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“OF ALL THE PATHS YOU TAKE IN LIFE, MAKE SURE A FEW OF THEM ARE DIRT.” – JOHN MUIR

Who We Are

Before anything else, we are hikers. We are based in New York State and our favorite place to hike is the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York. We find the scenery of the entire region to be absolutely stunning and in fact, High Peaks Hiking is named after the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

What We Believe

There is nothing we love more than getting out into nature and experiencing all of the beauty it has to offer in every forest, every canyon and every summit. Whether it’s a quick two hour hike in the park just outside town or a multi-day trek through Yellowstone, the benefits of getting out into nature are real!

Our Mission

We genuinely believe in all of the benefits hiking has to offer for the mind, body and soul. However, one thing we have noticed over the years is that the cost of proper gear can be expensive for those looking to give hiking a try.

Our mission is to inspire the world to start hiking and to provide them with high-quality, proper gear for the lowest prices possible.

Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard

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In just a few short weeks, racing fans from across the country will flock to Indianapolis for one of NASCAR’s biggest events of the summer. And despite being named the winner of the annual Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, which renames the Brickyard 400 after a deserving hero, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Jason Redman’s name won’t be displayed around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway – for good reason.

 

Redman instead asked that the race bear the name of the charity he and his wife, Erica, founded. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race will officially be referred to as theCrown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

 

Yesterday, during a special surprise event in Suffolk, Va., Redman was announced the winner of the annual program while completing his one hundredth skydiving jump. Redman witnessed the reveal of the official race logo, painted in the landing area at Skydive Suffolk, from mid-air as he approached the ground.

 

After the logo unveiling, Redman was greeted by Erica, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles, and Crown Royal Associate Brand Manager Dany Penn. Redman was then escorted to a nearby hangar for a party where he was able to celebrate the announcement with his closest friends, colleagues and family.

 

“What an amazing and humbling opportunity to have my organization as the official title of the Brickyard 400. This race is an icon of NASCAR, Americanism and patriotism,” said Redman after being named the winner of the 2016 “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. “I can’t wait to arrive in Indianapolis and meet the fellow finalists, the awesome race fans, drivers and crews!”

 

Redman, of Chesapeake, Va., enlisted in the Navy following high school and served 11 years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University. After graduation, Redman was commissioned as a Naval SEAL Officer and served ten more years. Throughout his career he served five deployments including two combat deployments.

 

In 2007, Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun fire and he was wounded with shots to the face and left arm. While recovering from his 37 surgeries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman wrote and hung a sign on his door which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. The original sign on the door now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda.  Redman was honored with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.

 

Following his recovery, Redman founded the non-profit organizations Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear to help combat wounded warriors overcome the wounds of war. The Combat Wounded Coalition provides free clothing, clothing modifications, and connections to other vetted service organizations for combat wounded warrior needs. To date, the Combat Wounded Coalition has helped over 500 wounded warriors return to daily life after serving.

 

 

This will mark the tenth time Crown Royal has renamed a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and the first time a race will be named after a charity, through the whisky brand’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. After receiving hundreds of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor.

 

In addition to Redman, program finalists included: Piper Hill, retired Army Captain and founder of Healing4Heroes from Atlanta, Ga.; Michael Gallardo, retired Army Sergeant from San Antonio, Texas; Chris Mintz, former Army Infantryman and community leader from Roseburg, Ore. and Leigh Ann Hester, Army National Guard Sergeant First Class and Police Officer from Murfreesboro, Tenn.

 

“Jason Redman’s perseverance to overcome all of the adversities he faced is truly remarkable. The dedication he has to helping veterans and families is a direct reflection of his generous nature,” said Dany Penn, Associate Brand Manager for Crown Royal. “The race on July 24th will mark an exciting event and first NASCAR race experience for Redman and we can’t wait for him to see his charity’s name in lights at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

 

As the “Your Hero’s Name Here” winner, Redman will receive the ultimate VIP race weekend experience, including garage tours, driver introductions and pace car rides. He’ll cap off race day by delivering the trophy bearing his charity’s name to the winner in Victory Lane.

