The Ultimate Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoe Gear: A Hammock

Gloves. Goggles. Jacket. Hammock?!? I’m sitting here on a Monday morning in Boulder, thinking about the amazingly beautiful January weekend we […]

Trek Light Adventures: A Look Back on the Hammock Adventure of a Lifetime

Thank you. With all sincere honesty your hammocks put us at the tops of trees, beneath bridges, above rivers, on hillsides outside of farm cottages, on cliff sides overlooking oceans, on top of Maya temples… There is a special serenity when you carry what you sleep in as simple as a hammock. It’s something that astounds other travelers at the sight but always draws them to realize what they’re missing in their pack. Thank you Seth for the opportunity to share our stories. Joe and I had taken the time to do this only because we have been so grateful for your support and of course the amazing Trek Light Hammocks. Word up and keep doing what you’re doing.

And one message that I picked up on and carried with me after reading through Emerson and Thoreau is to believe in yourself, because that is genius.

What follows is a verbatim letter from Andy Fyfe, who along with Joe Lipnosky, made up the ‘Team Free Base’ duo whose adventures we chronicled in the past as they traveled through Central and South America using their Trek Light hammocks every step of the way.   I asked Andy recently to recap some of the later adventures of their trip and what results is a trip down memory lane which anyone who has experienced both the beauty and wear and tear of true, free-wheeling travel can surely relate to.

I want to say a sincere thank you to Joe and Andy for being such great proponents of the Trek Light lifestyle and sharing their adventures and amazing photos with all of us.  I know there are many of you out there who have brought along your hammocks and Eco Totes on adventures both near and far and I would love to feature more of your stories here on the site.  If you’ve taken or are planning to take a Trek Light Adventure down the road, please get in touch or leave a comment on this post.  Keep on trekkin’….


One Thousand Trees At A Time

I’ve been dying to share this with you, but it’s been a busy 2011 at Trek Light HQ so far!

This certificate is for you […]

Awesome Job Alert: Want To Work From A Hammock?

For the last 10 years, Trek Light Gear has been a mainstay booth at music festivals, tradeshows and street fairs in Colorado and beyond.  Getting to be ‘the hammock guy’ at festivals over the years has been a pretty unexpected and amazing experience for me.  When a day of work involves hanging out at a music festival, beer festival or trade show and actually requires you to lie down on the job, it’s incredible just how much the line begins to blur between work and pleasure.

Over the years, there’s one thing that I’ve heard repeated by people so many times I can’t even begin to count.  It gets said jokingly, seriously and every which way in between.  It’s a question that I’ve always had to respond to myself with a joking answer, but internally it makes me constantly remember not to take for granted what I’m doing:

The truth is that even all these years later the novelty of it all is still pretty fresh for me, it’s pretty much why I started the company after all:  The ability to combine things like meeting great people, music, road tripping, learning, sharing a passion and making money, all while lying in a hammock?

Somebody’s gotta do it, right?

Well, this is your chance.

In the years ahead, I want to have a presence at as many festivals and expos as possible and I want to enlist your help to do it.  But, here’s the catch:  I’m not just looking for some bodies to show up and follow a training manual, my vision for this is for it to be as much about empowering you as it is about spreading the word about Trek Light Gear.  So, instead of making it just another commission sales job, my goal is to give you the chance to fuel your entrepreneurial spirit and essentially be as successful as you want.

I first started experimenting with the idea back in 2006, and some of you may remember that our friend Bret embarked on a Trek Light Across America trip which we covered in the early days of our blog.  The inspiration behind the trip was simple: Bret wanted to take a road trip to see various parts of the country and needed a way to make money along the way.  We both had an opportunity to help each other and with just a couple of shows lined up, Bret managed to take an epic road trip and funded the trip by selling hammocks as he went.

Now, I’m ready to replicate that opportunity for as many of you as possible.  The reason for doing it this way instead of just hiring employees to do each show is two-fold:  The first is that being an entrepreneur, working for myself and seeing hard work pay off is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve experienced.    I want the chance to be able to give back that experience and not just offer you another part time job.  The second is that when it all boils down to it, the passion behind Trek Light Gear is important to me.   The people that I want helping to grow Trek Light Gear around the country are going to be those with passion: both the individual passion to succeed and the desire to help build something incredible together.

If you’re interested, keep reading for more info…