Crew Picks: Festival Must Haves

Festy season is right around the corner, and grabbing the right gear means staying hydrated, happy, and comfortable. To make sure you've got the stuff you need for an epic festival, we asked thru-hiker and festival aficionado, Jimmy, to…

Crew Picks: Top Gifts for Women

When she's not hiking with her dog, Opie or living the hammock life, you'll find DBO Crew Member Erin at our Downtown store. She loves gearing locals and visitors up for a day in the woods or a night on the town, and sharing her favorite places…

Crew Essentials: Layering for Cold Weather Adventures

DBO Crew Member, Taylor L. grew up exploring the wilds of Northwestern NC, but spent nearly a decade in ski towns out west. As a result, he developed a keen understanding of how to gear up for winter outdoor pursuits.  His philosophy is that…

Crew Essentials: Gifts for Gear Heads

Having grown up in WNC and studied the ecology of the area, recent UNCCH grad and DBO Crew Member Dylan knows a thing or two about hiking and exploring the mountains of Appalachia. Below are a few of his favorite picks for outfitting your favorite…

Crew Picks: Trail to Town Gifts

Having spent the last 20 years working with wildlife around the world, DBO crew member Emilie has high expectations for her outdoor gear. She's a fan of quality clothing that's tough enough to handle everything she throws at it on the trail,…

Crew Essentials: Gear for Traveling Smarter

My favorite outdoor memory is a summer camping trip to the Republic of Khakasia on the southwestern edge of Siberia. Traveling to the lake, it was fascinating to watch the landscape transform from dense Siberian forest to vast Central Asian…

Crew Essentials: Family Hiking in the Mountains of North Carolina

As a new Dad, 'traditions' are often on my mind. Making certain my daughter lives an active outdoor lifestyle is paramount. Every New Year's, the family hits the trails. With a 17 month old, the distance tends to differ drastically. Here is…
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Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Men

My favorite hike is Alum Cave in the Smokies. I love it because I helped build that trail and that view is my favorite ever.Camden's a crew member at Frugal Backpacker, our sibling store ocated in Asheville's Westgate Plaza on 52 Westgate…
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Crew Essentials: Top Gifts for Hitting the Town

My most memorable outdoor moment would be the first summer I spent as a raft guide. It was filled with gnarly whitewater, midnight bonfire parties, everlasting friendships, and a different adventure everyday. Mia's a crew member at our store…
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Crew Essentials: Top Gifts for Hiking in the Mountains of North Carolina

My first solo winter hike in the Smokies 37 years ago: my last night out at Silers Bald shelter, full moon shining on a snowy landscape. I see a fox sitting outside the shelter, looking in at me. We sit and watch each other for what must have…