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Sporting Clay Shoot
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Sporting Clay Shoot

Brian Larson | MK Ambassador

My Alpine Utility Pants had a busy week recently. They decided to unwind after work on Friday with a Sporting Clay shoot raising scholarship funds for the Dallas chapter of the SPE. After a decent shoot and a night’s sleep, they were dusted off Saturday morning to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Dallas’ Fair Park neighborhood, putting up siding and soffits. Then after a quick run through the laundry (finally!) they were my go-to pant for the DFW Oilman 3-Gun Tactical Shoot, competing in AR-15, pistol and shotgun events to raise over $30k for the charity Homes for our Troops to build handicaped accessible homes for wounded veterans. The AUPs were great for all three events, kneeling, climbing, running, etc. Pockets worked to hold tools, shotgun shells, empty and full magazines. I know I don’t have another pair of pants that would have help up all three days!

 

Middle Finger to 40
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Middle Finger to 40

Spencer Leuders | MK Ambassador

I needed to do something epic. Something my friends at Mountain Khakis would call “bad ass.” Something outdoors with adventure, challenge, and thrill. Something I wasn’t sure I could do. All to mark my personal milestone of turning 40. I called it “Middle Finger to 40” as I wanted to stick it to the traditional notions that 40 means it’s all downhill. My task: 365 consecutive days of exercising at least 1 hour.

The Adventure of the Word
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The Adventure of the Word

I do a type of fish painting called Gyotaku, which translates to “fish rubbing”. In order to have something to paint, I have to go catch it (and I love that part). Last month, I set out on my friends boat to sine serious off-shore fishing grounds – George Banks in the North Atlantic. We set our way point 172 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, right along the Hague line between US and Canadian fishing water.

John Doherty | MK Ambassador

Everything is big out there – the birds, the cod, the skate, and most importantly (for us), the Blue Fin Tuna. We spent three days and two nights on our 36′ fishing vessel. The weather was wet, dark, and foggy, but relatively calm. After about 24 hours we hooked a Giant Blue Fin (measuring more than 73″)! It was hooked on a live cod fish as the bait. We fought the fish on rod and reel for about an hour and a half. At one point early on, I gained line with extreme effort for about twenty minutes – only to feel the fish run it back out in four seconds! The battle was on.

AKC Trailing Test Training
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AKC Trailing Test Training

My 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback was just a week or two from being ready for our first AKC trailing test, but the last tests of the fall season were only a few days away. I tried to rush his training, having him track every day, and increasing the difficulty of each track. I allowed him no time to really learn new challenges that I was presenting him.

MK Ambassador | Tim Wallace

After a few days of this, we headed up to a friend’s ranch for a certification track. You have to be certified by an AKC trailing judge before you are allowed to enter a trial. I was confident in Tucker’s abilities; he had worked hard for me, and I was sure he understood the accelerated training. Tucker was excited; he loves scent work.

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The Snowy River Flows for the First Time in 30 Years

Thankfully the Snowy River has been allowed to run for the first time in 30 years as the dam opened its gates flushing 5000 CUMEC down the gorge. We made the trip to Jindabyne and encountered dam employees attempting to prevent the crew from entering the water. Downstream of the dam we found a classic run and hopefully we don’t have to wait another 30 years to paddle it again.

A more in depth story of the adventure will be in Outer Edge Mag.

Check out the video from the trip.
http://vimeo.com/31060346