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My brother needs to borrow a large internal frame backpack

Posted by Frum Hiker on June 25, 2008

My brother is going on a trip with the Jewish Outdoors Club to climb Mount Ranier- and he needs a 5500 cubic inch internal frame backpack. He just wants to borrow one- since he normally only does 5 day trips and never needs one so large. If anyone has one to lend or knows of anyone who may have one- please email me ASAP.

My brother is 5″4 so if anyone is between the heights of 5″1 and 5″6 it will do- ladies and gents either or.

frumsatire@gmail.com

Posted in general Outdoors, Hiking, Jews, Rock Climbing | 1 Comment »

Hashgacha Prutus in Colorado

Posted by Frum Hiker on December 26, 2006

A few years ago my brother decided he liked rock climbing so much, that he would take a solo road trip out west to try his hand at scaling some of the more famed areas for climbing in this country. He takes after me, except I got alittle more serious about life and didnt end up moving out west yet, while he did.

Anyway I told my brother to check out Boulder, Colorado- one of my most favorite cities coming in a close second to Missoula, Montana. Boulder, a college town smack dab on the foothills of the rockies- features plenty of bike shops, record stores, used book stores, and organic shops to please even the most crazed tree huggin music junky like myself. Throw in two chabbad houses, and a frum albeit wacky shul and you have almost heaven. The Flatirons rise up to 7,000 feet up from the valley floor at the base of Boulder supplying the 100,000 anti-capitalist, hippy residents of the city with endless hiking trails, superb singletrack, sheer granite walls of 5.9 climbs and whitewater that runs right through the city during runoff season.

My brother heeding to my advice ventured this way as he made his way to the Utah area to explore some of the greatest landscapes known to man. In Boulder he was looking for climbers and was told to drive up a road a few miles and begin to look for them. 40 miles later in dense backcountry he came across a car, he could hear the slow rythmic beat of someone playing a bongo drum in the woods.

Wondering if the occupants of this vehicle were in the woods getting ready for a climb, he ventured into the woods to find the most unexpected thing in the Colorado backcountry. A man with a talis and tefilin was davening and playing his drum simultaniously.

My brother completely shocked asked the man if he was disturbing his davening. This man taken aback freaked out literally, and started trying to think the whole purpose of this chance meeting with a fellow frum yid.

I of course dont know the whole plan that the L-rd has but this was quite amazing when he told me over the phone. My brother ended up staying with the man for 1 week in Boulder. During the phone call with my brother he puts me on the phone with his and I say “dude are you Berels friend?”, this blows him away even more and me may I say.

Turns out 2 years ago on the way back from a couple weeks spent Hiking around Montana, my friend and I had visited this same guy in Boulder. Craziness man.

Oh and thank G-d for this guy, because my bro now lives there- choosing the voluntary impovershed lifestyle temporarily in order to climb, ski, hike and hang out with some of the coolest Jews on earth.

Posted in Rock Climbing | 3 Comments »

Important websites for frum Jews interested in the outdoors

Posted by heshman on July 21, 2006

www.trails.com – lists many local hiking trails, they charge but some services are free.

www.mtbr.com – the greatest site on earth, classifieds for mountain bike parts, trail reviews- the best feature, with over 250 trail reviews w/directions in NY State alone. Furthermore the trail reviews can be searched by closest town.

www.pinkbike.com – another great site with photos, classifieds, and tons of other cool stuff. Mainly geared toward the downhill, freeride and urban crowd. My crowd.

www.krudco.com – in order to find the list of all of NYS skateparks go to links and click on list. The closest park to the Jewish Catskills is in Port Jervis and it aint too great.

www.jewishoutdoorsclub.com –  frum singles doing what most singles dont.  rock climbing, hiking, biking, even ice climbing and more.

www.frumsatire.wordpress.com – site that makes fun of fruumies in a satirical manner, I know the dude well and he’s quite a joker, also a fellow outdoors frummy dude.

Posted in Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Skiing | 1 Comment »

Rock climbing and Hashgacha prutus

Posted by heshman on July 6, 2006

A few years ago my brother decided he liked rock climbing so much, that he would take a solo road trip out west to try his hand at scaling some of the more famed areas for climbing in this country. He takes after me, except I got alittle more serious about life and didnt end up moving out west yet, while he did.

Anyway I told my brother to check out Boulder, Colorado- one of my most favorite cities coming in a close second to Missoula, Montana. Boulder, a college town smack dab on the foothills of the rockies- features plenty of bike shops, record stores, used book stores, and organic shops to please even the most crazed tree huggin music junky like myself. Throw in two chabbad houses, and a frum albeit wacky shul and you have almost heaven. The Flatirons rise up to 7,000 feet up from the valley floor at the base of Boulder supplying the 100,000 anti-capitalist, hippy residents of the city with endless hiking trails, superb singletrack, sheer granite walls of 5.9 climbs and whitewater that runs right through the city during runoff season.

My brother heeding to my advice ventured this way as he made his way to the Utah area to explore some of the greatest landscapes known to man. In Boulder he was looking for climbers and was told to drive up a road a few miles and begin to look for them. 40 miles later in dense backcountry he came across a car, he could hear the slow rythmic beat of someone playing a bongo drum in the woods.

Wondering if the occupants of this vehicle were in the woods getting ready for a climb, he ventured into the woods to find the most unexpected thing in the Colorado backcountry. A man with a talis and tefilin was davening and playing his drum simultaniously.

My brother completely shocked asked the man if he was disturbing his davening. This man taken aback freaked out literally, and started trying to think the whole purpose of this chance meeting with a fellow frum yid.

I of course dont know the whole plan that the L-rd has but this was quite amazing when he told me over the phone. My brother ended up staying with the man for 1 week in Boulder. During the phone call with my brother he puts me on the phone with his and I say “dude are you Berels friend?”, this blows him away even more and me may I say.

Turns out 2 years ago on the way back from a couple weeks spent Hiking around Montana, my friend and I had visited this same guy in Boulder. Craziness man.

Oh and thank G-d for this guy, because my bro now lives there- choosing the voluntary impovershed lifestyle temporarily in order to climb, ski, hike and hang out with some of the coolest Jews on earth.

Posted in Rock Climbing | 3 Comments »