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A Nepal Adventure: 170 miles and Three Pairs of Boxer Briefs
A Nepal Adventure: 170 miles and Three Pairs of Boxer Briefs

June 16, 2022 1 Comment

During the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ridge Merino Ambassadors and Colorado locals Dikshya Ban and Jonny Morsicato were planning a trip to Dikshya’s family home in Kthamandu, Nepal. Before they booked their flights, the wave of worldwide Covid closures shut everything down, and they turned towards more local adventures.
They pushed their Nepal trip back until April 2022 and just returned after trekking 170 miles in variable terrain and weather. 

 

Jonny and Dikshya getting ready to start their journey.

While visiting Dikshya’s family, they wanted to take 10 days of their 20 day trip and do the Annapurna Circuit, a 136 mile trek around the base of Annapurna and add in a stop at Tilicho Lake (the worlds highest alpine lake). The circuit is one of the most beautiful treks in the world, moving from a tropical climate at 2,300 feet, to an arctic climate at nearly 18,000 feet. They did not need to carry their own food (the ubiquitous teahouses have meals for around $10 USD per/day) but needed to carry all their own clothing for both the jungle and alpine. 

Dikshya crossing a Jhalunge Pul (swinging bridge) on her way to Tilicho Lake.

 

They stuck to the plan. For 10 days they trekked through the jungle in Jagat, up and over Thorong La Pass at 17,747 feet, down through the sacred Vishnu temple of Muktinath, across the windy city of Jomsom, and finally met Dikshya’s parents in Nayapul.

"For all 10 days, I only wore three pairs of Ridge Merino boxers and together we rarely took off our Convict Canyon Hoodies," Jonny said.  (We never asked them how any of it smelled, but with our merino we’d wager it was peachy.)

Dikshya making her up the last few thousand feet to the summit of Thorong La Pass.

Jonny at Thorong La Base Camp in the Alpine Blue Mens Convict Canyon Hoodie.

 

 

From left to right: the peaks on the chart are Talicho Lake (16,138'), Thorong La Pass (17,769'), and Poon Hill (10,531')


The final stats on their trip totaled; 176.32 Miles, 42,031 feet of elevation gain, and 19 plates of Thakali Dhal Bat.

"Every step of a good adventure starts in your head and we hope to inspire you to make that first step happen." Dikshya said.

You don’t have to go to Nepal for an amazing adventure, but if you do, feel free to reach out to Jonny and Dikshya for some tips!


Photos // Jonny Morsicato & Dikshya Ban
Jonny is the Co-Founder of The Coyote Collective
Follow their adventures on Instagram: @jonnymorsicato & @dikkyb

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RAD DAD EDIT: This year's best FATHER'S DAY GIFTS
RAD DAD EDIT: This year's best FATHER'S DAY GIFTS

May 31, 2022

Adventure seeker. Expert car packer. Bear hugger. Teller of groan-worthy jokes. Today's dad does it all. 

From his morning run, to school drop off, to meetings at the office; he's got more to think about than what to wear. Ridge has got the gear for the rad dad who's always on the go. 

Wearing Ridge Merino means never worrying about how your clothes look, feel or smell. On top of being natural, renewable and biodegradable, Merino wool wicks moisture and is antimicrobial (which means no stink). It also breathes, to eliminate clamminess, and regulates body temperature to offer comfort, during any kind of weather.

Here are some of our top picks for the best Father's Day gifts this year.

JOURNEY MERINO WOOL T-SHIRT

 The Journey Tee is ready for action all day long.

Men’s Journal named the Ridge Journey Tee one of “The Top Sweat-Wicking, BO-Killing Merino Wool T-Shirts.” This best-selling Men’s T-shirt is made for any type of activity - work, play and everything in between. Layer it up or wear it on its own.

JOURNEY LONG SLEEVE MERINO WOOL CREW

The Journey Long Sleeve can easily go from business casual to days in the backcountry.

Now available in a long-sleeve version, the Journey Crew features ultra-fine 17.5 micron Merino wool reinforced with (m)Force™ technology - a nylon core-spun Merino wool to improve strength - giving this tee a luxurious feel and increased durability. The fit is based on our original Journey Tee and offers a slightly more relaxed fit compared to our Merino wool base layer tops.

SOLSTICE MERINO WOOL SUN HOODIE

For maximum breathability and sun protection, look no further than the Solstice Sun Hoodie.

Recently included in The Spruce's 50 Best Father's Day Gifts to Celebrate Dad, the Ridge Solstice Sun Hoodie is the perfect layer for long days spent in the sun. With a natural UPF of 30+ and a longer hem in the back for more coverage, the lightweight, breathable material and comfortable, relaxed fit keeps dad covered without the risk of overheating. 
"Whether biking, hiking, boating, cycling, or more, dad stays protected, comfortable, and stylish in this ideal layering piece." - TheSpruce.com

MERINO WOOL 9" LONG BOXER BRIEF

The boxer you can wear over and over without a worry.
   
Now available in a slim fit 9” inseam, our Long Boxer Brief features a gusseted crotch, easy-to-use fly and flat-lock seams that eliminate potential chafing. These details combined with other Merino benefits - odor resistance, quick-drying, breathability, temperature regulation - make the Ridge 9” Merino Wool Boxer Brief a first layer must have for dads on the move.
"Been running long and in brutal heat and humidity. The Ridge underwear is great, wicks the perspiration away and keeps me comfortable." - Ridge Customer, Thomas F. 

