Stories

Chris Brinlee, Jr. is a contributor for numerous editorial outlets, brand journals, and online blogs. This is a collection of his stories.

 
 

What America Feels Like After 7 Months Of Foreign Adventure

Last September, I boarded a plane to Denmark. It was the start of a seven and a half month, round-the-world adventure. Yesterday at 10:05am, I landed at LAX. Man, this place is weird.

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Inside The World's 3rd Largest Cave

The world’s third largest cave has “rooms” that stand 330 feet high and span 600 feet across. It’s so spectacular that it’s playing home to several upcoming blockbusters, including this summer’s Pan, and others the force compels us not to disclose. We hiked through the Vietnamese jungle to explore it.

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Riding Motorcycles And Ostriches In Vietnam's Mountains

Want to see the mountains, forests and farms of the “real” Vietnam? Get away from the tourist hoards, get on a motorcycle and go. I just did that, and even got to ride an ostrich. Here’s how you can too.

/// Gizmodo

 

Buying These Epic Photos Will Help Nepal

I spent two months — this past November and January — trekking and climbing in Nepal. I journeyed there for the mountains, but the tiny country’s vibrant culture and kind people are what stole my heart.

/// Gizmodo

 

I Lost All This Stuff In Vietnam

On March 27, while riding a $450 motorcycle through Vietnam, I lost my backpack. It contained my camera, computer, and two hard drives containing seven months of RAW photos and videos. This is what I learned from the ordeal.

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I Got To Be A Mountain Hardwear Designer For A Day

Mountain Hardwear designs some of the most technically-advanced outdoors apparel and gear on the planet. I just got to spend a day working alongside their designers. This is what their process is like.

/// Gizmodo

 


The Hardest Hike In America? We Backpack The Sierra High Route

Stretching 200 miles through the Sierra Nevada, most of the High Route is off-trail, posing challenges both physical and mental as you attempt to navigate dangerous, unmarked terrain. It took us two solid weeks. Worth it? Well, at least the photos came out good.

/// Gizmodo

 

Exploring Santa Cruz Island

Twenty miles off the coast of Ventura lies Santa Cruz Island — a remote mecca for adventure. We spent a weekend exploring it. Here’s how you can too.

/// Gizmodo

 

Soaring Over Big Sur On A Paraglider

With its golden hills, lush green forests, and turquoise-colored ocean, Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places you can visit, but it looks even better from above — while paragliding.

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So You Want to Become a Mountaineer?

According to Hemingway, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” I just learned that last one. Here’s how you can too.

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Six Months After The Earthquake, Nepal Is Open For Adventure

Nepal is home to the best climbing, trekking and mountaineering on earth. But, earlier this year, it also had a massive earthquake, an avalanche on Everest and is right now subject to a “blockade” by its neighbor India. Can you still visit? Surprisingly, now may be the best time ever.

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How To Backpack Alberta's Most Scenic Trail

Alberta’s Skyline Trail is popular for a reason. It offers stunning alpine scenery, exciting hiking, and it’s easy to access. We spent two days trekking it; here’s everything you need to know to tackle it yourself.

/// Gizmodo

 

Three Adventures You Can Have in Alberta, Without the Crowds

All the beauty, all the adventure, none of the tourists

/// Outside

 

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday," Lost At Sea In Folding Kayaks

What it's like to call for help on the open ocean

/// Outside

 

Three Adventures off the Coast of Los Angeles for $150 or Less

Visiting Catalina Island is cheap, easy, and epic

/// Outside

 

A Beginner's Guide to the Epic Climbing in Boulder

Visiting the Colorado outdoor mecca and want to hone your climbing skills? Here's where to start.

/// Outside

 

Looking to Explore One of the Last Wild Places? Visit Greenland

Everything you need to know to plan the ultimate bucket-list escape

/// Outside

 
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The Importance of Getting Out There

In an epic, two-part post, Huckberry Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. reflects on a kayaking trip down the Rio Grande, and the joys of getting out into the backcountry

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How to Conquer the mountains of Your Life

An explorer's guide to making the most out of New Year Resolutions.

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The Beginner's Guide to Rock Climbing

Climbing is one of those sports that can seem way out of reach for newcomers. But it doesn't have to be.

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An Everyman's Guide to Planning Epic Adventure

How to start from scratch and expand your horizons.

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How to Live Out of Your Car

Professional vehicle dwellers share their tips for making the most out of life on the road.

/// Indefinitely Wild

 

One Week Adventure: The Alps

A week's worth of climbing adventures around Chamonix, near the French & Italian Alps

 
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Finding Moments of Stillness

Huckberry Ambassador Chris Brinlee Jr. learns a thing or two about self-reflection while kayaking in Eastern Greenland.

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One Week Adventure: Eastern Greenland

A One-Week Itinerary for Those Itching to Travel Into Parts Unknown

/// Red Bulletin

 
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Quelling the Skeptics

Battling uncertainty in the remote reaches of Eastern Greenland

/// Oru Kayak

 

With Light on Our Side

40 Hours of Alaskan Freedom

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