Laramie's Basecamp News http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:04:31 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 What Mom Really Wants For Mothers Day http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8351 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Rebecca here.<br /></span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Can I be super honest with you?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I'm a Mom. And I own Basecamp. There's a special kind of chaos in my life because of it and I'm here to tell all the people out there who are shopping for a special lady in their life what we <em><strong>really</strong></em> want for Mothers Day.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_2205jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="absMiddle" /></div> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want our kids to grow up to be functioning members of society. Some of us have more work to do than others...why yes, that is a parachute (shopping bag) on his back.<br /></span><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_4196jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want more smiles and less whining.<br /></span><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_3797jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want to plan more family adventures, big or small.</span><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_2422jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want to dip our toes in the ocean...but we'll settle for Lake Marie.</span><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_2087jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want more&nbsp;family ski trips.<br /></span><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_2017jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want an excuse to be just a little silly.</span><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_6163jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We want to embrace this season of life, even if it snows in May.</span><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x450_img_1261jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />And we want someone to give us a hand and help us up when we fall down.</span><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/600x600_img_1492jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="600" align="" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We want more adventures. More hugs. More fun. Less stress. More caffeine and more sunshine.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Here's to you, my Mom friends. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Now go get yourself something pretty for Mothers Day. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You deserve it!</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Backpacking Packing 101 http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8333 <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Backpacking Packing 101</strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Say that three times fast&hellip;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">As the weather warms up and we dream of warmer days, we find ourselves planning trips and drooling over new, shiny gear. Backpacking is a popular outdoor activity in this neck of the woods&hellip;or really anywhere you go in the Rocky Mountains. <br /><br />The wildflowers will soon awake from their frosty slumbers and the wildlife will be giddy at the sight of bright, green grass, and roaring mountain streams. <br /><br />Before you throw on any old backpack, strap some equipment haphazardly to said pack, and stuff it with food, clothing, and water, please read this post. <br /><br />Step 1: choose a backpack that fits properly. <br /><br />Step 2: pack your essentials in a coherent manner that allows you to comfortably and safely enjoy your time outdoors. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>~~How to Pack your Pack~~<br /><br /></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In a nutshell you want heavy gear close to your back, lighter items away from your back, less used items on the bottom, and frequently used items within reach or close to the top. <br /><br />The end result creates a comfortable center of gravity for the hiker. <br /><br />You don&rsquo;t want to feel like at any moment the weight of your pack could send you toppling over. <br /><br />A well-loaded pack will feel balanced when resting on your hips and won&rsquo;t sway too much as you move. <br /><br />Let&rsquo;s look at this more in depth:</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Bottom:</strong> Bulky, soft items that you won&rsquo;t need all day fill this space and will even provide a little shock absorption. Think sleeping bag, maybe some clothing, down camp booties (if you&rsquo;re lucky enough to have them). </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Core:</strong> Heaviest items go in the center, nearest your back to create that stable center of gravity. Think food, water, fuel, and cook kit. Make sure your fuel is stored in a way that it won&rsquo;t spill all over your gear and food and think about inserting your hydration pack in first, so it slides in easier. Fill all the holes around these items with your tent, rain fly, or clothing.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Top:</strong> On top, you want to stash the items you will need most, or in a hurry. For example first aid kit, rain jacket, warm layer, snacks, water filter, and trowel &amp; toilet paper. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Pockets:</strong> Luckily most backpack designs today are loaded with fun features and ample pockets. Some pocket stuffers are a map,</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt;">compass, GPS, sunscreen/bug spray, headlamp, more snacks, and maybe a rain cover for your pack. Some fuel canisters fit nicely in outer pockets too! </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The straps on the outside of any backpack can be put to good use too. Think about strapping tent poles (or the whole tent), trekking poles, rope, or a camp chair to the outside of your pack. Once you have reached your destination in the afternoon or evening, you&rsquo;ll thank yourself for planning ahead if certain items are easily within your reach. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Lifting &amp; Lowering a Backpack<br /><br /></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Your adventures outdoors should never be back-breaking endeavors. <br /><br />To lift the pack onto your back first hold it upright on the ground. Hoist it onto your slightly bent thigh by grabbing the haul loop at the top of the pack (just behind the lid). <br /><br />Once resting on your thigh, slide one arm through and shoulder strap and slowly swing it onto your back. <br /><br />Slide the other arm through and buckle straps beginning at the waist, moving up to the shoulder straps, and finishing by tightening the chest strap. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span><br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Osprey Backpacks</span><br /></strong><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Here at Basecamp, we think very highly of the folks in Cortez, Colorado who are working hard to design and create some of the best backpacks on the market. <br /><br />Below are some models we carry in the shop.<br /><br /><br /><br /></span></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Atmos/Aura AG (65 Liter)<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/183x244_atmos_jpg.jpg" alt="" width="183" height="244" align="right" /></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Can handle 30-50 lbs.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Most comfortable and ventilated packs for </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Top lid becomes daypack. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Anti-Gravity back suspension system; feels like you&rsquo;re carrying less. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Adjustable harness and fit-on-the-fly hip belt. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Sized in S/M/L</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /><br /><br /><br />Renn/Rook (50,65 Liter)<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/214x284_rookjpg.jpg" alt="" width="214" height="284" align="right" /></span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Handles 25-35 lbs.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Adjustable torso system for easy fit.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Integrated rain cover.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Osprey Daylight pack can attach to front panel. 2 bags in 1 </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-One size fits all with adjustable back panel.<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Volt/Viva (50,60,65 Liters)<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/193x258_vivajpg.jpg" alt="" width="193" height="258" align="right" /> </strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Can handle 30-50 lbs.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Great pack for hauling moderate to heavy loads in backcountry.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-One size fits all with adjustable torso panel and fit-on-the-fly hip belts.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Integrated rain cover.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Attachments on the outside for tools and large equipment.<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Kestral/Kyte&nbsp;(46,48 Liters)<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/186x247_kestraljpg.jpg" alt="" width="186" height="247" align="right" /></span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Handles 20-35 lbs. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Perfect for quick overnights to long hauls. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Made for managing loads in challenging environments. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Sizes S/M/L but also sports adjustable torso panel. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Integrated rain cover. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Side zippered pocket to access interior without having to unpack. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Rugged Nylon fabric.</span> <br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Stratos/Sirrus (36 Liters)<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/204x272_strattorjpg.jpg" alt="" width="204" height="272" align="right" /></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Handles 15-35 lbs.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Best for light backpacking or long day hikes. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Sizes S/M/L but also comes with adjustable back panel for a more perfect fit. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Integrated rain cover. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-A front panel storage pocket for maps, snacks, or first aid kit. </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Zippered access to main compartment through top and side.</span> <br /><br /><strong><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Talon/Tempest&nbsp;</span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>(30,40 Liters)<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/185x247_tempestjpg.jpg" alt="" width="185" height="247" align="right" /></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Carries 25-40 lbs.<br />-A pack for light backpacking or day hikes.-A bio-stretch harness and a wrap hip belt system provides a stable carrying structure that hugs your body.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Lightweight and breathable.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /> </span></div> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div> SPRING STAFF PICKS http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8319 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><strong>Spring Staff Picks</strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our rental skis are getting waxed for summer storage and displays of hats and gloves are slowly being consolidated and put away. The staff at Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp is very excited to welcome in the Spring season and help you gear up for all your adventures these next couple of months. Many exciting shipments have arrived these past few weeks including, Osprey backpacks, Kelty camp accessories, and Adventure Medical Kits. Let&rsquo;s take a look at what our friendly staff members are most stoked on this season. </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Morgan: </strong>In June, Morgan is planning a backpacking trip somewhere in the Rocky Mountain region and she needs equipment <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/140x140_peregrine_tentjpg.jpg" alt="" width="140" height="140" align="left" />that is lightweight and easy to pack. Our new Peregrine brand of sleeping bags, tents, sleeping pads, and stuff sacks are a perfe&shy;&shy;ct fit for Morgan&rsquo;s adventures. The sleeping bag packs down to 2 pounds and the<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/126x126_peregrine_sleeping_bagjpg.jpg" alt="" width="126" height="126" align="right" /> Primaloft down blend is rated down to 20 degrees. The two-person tents by Peregrine range in price from $150-$300 making their products some of the more affordable options on the market. Come in and check out our display tent and crawl into their sleeping bag to test it out! </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Jill:</strong> The camping season is fast approaching, and Jill is planning numerous trips for her and her family. While camping with more than a few people, especially kids, will require a double burner Coleman stove or getting creative over a camp fire, Jill&rsquo;s <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/146x146_olicamp_stove_and_potjpg.jpg" alt="" width="146" height="146" align="left" />new favorite toy in the shop is our Olicamp Kinetic Ti + XTS Pot Combo. Made from ultralightweight titanium, this stove screws onto any Butane/Propane fuel cannister. The XTS pot boils water fast, saving time and fuel, and can fit the stove and fuel cannister inside to save space in your backpack. We also carry Olicamp wind shields, pot handles, and space saver mugs (with or without lids) that fit neatly around a 1 QT Nalgene. Jill is all about practical tools in the outdoors that make adventures easy, fun, and streamlined&hellip;and she&rsquo;s a culinary wiz! </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Logan:</strong> Upon receiving our Osprey backpack order, Logan began researching the variety of models we brought in so he could better serve the customer and educate himself on all the fun features. He has decided on two packs as his favorites. The Volt <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/102x136_viva_backpack_jpg.jpg" alt="" width="102" height="136" align="right" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/97x130_hikelight_backpackjpg.jpg" alt="" width="97" height="130" align="left" />and Viva models, which come in a 75 and 60 liter pack for men and 65 and 50 liter pack for women, are the most practical and economical packs offered in larger sizes. The adjustable hip belts can be &ldquo;fit-on-the-fly&rdquo; to offer a more secure fit and the breathable AirScape back panel fits close to the back. This pack come with a rain cover included, removeable sleeping pad straps, and trekking pole loops. Logan&rsquo;s also loves the 18-liter Hikelight day pack, the only bag under 20 liters with an integrated rain cover. Stop by the shop to get fitted for your new pack today! &nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Marly:</strong> Our new footwear products make Marly happy and she can&rsquo;t wait to help size shoppers and get them into new trail <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/105x105_tx_3_womens_la_sport_jpg.jpg" alt="" width="105" height="105" align="left" />runners and hiking boots this season. She sports the La Sportiva TX3&rsquo;s herself, the perfect approach shoe, which is built using sticky, grippy rubber like all of their famous rock-climbing shoes. However, a customer favorite is definitely the La Sportiva Blade GTX hiking boot, a lightweight, GoreTex boot with a firm sole that grips well uphill and brakes easily on the downhills. Marly is contemplating getting herself some Topo running<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/168x107_blade_gtx_la_sport_mensjpeg.jpeg" alt="" width="165" height="105" align="right" /> shoes because they may just be the most comfortable running shoe she&rsquo;s ever tried. With a roomy toe box but a snug heel and mid-sole fit, this shoe is guaranteed to fit almost every foot shape and size. For every shoe purchased you receive a coupon for $10 off your next sock purchase in store&hellip;what are you waiting for!?