9 Things I Learned Working at a Gear Store

You don't really need all that stuff. From my perspective, gear store shoppers fall into three categories: dirtbags, stablizers, and over-the-mooners. I myself am a dirtbag. I am thrifty. I stretch my money and my gear as far as it will go. Duct tape for patches? You betcha. Breathable layers purchased at secondhand stores? Oooh …

Dear Reusable WinCo Bag,

Dear Resuable WinCo Bag, I'm sorry I didn't acknowledge our one-year anniversary. To be honest, I forgot. I didn't forget about you--of course not! How rude. How unforgivable--but I forgot that our adventuring had stretched beyond the shortened measuring stick, that weeks and months were a paltry time reference and that our relationship could be …

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