Spring break is just around the corner, are your clothes up for outdoor adventures? Our new arrivals from Columbia can handle anything your family getaway throws their way. Check out our favorite finds below + stop by to shop our whole line up.
Top Picks for Women
- Flash Forward Printed Anorak – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
- Pilsner Peak Pant – Frugal Price: $65.00
- Anytime Casual Short Sleeve Shirt – MSRP: $49.99 Frugal Price: $29.99
Top Picks for Men
- Flash Forward Wind Breaker – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
- Silver Ridge Convertible Pant – Frugal Price: $60.00
- Silver Ridge Lite Plaid Shirt – Frugal Price: $60.00
Top Picks for Girls
- Arcadia Jacket – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
- Outdoor Elements Tank – Frugal Price: $25.00
- Silver Ridge Pull On Short – Frugal Price: $30.00
Top Picks for Boys
- Watertight Jacket – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
- Silver Ridge Pull On Short – Frugal Price: $30.00
- Outdoor Elements Baseball Tee – Frugal Price: $25.00
This is a question that has been at the center of many conversations for me over the last eight years. I was never overtly drawn to being outdoors until I entered college. Having constant structure, deadlines, responsibilities, and never enough sleep, I turned to nature for respite. Being outside reminded me of summer camping trips with my family and being happy and stress free. Around this time, I found out about a major that was offered at my school called Outdoor Leadership.
When I entered the major, I fell in love with the healing qualities of being outside. I found peace in the adventure. I became enthralled with the culture of the program and the outdoors community. The program I was enrolled in had a very strong philosophy of experiential education. I was challenged to learn by doing, instead of learning by reading. Classes were centered around discussion and challenge.
One of my most memorable trips was the first trip of my senior year. I was enrolled in a course we called Immersion. It was a semester dedicated to trips- planning, packing, and participating. Our first trip of the semester we were presented with a challenge of writing our life stories down and sharing with our group. Some of the people in my class, I had only met that semester. It was uncomfortable, scary, and ultimately freeing. Sitting around a campfire every night one person would tell his or her story. It was the closest and most connected I’ve ever felt to a group of people. Being surrounded by the noises of the woods at night, feeling a cool breeze, and smelling the smoke of the fire brought me comfort and strength to share the deepest parts of myself with almost strangers.
After college, I took a job at a wilderness therapy program in Florida that worked with teenage girls. Many of my deeper conversations with my campers were about healing through being outdoors, hard work, and living simply. Despite spending all of my working hours outside, I still craved the outdoors on my days off. I would spend my free time hiking, exploring caves, and paddling natural springs. I simply couldn’t get enough of being outside.
I believe that being outdoors connects us to a deeper part of ourselves that is rooted in our DNA. I believe nature connects us to something bigger than ourselves.
Why do you adventure? Why is nature important to you?
Marie Cole is a full time employee at Frugal Backpacker in Greenville, SC.
She graduated with a degree in Outdoor Leadership from NGU in 2015.
Her favorite outdoor activities are hiking, camping, kayaking.
Her favorite book is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
When I first told my mother that I wanted to major in Outdoor Leadership, she was scared. My mom did not have very much experience hiking, camping, or otherwise being in the backcountry. She was worried about the inherent risks that come with an outdoor lifestyle.
It took some convincing, but eventually my mother came around and began to feel more at ease when I ventured out past cell service. Here are 5 of my safety plan points that I follow for every trip. They put my mom’s worrying head at ease, and me and those I am traveling with safe.
- Plan ahead and share your plan:
This one seems like an obvious no brainer. You need to have a generalized itinerary before starting a trip. Knowing how much time to drive to the trailhead, a general location of your campsite(s), water sources, and known points of cell service. However, the part that is often forgotten is to share your plan with someone else. It’s important to share your plan with someone who will be in civilization so that if anything goes wrong, you will have an exit strategy.
This is the part of the safety plan that helped my mom the most. When she feels included in my plans, she feels like she will be able to do something in an emergency, and feels better than if I just tell her “I’m going to be in the woods for two weeks. Call you when I get home.” Having information about my location helps her to be able to keep an eye on weather (sometimes texting me warnings if a major storm is approaching). It is also helpful in the case of an emergency on my end. I haven’t had it happen yet, but if I ever don’t show back up into civilization within a day or two of my original plans, my mom would know that something happened, and be able to contact the local authorities to begin searching.
