When it comes to gift giving this year, I am way more inclined to focus on sharing an experience, rather than just giving a ‘thing.’ And I definitely want it to be something that falls more onto the ‘want list’ than the ‘need list.’ Recently, I teamed up with awesome gear and menswear shop Huckberry for the ultimate surprise for my boyfriend: a mini makeover for his adventure rig.
Sean bought his ’90 Isuzu Trooper for a song off of Craigslist and has worked his butt off turning into a reliable adventure rig. One of the main projects he undertook was the interior. He stripped out the backseats and installed a wooden platform with storage underneath — it makes for the perfect sheltered campsite, especially in the PNW rain.
We’ve taken Sean’s Trooper out for climbing and camping a ton this fall, but it’s always been a rig that feels barebones. With this makeover, I wanted it to feel more comfortable and maybe even a little bit romantic!
I started by laying down a vintage rug on top of the wooden platform in the back of the Trooper. From there, I set up our sleeping situation: we each have our own inflatable pads and sleeping bags, but tend to keep an extra blanket on hand just in case. It’s definitely come in handy during many of our mountain adventures!
Because my plans rarely go off without a hitch, of course the day I wanted to surprise him it was absolutely pouring. Hashtag PNW pride. We’ve had a few adventures together, but this was definitely one of the dampest. We went out to Keechelus Lake (about an hour away from Seattle) for a bit of an escape from the city. Thankfully, we keep a tarp on hand for situation like this and were able to built a shelter to stay dry around the fire.
We also like to joke that we’ve got good snacking game, so I made sure to pack quite the picnic of delicious cured meats, a variety of complementary cheeses, and these amazing canned wines from Union Wine Co. Then for something a bit… harder, I packed a flask of bourbon. You know, just in case.
Seriously, so much of our time is spent figuring out when the rain will end.
To deck out your own rig, here are some of my favorites from Huckberry:
- Snow Peak Fork & Spoon Set
- Nemo Equipment Cosmo Air with Pump
- Huckberry Explorer’s Cap
- Woolrich Blanket
- Falcon Enamelware
- Misc. Goods Ceramic Flask
If you’re at a loss about what to get your dude for the holidays, I highly recommend checking out Huckberry.
For this post I received products to review from Huckberry. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.
Photography by Steven Dangerfield.
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