#SeeYouOutThere: Katin Explorer James Barkman Hikes 72-Mile Mountain Trail

#SeeYouOutThere: Katin Explorer James Barkman Hikes 72-Mile Mountain Trail

 

 Katin Explorer James Barkman is the true definition of an Explorer, literally. Whether he's traveling coast to coast, living in his van or traveling to the mountains to hike 72-mile trails (yes he really did), James is always seeking adventure. 

His latest expedition took him to the High Sierra Trail that begins in Sequoia National Park and finishes at the bottom of Mt Whitney. As far as he and his partners knew, nobody has ever completed it in the winter.


After snowshoeing a few days into the High Sierra trail, James and his crew were forced to turn back after running into an "impassable mountain pass." 
"Way sketchier than it looks! Can't tell but that's a sheer 150+ foot drop," James said. 
The trail was covered with super light, powdery snow that either slid down from above or had been blown by the wind. The snow would start sliding with every step they'd take, resulted in quite a few near slips. "Life is too good to die young, said we, and that was that," James said on his trip recap on Facebook. 
Despite the slightly treacherous "near slips" and "sketchy" edges, James maintains that it ws an absolutely beautiful hike and made for quite the trip (we can only imagine).  
Follow James Barkman on all of his trips by following him on Instagram at @jamesbarkman. Stay up to date on all Katin adventures and our Explorers's travels by following us on social media as well.
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How Do You Transport?

How Do You Transport?
Photo: Explorer James Barkman (@jamesbarkman)
What is your favorite mode of transportation? How do you get out there and adventure? 
We want to see how you travel. 
Show us your best Katin style out exploring parts unknown, by tagging @KatinUSA #KatinUSA on your photos and we will share your travels.
Need to stock up on gear for your next adventure? Head to katinusa.com now and shop new arrivals HERE
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How Do You Explore?

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What is your definition of adventure? Are you a mountain climber, a waterfall seeker or sunset chaser? We want to see how YOU adventure! Share your exploration photos by tagging us @KatinUSA #KatinUSA and we will share your travels on our social media and blog. 
Looking for some comfy and stylish gear to rock on your next trip? Get everything you need, and we mean EVERYTHING, at katinusa.com HERE.
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Take Cover

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The seasons are shifting and despite the seemingly endless Southern California heat, the weather is going to shift very soon.
Be sure you are prepared for whatever weather is heading to your part of the world by shopping everything from new Katin headwear, flannels, jackets, tanks, knits and more, all available online now at katinusa.com HERE.
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Edge Of The World

With all the busy of the workweek, it's hard to cram in every ounce of fun on the weekdays. Katin wants to inspire you to take at least a few minutes every weekend to just take it it in. Go sit on the beach, find a high look out spot or float out on the water and just take it all in. 
Life is short and the world was meant to be explored. 
So get up and get out there!
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