MERINO WOOL MINARET HIKING SOCKS

merino wool socks
Merino socks are a game changer.  

Does dad need Merino socks in summer? The answer is yes. Our Merino wool socks offer year-round comfort during super technical outings and are equally as cozy for everyday wear.
  
Inspired by the backdrop of our home in Mammoth Lakes, the Minaret Hiking Sock features a design of the iconic Ritter Range - Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak and the Minarets. The construction of the sock features a light cushion that is highly versatile and breathable - perfect for exploring all types of terrain. The 3/4 crew is the ideal height - designed to hit just above the hiking boot. (Check out our low-cut Merino socks for trail running/walks, too.)
 

CARDI CREW MERINO WOOL SWEATER

men's cardi crew merino wool sweater

The Cardi Crew: the only Merino wool sweater he'll ever need.

The Ridge Cardi Crew Sweater is made from 100% Merino wool. As featured on Insidehook.com, Best Father's Day Gift Under $100, "Dad might consider it a style piece for occasions more formal, but don’t be surprised if you see him wearing it more and more as we draw closer to cool weather." 

"Its half-cardigan rib stitching allows for movement and flexibility, but it still features that same classic look for pursuits both active and casual." - Insidehook.com 

HYDE MERINO WOOL HOODIE

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Soft and so comfortable: the all-natural Merino wool Hyde Hoodie.

Speaking of 100% Merino wool, the Hyde Hoodie is a full-zip, four-season staple. In the winter, it's an awesome mid layer. Spring through fall, it's perfect for early mornings and nighttime when the temperature dips. Add a Ridge trucker hat for extra sun protection on those cloudless days. 

 WISHING A HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL THE RAD DADS OUT THERE!

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Ridge Report: Spring Skiing Adventure to Mt. Ritter
Ridge Report: Spring Skiing Adventure to Mt. Ritter

May 06, 2022

Being drawn to the big mountains that surround us, Ridge Merino's own Paz Mendelevitch and his buddy Danny Sandoval embarked on a multi-day splitboard adventure into the Ritter Range with the goal of summiting and snowboarding down Mt Ritter. 

The Ritter Range as seen from Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

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Words // Paz Mendelevitch
Photos // Paz Mendelevitch & Danny Sandoval



Walking on a dry trail with full backpacking packs and splitboards on our backs for what seemed like an eternity, w
e could feel our legs getting heavier with every step. We were hoping to be skinning from the trailhead but had underestimated what the warm weather had done to the snowpack recently. Still, the stoke was high and we were ready for an adventure into unknown conditions.

It was a warm spring day with the sun high in the sky beating down on us. We had made it through our third river crossing when we finally came across consistent snow to splitboard on.

We decided to greet spring by snowboarding off the top of an Eastern Sierra classic, Mt Ritter.

With Mammoth Mountain in the distance, this was our last sign of civilization before going off the grid for a few days

The snow is melting quickly so the water was plentiful but moving fast and ice cold! Danny seen here finding the route to cross one of many raging rivers we came across.

Knowing the snowpack was funky this year, and the tedious journey it took to get out to our basecamp at Ediza Lake, our expectations weren't too high. We were in it for the adventure of wandering into our favorite mountains while knowing in the back of our minds that snowboarding off the top of Ritter would be a bonus.

 

 Danny brought a 'mid style' tent to keep our packs lightweight. A floorless tent has its advantages being held up by trekking poles, but the downside is there is no floor, so the wind can rip through underneath. It's always a good idea to construct walls around the tent.


After a good night's sleep we packed our food, water and Merino layers for the day to begin our trek to 13,143 feet. We had brought our boots and splitboard crampons just in case we found firm conditions and needed extra traction. Luckily, the snow was feeling soft and forgiving, which got us really excited for the ride down. 

 Approaching our objective in the distance, we knew we had a long way to go, but with every step we took I couldn't help but feel giddy knowing how fun our turns are going to be on the way down.

 

Mt. Ritter is the highest peak in the Ritter Range, a volcanic ridge just outside Yosemite's southeast boundary. The Minarets, a set of more than a dozen sharp pinnacles in this range, together with Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak make for a striking skyline when viewed from the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA.

I was more than excited to be back on Ritter with great snow conditions. As a prominent ridgeline in the Eastern Sierra, everyone who lives in or visits Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort sees the Ritter Range and the more prominent Minarets on a daily basis. I've climbed Ritter once before in the summer time and attempted a winter ascent a few months prior to this trip. With dangerously icy conditions we decided to not summit that time. This go-around was different and we were ready to rip!

Obligatory summit selfie. My Solstice Sun Hoodie has been with me through thick and thin. It is by far my favorite Ridge piece for any adventure under the sun.


POV of snowboarding down Mt Ritter.

After hootin' and hollerin' all the way back to camp, we both stuck our feet in the ice cold river reflecting on some of the most fun spring skiing we've both ever experienced!

It was time to relax our worn bodies and have a mellow evening with good food and epic views!

Tacos and my Hyde Joggers, the perfect post-adventure combo for maximum comfort

I'll still look at the Ritter Range on a daily basis and reflect about how privileged we are to be able to do these things that test our minds and bodies in the mountains we love.

Mammoth Mountain pictured in the upper left corner of this photo, this is a perspective not many get to experience. Long walks and hard work pay off. This is a view I will not forget.

With access to some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the world, the Eastern Sierra is a special place that I am fortunate to call home. 

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