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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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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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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Wind on the Water

Los Gatos Magazine | Summer Guide 2015 by L. Clark Tate Tasting the good life, fast, on Chardonnay II Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the earth fall away to blue, much less ventured out on salty waters. But the ocean is just over the hill. If you think sailing around Monterey Bay is a […]

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Rock Solid Map App

GraniteMaps is a clear and reliable app to help mountain bikers and hikers explore Wilder Ranch and UCSC’s upper campus. by L. Clark Tate Jan. 7, 2015—It’s a sunny Saturday in late December out at Wilder Ranch. Austin Riba and I sidestep a passing horse-drawn carriage before rolling up to the first fork in the […]

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Shamma Barefoot Running Sandals

Published by Women’s Movement | September 2014 By L. Clark Tate Barefoot running is a blast, but even the toughest toesies need a little protection. That’s just what Santa Cruz-based Shamma Sandals provides with their Mountain Goat barefoot running sandals. This trail-specific model is engineered for us devoted off-roaders. The Mountain Goat barefoot running sandals […]

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