<br /><br /><br /><br /> </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Rebecca: </strong>On April 20<sup>th</sup> we had our First Aid Kit refill night, offering advice on how to build and restock first aid kits. As a mother of two, a veteran, and a wilderness first responder, Rebecca knows the importance of always packing first aid supplies <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/120x120_medical_kit_jpg.jpg" alt="" width="120" height="120" align="left" />and making sure they are up to date and working. We recently stocked our shelves with complete first aid kits for 1 to 4 people and refills on bandages, medicine, and wound care supplies. Safety equipment and procedures allow us to push our boundaries and help others in the outdoors. At Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp we encourage customers to ask questions as they plan trips to ensure successful, happy memories. Visit us before you head into the mountains this summer for a free trip planner checklist and first aid supplies! </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Tyler:</strong> During this Spring shoulder season when snow is still plentiful in the Snowy Range mountains but Vedauwoo is warming up, Tyler can&rsquo;t decide what activity he&rsquo;d rather be doing. Both snowboarding and rock climbing can necessitate a shell layer to block the wind and keep the elements at bay. At the shop we carry great wind and rain shells from Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, White Sierra, and Mountain Hardware. The shells range from a heavier, more insulating layer, to lightweight jackets that pack down into their own pocket. Lately, the warm days have enticed Tyler to head to Vedauwoo and climb rocks, but those Spring winds can be quite brisk at 40 or 50 feet, so chances are if you see him, he&rsquo;s wearing his favorite shell. Check out a few of our shell options on our online shop <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Outerwear/Rain-Gear.htm">here</a>. </span></div> Fueling Your Adventures http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8280 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Before the days of dehydrated food, instant coffee packets, and saliva inducing trail snacks, meals in the outdoors were a much more boring affair, and quite a deal heavier. The outdoor industry arguably began in the late eighteen hundreds with the establishment of National Parks and the birth of the Sierra Club. Then, in the 1940&rsquo;s the Army&rsquo;s 10th&nbsp;Mountain Division training in the Colorado Rockies launched what we now know of as the modern American ski industry. Soon after in the 1950&rsquo;s, climbing in the Yosemite Valley exploded. All of these events sparked the creation of companies geared towards outfitting people for their favorite outdoor recreation.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The early nineteen hundreds saw the design of an early wooden-frame pack board and soon after we find stories of outdoor enthusiasts braving thru-hikes with minimal gear. As far as cooking goes these men and women carried simple mess kits mostly made from steel and their food consisted of rice, beans, bread, and maybe some canned meat. Overall a simple, yet rather tasteless menu&hellip;unless you&rsquo;re into that sort of thing, which is cool. Today the options are endless and trail food companies design their products with an active lifestyle in mind. Meals, snacks, and hydration tabs come chock full of calories to keep energy levels high.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Camping &amp; Backpacking Food Options:</strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Freeze-dried Food</strong>:&nbsp;These food items rehydrate the quickest and retain their flavors better than dehydrated food. Usually you can find freeze-dried snacks in outdoor stores.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Dehydrated Food</strong>:&nbsp;The options in this category are the most common for backpacking and camping. Dehydrated meals are more compact than freeze-dried meals but weigh slightly more.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Precooked Meals</strong>:&nbsp;Military surplus meals, such as Meals, Ready-To-Eat (MRE&rsquo;s) are another alternative that provide 1,200 calories each!&nbsp;&nbsp;Everything you need for the meal in included but its weight can be a deterrent if you&rsquo;re planning long trips.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Ramen:</strong>&nbsp;This is always an option. Packs of Ramen are lightweight and only require water to eat; hot water is preferred but, in a pinch, you could eat it cold.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">At Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp we carry Trailtopia, a family-run business out of Rochester, Minnesota. The founder, Vince Robichaud, created the packaged meals from many years of experience outdoors and a search for healthy, hearty, homemade options. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner entrees (1 and 2 servings), dessert, and side protein packs. You can also purchase a 3- or 5-day bundle for two people that includes all the meals you&rsquo;d need. Vegetarian and gluten-free options exist, and their website offers a wealth of information in terms of meal planning and nutritional tips as you&rsquo;re preparing for your next adventure. They advertise that each packaged meal is a one-utensil meal and they offer&nbsp;<a href="https://www.trailtopia.com/7-creative-uses-for-an-empty-trailtopia-food-pouch">7 creative uses</a> for your empty meal bag.</span><br /><br /><img width="281" height="217" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/281x217_trailtopiajpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></div> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">At Basecamp, you can find many snacks and add-ons to make your next outdoor experience more enjoyable. Kuju instant coffee can be made on the go and the</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><img width="300" height="200" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/300x200_honey_stingerjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="right" /><img width="182" height="182" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/182x182_gu_20190415121830jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="left" />reusable filter fits a variety of mugs and containers. Honey Stinger waffles and gummies use honey, a natural form of energy and antioxidants, and they provide a mixture of carbohydrates that is better tolerated by your body than a single carbohydrate form. Energy gel GU, also in shop, delivers critical carbohydrates for energy and amino acids for muscle support.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/kuju_coffee.jpeg" alt="" width="267" height="178" align="" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Food made simple for expeditions and outdoor travel has existed for a very long time. I found mention of dried soup in an article regarding Lewis and Clark&rsquo;s expedition West! The options today are far more delicious, weightless, and easy to cook. Check out our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Stoves--Camp-Kitchen.htm">camp cookware</a> to pair with your trail food here and stay tuned for an upcoming blog post detailing the new Osprey backpacks that arrived. Carrying all this delicious food is only worth it if your pack fits!</span></p> Climbing Shoes & How to Choose the Best One for You http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8270 <div style="text-align: center;"><span><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Climbing Shoes&nbsp;</span></strong><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It is important to know the differences between climbing shoes because not all are made equally. Whether you climb at a gym, local crags, big walls, or boulder fields the shoes you purchase need to meet very different criteria. We live&nbsp;near&nbsp;a world renowned climbing area with Vedauwoo in our backyard and Lander three hours away, so even if you don't climb personally, you may learn something&nbsp;below&nbsp;you can add to conversation at your neighbors next BBQ. Check out this resource,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/rock-climbing-glossary.html">here</a>, on climbing lingo to learn more and follow along in the blog. Let's take a quick look at the types of climbing shoes on the market and what we carry down at Laramie's Basecamp!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Type of Shoe--Neutral, Moderate, or Aggressive?&nbsp;</strong></span><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">A&nbsp;neutral&nbsp;climbing shoe will offer all day comfort, perfect for the beginner or the experienced climber planning on completing multi-pitch climbs and wearing their shoes all day. Neutral shoe designs offer better support because of their stiffer soles and the flat bases make them ideal for wedging into cracks.&nbsp;Moderate&nbsp;shoes have a slightly downturned shape from heel to toe and are much better suited for technical climbs. A thinner, stickier sole on these shoes will give you far better grip and feel on the rock than a neutral shoe.&nbsp; Crack climbs, slab routes, multi-pitches, and light overhangs can all be tackled with a moderate shoe. For a true performance piece, we look to the&nbsp;aggressive&nbsp;shoes. With an exaggerated downturned shape and more heel tension, these shoes are not meant to be worn for long periods of time...unless you like pain.&nbsp;Your feet can grip tiny holds, you'll send that 5.11a you've been practicing at the gym, and overhanging climbs will be a piece of cake (trust your rubber!).&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Shoe Closures--Velcro, Slip-on, Laces?</span></strong><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Personally, the ease of a slip-on shoe or Velcro has always appealed to me but when you feel how perfect laces can adjust the fit of your shoe, you may disagree.&nbsp;Velcro&nbsp;shoes give you easy on and off abilities in between bouldering routes and at the gym when you're&nbsp;cheering on&nbsp;friends.&nbsp;Slip-on's&nbsp;are perfect for jamming feet into cracks and not worrying about the extra space taken up by laces or Velcro.&nbsp;Laces&nbsp;offer the most variety because you can loosen them when your feet sweat or tighten them to optimize your performance&nbsp;on difficult pitches.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Material of the Shoe--Unlined Leather, Lined Leather, Synthetic?&nbsp;</span></strong><br />Leather climbing shoes will be the easiest to clean and deodorize but synthetic shoes offer higher performance (and Vegan's climb too!). When sizing an&nbsp;unlined leather&nbsp;shoe to your foot take note that it may stretch up to a full shoe size; you want to feel your toe knuckles pushing against the front but not see them.&nbsp;Lined leather&nbsp;shoes can stretch up to a half size as synthetic materials are added to parts of the shoe for added comfort and to reduce stretch. Synthetic shoes should be sized closer to what you want the ultimate feel to be, because they rarely stretch much. Some synthetic shoes also allow your feet to breath a little better.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Shopping Tips When Buying Climbing Shoes:</span></strong><span><br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--Shop in the afternoon when your feet are more swollen and try on shoes without socks as most people prefer to climb sock-less. If you do like wearing socks or will be climbing in colder temps where they are needed, size up about a half size.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--Try on what you are thinking of purchasing. This is the only way to know which shoe fits you the best.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--Sizes vary between brands and types of climbing shoes so be open to trying on sizes that you normally wouldn't.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--Have an idea of what type of routes you'll be climbing so you can find the fit that is right for you.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--Climbing shoes should not be painful, but they will feel much tighter and more uncomfortable than a normal street shoe (toe knuckles should not be bunched painfully against the inside of the toe box).&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--If a shoe doesn't slip easily on your foot, it is probably too tight.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">~~~Climbing Shoes @ Laramie's</span></strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> Basecamp~~~</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Come on down to the store and chat with a knowledgable employee about climbing shoes and the right fit for you!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">TC Pro &amp; Cypher Sentinel</span></strong><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Both of these climbing&nbsp;shoe designs&nbsp;come with a high-top padded ankle covering for protection from sharp rock&nbsp;and narrow cracks. Performance wise, these shoes do beautifully as all-around climbing shoes and especially for trad routes or crack climbs; the toe boxes are flat for all-day comfort. The Cypher Sentinel won the best value shoe in the high-top&nbsp;category&nbsp;for 2019 and the rubber, some say, is softer and stickier than the TC Pro. However, when a pro climber (Tommy Caldwell) puts his initials behind a specific shoe design, you know it must be pretty darn good. Plus he climbed&nbsp;the Dawn Wall in none other than these bad boyz. The TC Pro's have been rated the best all around high-top climbing shoe, they edge insanely well (even once broken in) and its hard to beat their level of comfort in a shoe that performs this well.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="423" height="238" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/423x238_tc_pro_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">La Sportiva Finale</span></strong><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">This shoe falls under the neutral, unlined leather category--both features aid in optimal comfort and the unlined leather paired with laces help you find a near perfect fit. The Finale offers all-day comfort at the gym or a crag and while it performs OK in a crack, it is a relatively inexpensive beginner-intermediate shoe that does a lot. It is slightly more downturned in shape than the Tarantulace, although still&nbsp;sporting a roomy toe box, and with its super sticky rubber it offers high end edging performance.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img width="437" height="291" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/437x291_finalejpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">La Sportiva Tarantulace</span></strong><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">This shoe favors comfort over performance, even more than the Finale, and climbs very well up to a 5.10 (vertical climbing rating) or V.2 (bouldering rating). It has a flat and stiff midsole leading to a flat, wide, and round toe box--perfect for the beginner indoors or outdoors. The shoe is unlined leather but the inside of the tongue is lined with a synthetic pad to help manage sweat and prevent slippage. You can get away with most types of climbing in this shoe but it will not offer the same performance as the TC Pro. Made in China, opposed to Italy where all other La Sportiva shoes are crafted, this climbing shoe is the most affordable option we carry without sacrificing the quality of the brand.</span></div> <div><img width="446" height="298" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/446x298_tarantulacejpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> April Events http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8246 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;">~~April Events~~</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We've got some fun things happening down at Laramie's Basecamp over the next few weeks so make sure to stop in check them out... along with all the fresh new merchandise we're expecting in April!!&nbsp;<br /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /><img width="478" height="154" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/478x154_gear_swap_png.png" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Saturday, April 6th -- GEAR SWAP&nbsp;</span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Remember when we hosted a rad gear swap in September that supported the Pilot Hill Project?