Full Stream Ahead

With Roku and Netflix as next-door neighbors, Los Gatos becomes a new entertainment capital. Published by Los Gatos Magazine | January 2016 by L. Clark Tate Hollywood and Silicon Valley have an ongoing flirtation, as evidenced by The Social Network, two Steve Jobs feature films in as many years, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Netflix’s newfound Emmy award-winning […]

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Peru. Day 1 – Lima

Lima, Day 1 – Moral is high. Casualties, none. Weather, lovely. Planning, hard. (Yes I did rip that off from the great desert navigator, Capt. Nate Ament and would like to dedicate this *first* blog post to its inspirer – Levi “Chieftain” Jamison.) Miko and I kept talking about planning a trip over Christmas break. Or […]

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Field Tested: Boosted Board

The Boosted Board lets you accelerate fast, skate uphill and ride up to 8 miles on a single electric charge, with almost no learning curve. Published by Hilltromper Santa Cruz by L. Clark Tate. Photos courtesy Boosted Boards Dec. 4, 2015—I was kind of a skater wanna-be growing up. A few years ago I bought […]

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Big Time Rush

Grab the kids and the kayak for a fun weekend float or a wild whitewater ride. By L. Clark Tate There’s a reason early explorers scoured the West for river passages: access. The middle-of-nowhere places that a river can take you will demand your undivided, awe-inspired attention. And while day trips are splashy fun, desert rivers—muddy […]

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Gone Fishing

When it comes to scoring a big haul, ice is nice Salt Lake City Weekly | 2014 By L. Clark Tate Over your usual wintertime fun, or just a fiendish fisher in need of a fix? So what if the riverbanks are snow-drifted and the lakes frozen—go fishing. According to Travis Gillespie, founder of the Utah […]

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Winter Outdoor Recreation Guide 2014-15

Project for Salt Lake City Weekly | 2014 Winter Outdoor Recreation Guide 2014-15 No winter is like the last one, even beyond the snow factor: Resorts grow and change, and as jobs, families and interests shift, our recreation routines get shaken up. But there’s no reason to fear change—embrace it, with the help of our […]

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Christmas Tree Farms: Into the Woods

Your guide to local Christmas tree farms Published by Los Gatos Magazine | 2015 By L. Clark Tate Few things conjure the holidays like wandering wooded hillsides to find the tree tailor-made by nature (and artful pruning) just for you. Chilled mountain air, warm cups of cocoa, an intrepid overland search and the thrill of […]

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The People’s VP

El Camino Hospital’s Pat Wolfram puts people first. Published by Los Gatos Magazine | 2015 By L. Clark Tate Pat Wolfram implements El Camino Hospital’s ethos by focusing on one priority: the patient. While the health care industry can present a potential for chaos, Wolfram, vice president and head administrator of the hospital’s Los Gatos Campus, […]

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Field Tested: OneWheel

‘The world’s first self-balancing electric skateboard,’ says Future Motion Inc. It’s that, plus a lot of fun. Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2015 Words and Photo by L. Clark Tate I was definitely channeling Marty McFly. Not just because I was riding a contraption akin to the hoverboard, but because I felt like a time machine […]

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Gear Philosophy

Our super-official, semi-philosophical gear review policy. Hilltromper | 2015 Words and Photo By L. Clark Tate Here at Hilltromper we love getting out. And while epic adventures like climbing mountains or running wild rivers while trekking through foreign lands offer a thrilling escape, we spend most of our outdoor time closer to home—trail running, hiking, biking, […]

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