Crew Essentials: Layering for Cold Weather Adventures

DBO Crew Member, Taylor Leal 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…
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Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Women

Brittany is a Crew Leader at Diamond Brand Outdoors in South Asheville's Parkway Center. Here are her picks for top gifts for women this season."My most memorable outdoor experience would be my first trip in the Smokies. Rachel, a fellow…

Easy Going Travel Essentials

It’s finally here- Memorial Day, the official kick-off to the summer vacation season! Personally, we love a beach getaway, but whatever your style, we’re pretty sure your ideal vacation doesn’t involve schlepping tons of bags. That’s…