<br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We will be hosting another swap on Saturday, April 6th&nbsp;from 10 am - 2 pm. This is the perfect time to clean the dust off all your gear, sell it for $$, and see what treasures your neighbors are looking to part with.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">---&gt;&gt;&gt; DETAILS &lt;&lt;&lt;---</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* Drop off any gently used outdoor clothing or gear you'd like to sell on Friday 4/5/19 between 5 &amp; 7pm or Saturday 4/6/19 between 8 &amp; 10 am.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* When you drop off your items we'll ask you to sign a consignment release form and pay a consignment fee of $0.25 per item. This fee will go to support the Pilot Hill Project.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* Basecamp staff will keep track of your consignment items and try to sell them for you.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* Stop by Basecamp on Sunday 4/7/19 between noon &amp; 4 pm to pick up your profits and any unsold items.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* If your items and profits aren't claimed by Sunday at 4 pm they'll be donated to charity.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">--&gt;&gt;&gt; RULES &lt;&lt;&lt;--</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">*All sales and transactions will be done in cash. Please bring enough cash to buy your gear, Basecamp will not be able to make change from our cash drawer.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">*All drop off and pick up sellers will be required to sign a consigners agreement form and pay the $0.25 consignment fee/item.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* Please no knives, guns or unsafe gear (ie used climbing ropes)</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* Gear cannot be held for a later payment.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* All sales transactions are final.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">* All consignment clothing and gear must be kept until sold in our designated consignment area.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Questions? Lets us know!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><img width="431" height="219" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/431x219_storage_wax_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></span><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">SUMMER STORAGE WAXING<br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Your skis and boards crushed it this season! Snowy Range Ski Resort will be closing Sunday, April 7th. If you plan on moving right into your Spring sports and storing away your powder gear make sure you bring them in to get freshly waxed&nbsp;before you store them for the summer.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">If waxed properly before summer storage, your skis and boards will thank you come next season. Waxing prevents the bases from drying out, rust from building up, and is a good habit to get into if you want your gear to last.&nbsp;<br /><br />Our shop prices can be found on our website, <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/services.htm">here</a>. Summer waxing for Nordic skis begins at $15 and for Alpine skis and boards $25. This is also a good time to get any core shots or damage that occurred during the 2018-2019 season fixed. Prices for in-depth repair will vary on the severity of the required services.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*also note that all Basecamp Ski Rentals are due back May 31st. Any&nbsp;outstanding rentals will be charged $5 per day they are late.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><img width="345" height="304" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/345x304_first_aid_kit_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></span><br /></span><strong style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;Saturday, April 20th --&nbsp;FIRST AID KIT NIGHT<br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Have a First Aid kit in the house? Lost your kit on a paddle trip? Think you saw a kit in the trunk of your car? Live on the wild side and don't have a First Aid kit?&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We are hosting a First Aid Kit Night&nbsp;in hopes that everyone stays safe and travels prepared!<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Join us at Laramie's Basecamp on Saturday, April 20th from 5-7 pm.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">As hiking, biking, climbing, camping, rafting, and poisonous insect season are upon us come see what essential items your kit is missing and we'll help you restock. Or, talk to a knowledgable staff member and we will help you design a kit that is right for you and your adventures.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><img width="461" height="271" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/461x271_gear_repair_workshopjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></span><br /><br /><strong style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Saturday, April 27th -- GEAR REPAIR WORKSHOP<br /><br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Once you've found&nbsp;your favorite backpack or rain layer, it is hard to part with it&nbsp;when it finally busts a buckle or zipper...but what if you didn't have to? Join us from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, April 27th to see if our staff can help mend your gear. We are not magicians but we will do our absolute best to see that you and your gear walk out our doors ready for your next adventure.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span>We'll have sewing machines, repair tape, buckles, straps and everything to fix gear. Simply stop on by with your broken gear and we'll help breath some new life into it. Let's work together to keep gently used or repairable gear out of our landfills...reduce, reuse, recycle, repair!!!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 18pt;">We look forward to seeing you next month. Be aware we are reducing our store hours during the month of April-- we will be closed Monday's and our weekday hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Any questions give us a call!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt;">307-703-0172</span></span></div> Mud, Snow, and Treads http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8238 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">For those of you who may have boycotted social media over Spring Break....Laramie's Basecamp now carries a selection of trail running, hiking, approach, and climbing shoes!!!&nbsp;<br /><br />Wet, sweaty, cramped feet are no fun. Your tootsies deserve&nbsp;time well spent&nbsp;undergoing the same level of product research you would for a new jacket, backpack, or car for that matter. We have comfy Darn Tough socks ready to caress your feet as you try on all our shoes! Come on down and talk to us about your feet and footwear, it's not weird, we promise.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /></span></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Let's take a look at the brands and variety we now carry....<br /><br /><br /><strong>TOPO:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">Currently our selection includes the&nbsp;<strong>MT-2, ST-2&nbsp;</strong>and the&nbsp;<strong>Runventure 2.&nbsp;</strong><br /><br /><img width="220" height="168" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/220x168_topo_mens_runventure_2jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="float: left;" alt="" />Topo, a very young company, has surprised the sneaker industry by creating one of the best overall fitting sneaker. The toe boxes in all of their shoes offer ample space to keep your toes comfortable while providing sufficient support and snugness in the heel and mid-foot. Many reviewers agree Topo fits true to size. Topo shoes are also Vegan!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><strong>Runventure 2:</strong>&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">-A "rugged trail" shoe.</span><br />-<span style="font-size: 10pt;">Good traction in fresh snow<br /></span>-<span style="font-size: 10pt;">"Zero Drop" between the heel and toe box allows for a more natural feel in the shoe.&nbsp;<br /></span>-<span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Clips to attach gaiters for muddy, debris filled trails.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><img width="219" height="219" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/219x219_topo_mt_2_womens_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong style="font-size: 12pt;">MT-2:</strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-A "light trail" shoe</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-No rockplate. Mid-sole injected with EVA foam for more flexibility and ground feel.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-3 mm of drop from heel to toe.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-3 oz lighter than Runventure 2; great for longer runs.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>ST-2:&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img width="240" height="184" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/240x184_st_2_road_runner_mens_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></strong><br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-A road running shoe&nbsp;<br />-Zero drop from heel to toe; encourages natural running and movement patterns.&nbsp;<br />-Packs down flat, great for travel.&nbsp;<br />-Lightweight and versatile; you can take it from the road to the gym.&nbsp;<br /></span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; LA SPORTIVA:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">At Basecamp you can find the following:&nbsp;<strong>Blade GTX&nbsp;</strong>hiking boots,&nbsp;<strong>TX-3</strong> approach&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;shoes,&nbsp;<strong>Mutant</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Lycan</strong>&nbsp;mountain runners, and the&nbsp;Folkon for the kiddos on the trails.</span></span><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;La Sportiva, made in Italy, has been crushing the&nbsp;climbing shoe market but they are also known for footwear that excels in any technical sport. Features include FriXion XF climbing rubber on the soles of approach and running shoes, the use of Vibram soles, and a lot of innovation and accuracy in each shoe's design.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><img width="221" height="121" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/221x121_mutant_la_sport_mens_jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />Mutant:</span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-A hefty mountain runner for technical terrain. <br />-Spyral Tongue that wraps the foot and secures it under the Fusion Gate lacing system (for almost perfect fit!).&nbsp;<br /></span></span>-<span style="font-size: 10pt;">10 mm of drop between heel and toe.&nbsp;<br /></span>-<span style="font-size: 10pt;">High heel collar to protect from debris on the trail.&nbsp;<br /></span>-<span style="font-size: 10pt;">No rockplate (injected with EVA molded foam)- same protection but lighter in weight.&nbsp;</span><br /></span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Lycan:&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img width="203" height="203" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/203x203_lycan_womens_trail_la_sportjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></strong><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-6mm of drop between heel and toe (less dramatic than Mutant)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /></span></span>-<span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">A less aggressive trail runner (dirt roads, gravel, light technical terrain).</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Ability to cinch laces tight so you can achieve a more perfect fit.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Mid-sole injected with EVA foam paired with Ortholite mountain footbed for shock absorption.&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><img width="208" height="132" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/208x132_blade_gtx_la_sport_mensjpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />Blade GTX:<br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Gore-Tex!!!! These boots are waterproof and breathable!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Comes with 5mm Ortholite insole.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-FriXion AT 2.0 gives you uphill traction while the Impact Break System ensures your grip downhill.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Fits snug like an athletic shoe but performs like and hiking boot.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Could be used for mountain running but much heavier than our other options.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-With heavy socks a good option for light, winter activities. More of a three season boot.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><strong style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br />Kid's Folkon:<br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Comfortable and supportive so kid's can wear them for long periods of time.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img width="196" height="196" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/196x196_kids_folkon_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-FriXion AT 2.0 and Impact Break System-they perform like the Blade GTX boot.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Ankle height for protection from trail debris.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Laces with a pull tab for easy on and off.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><img width="199" height="199" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/199x199_tx_3_womens_la_sport_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />TX-3 Approach Shoes:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-The perfect shoe for any climbing approach, or around town wear.&nbsp;<br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Mesh upper allows for breathability and comfort in rugged terrain.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-A "climbing zone" on the toe using Vibram Mega-Grip rubber and a "Trail Bite" heel platform- Maximum grip!!!!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">-Wide fore-foot fit for all day comfort.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18.6667px;">Check out our next blog post on Climbing shoes and some of the Staff's favorite crag&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; picks!!!&nbsp;</span></span> Picking the Perfect Camping Stove http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8213 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Often our experiences in the outdoors hinge on our level of preparedness, most importantly having the proper stove and tools for successful meals. At the end of a long day hiking, running, driving, or climbing, nothing beats a&nbsp;satisfying&nbsp;meal surrounded by good company (be that&nbsp;people, or the beautiful solitude of the Great Outdoors). There are a lot of factors that play into what type of "kitchen" you'll take with you on various excursions. Let's dive into some alfresco cooking options, including a few we sell at Laramie's Basecamp.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><img width="280" height="150" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/280x150_coleman_stovejpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp;<strong>The Trusty Mule:</strong> Also known as a Coleman Double Burner stove. This cooking system allows you to get very creative with your outdoor cooking skills. It feeds many people efficiently, has side flaps to block the wind, and it can be set up easily in the trunk of a car or on a camping table. The propane canisters required can be easily obtained at fishing and hunting stores, outdoor gear shops, and even gas stations and the attachment hose makes it easy to use a larger propane tank if desired. During the summer when many campgrounds&nbsp;face bans on open fires, the double burner camp stove is a great option. Simultaneously,&nbsp;you&nbsp;can boil water for coffee while roasting s'mores or&nbsp;cook eggs separately, to varying degrees of sunnyside up-ness, for the picky eaters at your site.