- Bring extra food:
This one is always easy for me to do. I naturally err on the side of bringing more than enough food. Usually whenever I come back from an extended trip, I have at least one day’s worth of food left over. This is completely intentional. Sometimes weather, injury, or just enjoying a camping spot can lead to a zero mile day, and you end up needing to eat for one more day than you originally thought. If you’re going on a day hike, bring at least one extra snack.
- Bring protection:
My mom’s biggest worry for me has always been being a single woman alone in the woods. Naturally, a mom will worry about her daughter doing anything that carries inherent risks. Add hearing too many horror stories to that natural worry, and my safety became an obsession anytime I told my mom plans to go on a solo hike. One way that I’ve been able to help put her more at ease is carrying bear spray and a pocket knife.
- Bring a med pack
I know a lot of people who think that carrying the extra weight of a med-pack isn’t worth it. I disagree. I’ve been able to help many people on trips by carrying some bandages and antibiotic ointment. I’ve been able to tend to wrap my own dislocated ankle and hike to the nearest exit point (that had already been highlighted on my trail map during planning ahead and preparing). I feel more at ease knowing that I’ll be able to help myself or others because I have some basic first aid necessities in my pack.
- Keep a journal
This one is important to me for two reasons. The first is that keeping a journal of your travels can help with planning future trips. If you want to go on the same route again, you’ll be able to look back at your notes and avoid the problems you faced last time. You’ll be able to see which areas you want to spend more time in, and areas that are more prone to congested campsites.
It’s also been helpful to my mom to read through my journals to see how seriously I take my safety, and how much I enjoy being in the wilderness.
There are many other important aspects to safely navigating backcountry. These are just the five that have helped my mom feel at ease the most. Remember that all adventures carry inherent risks that cannot be controlled, but you can be prepared for.
Looking to get in a convenient trail run/hike? Frugal Greenville staffer, Johnnie’s go-to trail might just be your new favorite. Established in 1935 as the main water supply for Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is a trail staple for the morning warrior. It offers great scenery and miles of trails, but is close enough to have you back home before the game. This bucolic park features plenty of plant life, 3 reservoirs, and a picturesque dam.
Johnnie’s favorite route through the park makes a loop out of several trails for a total journey of around 6 miles:
- Brissy Ridge: Start/Parking
- Direction: Left or clockwise
- Difficulty: Slight incline | Wide Trail
- Difficulty: Moderate – somewhat steep in short intervals
- North Lake
- Difficulty: Moderate – roots on roots on roots on the north east side
- Difficulty: Moderate – 20 or 30 yard stretches of incline
- Brissy Ridge: Back to start!
Looking to snag a perfect gift for your sweetie that won’t break the bank? We’ve curated a collection of our favorite gifts under $25.
1- Don’t Die Out There Playing Cards – $7.95
These clever playing cards feature survival tips on each card. It’s a great gift for couples who love bonding over game night and the outdoors.
2- Kavu Boom Bag – $24.00 (MSRP $48.00)
This slim bag is just right for holding essentials for a day on the town. It comes in a variety of fun prints, perfect for the gal who brightens up your day.
3- Suunto A-10 NH Compass – $19.99
Not only is a compass a useful gift, it gives you the opportunity to say “You know what you and this compass have in common? I’d be lost without both of you.”. If you never pass up a pun and love practicality, we’ve found your gift.
4- Lamo Britain Moc – $24.00 (MSRP $47.99)
Wanna up your cuddling game? Toasty sherpa lined slippers are a great start.
5- Grand Trunk Slim Travel Wallet – $20.99 (MSRP $29.99)
The couple who adventures together, stays together. This stylish travel wallet is RFID blocking and features a lanyard and mini pen for filling out customs forms. It’s sure to put a smile on your partner in adventure’s face.
6- Victorinox Classic SD – $19.99
Got a partner who’s always prepared? They’ll love this compact tool.
7- Socksmith Grilled Cheese Socks – $8.00
You can’t go wrong with a pair of goofy socks. This pair says “You’re the cheese to my bread.”.
8- Naked Bee Orange Blossom Lotion – $10.00
This all natural lotion smells fantastic and goes on velvety smooth.
9- Buff UV Headband – $15.00
If your main squeeze spends their days in nature, they need a couple of Buffs. This multifunctional headwear offers sun protection and keeps the ‘do in check on long hikes or days on the lake.