Hiking with Samson

Friday, August 8, 2014

Backpack: c/o Cotopaxi
Shirt: c/o Cotopaxi
Shorts: Forever 21
Cardigan: c/o Aeropostale
Shoes: Nike [similar]
Sunglasses: c/o LuLu*s

One of my favorite summer activities to do is hiking!

Whether it's a mini-hike on the neighborhood trail or a lengthy hike up the mountains, it's always nice to be in the outdoors, enjoying the beauty of nature (sappy, much Ariel?). It's especially fun when I've got a little furball to enjoy it with! I am, however, in no way an expert hiker--in fact, the thought of hiking Mt. Timpanogos makes me exhausted and want to take a nap. I'm kind of a wuss that way, haha. My ideal hike would be a 1-2 mile scenic walk with Connor and Samson to a waterfall or lake! Below are some of my essentials for hiking. I'm sure there are a TON of more stuff you should bring but for an amateur like me, these items do the trick.


1. The North Face Resolve Jacket -- a nice jacket in case things get chilly or rainy
2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen -- always protect your skin from them UV-rays!
3. Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bar -- a filling snack is always essential to keep your tummy happy
4. Badger Balm Anti-Bug Spray -- to keep away those pesky blood suckers
5. Cotopaxi Cambodia Water Bottle -- hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
6. Coleman All Purpose First Aid Tin -- a requirement for a klutz like me

Of course, in order to carry all these hiking essentials, you need a reliable backpack!

This Cusco Backpack I'm wearing in today's post from Cotopaxi is the perfect hiking essential to carry all the rest of your hiking essentials! The Cusco is large enough to handle any adventure, yet small enough for everyday use. Some of its specs include a laptop sleeve that fits most 15" laptops, two water bottle pockets, a top zipper pocket to hold smaller items, a bottom pocket that expands to hold up to 6 ounces of extra supplies, suede leather bottom and detailing (it's super soft), and an adjustable chest, waist, and should straps. If that's not a super backpack, I don't know what is!

The best part about Cotopaxi besides their sweet gear is their motto: "Gear for Good." Each piece of Cotopaxi gear is tied to a humanitarian cause in one of the poorest regions of the world. For example, if you purchase a Cusco Backpack, you'll provide an on-site tutor to one child for one week in Peru. If you purchase the Llamatari T-Shirt I'm wearing, you'll provide one person clean water for six months! Each of their items has a specific cause that is helped if purchased. So basically, you're saving the world by buying snazzy gear. How awesome is that? If you have any questions about their giving process, non-profit partners, or anything else, Cotopaxi is always available to answer them.

  1. I love the green one! It's so cute!
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  2. Laguna Colorado I think, love the cardigan and if you ever need to get of it you can send it to Canada.

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  3. I like the Alpaca or Beech Canopy :) I'm a big hiker :)

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  4. i really love the alpaca color! this is a really cool backpack

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  5. I love the Alpaca! I recently discovered these packs and really want one!

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  6. That olive backpack is A-mazing! It's always good to have a nice backpack anyway. My husband loves to hike so this may be good for me to have. I used to backpack a lot as a kid and I miss doing it all the time. Happy Friday!
    xoxo Allison
    http://allisons-eye.com/

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  7. I really like the Beach Canopy colour

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  8. what a cute and comfy outfit! and i love the driftwood!
    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dream-in-neon.com

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  9. Love any company to end hunger!

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  10. The Alpaca color is my fave!!
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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  11. It's a tie between driftwood and beach canopy

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  12. Such a great cause and such awesome gear! Thank you.

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  13. I like the driftwood color! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love the beach canopy and driftwood! THey're so stinking cute! I've been wanting a backpack like this for ages!

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  15. Having a hard time deciding between alpaca and laguna colorado!

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  16. Great back-pack and giveaway. I am torn between the Beech Canopy and Laguna Colorado. Both are awesome colors.

    Have a great weekend! Ada. =)

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  17. thanks! :)
    love: beech canopy
    cogitoergosum8587@yahoo.it

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  18. The Laguna Color one is my favorite color!

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  19. I'd choose the Beech Canopy colored one.

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  20. I would choose the color,"Beech Canopy"!

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  21. My favorite color of the CUSCO 26L Backpack is the Laguna Colorado.

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  22. Ah. I neeeeed him!!! Can I win your dog in the giveaway hahaha. ;)

    xo, grace (patternedposies.blogspot.com)

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  23. I think it's a toss up between Beech Canopy and Driftwood!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway (:

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  24. I love the Orange but would probably choose the Beech Canopy

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  25. Even though the orange is cook i like the Alpaca color better.

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  26. I love the backpack in Alpaca, but all the other colours are nice too!

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  27. beech canopy! jessamerabing@yahoo.com

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  28. My favourite colour is the Alpaca one :)

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  29. I like driftwood

    Emily
    www.breezingthrough.com

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  30. Your Aeropostale cardigan is beautiful and Samson is adorable. I also love the colour and style of the North Face Resolve Jacket.

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