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img width="220" height="220" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/220x220_jet_boilpng.png" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp;<strong>The "Flash" Boiler:</strong> Known for producing the fastest boil in the backcountry, Jetboil cooking systems are compact, lightweight, and perfect for three-season backpacking trips. The "Flash" cooking kits (which we currently have in stock at Basecamp) advertise a "100 second boil"...that means hot beverages&nbsp;ASAP after a wet summer hike. The main body of the Jetboil stove neatly fits the 100 gram fuel canister, stand, and the burner inside, making short backpacking trips easy-peasy. Jetboil sells larger stove options on their website for your&nbsp;group&nbsp;needs, while the Flash system works perfectly for one to two people. Recycling the canisters can be a problem, but bring your old ones down to Laramie's Basecamp and we'll recycle them for you....or purchase a "crunch it"&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Stoves--Camp-Kitchen/p/Jetboil-CrunchIt-Fuel-Recycling-Tool-x36714433.htm">tool</a> and learn how you can dispose of them safely on your own.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img width="204" height="204" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/204x204_biolite_stove_jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp;<strong>The City Slicker:</strong> For those who want a "campground" experience while being able to charge their electronics, this Biolite Camp Stove is for you! Once you pack the column with sticks and twigs you quickly have an almost smoke-free fire. 1 liter of water boils in about 4.5 minutes and you can find lanterns, solar powered panels, and other fun accessories on their website <a href="https://www.bioliteenergy.com/">here</a>. The CampStove 2 Bundle has attachments to grill, boil, and cook meals and offers up 3W of power to charge your devices. The system packs down very compactly and you burn biomass that you find around you. Pro- no hassle with fuel canisters or propane tanks. Con-you search out your own fuel after your long hike and if you live in a wet climate, good luck.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><img width="198" height="198" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/198x198_msr_whisper_litejpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>The Four-Season World Traveler:</strong> If you&nbsp;are planning long backpacking trips, traveling across international boarders, or keep finding yourself outdoors in colder regions of the world, this is your stove system. Looking first at fuel weight it would seem that isobutane canisters are lighter in a pack but you have to take into consideration how many you'll need for longer trips and the weight of empty canisters taking up space once they're used. Liquid fuel stoves cost about $1.50 per hour of run-time, whereas a canister stove costs you about $6 per hour and the environmental impact of a refillable container vs. a recyclable one is pretty obvious. In cold temperatures, especially below zero, you will be happily satisfied with a liquid fuel stove&nbsp;as they perform more reliably. And finally, if you plan to travel to remote places, liquid fuel is more easily attainable than gas canisters especially for the MSR WhisperLite International. Come on down to Laramie's Basecamp and check out our new MSR products as you prepare yourself for&nbsp;the 2019 hiking and camping season!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong>Stove Breakdown<br /><br /></strong>If you plan to camp out of your car or set up a basecamp for a few days go with the Coleman Double Burner.&nbsp;<br /><br />Short backpacking trips requiring lightweight, compact, equipment where you will eat freeze dried meals out of a pouch...Jetboil all the way.&nbsp;<br /><br />Long trips in the backcountry&nbsp;with temperature&nbsp;variation, you'll do well to have a&nbsp;liquid fuel stove. Also when traveling globally and focusing on the long-term economical and environmental factors.&nbsp;<br /><br />Backpacking trips or campsite camping that necessitate some lights or a phone charged will benefit from the Biolite Camp stove system.&nbsp;</span></div> Lifetime Guarantees From Brands You Love http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8193 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Nothing makes our hearts sing more at Basecamp than a good brand guarantee that ensures their products for life, or close to it. Once you have found your favorite backpack or base-layer, it can be tough to&nbsp;begin the search all over when the item ultimately wears out. Whether from normal, everyday wear, to manufacturing blips, to a bag getting shredded by airport personnel, most outdoor gear brands will honor product guarantees and fix or replace your beloved item. If you are a sustainable shopper (we salute you!), knowing the in's and out's of a company's warranty process will help inform your buying decisions, especially when that means keeping material out of landfills. Moving forward, the Earth will thank your informed shopping decisions.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/466x233_recycled_clothingjpg.jpg" alt="" width="466" height="233" align="" /><br /><br /><br /></span></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Let's take a look at&nbsp;the brands we carry with the best product guarantees:&nbsp;<br /><br /></span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Osprey Packs:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;"Any reason, any product, any era" is the slogan behind Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee. They will make every effort to repair your pack or the parts that need fixing before they replace the entire item for you. This warranty excludes exchanging the bag for a different color, the wrong size, or a lost bag. If you drop your pack off a cliff (accidentally, of course) and are able to retrieve what is left of it...they will fix or replace it as long as you send in the remains! They also repair their current generation of water reservoirs.&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Check out the link&nbsp;<a href="https://www.osprey.com/us/en/customer-support/all-mighty-guarantee">here</a> for further information.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Zeal Optics:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Sunglasses are warrantied to the buyer against workmanship and defects for two years after the date of purchase. However, their nosepads and temple pads, which are found on most of their products, can replaced for life for free! These little non-slip pads help keep the glasses on your face while you're sending your last pitch of the day or cresting the last hill atop your bike. General wear and tear or scratches are not covered under their warranty, but see our previous&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/module/news.htm?newsId=8173">blog</a> about ZEAL to learn about their bomber, scratch resistant lenses.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Eagle Creek:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> We currently have only a few items from Eagle Creek in our shop but their&nbsp;"No Matter What" warranty is worth noting. Regardless of the cause of damage, your Eagle Creek purchase is guaranteed for life and that includes repairs or replacements. Damages not covered under their lifetime warranty (lifetime of the item) can be repaired for reasonable charges. In an effort to reduce landfill waste, the good folks at Eagle Creek work hard to repair your item but if it has met the end of its life they up-cycle all the parts from the damaged item to be used on other repairs.&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Find out more about their mission <a href="https://www.eaglecreek.com/warranty.html">here</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Darn Tough Socks:</strong> Socks for life, that is what you are signing up for when you buy 1 pair of Darn Tough socks. Anytime your socks get a hole, rip, or tear you can bring your socks into any Darn Tough Dealer (that's us!!) and we will hand you a new pair off the shelf that day. If we don't have the type of socks you're exchanging we can send back the damaged pair and the company will mail us a new pair.&nbsp;<br />More info on their unconditional lifetime guarantee <a href="https://darntough.com/pages/our-guarantee?gclid=Cj0KCQiAn4PkBRCDARIsAGHmH3dghhrpLg-W-M5JhKC5Dym-TKVs7gz9y5hAcw_89JkeYI4X-pA4syEaAlNOEALw_wcB">here</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Hydro Flask:</strong> A limited lifetime warranty is offered against manufacturers defects during the life of the container&nbsp;and when possible, they use replacement parts to address the defect instead of replacing the whole item. They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Hydro Flask is so confident in the quality and performance of their product that if a customer is not satisfied with the make, fit, or style they can return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or replacement. It is always nice to know that the brands you purchase from have your back.&nbsp;<br />More information regarding possible reasons for warranties <a href="https://www.hydroflask.com/warranty/">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Black Diamond:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> When a company like BD makes apparel and gear for extreme climates and adventures, their products undergo rigorous testing by employees and athletes. As a result, their warranty on apparel is a full refund or exchange on any item with no questions asked and no fine print. On equipment, they offer a one year warranty from date of purchase (for headlamps it's three years) and you can fill out the form on their website or handle it through any dealer (we're one!!).&nbsp;<br />Learn more <a href="https://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/warranty-repairs.html">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Big Agnes:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;Another brand that works hard to keep their gear in top notch condition while the customer uses it. If a Big Agnes product does not perform to the satisfaction of the customer they encourage you to contact their customer service reps to remedy the situation asap. If gear succumbs to manufacturing defects or needs repairs they will cover it under warranty or work hard to keep it functioning in the outdoors. Big Agnes mainly sells tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. These three items are crucial elements to enjoying lengths of time outdoors and the repair team will happily replace broken poles, zippers, or help patch your favorite gear.&nbsp;<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Head on over to their&nbsp;<a href="https://support.bigagnes.com/hc/en-us">website</a> to read more.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/666x333_tent_repair_jpg.jpg" alt="" width="666" height="333" align="" /><span></span></span></span> <div></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We carry more brands with similar guarantees, if you are curious if an item you own qualifies come on down and talk to all of our friendly staff and we will help you replace or repair that beloved piece of gear. Our staff is always up for a challenging project and we might even be able to help repair a buckle, patch a hole, or replace ski pole baskets ourselves.&nbsp;<br /></span></div> WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH ZEAL? http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8173 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">ZEAL OPTICS</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Use less, give back, explore more...all core beliefs at Zeal optics, a small eyewear company based out of Boulder, CO. We are thrilled to support Zeal and their endeavors to reduce their carbon footprint while providing customers with optimal eye protection. The small Colorado company&nbsp;proudly grew under the larger Maui Jim eyewear&nbsp;brand that to this day remains one of the only independently owned companies in the eyewear industry. Let's discuss some of the points that make this "Coloradical" company a favorite of Basecamp employees and why we are stoked to offer it to greater Laramie community. Plus they offer ski goggles with great polarization and glare protection, so you may be seeing a lot more of them in our shop as we enter into the world of Alpine next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><img width="180" height="135" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/180x135_zeal_optics_plum_gloss_w_polarized_dark_gre_magnolia_smoke_tortoise_w_polarzied_dark_grey_lens_athletic_performance_sport_sunglassesjpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img width="231" height="119" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/231x119_zeal_acejpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img width="157" height="157" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/157x157_matblagrejpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><img width="204" height="121" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/204x121_zeal_sunglasses_bennett_slate_11533jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>100% Vegan:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">The coolest feature is you can eat your sunglasses! Just kidding, please don't.&nbsp;Each pair of glasses is made from the resin of Castor Bean Oil, that includes both the frames and lenses. Castor plants, renewable resources that some consider a weed, produce beans that get processed into an oil. From there, Zeal creates a Z-Resin that replaces petroleum based plastics in their products. Ultimately this process reduces Zeal's CO2 footprint, and makes their "sunnies" lightweight and comfy to wear!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Ellume Polarized:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">A fancy name Zeal uses to differentiate their polarization from other companies. All of their sunglasses come equipped with technology that eliminates 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV/B/C rays. Hooray, your eyes will surely thank you! Ellume Polarization filters out 95 % of harmful high-energy blue light allowing colors to be seen more vividly and their plant-based lenses offer higher clarity.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Three Lens</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> Types:</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"></span></span>&nbsp;</strong>Down at Laramie's Basecamp we offer three different color lenses in the Zeal sunglasses we have stocked. The Rose colored lens is a high contrast, high transmission lens perfect for better depth perception. The Copper colored lens, your best option for everyday use, enhances the contrast in variable light conditions. Finally, the Dark Grey lens reduces the intensity of bright light and heavy glare, which is perfect for those beautiful, sunny, Wyoming days.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Features For The Adventure Seeker:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Each lens is coated with a hardcoat scratch resistant layer and exceeds standards for impact resistance. For everyday use and the weekend adventures you will be happy with the durability of Zeal optics, drop them down the face of El Capitan and it might be a different story. Hydro/Oleo coating on the back and front of the lens help repel dirt, oil, and water allowing your eyewear to be ready for any condition. Anti-Reflective (AR) coating on the inside of the lens comes with all prescription lenses (see below) and is available on select sunglass styles. AR helps protect your eyes from harmful glares that find their way between your eyes and the inside of your glasses. Finally, each pair is equipped with nosepad and temple pads that reduce slippage while active--as you sweat they grip harder.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Prescription Ready:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Zeal makes their frames so they are compatible with prescription lenses. The company offers the option to send your lenses into the Maui Jim lab in Illinois so the lenses can be swapped out for customer specific prescription lenses. All prescription lenses come with an Anti Reflective coating on the inside.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Warranty:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">With any outdoor gear, we like a good warranty. Zeal offers a&nbsp;2 year manufacturers warranty on the frame, a 1 year, 1 time frontside lens scratch replacement, and temple and nosepad replacements for the life of the frame. Take care of your glasses, but more importantly take care of your eyes with quality eyewear!!&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Come on down and try on every pair of Zeal Optics we have in shop, chances are a staff member will be doing the same!