 

“We can’t wait to host Jason later this month at one of the most prestigious events on the NASCAR calendar,” Boles said. “This race has resonated with fans, drivers and teams with how it honors heroes, and this year’s installment is our most special yet with the Combat Wounded Coalition.”

 

While raising a glass to the heroes in your life, Crown Royal reminds consumers to please drink responsibly.

 

 

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By Adam Dulski

@adamdulski

 

 

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Crown Royal’s Crown Your Hero!

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Once again Crown Royal is doing their amazing “Crown Your Hero “, if you are unfamiliar with this great program it allows adults to vote for their own hero. The winner get’s to have their name put on this year’s Brickyard 400 race trophy. If you remember, Crown Royal kindly invited us to cover the weekend last year and it was spectacular. The 2015 winner, Jeff Kyle, could not have been more deserving of the honor.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of the Crown Royal’s “Crown Your Hero” program at NASCAR’s premiere event, the Brickyard 400. The program focuses on all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers to first responders and local volunteers.

I highly encourage everyone 21 and over to go HERE and vote for one of the 5 very deserving finalists to be the 2016 winner. You can read up on each one of them at the above link. If you’d like, you can also view a video of all the finalists HERE.

 

 

Adam Dulski

@adamdulski

What To Do With Josh Gordon in Dynasty?

As a long time Josh Gordon fan it pains me to continue to see him mess up his chances at NFL reinstatement. As a Dynasty owner, I was saying sell him all winter when there was hype…..and hope. Now there is neither after his latest failed test.

So what to do? I think it depends entirely on the makeup of your team. If your team is dominant and loaded with talent, dump him for whatever you can get, possibly even cut him in some dynasty/deep keeper formats.

If you’re selling, look for a bottom tier team that has their eyes on 2 years out and try to get a late round pick.

 

Conversely, if you’re team is hurting, offer a late round pick for Mr. Gordon, especially if you think the owner is fed up/overloaded with “keepable” talent.

 

Adam Dulski

@adamdulski

Charissa Thompson and Mercedes-Benz at the Super Bowl

As part of the Super Bowl 50 festivities, Extra Host Charissa Thompson joined Mercedes-Benz for a ride in the Iron Schöckl. Set up outside of AT&T park as a way for the brand to engage fans, the Iron Schöckl features a G-Class SUV, one of the most powerful and rugged models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Its capabilities were on display as Charissa cruised up a 45-degree angled steel ramp.

Mercedes Benz Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by Jack Dempsey for Mercedes Benz)

Mercedes Benz Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by Jack Dempsey for Mercedes Benz)

Mercedes Benz Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by Jack Dempsey for Mercedes Benz)

Mercedes Benz Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by Jack Dempsey for Mercedes Benz)

Check back with us for more news on Charissa Thompson, Mercedes-Benz and the Super Bowl!

Jamie Foxx and Mercedes-Benz at the Super Bowl

As part of the Super Bowl 50 festivities, Jamie Foxx joined Mercedes-Benz for a ride in the Iron Schöckl. Set up outside of AT&T park as a way for the brand to engage fans, the Iron Schöckl features a G-Class SUV, one of the most powerful and rugged models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Check out the Iron Schöckl as it cruised down a 45-degree ramp!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Jamie Foxx poses for a photo in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Jamie Foxx poses for a photo in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Jamie Foxx poses for a photo in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Jamie Foxx poses for a photo in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Jamie Foxx poses for a photo in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Jamie Foxx poses for a photo in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Jamie Foxx Goes for a spin in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Jamie Foxx Goes for a spin in the Special Edition Mercedes-Benz G550 In Celebration Of Super Bowl 50 on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for MBUSA)

 

Check back with us for more news on Jamie Foxx, Mercedes-Benz and the Super Bowl!

