A Mountain Briefcase

I have a thing for bags. Briefcases, backpacks, stuff sacks, rucksacks, satchels…to be honest, I have too many. Part of the reason I have too many, aside from my infatuation, is because I am constantly looking for a better bag. Well, I think I have finally found the bag for me. Featuring a three way carry system, with a shoulder seatbelt strap, traditional dual briefcase nylon straps, and stowaway backpack straps, the Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase can go anywhere. I have had the bag for about three weeks now, and it is just about perfect. I have used it as a backpack while cycling to my local brewery, tossed it in the back of my pickup, and carried it to work every day. It is a great bag.

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

I have just one small complaint about this bag. The front compartment, while quite roomy, has no organization. It is one large pocket. It is somewhat difficult to organize and locate items in this compartment, but the capacity and organization in the main compartment mostly makes up for it. Small matter, really.

I plan to see my bag accumulation halt, for quite awhile. The Mountain Briefcase is American made, features 1000d Cordura, and YKK zippers. It feels indestructible, and I am counting on it.

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

The Collective Quarterly

I just received the first edition of The Collective Quarterly, and it is stunning.

I was immediately attracted to this first edition, given its geographic focus: Absaroka.  These are the lands of my Wyoming childhood, magnificently captured by photographers and storytellers. Give it a look. Oh, and if you find yourself around some Wyoming locals, be sure to pronounce it “Ab-zor-kah”.  I’m looking at you, Longmire.


Issue 1: Absaroka from Collective Quarterly on Vimeo.

Holiday trail hunting at Silver Falls










If you need it, you go.


Open Door to Solitude from Filson on Vimeo.


Here’s to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for efforts to revive a Civilian Conservation Corps for the 21st century.  In fact, the concept is called the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and will bring an extremely valuable and successful American institution back for future generations.  With the political winds the way they are, the program will rely on private investments rather than full federal support, with American Eagle stepping up to support the program with $1 million. Read more about the program here.

California Conservation Corps’ Backcountry crew.USDAgov


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