&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /></span></div> Get Some New Gear For Those You Hold Dear http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8146 <div style="text-align: center;">Do&nbsp;you celebrate Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day, or simply want to treat-yo-self to some new gear this February? Read on for a complete list of gift ideas for those special folks in your life.&nbsp;</div> <br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;">If you&nbsp;plan on buying&nbsp;flowers at Poppy's, surprising someone to a romantic date night downtown, or picking out some snacks at Chalk N'Cheese to bring home,&nbsp;show us a receipt from any local business or restaurant and you will receive 15% off your in-store purchase!!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" 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alt="" width="474" height="315" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><br />Check out the following items, plus loads more, on our website <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop.htm">here</a>, or stop by the&nbsp;Laramie's Basecamp and we can help you shop for that special someone!!!!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/untitled_20181224150642.png" alt="" width="123" height="123" align="" />Nothing keeps your drink of choice warmer or colder than the TempShield technology applied to this beautiful red Hydro Flask. In a pinch, use the body of the Flask as a vase and make those flowers pop ;)&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/img_5565_20181126210954_20190121165915.jpg" alt="" width="168" height="169" align="" />&nbsp;Show your Basecamp pride with matching apparel for you and your significant other. Many sizes and styles available.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.sunnysports.com/Image/Product/Large/TARUMC.jpg" alt="" width="185" height="185" align="" />&nbsp; Love tent or cowboy camping but sad you can't snuggle? Problem solved with Thermarest sleeping pad straps. These invaluable items can be found on our DOLLAR TABLE so come on down and get them while they last!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/360384_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="144" height="144" align="" />&nbsp;Looking to set the mood? Check out our selection of headlamps and lanterns for indoor or outdoor use.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/260216_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="152" height="152" align="" />&nbsp;Know someone who's got cold feet...? We'll do our best to help you, but these down booties might change their mind! Also check out our colorful array of socks <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Footwear/Socks.htm">here</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/adventurist_sand_20180522134211.jpeg" alt="" width="164" height="205" align="" />&nbsp;Pay it forward during this season of love with an Adventurist Backpack. Every backpack purchased provides meals to 25 families in need!! Available in tan and green.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/2018_lotus_360x.jpg" alt="" width="91" height="254" align="" />&nbsp;The gift that keeps on giving. You will not disappoint your lover when you surprise them with this board. It may be a few months before you can test it out, but we'll give you a screaming good deal. Come on down and talk to us!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/dh_ocean_472e8517_0663_412b_83ea_07fc531c8d08_2048x2048.png" alt="" width="171" height="114" align="" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/799591_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="112" height="112" align="" />&nbsp; A double hammock or 2-person tent always&nbsp;suggests that you are up for an adventure and are not looking to go it alone!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /></div> LEARN TO SKI DAY 2/9 http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8134 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Want to learn how to Cross Country Ski?<br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Need a few more tips to&nbsp;make that jump from beginner to intermediate?<br /></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Looking to give Skate Skiing a try?<br />Interested in meeting other XC skiers and joining a larger ski community?<br /><br /><br />Laramie's Basecamp has just the thing!&nbsp;<br /><br />Join us Saturday, February 9th for a <strong>FREE</strong> Learn To Ski Day.<br /><br />9:20&nbsp;AM&nbsp;<strong>CLASSIC SKI LESSON AT THE TIE CITY TRAILHEAD<br /><br /></strong>10:30 AM&nbsp;<strong>SKATE SKI LESSON AT TIE CITY TRAILHEAD</strong><br /><br />That's right, lessons and rentals are&nbsp;<strong>FREE!!&nbsp;</strong>All you need to do is make a reservation before Saturday morning so we can make sure we have the proper fitting&nbsp;boots, skis, and poles you'll need.&nbsp;<br /><br />Call us at the shop at 307-703-0172 to make your reservation today. We will need your shoe size, height, and weight to reserve the appropriate gear. The morning of February 9th stop by the shop 1 hour before your class time to pick up your gear, try on boots, and give yourself ample time to drive up to Tie City Trailhead (see map below) at the Tie City/Happy Jack trail area. Class instructors will meet you there!&nbsp;<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://rawhidestudio.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/happy-jack-trails.gif" alt="" width="694" height="449" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>------What To Wear XC</strong> <strong>Skiing-----</strong><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></span>Wearing the appropriate clothing and layers can make all the difference while XC skiing. Let's&nbsp;discuss some tips to keep in mind while skiing here in Laramie. Pack a small backpack to hold extra layers &amp; bring water!!&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>LAYERING:</strong> wearing multiple lightweight, yet warm, layers is the key to success with an&nbsp;aerobic activity such as XC skiing. Begin with a tighter fitting base-layer and add a fleece jacket or fleece-lined active top as a mid-layer.&nbsp;<br />Finally, add a wind and water resistant shell as an outer layer. Make sure it is breathable too.&nbsp;<br />You can always remove layers if you warm up, so opt for more rather than less. The Tie City trailhead parking lot can be windy and cold but once you move into the trees, it is much more pleasant.<br /><br /><strong>PANTS/LEGGINGS:</strong>&nbsp;on the bottom you want pants or leggings that allow for mobility. Layering a few pairs of leggings works well&nbsp;underneath a pair of&nbsp;wind resistant pants. We offer many SWIX pant options in store.<br />These pants are wide enough to layer underneath and cut the wind nicely. Check some out&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Apparel/p/Swix-Womens-Star-XC-Pants-x37589304.htm">here<br /></a>Additionally, wearing gaiters helps keep snow out of your boots.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>SUNGLASSES:&nbsp;</strong>if the sun is out you will want a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes! That white snow can be blinding on a sunny day!!&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>GLOVES/MITTENS:</strong> choosing between the two is a personal preference and again, the layering system works well here. A thin wool liner glove fits nicely under a heavier insulating glove/mitten.<br />You can always shed a layer if you get too warm. Check out our options in shop&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Outerwear/MittensGloves.htm">here</a><br /><br /><strong>HATS/BUFFS:</strong> keeping that noggin warm is important and you have a few options. Headbands, wool hats, or fleece-lined caps work great while XC skiing. Something to keep your neck warm and out of the wind also helps.&nbsp;<br />It is always smart to pack these layers in case, you can always remove them if you get hot.<br /><br /><strong>SOCKS:</strong> wool or synthetic socks are a great option, no cotton! XC ski boots are designed to keep your feet warm, but no one likes cold feet. A double layer of socks can help if boots feel a little large, but if the boots fit one pair is fine.&nbsp;<br />Always pack extra socks to change into afterwards so the car ride home is enjoyable!&nbsp;<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://outdoorgearlab-mvnab3pwrvp3t0.stackpathdns.com/photos/10/69/228421_11835_L.jpg" alt="" width="451" height="338" align="" /><br /><br />WE LOOK FORWARD TO GEARING YOU UP TO SKI!!!!!!!!!</span></div> HYDRO FLASK IS BACK http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8083 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/chart_20190117114128.jpg" alt="" width="514" height="294" align="" />&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.hydroflask.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/y/hydro-flask-stainless-steel-vacuum-insulated-water-bottle-20-oz-wide-mouth-flip-cap-lava.jpg" alt="" width="96" height="153" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.hydroflask.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/y/hydro-flask-stainless-steel-vacuum-insulated-pint-16-oz-cobalt.jpg" alt="" width="86" height="137" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.hydroflask.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/y/hydro-flask-stainless-steel-vacuum-insulated-18-oz-standard-mouth-lemon.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="159" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.hydroflask.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/y/hydro-flask-stainless-steel-vacuum-insulated-16-oz-wide-mouth-cobalt.jpg" alt="" width="95" height="151" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.hydroflask.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/y/hydro-flask-stainless-steel-vacuum-insulated-25-oz-wine-bottle-white.jpg" alt="" width="104" height="166" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://www.hydroflask.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/y/hydro-flask-stainless-steel-vacuum-insulated-10-oz-wine-tumbler-pacific.jpg" alt="" width="99" height="158" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><br />Back in stock at Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp&hellip;Hydro Flask!</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The good folks who design these amazing receptacles in Bend, OR believe that temperature, taste, and transport place their product apart from others. Tempshield, an innovative design with a double wall of insulation, guarantees to keep drinks icy cold for up to 24 hours and steaming up to 6 hours. From personal experience, tea and coffee have scalded my mouth well after 3 hours in my 16 oz coffee mug. Tempshield technology also ensures the designs are lightweight and slim in profile- travel made easy! Each bottle, cup, or food container uses pro-grade stainless steel, which protects against taste transfer. For multi-day trips where your one mug or cup will play host to coffee, water, beer, wine, or Gatorade you need not worry that all those delectable flavors will merge as one. The new flask flex cap boasts a flexible, comfortable handle and an interior honeycomb design to, once again, keep those liquids at the most desired temperature. All Hydro Flask&rsquo;s are finished with a powder coat that makes them less likely to slip out of your grip as your cooling down on a high rocky outcropping. They have a wide variety of colors to pick from but if you need your drinkware to be especially unique you can go to their website and customize 7 different size containers choosing from 14 colors to mix and match. Each purchase from Hydro Flask is guaranteed against manufacturer defects for a hundred years or one lifetime (whichever comes first!).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, Hydro Flask commits itself to helping fund and protect parks nationwide. Their non-profit Parks for All helps provide grants to other organizations working to build, maintain, or provide access to parks. They love to see people enjoying parks, especially toting along their favorite Hydro Flask, and we love to support local brands doing good for our planet!</p> $5 off Waxing on Monday's http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8071 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Got any skis or boards that need a little TLC?<br /><br />Come in to Laramie's Basecamp on Monday's for $5 off&nbsp;any wax job.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Basic Nordic Wax - $15 (on Monday's)</strong><br /><br /><strong>Basic Alpine, Tele, AT Wax - $25 (on Monday's)<br /><br /><br /></strong>If you don't like other people touching your stuff and prefer to wax gear yourself, we have a community wax bench set up in the shop. <strong>$5 to use our wax and tools.</strong> We ask that you keep the wax on the skis and save the eyebrows and legs for home!&nbsp;<br /><br />Stop on by the shop to check out the waxing goodies we have for sale (Swix and Toko), and click the link&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/services.htm">here</a> if you have questions about the other shop work services we offer.&nbsp;<br /><br /><em>Read on for some basic waxing tips!!<br /><br /><br /></em>-- Classic skis require glide wax and kick wax (which is temperature and snow conditions dependent)<br /><br />--Skate skis require glide wax along the entire base&nbsp;<br /><br />--All movements with wax, irons, scrapers, or brushes should be executed moving from the tip to the tail of the ski<br /><br />--Use plastic scrapers for wax scraping so as not to damage the ski base<br /><br />--Check the temperature setting on the iron&nbsp;so it corresponds to the type of wax you're using&nbsp;<br /><br />--Brushing the skis after scraping helps to remove fine particles of wax; this allows the skis to glide faster and stay cleaner longer&nbsp;<br /><br />--Kick wax, used on waxable classic skis, comes in two types: hard wax ("new snow" conditions) and klister (snow that has melted and re-frozen), both are temperature specific<br /><br />--Use ski ties or clips (we sell some!) to keep your skis orderly and from scratching one another<br /><br />--For metal edged skis/boards take time to clean, file, and buff the metal edges so they perform better<br /><br />--Always unplug your wax iron when you're done :)<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://image.isu.pub/161219102316-b28f82acb2b036b5fcf3e2c263d7ddc7/jpg/page_24.jpg" alt="" width="807" height="571" align="" /><br /></span></div> $10.00 TUESDAYS http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8053 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Skip work and ski every Tuesday this season...we won't tell your boss!&nbsp;</span></div> <br /><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Come on down to Laramie's Basecamp and rent an 8-hour&nbsp;<strong>Classic&nbsp;</strong>or&nbsp;<strong>Skate</strong>&nbsp;<strong>ski</strong> package for only $10.00. This includes skis, boots, and poles.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Classic packages are normally priced at $25.00 for 8 hours&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Skate packages are normally priced at $45.00 for 8 hours</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Call the shop at 307.703.0172 to reserve your equipment today!</span><br /></span><br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This is a screaming good deal!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /></span></div> <span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Keep reading for a list of the best nordic skiing in town:&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><strong>Tie City Trailhead:</strong>&nbsp;The trail systems at Tie City offer a fun skiing experience for everyone. If you get on the Summit Loop it will take you the furthest out with less crowds and a higher elevation gain. The National Forest charges $5 for parking.<br /><br /><strong>Chimney Park:</strong> A little further outside of town, you can expect to find less people skiing alongside you as you explore about fifteen miles of groomed trails. The&nbsp;National Forest charges $5 for parking.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Barber Lake &amp; Libby Lake Trails:</strong> For the backcountry enthusiast who desires deeper powder and fewer people check out these trails which both begin at the Green Rock Picnic Area up on Snowy Range Road (Highway 130).&nbsp;We recommend these trails to intermediate or advanced skiers as they&nbsp;are not groomed and have&nbsp;more challenging terrain. Let us know if you plan to ski here and we can send you out with a sturdier backcountry ski!