New Orleans Inspired Cocktails to Celebrate Mardi Gras

Since it’s Mardi Gras this Tuesday we thought we’d share some delicious cocktails that will get you in the Mardi Gras spirit! From the classic Mardi Gras Hurricane cocktail with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to shot recipes using the new Captain Morgan Cannon Blast, these drinks will give you a taste of the Big Easy right at home!

Hurricane

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Ingredients:

0.75 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

0.75 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum

2 oz. passion fruit juice

1 oz. orange juice

Juice of half a lime

1 tbsp. simple syrup

1 tbsp. grenadine

Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Captain Morgan White Rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup and grenadine into a shaker.
  2. Shae and pour into crushed ice-filled hurricane glass or other specialty glass.
  1. Garnish with orange and cherry.

Honey Badger

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Ingredients:

1.25 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz. honey

1 lemon wedge

Directions:

  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Crannon Blast

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Ingredients:

1.0 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

0.5 oz. Cranberry juice

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and pour into a shot glass.

Cannon Blast

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Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

Directions:

  1. Pour Captain Morgan Cannon Blast in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and pour into a shot glass.

Check back with us from time to time – we will always have the latest and greatest drink recipes for you here at Stuff Dudes Like!

Team Themed Cocktails & Food Pairings for the Big Game

With the upcoming big game, we’d like to help you celebrate with a couple Big Bowls of batch cocktails.


Cheering for the Cats: Make your party special by pairing the Keep Pounding Punch with the Dab On ‘Em Wings.

Big Cats Food Pairings


Rooting on the Orange & Blue: Impress guests with the Orange Crush Punch and Bucking BBQ Bites.

Orange and Blue Food Pairings


House divided? Celebrate with The Golden Gate cocktail. Bulleit Bourbon is deeply tied to the Bay Area through founder Tom Bulleit’s love for the city. In fact, Bulleit Rye was created in direct response to requests from the San Francisco bartending community.

Regardless of the team, we hope you whip up these cocktails to celebrate 50 years of professional football.


The Golden Gate

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1.25 oz. Bulleit Rye
0.5 oz. blackberry syrup
2 dashes bitters

Directions:
Add ingredients to an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir and serve.


Keep Pounding Punch

KEEP POUNDING PUNCH (Serves 25):
*recipe created by Kevin Deidrich

Ingredients:
750 ml. Bottle of George Dickel Rye
10 oz. Lemon Juice
5 oz. Ginger Syrup
15 oz. Sparkling Water
7 tbsp. Simple Syrup
Muddled Raspberries
Muddled Mint leaves

Directions:
Mix ingredients in punch bowl, add muddled fruits, chill and serve with ice.


Dab on 'Em Wings

DAB ON ‘EM WINGS

Ingredients:
.3 cup Crown Royal Canadian Whisky®
.3 cup Honey
.25 cup Soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Thai chili sauce
1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
4 pounds chicken wing drumettes
3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)
.25 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).


Orange Crush Punch

ORANGE CRUSH PUNCH (Serves 6):

Ingredients:
9 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Coconut Rum
9 oz. Orange juice
6 oz. Cranberry juice
3 oz. Ruby red grapefruit juice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients including Captain Morgan Coconut Rum in a pitcher and stir.


Bucking Bacon Bites

BUCKING BBQ BITES
*recipe created by George Johnson from The Comfort of Cooking

Chicken Recipe:
Nonstick cooking spray
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. (half pound) bacon, cut into thirds
1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe below)
Toothpicks

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Wrap each chicken piece with a small strip of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven, brush bites with more BBQ sauce, and return to oven. Bake for 15 more minutes. Serve warm.

Sauce Recipe:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup chile sauce
1/2 cup Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, or until thickened as desired. Stir occasionally. Use immediately as you wish, or store in refrigerator until ready to use.

 

 

 

-SDL Staff

Holiday Gift Guide: Whiskeys at Every Price Point

Are you shopping for someone this year who loves whiskey but you have no clue what to buy? Well we’ve got you covered! Check out our holiday gift guide!

