Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere have been cooped up, hibernating during the cold weather, but we’re ready to shake off winter’s chill. For a lot of people that means getting out and exploring the great outdoors.
An afternoon hike in a local park may be just what many of us need to escape our daily stress. For others it could mean something more epic—perhaps a trip to one of the 417 national parks the United States and its territories offers. 2016 saw almost 331 million visitors traveling to national parks.
To help you appreciate nature’s beauty, you must be prepared with the right gear for the elements. Fortunately, many companies offer high-quality outdoor gear. This selection can largely be attributed to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, a pioneer of today’s outdoor equipment and clothing.
Now a billionaire, Chouinard built his outdoor empire from meager beginnings.