&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Snowy Range Ski Resort Nordic Trails:</strong>&nbsp;Gathered at the base of the Snowy Range Ski Resort is a small collection of un-groomed Nordic ski trails. Great for cross country skiing or snowshoeing, the trails offer loops through the woods and ample parking space. Afterwards, enjoy hot cocoa at Snowy Range Resort or&nbsp;ride the lifts and do a little Alpine skiing!&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/pole_mountain_ski.jpg" alt="" width="870" height="592" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><br /></span><br /><br /><br /> LOCAL VENDOR NIGHT http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7977 <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;This coming Friday, December 14th&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;Laramie's Basecamp (222 S 2nd street)<br /><br /><strong>What:&nbsp;<br /></strong><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" />One of our favorite things is selling locally made outdoor products, clothing and gear. We love the big brands out there but we also love the brands that are sewing clothing in their garages and experimenting with products right here in Laramie. Join us for Local Vendor Night on December 14th where we'll feature the local brands that we sell at our shop including: Adventurist Backpack Co., Just Trails, LifeHands, Ruby Revival, Dirtbag Cowgirl, High Plains Apparel Co., Wyoming<span class="text_exposed_show">&nbsp;Soul LLC, Extreme Angles Publishing &amp; WASP Survival. Join us for snacks, beverages (maybe some Basecamp Brew from Altitude Brewery- that's right, even our snacks are local!!) and special sales. Meet a few local small business owners who will be in the shop to discuss and demo their own products.&nbsp;<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/adventurist_sand_20180522134211.jpeg" alt="" width="155" height="194" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/dsc_8820.jpg" alt="" width="162" height="162" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/1890_chunk_921251540154497.png" alt="" width="241" height="160" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.ecwid.com/images/2265326/116528780.jpg" alt="" width="228" height="171" align="" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/trail_deck_promo_1jpg.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/voo.jpg" alt="" width="147" height="221" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/bison.jpg" alt="" width="221" height="147" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.ecwid.com/images/13266187/856749322.jpg" alt="" width="195" height="146" align="" /><br /><br /><br /></span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show"> <p>Note: This local vendor night is for small businesses with products that we currently carry in our store. If you have an outdoor product or gear that you'd like to see us carry shoot an email to rebecca@laramiesbasecamp.com.</p> </div> 12 Giftees of Christmas http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7959 <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The 12 Giftees of Christmas</strong></span></p> <p>(hummed to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas...and remember WE GIFT WRAP in store!)<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>The Climber:</strong> On the 1<sup>st</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a full <em>Black Diamond</em> rack of nuts and cams.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/262204_x4_4_web.jpg" alt="" width="97" height="87" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/225205_stopper_5_web_new.jpg" alt="" width="99" height="89" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Father:</strong> On the 2<sup>nd</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me two toasty warm <em>Outdoor Reasearch</em> mittens.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/2432470189_145312_png_overview_20.png" alt="" width="114" height="114" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The XC Skier:</strong> On the 3<sup>rd</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me three French-crafted <em>Rossignol</em> equipment packages (Skis, boots, &amp; poles).</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://cdni.llbean.net/is/image/wim/306551_0_41?wid=200&amp;hei=231" alt="" width="123" height="142" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Hiker:</strong> On the 4<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four safety whistles and a survival kit.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/acr.jpg" alt="" width="117" height="117" align="" />&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="http://waspsurvivalprogram.com/uploads/3/4/5/3/34537733/1962700.jpg?1370541748" alt="" width="140" height="105" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Wine Drinker: </strong>On the 5<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five insulated golden wine goblets!!!!!!!</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/734181_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="107" height="107" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Fireside Relaxer:</strong> On the 6<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese-down items (booties, gloves, a vest, sleeping bag, a jacket, and insulated skirt).</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/260216_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="140" height="140" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/2448800364_250038_png_overview_8.png" alt="" width="119" height="119" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Summer Lover:</strong> On the 7<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven life jackets to go swimming, and a great big yellow paddle board.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/789988_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="116" height="116" align="" />&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/2018_lotus_360x.jpg" alt="" width="72" height="160" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Mother:</strong> On the 8<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eight maidenly pieces of <em>Dirtbag Cowgirl</em> jewelry, and a <em>High Plains Apparel</em> hat.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/img_6338_e1519873362299.jpg" alt="" width="115" height="115" align="" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Coffee Lover:</strong> On the 9<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me nine packs of <em>Kuju</em> coffee, that minimize the waiting, in a titanium mug.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/medium.jpg" alt="" width="110" height="110" align="" />&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/330448_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="109" height="109" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The Person Who Has Everything: </strong>On the 10<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten pairs of <em>Darn Tough</em> socks for leaping.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/1964_black_medium.png" alt="" width="108" height="121" align="" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;The Wee Ones:</strong> On the 11<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us eleven headlights beaming.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/blue.jpg" alt="" width="117" height="117" align="" /></p> <p><strong>The College Student:</strong> On the 12<sup>th</sup> day of Christmas, my true love gave to me twelve hanging hammocks, and a weekend ski rental package.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/dh_todo_cabo_600x400_2048x2048.png" alt="" width="157" height="105" align="" /></p> STAFF PICKS FOR DECEMBER http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7940 <p>Get to know our staff, what they like, and stop on by the shop to talk more gear and say hi&hellip;we&rsquo;re all friendly, I promise!</p> <p><strong><span>Jill:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Inventory queen, Jill, who also finds time to manage our website when she&rsquo;s not out hiking with her two little ones, can&rsquo;t stop talking about the <em>Mountain Khaki </em><strong>Market Tote</strong> and the limited edition <em>Hydroflask&rsquo;s </em>that can only be found at Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp. If you&rsquo;re an avid farmer&rsquo;s market goer in the growing season, this bag will hold everything you need, plus some. Made from a durable canvas, reinforced with even more waxed canvas for water resistance, and using recycled climbing rope for handles, this bag is sure to catch stares with it&rsquo;s rugged Teton mountain print. The limited edition <em>Hydroflask&rsquo;s</em> are flying off the shelf, and if you&rsquo;re not quick, staff members might scoop the last few. These 32-oz wide mouth bottles come with a removeable rubber base that doubles as a food receptacle or dog dish in a pinch. The funky emerald/cobalt coast design will have all your friends envious.<br /><img src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/limited_edition_market_tote_teton_print.jpg" alt="Mountain Khakis Market Tote" width="147" height="147" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/hydro_flask_stainless_steel_vacuum_insulated_32_oz_wide_mouth_escape_ocean_1.jpg" alt="Hydro Flask 32 oz WM Escape Limited Edition Water Bottle" width="76" height="121" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Joshua:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Welcome to the team, Joshua! Our newest member is a big fan of our instant backpacking coffee from <em>Kuju</em><em>Coffee</em>, created by two eagle scouts tired of watered down, bland, instant coffee. We carry three flavors, <strong>Bold</strong><strong>Awakening</strong><em>, </em><strong>Angels</strong><strong>Landing</strong><em>, </em>and <strong>Basecamp</strong><strong>Blend</strong>. The nifty thing about this on-the-go coffee is the reusable filter that expands to fit any size mug rim. Oh, and they ethically source their coffee beans and donate 1% off all their sales to help National Parks&hellip;so even though that ten-year-old Folgers can is still rattling around your car floor boards, Joshua&rsquo;s found you a much better option for coffee in the outdoors. He is also on the <em>Mountain</em><em>Khaki</em> train and will educate you on how comfortable and durable their men&rsquo;s pants are. The <strong>Camber&nbsp;</strong><strong>106&nbsp;</strong><strong>Pants</strong> we carry in shop come with triple-stitched seams, &ldquo;mudflap&rdquo; reinforced heel cuffs, stronger pockets, and double layer knees; a stylish yet functional pant.<span>&nbsp;<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/medium.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="125" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/men_camber_106_pant_classic_fit_classic_khaki_954.jpg" alt="" width="130" height="130" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> </span></span></p> <p><strong><span>Logan:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>When Logan is not mounting bindings and selling all the skis in our shop, he can be found in deep powder, climbing ice, or doing lots of homework. His two recommendations this month come from the company <em>Outdoor Research</em>; apparel that makes adventuring in the Rocky Mountain region fun and comfortable. The <strong>Helium II Jacket</strong> is the best minimalist solution for rain protection outdoors. 100% waterproof, windproof, and breathable, this jacket also packs down to the size of your fist and is so lightweight you won&rsquo;t know you have it, but you&rsquo;ll be glad you do! <strong>Cirque Pants</strong>, Logan&rsquo;s other pick, easily move from the slopes to rock face depending on your activity preference any given day. Wind and water-resistant, breathable, and durable, the pants also have a slight stretch to them and a soft interior making them great for spring skiing or as a layering piece in colder temps. Almost every review on these pants gives them a 5-star rating, and with their adjustable waistband they fit all body types.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://content.backcountry.com/images/items/900/ODR/ODR0881/BLA.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/2430500001_146220_png_overview_14.png" alt="" width="149" height="149" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p><strong><span>Marly:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Currently, she is writing this blog. She can also be found helping with Little Laramie Hikers Friday mornings, greeting you in shop, and baking for our events. Her picks this season are the <em>Skhoop</em> <strong>Debbie Vest</strong> and the <em>Olicamp</em> <strong>Space Saver Mug</strong>. In her opinion, you can&rsquo;t go wrong with an insulated vest that is mid-thigh length (keep that bottom warm on a cold bleacher in War Memorial Stadium), has a hood, and is thin enough to layer or wear as insulation. Plus, it looks pretty cute, a win-win for winter apparel. The <strong>Space Saver Mug</strong>, built with moveable handles that fold to hug the mug, fits perfectly around any 32 oz Nalgene. Functional meets organizational, the ideal camping companion, it even fits on a pocket rocket stove and can be used as a piece of cookware.<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0529/1673/products/16_311_35_1024x1024.jpg?v=1540488462" alt="" width="85" height="172" align="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/330448_340x340.jpg" alt="" width="123" height="123" align="" /></span></p> <p><strong><span>Mason:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Got a question about Nordic skiing, culinary creations, or the best brew on tap at Altitude? Mason is your guy. This month he&rsquo;s selected <em>Julbo</em> <strong>Reactiv</strong><strong>glasses</strong> and <em>Swix</em> <strong>Universal</strong><strong>X</strong><strong>Pants</strong>. Photochromatic lenses designed to adapt to changing light and weather conditions make the <em>Julbo </em><strong>Reactiv</strong><strong>glasses</strong> a must have. Add on the anti-fog and oil-repellant coating, the fact that they protect from UV A, B, and C rays, their high scratch resistance, and their lifetime guarantee&hellip;and you need not look for another pair of sunglasses, ever. Mason&rsquo;s many years of training and racing as a Nordic skier has led him to prefer <em>Swix</em> pants above other brands. The <strong>Universal</strong><strong>X</strong><strong>Pants</strong> offer a full zip for easy on and off, especially when dealing with clunky ski boots. The front panels are wind and water-resistant, the back sections offer stretch, and the knees are fitted to improve mobility. Come on down and try a pair on, we&rsquo;ve got many options to choose from!<br /><img width="198" height="69" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/7702/198x69_46682principalejpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/x.png" alt="" width="145" height="145" align="" /> </span></p> <p><strong><span>Morgan:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our resident event coordinator, who you can thank for putting together Winterfest, chooses one of the comfiest items in stock, our <em>Kind Apparel</em> <strong>Leggings</strong>. This rad company out of Missoula, MT (we LOVE our local suppliers) designs their own patterns, uses non-toxic ink, and creates their fabric from recycled plastics. You will feel as good about purchasing from this &lsquo;made in America&rsquo; company as you will pulling these leggings on. For work or play these high waisted bottoms are &ldquo;super stretchy, extra cozy, and form fitting&rdquo;&mdash;Morgan&rsquo;s own words. Other <em>Kind Apparel</em> items we carry include fleece lined and wool buffs, fleece wrap skirts, fleece activity dresses, and fleece lined headbands. Basically, they make all the comfortable soft-goods you could ever want!<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/dsc_5912.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="147" align="" /> </span></p> <p><strong><span>Rebecca:</span></strong></p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The woman responsible for everything at Basecamp (I made this list alphabetically&hellip;) is a former Biathlete, US veteran, mother of two, Nordic skier, and all around bad-ass, but if you are a Laramie resident, you probably already know all of that. Her favorite item this month, and chances are she&rsquo;ll be wearing it if you stop by the shop, is the <em>Swix</em> <strong>Women&rsquo;s</strong><strong>Myrene</strong><strong>Full</strong><em>-</em><strong>Zip</strong><strong>Hoodie</strong>. This hoodie can act as a mid-layer or outer layer piece depending on the temperature and your activity level. With diamond-quilted front panels and a hood, it offers enough insulation for sunny, cross-country skiing days. The stretchy fabric helps you stay comfortable while powering through the snow and the sleeves come outfitted with handwarmer pockets. We also carry a similar design with furry sleeves, which one customer tried on, had us cut off the tags right there, and wore it out the door.