Rhetoric 21-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Rhetoric 21-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the sixth release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company and the second in the Rhetoric series of progressively aged whiskeys. Aged one year longer than its counterpart, Rhetoric 20-Year-Old, this release is slightly more mature and carries a higher proof. The whiskey will continue to be progressively aged and re-released annually at a year older, allowing whiskey aficionados to collect the series and compare the whiskeys side-by-side.
90.2 proof, Suggested Retail Price $100

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Whiskey consumers will be able to take home piece of history with Diageo’s newest whiskey offering, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Paying homage to the artful passion and renowned craftsmanship of the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery with a unique solera aging system, each bottle contains some of the oldest whiskey stocks, including the last remaining bourbon ever produced at Stitzel-Weller before it shut its doors in 1992.
91 proof, Suggested Retail Price $50

  Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Limited Release Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Winning “Best Straight Bourbon” and a Double Gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco Spirits Competition, Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited release whiskey that pays homage to the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old tastes smooth and smoky with good oak structure, accented with notes of torched sugar, sweet vanilla bean and a spicy dry rye finish.
92 proof, Suggested Retail Price $150

I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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The I.W. Harper brand is returning home for the first time in nearly 20 years, with the release of I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The unique offering commemorates the original whiskeys produced by the brand, as it’s reintroduced in the United States with a commitment to authenticity that only 142 years of experience can provide.

82 proof, Suggested Retail Price $35

 I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey celebrates the brand’s homecoming to America with an aged bourbon tasting of oak, raisin, caramel, spice and vanilla. This iconic whiskey is recommended to be enjoyed on the rocks or neat to truly appreciate the full flavor profile.
86 proof, Suggested Retail Price $75

 Bulleit 10-Year-Old

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Aged in charred American white oak, a select number of Bulleit Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for 10 years to see how the already award-winning bourbon would develop. Bulleit distillers were thrilled to find that the additional years resulted in a special expression of Bulleit bourbon that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience that maintains the inherent character and high rye content for which the Bulleit brand is best known.
91.2 proof, Suggested Retail Price $45

George Dickel Rye Whisky

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George Dickel Rye is a straight rye small-batch whisky, offering a 95% rye mash whiskey.  In order to provide consumers with the smoothest finish, George Dickel Rye is finished in its signature fashion – chill charcoal mellowing.  This stems from George Dickel’s belief that whisky was smoother in the cold winters than in the hot summers.
90 proof, Suggested Retail Price $25

-SDL Staff

Crown Royal Once Again Selecting Heroes for its “Your Hero’s Name Here” Program

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Crown Royal is once again selecting heroes for its “Your Hero’s Name Here” program to have the 2016 Indianapolis Brickyard 400 named after them.

Nominees of note so far are:

  • US Army Veteran and Olympic Bobsledder Dallas Robinson, nominated by country music singer Justin Moore. Moore invited Robinson and his wife Chelsea to Nashville for one of country music’s biggest weeks, during which they went to the big show and attended VIP parties alongside artists.
  • In Dallas, TX two local heroes, Army Veterans Trista Hopkins-Neal and Phil Robertson, received tickets to last Sunday’s Dallas game, delivered by US Air Force Veteran and former Cowboy Chad Hennings
  • In Phoenix, Packages From Home nominated a group of active duty Air Force officers from Luke Air Force Base and presented them with tickets to this weekend’s NASCAR race

Last night in honor of Veteran’s Day, veterans and their families were treated to unforgettable performances by some of country music’s biggest stars including Justin Moore, Little Big Town and The Band Perry at CBS Radio’s first ever Stars and Strings concert. Before the concert kicked off, guests had the chance to submit nominations.

If you would like to nominate a hero, adults 21+ can visit CrownRoyalHeroes.com and submit their heroes for consideration from now until February 28, 2016. After, five finalists will be chosen and adult consumers will be able to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of the honor where one individual will see their name in lights at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

– Adam Dulski

@adamdulski