Food He Eats on Every Expedition, and Climbing K2

Climber Nirmal “Nims” Purja is trying to do the impossible. As part of Bremont Project Possible, Purja is attempting to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks in a single season, which would demolish the current record of eight years. Earlier this year, Purja made his second ascent of Everest—capturing this now-viral photo of a […]

Lavender Fields, Bouillabaisse, and Calanques: The 4-Day Weekend in Marseille

You already have some understanding of Provence; it’s a fancy region in France, oui? Oui, that’s right. Provence is chic, since it includes the glitzy Riviera (think Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez). It’s not as wine-drenched as Bordeaux, Burgundy, or the Loire Valley, but in place of those vineyards are purple lavender fields that roll into oblivion. […]

The Punky Porsche SUV

Stroll into a Porsche dealership in the coming months and you’ll find that the speediest version of their largest vehicle—the Cayenne—is now a hybrid. Get behind the wheel for nine hours on the sweeping back roads of central Oregon, as I did, and you’ll discover just how far we’ve come from the idea that hybrid […]

Mount Greylock Magic

Written on July 26, 2019
I continue to fluctuate emotionally.  I’ve been doing small miles this week.  Staying below ten miles most days.  Today I’ve only walked 3.9 miles.  I summited Mount Greylock this morning and just loved it so much that I really wanted to stay, so I got a spot in the bunkroom and I’m going to enjoy the sunset and the sunrise, and then keep moving.  

I was feeling mostly fine, but then this morning Burt sent me a picture of Lola lying beside a pile of my clothes at home and I just totally broke down.  ...

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