<span>&nbsp;<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/7702/29921_thumb.png" alt="" width="110" height="179" align="" /> </span></span></p> Black Friday & Shop Small Saturday http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7927 <p>November 23<sup>rd</sup>-25<sup>th</sup> take $50 off any ski package- the purchase of skis, bindings, boots, and poles. If you are only in the market for&nbsp;a few of the individual ski items, take&nbsp;$10 off each.</p> <p><em>Let&rsquo;s learn a little about skiing in Laramie&hellip;</em><br /><br />Recreational skiing in Laramie, both Alpine and Nordic, began at the time a loaf of bread cost 7 cents and construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was underway. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps had built a camp at Pole Mountain and began developing the ski trails for downhill purposes and a lodge offering skiers creature comforts. This short-lived enterprise only lasted until 1977; however, remains of the ski trails are visible today. By 1982 alpine skiing at Pole Mountain faded into history. Nonetheless, the forest service has kept the trails in tip-top shape for mountain biking, hiking, and Nordic skiing. Happy Jack road gets its name from Jack Hollingsworth, a rancher who lived west of Cheyenne circa 1878, and who purportedly worked a logging operation near Tie City and Vedauwoo. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p>The trail system accessed from I-80 off of the Happy Jack exit (323) offers wonderful winter fun. Whether you prefer snow shoeing, back country skiing, or a view of pine and aspen trees from well-groomed trails on a fat bike, the Tie City and Happy Jack trail heads at Pole Mountain have it all. Check out&nbsp;some trail info&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/recarea?ss=110308&amp;navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&amp;cid=FSE_003738&amp;navid=110240000000000&amp;pnavid=110000000000000&amp;position=generalinfo&amp;recid=22926&amp;ttype=recarea&amp;pname=Tie%20City%20Trailhead">here</a></p> <p><em>But first&hellip;a quick look at the gear you&rsquo;ll need!</em></p> <p><strong>Snowshoes:</strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Down at Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp we sell and rent <em>Tubbs</em> snowshoes for all ages. For rentals we include trekking poles and a bag for added ease in carrying your rented gear.</p> <p><strong>Skis:</strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We can also happily outfit you for a day of skiing, whether you rent or buy a new pair of skis and accessories. Our rental selection includes classic touring, skate, and back country skis, sporting a metal edge for un-groomed conditions. Our rental prices are by the &frac12; day, full day, or season&hellip;click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/rental-gear.htm">here</a> for more rental information.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Choices for buying skis vary on the type of skiing you plan to do. Read on for some highlighted models or stop by the shop to see our full inventory and to speak to a friendly staff member, we can help you find the perfect fit!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Fischer Skis:</em></p> <p><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><strong>Classic-</strong> we offer waxless (<em>crs classic vasa)</em>, waxable (<em>sprint crown</em>), and twin skin models of Classic skis. The twin skin design will have you going faster on flat and downhill trail sections than skis that contain scales in the kick-zone and you can always replace the skins without having to purchase a new set of skis. They also preform very well in icy conditions and you don&rsquo;t have to worry about all that messy wax.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><strong>Skate-</strong> our selection includes beginner models such as the <em>crs skate</em> and the <em>rcr universal</em>- which allows the skier to try both skate and classic style skiing without buying two separate pairs of skis.<span>&nbsp; </span>The <em>rcs carbon lite skate</em> and the <em>scs skate</em> models perform beautifully for thrill seekers and pro racers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><strong>Touring-</strong> the <em>otx vista 56</em>, <em>xc summit crown, </em>and <em>outback easy skin</em> will assist in navigating the snow off-track for those looking to get away from crowds or hunting down your latest adventure. The backcountry ski tends to weigh more, have a wider design, and uses metal edges to help guide you through deeper snow, but most will also work fine on groomed tracks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><em>Rossignol Skis:</em></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Classic-</strong> we carry one model of <em>Rossignol</em> classic skis, the <em>Zymax</em>, which is a highly recommended recreational ski. MORE</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Skate-</strong> two options in our shop include the <em>Delta</em> (racing model) and the <em>Zymax</em> (recreational model) skis. MORE</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Overall, <em>Rossignol</em> skis are our preferred Skate ski design due to the two grooves carved in the base of the ski, as opposed to <em>Fischer&rsquo;s</em> single groove. This allows the skier to approach downhills with more stability as it improves cornering and steering anytime the ski is on edge.<br /><br />Happy Trails!&nbsp;</p> Winterfest 2018! http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7910 <div style="text-align: center;">Laramie Winterfest!!</div> <p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday November 29<sup>th</sup>, Friday November 30<sup>th</sup>, and Saturday December 1<sup>st</sup></p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp (222 S. 2<sup>nd</sup> street and Grande ave.)</p> <p><strong>What:</strong> A totally FREE event spanning three days to help welcome winter and bring on the snow!</p> <p>Join us for fun in-shop films, educational presentations, and FREE ski demos and clinics as we celebrate winter outdoor recreation in southeastern Wyoming. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Schedule of Events:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span><br /> </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Thursday November 29, 2018</em>&nbsp;</span><span><br /> <span>--7 pm Film Screening of <strong>Fade to Winter</strong> at Basecamp, &ldquo;featuring jaw-dropping action from Alaska, Iceland, British Columbia, Japan, Colorado, Italy, and New England, this film captures the spirit of ten skiers who go to great lengths for the sport they love&rdquo; (skimovie.com). We'll provide the popcorn and drinks for this fun event.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Friday November 30th, 2018</em></span><br /> <span>--10am Presentation by Rebecca Walsh, "Surviving a Laramie winter with young children." This will be a presentation and discussion with practical trail-tested tips and tricks on cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter adventuring with babies, toddlers and young children. We'll talk about everything from how to keep young children warm to our favorite kid-approved local winter adventures. Bring the kids, our staff will be around to entertain them during the presentation.</span><br /> <br /> <span>--7pm Workshop by Basecamp Staff, "Know before you go." This workshop is for those who are new to Laramie or new cold weather adventures. We'll discuss how to dress for skiing and snowshoeing, how to plan winter trips, what to look for, and what to know before you go. We'll provide the drinks, notes and fun. Show up ready to make new friends and learn.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Saturday December 1st, 2018</em></span><br /> <span>9-10am: Free ski demos</span><br /> <span>10-11am: Free ski clinic (skate or classic)</span><br /> <span>11am-noon: Free ski clinic (skate or classic)</span><br /> <span>Noon: Free kids ski lesson, race and obstacle course</span><br /> <span>***ski demos will take place at the <strong>Tie City Trailhead</strong>, look for us near the warming hut***</span></span></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><br /> <span>7-9pm: Winterfest sale at Basecamp, slideshow, and storytelling event. <br /><br />Follow us on social media (Instagram and Facebook) for more details as Winterfest approaches!</span></span></p> 10 Stocking Stuffers http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7894 <p>These 10 items, freshly stocked at Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp, will bring joy to all those on your shopping list&hellip;from the littlest tyke to the family scrooge. Our in-store gift wrapping offers an easy, one stop, shopping experience this holiday season. Check out more holiday gift ideas at our online shop <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Gift-Ideas.htm">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Whistles:</strong> fife, pipe, flute, toot, whiz&hellip;whatever the name there is no denying the fun you&rsquo;ll have with a brand-new whistle in your pocket. For budding trailblazers, we have an adventure kit that includes said noise maker, or a four-function whistle including thermometer, compass, and magnifier. Shopping for a more seasoned outdoor enthusiast? We recommend the RESQ whistle, developed for the US Navy and capable of reaching 100 decibels.</p> <p><strong>Headlamps:</strong> take memorable family photos on Christmas morning of everyone in pajamas and headlamps, you won&rsquo;t regret it. These extremely practical gifts brighten the darkest campsite, the blackest power outage, the cloudiest commute home, or the dimmest search for coins under your car seat. Bonus; use as a sustainable alternative to ribbon on holiday packages.</p> <p><strong>Weatherproof Notebook &amp; Pen:</strong> notepads and pens slide easily into any stocking, boot, or slipper (whatever your holiday traditions might be). Developed in the Pacific Northwest, <em>Rite in the Rain</em> notebooks and pens withstand the soggiest conditions, allowing you to continue your note taking without any hiccups. Even better&hellip;the paper is recyclable. We love low impact gifts!</p> <p><strong>Survival Kit: </strong>each kit, designed and made here in Laramie, focuses on simplicity and practicality. For young scouts learning how to make fires or practicing survival techniques, to the adventurous type who often find themselves alone in need of shelter or warmth, this is the perfect gift. December 14<sup>th</sup> stop by our store and meet the creator, Derek Johnson, along with other local vendors.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jewelry:</strong> who ever said gear shops were just for selling gear has never seen our selection of <em>Dirtbag Cowgirl</em> jewelry. Made in Colorado, these fun pieces appeal to every age. An easy stocking stuffer or a pretty little something extra for the jewelry wearing folks in your life.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Socks: </strong>darn tough, darn soft, darn warm, darn right! <em>Darn Tough</em> socks, made in Vermont, will keep your feet warm for life, guaranteed. Their lifetime warranty and cute patterns will have you buying socks for everyone you know, including yourself, this holiday season.</p> <p><strong>Spork:</strong> the most useful gift you can give this season, this multi-function utensil will surely make its way into every recipient&rsquo;s backpack, purse, car, or pocket. Invented over 140 years ago, it has been hailed as the &ldquo;most high exalted eating utensil&rdquo;. Not only does it reduce the users carbon footprint, it also eliminates the difficult decision of what utensil to use in a pinch.</p> <p><strong>Multi Tools: </strong>there are two types of people in the world, those with a good multi-tool and those with broken fingernails. For the perpetually unprepared or frustrated, these small but convenient tools will make all the difference. A multi tool per stocking will ensure that projects get done around the house, some intentional and some maybe not&hellip;<br /><br /><strong>Hiking Wallet:</strong> a lightweight and colorful way to carry ID cards, cash, and the bare necessities when hiking, biking, or skiing. Each water-resistant pouch comes with a small carabiner for easy attachment to the inside of a bag or pocket. Stuff it, roll it, or bury it in a stocking!</p> <p><strong>Camping Mugs: </strong>while these may not fit into every stocking, you could reverse the roles and stuff the stocking in it! Choose from a mug with a carabiner handle, an MSR insulated mug, or nestle a 1-liter Nalgene into a &ldquo;space saver&rdquo; mug with foldable handles. You won&rsquo;t regret this purchase the next time everyone is sitting around a campfire with warm drinks in hand!</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Cold Weather Layering 101 http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7891 <p><span>The key to a successful outdoor experience lies in your level of preparedness, and when it gets chilly, the right use of clothing (layering) plays a major role. Have you ever been caught in a cold snap and literally frozen your bits off? No? You're either good at booking warm vacations, you're a layering pro (and you may go back to your daily Instagram scroll), or you've gotten lucky so far. Wherever you find yourself on this spectrum, a few helpful tidbits of layering advice can help you transition from "just guessing" to a consistent, calm and confident level of preparedness that will be a source of envy and inspiration to onlookers. </span></p> <p>Let's look at the basics of layering as it pertains to our Wyoming winter climate...</p> <p><strong><span>Base layer:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>The layer that touches your skin needs to primarily wick away moisture and provide some temperature control. Whether you snowshoe in the Snowy Range this winter, fall victim to &ldquo;Mad Pow Disease&rdquo; up at Rabbit Ears pass, or unofficially race your neighbor skiing at Happy Jack, make sure you've got either a polyester or wool layer comfortably caressing your corpus. Additionally, built-in UV protection offers an added bonus if you'll be active in mid-day sun. </span></p> <p><strong><span>Polyester</span></strong><span>- employs great wicking properties due to the fibers ability to spread moisture across the fabric and thus keep it away from your skin. Synthetic garments often weigh less, and dry quicker than natural fibers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Wool</span></strong><span>- a natural, renewable resource with anti-microbial properties for high-activity, multi-day trips. Perspiration can prove deadly in cold-weather survival situations; however, during planned aerobic activity, wool fibers simultaneously absorb moisture and release heat. Super soft merino wool wins as the best base layer option in my opinion (check out our last post on Ortovox wool apparel), your body will thank you.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>(Click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Apparel/Base-Layers.htm">here</a> to view&nbsp;base layers in our shop)</p> <p><strong><span><br />Middle layer:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>Also known as an insulating layer, this section of our "clothing onion" helps you retain body heat. These layers&mdash;how many you employ depends on the daily temperature&mdash;trap air in a "dead space," keeping you warmer. The fluffier, puffier, or fuzzier the material, the cozier you are. Here are some textile options:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Down</span></strong><span>-a lightweight option offering much warmth that can easily be packed away for later. The higher the fill content, the warmer the garment (450-900 fill). It is slightly water and wind resistant but a shell (see below) is necessary to retain optimal warmth.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Fleece</span></strong><span>-a more breathable mid-weight layer, also dries easily and stays warm if it gets a little wet. A fleece underneath a soft or hard shell outer layer is a GREAT combo.