2013 Year in Review

Another year is winding down. As we look forward to amazing things in 2014 we pause to look back at the great outdoor adventures, gear tips and gear giveaways that happened here on the Sierra Trading Post's Sierra SocialHub. Even if you think year in review blog posts are cliché, check out some of our favorite posts from 2013.

2013 A Year of Outdoor Adventures

Clearly the biggest adventure for the Sierra Trading Post blog was when two social team members hiked over 200 miles on the John Muir Trail. The 14 day trip took them over many mountain passes from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States.

You can follow this amazing adventure through a series of blog posts starting here: Day 1-3 on the John Muir Trail. Also, be sure to watch our video footage from the trail.

We had many many posts about this adventure. Be sure to check out John Muir Trail Photos, #JMT Field Notes, The JMT2013 Project and John Muir Trail: History and Significance.

Creation of a Blogger Network

Our readers have asked for more stories, more tips and more advice. To provide the best outdoor blog articles, we decided to assemble a team of outdoor bloggers to post to the Sierra Social Hub regularly. We went out and found 10 seasoned outdoor bloggers who shared great adventures, had plenty of experience and were good at sharing their knowledge. This group, referred to as #TeamSierra is providing monthly posts of all types of content. Check out some of these recent posts here: TeamSierra Outdoor Blog Posts.

Team Sierra Crew

Check back regularly because the outdoor blog network is not going away. We'll have tons of posts from #TeamSierra in 2014.

Campsite Cooking Outdoor Meal Series

In spring of 2013, we had big backpacking trips on our minds but we didn't want to settle for freeze dried meals so we started a weekly series of backpacking and car camping meals titled Campsite Cooking. We introduced many backpacking meals including Trailside Chicken & Rice, Pizza Taters, Cheesy Bacon Taters and more. You can check out our top 3 favorite backing meals here: 3 Best Backpacking Meals.

Brand Spotlight Giveaways

Outdoor gear giveaways? Yes, we did a ton of those. In fact we gave away thousands of dollars worth of hiking boots, running shoes, snowshoes, trekking poles, jackets, base layers, sweaters, gloves, a pair of skis, a ski helmet and more. Each week we pick one of our favorite outdoor brands, we give you some info on the brand then we give one reader the product of their choice from that outdoor brand.

These giveaways have included products from Columbia Sportswear, Marmot, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Icebreaker, Sorel, Black Diamond, SmartWool, Smith Optics, Giro, Pearl Izumi, Patagonia, Woolrich, Teva, New Balance, Merrell, Keen, Carhartt, Terramar and many more.

Our weekly giveaway posts continue to be our biggest posts. We aren't going to slow down. We'll be giving away more awesome products in 2014 so check back.

Looking Forward

What's coming up in 2014? Well, more of the same. We'll have more tips for hiking, backpacking, skiing, mountain biking and exploring the outdoors. Look for some more unique tips in the comming months.

We'll bring back the Campsite Cooking Meal Series, expand out posts from #TeamSierra and share even more outdoor adventures. We have plenty to look forward to. Bookmark this page and come back often.

Do you have any idea for the Sierra SocialHub? Enter your ideas in the comments below or email pr@sierratradingpost if you'd like to share a guest post.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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