</span></p> <p>(View our outerwear including fleece and jackets <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Outerwear.htm">here</a>)&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p><strong><span>Outer layer:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>Outer layers, a.k.a. &lsquo;shells&rsquo; are the life-savers when weather turns nasty. Generally, you want these pieces to be waterproof, or at least water resistant, and sturdier than your base layers. In our dry Wyoming climate, breathability is a big plus. Hoods on these outer layers extend that elemental protection over neck and head. </span></p> <p><strong><span>Hard shells</span></strong><span>-typically the harder the shell the more protection the garment offers; the downside to additional protection is lack of breathability. Gore-Tex, a durable and heavily waterproof fabric, performs very well when you need a lot of protection from the elements, and "pit zips" allow for some air circulation, when desired.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Soft shells</span></strong><span>-these come in handy when your aerobics increase, you only need some wind or light rain protection, or you&rsquo;re going for that &ldquo;oh shit!&rdquo; layer in your daypack in case of an afternoon squall. Soft shells, finished with a durable water resistant (DWR) coating, pride themselves on being both water resistant, breathable, and more lightweight than a hard shell.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>(Take a look at the shells we carry in the shop <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Outerwear/Rain-Gear.htm">here</a>)&nbsp;</p> <p><br />If you're unsure about the forecast on any given day, pack all three layers because you can always add layers, but you can't conjure any out of thin air (if you can, let's be friends...I need some new skis).&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, warm socks, gloves, and hats cover our most-vulnerable parts from the cold. Socks can be a game changer; Darn Toughs, in addition to being darn warm, live up to their name (if not, they come with a lifetime guarantee). For your upper ten digits, if it&rsquo;s not too cold out, pretty much any glove with mostly-five-fingers will do. If it&rsquo;s cold out, I&rsquo;d go for fleece-lined gloves. For especially frigid days, I opt for mittens. For hats, wool always keeps your noggin well-protected, and if your ears are sissies, fleece lined options tend to be cozier.&nbsp;</p> <p>(View gloves&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Outerwear/MittensGloves.htm">here</a> and hats <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Headwear.htm">here</a>)&nbsp;</p> ORTOVOX! http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7873 <p><span>According to the &lsquo;rule of 9&rsquo;s&rsquo;, the surface area of the human body can be divided up (roughly) into 9% sections. If you have an adult-sized onesie (and you are an adult), roughly 91% of your body could be covered in delightful warm insulation of which millennia of innovation and evolution have deprived you in your current, mostly exposed birthday suit. Think of it this way&hellip; </span></p> <p>Most of the time, most people would like to feel like 91% of their body is on the receiving end of a warm and delightful hug. Less frequently, some folks experience that particular bathroom pinch where it&rsquo;s chilly and we don&rsquo;t wish to entirely disrobe to answer nature&rsquo;s call. Attention some folks! Live in fear no more! Onesies are a timeless and brilliant solution to this problem, and there exists a new blue and grey Ortovox piece at Laramie&rsquo;s Basecamp (you can view it <a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Apparel/Base-Layers/p/Ortovox-Mens-185-RockNWool-Overall-x36566638.htm">here </a>in our online shop). <span>&nbsp;</span>This is just one of the latest manifestations of a long line of innovation in alpine and subalpine gear from a pretty rad company. Three reasons to take a closer look at Ortovox:</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Website:</span></li> </ol> <p><span>This site is bomber. Check it out, if not for the apparel, then for the free trainings. Ortovox began in 1980 designing avalanche safety equipment and branched out in 1993 to include wool apparel. The Safety Academy portion of the site is dedicated to educating outdoor enthusiasts in alpine climbing and avalanche training. Trainings are interactive, offered in multimedia formats, and cover everything from the basics through what to do in specific emergency scenarios. </span></p> <p><span>Also featured is a detailed Product Advisor where you can pick and choose your season, activity, weather conditions, etc. and they will suggest what pieces of apparel you might need (the same friendly suggestions you can find at our location in Laramie). Additionally, you can obtain a 10-week training routine on their site that preps you for the upcoming ski season!</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ol start="2"> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Wool: The best thing since beaver pelts!</span></li> </ol> <p><span>Why? Products designed with wool are naturally antimicrobial, i.e. odor-neutralizing&mdash;a BIG bonus in multi-day base layers. Wool feels warm even when wet (take that cotton!). Additionally, wool garb sports temperature regulating properties, absorbs UV protection (take that solar radiation!), and creates the softest outdoor athletic wear on the market (check out the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/shop/Outerwear/Fleece/p/Ortovox-Womens-Fleece-Vest-x36566821.htm">Merino Fleece Vest</a>&nbsp;online). In the long run, wool is a much more sustainable fiber than their synthetic counterparts (starve landfill!). Ortovox uses different types of wool for your various gear needs. Their base layers typically employ Tasmanian Merino Wool because of its texture akin to that of the fuzzy bum of a honey bee (not the stinger). For low-temp/high-performance apparel, Ortovox takes advantage of the insulating properties of coarser Swiss Wool. </span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ol start="3"> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Sustainability:</span></li> </ol> <p><span>Here at Basecamp, we&rsquo;re in it for the long haul, so we give our business to sustainable companies that ethically manage their production and employees. While maintaining high-quality products, Ortovox dedicates attention to their environmental footprint. As part of the Fair Wear Foundation&mdash;a group of businesses that work together to make the textile industry safe and fair for workers&mdash;Ortovox works closely with their sheep farms in Tasmania to ensure the ethical management of the sheep and land. The Ortovox Wool Promise- &ldquo;responsibility for our sheep, transparency for the consumer, happy wool farmers&rdquo;. </span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span>As stated earlier, Ortovox is very concerned with protection, which makes sense because they got their start in avalanche safety tools. That desire to protect, however, extends well beyond their technical goods. We see it in their soft products too. Ortovox protects customers from less-pleasant elements of nature, the environment from less-pleasant elements of people, and also the people that help to make their products. Let&rsquo;s face it, there is no better way to protect yourself from the elements this winter than with Ortovox, especially their 185 Rock&rsquo;n&rsquo;wool Overall (the onesie at Basecamp&hellip; it&rsquo;s 100% Merino Wool and itch free!) complete with a hood and zippered back flap.<span>&nbsp; </span>Most of all, <em>you</em> deserve a warm, 91%-of-your-body, delightful hug&hellip;and as much ease as possible when nature calls.</p> Community Gear Swap! http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7795 <span>Calling all bargain hunters, families on a tight budget, and anyone looking to clear out the clutter. We're hosting a community gear swap in Basecamp on September 29th from 10 am-noon. It's FREE to shop at this event and completely open to the public.</span><br /><br /><span>If you're looking to sell your items we have two options.</span><br /><br /><span>Drop off and pick up - or - stay and sell.</span><br /><br /><strong>--&gt;&gt;&gt; DROP OFF &amp; PICK UP &lt;&lt;&lt;--</strong><br /><br /><span>* Drop off any gently used outdoor clothing or gear you'd like to sell on Friday 9/28 between 5 &amp; 7pm or Saturday 9/29 between 8 &amp; 10 am.</span><br /><br /><span>* When you drop off your items we'll ask you to sign a consignment release form and pay a consignment fee of $0.25 per item. This fee will go to support a local charity.</span><br /><br /><span>* Basecamp staff will keep track of your consignment items and try to sell them for you.</span><br /><br /><span>* Stop by Basecamp on Sunday 9/30 between 8 am &amp; 4 pm to pick up your profits and any unsold items.</span><br /><br /><span>* If your items and profits aren't claimed by Sunday at 4 pm they'll be donated to charity.</span><br /><br /><strong>--&gt;&gt;&gt; STAY &amp; SELL &lt;&lt;&lt;--</strong><br /><br /><span>* If you'd like to stay and shop, swap, barter, and bargain simply bring your gear by from 10 am to noon on Saturday 9/29. There is no consignment fee for this option, but you'll need to stick around and sell, swap or barter your gear and collect your money. Basecamp staff will not be responsible for keeping track of or selling your gear for you.</span><br /><br /><span>* We will have food, games, activities set up for children, giveaways and fun during this time.</span><br /><br /><span>--&gt;&gt;&gt; RULES &lt;&lt;&lt;--</span><br /><br /><span>*All sales and transactions will be done in cash. Please bring enough cash to buy your gear, Basecamp will not be able to make change from our cash drawer.</span><br /><br /><span>*All drop off and pick up sellers will be required to sign a consigners agreement form and pay the $0.25 consignment fee/item.</span><br /><br /><span>* Basecamp is not responsible for unattended items or selling items left by the stay and sell group.</span><br /><br /><span>* Please no knives, guns or unsafe gear (ie used climbing ropes)</span><br /><br /><span>* Gear cannot be held for a later payment.</span><br /><br /><span>* All sales transactions are final.</span><br /><br /><span>* All consignment clothing and gear must be kept until sold in our designated consignment area.</span><br /><br /><span>Questions? Lets us know!</span> Think snow! Info for seasonal ski rentals http://www.laramiesbasecamp.comhttps://www.laramiesbasecamp.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7733 <div class="page-header hidden-xs "> <div class="container-fluid"> <p class="text-primary"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Hi Friends,<br /><br />We&nbsp;have been dreaming of&nbsp;snow around here and cannot wait to grab the skis and hit the trails!<br /></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We've spent this week putting together information for our seasonal cross-country ski rental packages. Our goal is to get you this information and our prices early so you can budget and plan and we can&nbsp;make any adjustment to our ski orders before the snow flies.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">If you rented skis from Cross Country Connection in the past we've taken your feedback to modify our rental program significantly. I hope you'll like the changes that we are making. Our biggest change has been a small reduction in price. We don't want financial barriers to keep anyone off of the snow. We are also doing adult seasonal ski rentals so parents of little skiers can get in on the fun and we're planning FREE community ski lessons with our rad ski instructors once a month starting in December. We've also been making a lot of repairs to our rental fleet to include everything from base repair to fixing ski boot and pole straps. We only feel comfortable renting gear we'd be proud to ski on ourselves.</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Here's how to rent skis for the 2018-2019 season:<br /><br />Step 1:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Please take 60-seconds to fill out our sizing form&nbsp;so we can get your information in our system and make sure that we have skis ready for you in the size you need. This form is online, just&nbsp;<a href="https://laramiesbasecamp.wufoo.com/forms/z1pjv9rx06ycqac/" target="_blank">click this link and follow the instructions</a>. If you're unable to open the link please drop by the shop and we can get your information in person.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Step 2:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://calendly.com/laramiesbasecamp/30min/09-30-2018?back=1" target="_blank">Schedule a time for a FREE 30-minute private ski fitting session with us by clicking this link.</a>&nbsp;Private ski fittings will occur the last two weeks in September and we'd love to spend some time with you making sure that you get into the perfect skis. After the fitting session you'll be able to take your rental equipment home for the season.</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-or-</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Mark your&nbsp;calendar and then show up for one of our rental times. We'll have snacks, sales, giveaways and fun during our rental times because we like to par-tay! If you can't make our rental time or our private ski renting times just give us a call (307) 703-0172, we're happy to take care of you.</span></span><br /><br /></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Family (for those renting more than 1 seasonal ski package) Thursday, October 4th from 4-7 pm. If you rent more than one ski package we'll take 10% off each additional seasonal rental package. So...parents and caregivers...here's your chance to save and rent yourself a pair of skis too!</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Toddlers (ages 1-2) &amp; Preschoolers (ages 2-5): Friday, October 5th&nbsp;between 4-7 pm.&nbsp;</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Youth (ages 6-13): Saturday, October 6th between 8 am and 7 pm</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Adults (ages 14-144): Sunday, October 7th between 8 am and 4 pm</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p class="text-primary"><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Here are rental packages:<br /><br />Toddler (ages 1-2): This package includes&nbsp;strap-on skis that can be worn with ski boots and one free ski wax any time during the winter.&nbsp;The cost of this package is $20.00<br /><br />Preschooler (ages 2-5): This package includes ski boots, waxless skis, ski poles and one free ski wax any time during the winter.&nbsp;The cost of this package is $45.00<br /><br />Youth Touring Package (ages 6-13): This package is for the recreational skier and includes ski boots, waxless skis, ski poles and one free ski wax any time during the winter.&nbsp;The cost of this package is $80.00<br /><br />Youth Racer Package (ages 6-13): This package is for our fast little racers and includes combination skate/classic ski boots, skate skis, classic skis, ski poles sized for skating skiing, ski poles sized for classic skiing and one free ski wax any time during the winter.&nbsp;The cost of this package is $190.00<br /><br />Adult Touring Package (ages 14-144):&nbsp;This package is for the "get out there and have fun" recreational skier and includes ski boots, waxless skis, ski poles and one free ski wax any time during the winter.&nbsp;The cost of this package is $120.00&nbsp;</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Adult Racer Package (ages 14-144): This package is our very best gear and a lot of it will be brand new this season. This package is for anyone who is interested in racing (and crushin' it) this winter. It includes combination skate/classic ski boots, skate skis, classic skis, ski poles sized for skating skiing, ski poles sized for classic skiing and one free ski wax any time during the winter.&nbsp;The cost of this package is $290.00<br /><br />A la cart:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Waxless skis with bindings: $50.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Skate skis with bindings: $75.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Classic skis with bindings: $75.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Backcountry touring skis with bindings: $75.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Combination skate/classic boots: $65.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Backcountry touring boots: $65.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-Ski poles: $50.00</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">-High 5's: FREE</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We know that this is a lot of information to take on so we'll remind you and have the information on our website and in the shop. As always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us via phone (307) 703-0172 or email (hello@laramiesbasecamp.com). We're stoked for winter and we hope you are too.</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Thanks so much,</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Rebecca + team Basecamp</span></span></p> </div> </div>