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Love! Here! Now!

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Matthew Silver is like a young Robin Williams (pre-Jumanji), walking that tightrope between insane and genius, between protest and public service, between comedy and spiritual awakening. He is truly wild. We love him.

 How can we stay wild?
 It’s simple. BE HERE NOW.  The mind likes to complicate things, and a lot of time we’re addicted to following the story in the mind because we attach ourselves to it. But we aren’t the mind: we’re beings of energy. Yes, the mind works through energy, but that is what the mind is: energy. There is nothing that’s wrong or right in this world. So be here now because that’s the only thing that’s real: the present moment. Also, love. I love what I do, so that always inspires me to go further and do more. Teach yourself to love the moment. Love the present moment because it’s the only thing that’s real. If you don’t love the present moment, you won’t be present and you will not want to be wild. You’ll be living in the stories in your head.

 What’s the big difference between performing on the street versus
 inside at a club or someplace?

 The street is unique and I recommend everybody try it out.  It’s free, so you have to work with what’s going on. Also, not everybody wants you to perform, and sometimes it’s hard to get to perform in venues. I’ve gained a lot of experience and wisdom from dealing with the streets. Most of what I’ve learned is patience. Not everybody will listen to you, but after time people will check you out. It can be tougher sometimes, but more exciting. Venues are great because they’re in an enclosed area. You can really intimidate the audience if they have a good stage, lighting and microphone. Also, people come to a club or venue to see a performance, so it's more likely that they will listen. On the streets peoples' minds can be fickle, constantly distracted by the city’s chaos.

 Seems like you need a certain amount of busy preoccupied people
 around you in order for the message to work. Does your performance
 only work in big cities full of people?

 No, it works very well during a one-on-one performance as well.  
It’s actually more impactful because I’m using all my energy for one person.
It really surprises them and wakes them up. It makes it a lot of fun. The message works in both cases, because there are always opportunities to make someone laugh. That’s the bottom line of what I’m trying to do. I just want to make people laugh. It’s then I feel that I’m doing my spiritual purpose.

 A lot of the ideas you bring up are solid and easy to relate to like, “Love. Here. Now.” These ideas stop people in their tracks and make them tear up with emotion. These ideas also come up a lot when on mushrooms and LSD. Do you ever take those drugs?
 No, I don’t take drugs...now.  I experienced them five years ago. I don’t recommend them because it built up a lot of unnecessary anxiety and fear in my body. When I speak, I try to feel my heart or when my body tingles with connecting energy−that cool tickly feeling when things are connected. Oneness and thinking about the Awakening of the Global Heart does that to me. I’m inspired by that. That’s why I do it. I want that feeling of connectivity through the entire planet that we can all share and love.

 What is the power of a fart? Mouth fart versus butt fart, difference?
 It’s just a silly sound that I’ve fallen in love with. A fart sound will always be funny. It’s something that many people can relate to. It's simple, and anyone can do it. It’s very difficult for me to do a butt fart on cue :-)

 What’s the most inspired you’ve ever felt?
 Right now−knowing deep in my heart that the Global Heart Awakening is at the tip of our tongues.  It’s happening, and it will happen. It’s just a matter of imaginary time. The reawakening of the Global Heart is when almost everybody on the entire planet connects with their heart rather than their mind. Love is the energy that will keep everything together.
 

Matthew Silver: maninwhitedress.com

We Love Backpacks

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Our favorite adventure buddies are strapped to our backs cheering us along while we get into all kinds of trouble. Check out our backpack reviews to make sure your adventure buddy is the right fit.


Topo Designs: Roll Top    This pack loves riding around town or heading into the mountains for a weekend camp trip. The Roll Top feature allows you to really pack it out when you need the capacity.                             It’s water resistant.                The strap of webbing down the front is to secure extra gear. You can clip on a carabiner and attach a water bottle, camp hat, climbing shoes, headlamp, bike light, you name it.    Made in Colorado    $198.00 topodesigns.com

Topo Designs: Roll Top
  
This pack loves riding around town or heading into the mountains for a weekend camp trip. The Roll Top feature allows you to really pack it out when you need the capacity.
                           
It’s water resistant.
              
The strap of webbing down the front is to secure extra gear. You can clip on a carabiner and attach a water bottle, camp hat, climbing shoes, headlamp, bike light, you name it.
  
Made in Colorado
  
$198.00

topodesigns.com


Will: Give Will               This pack wants to make the world good. It's strong enough to carry your hopes and dreams of being someone who votes with every purchase for social good, but it is also strong enough to carry about 532 strawberrys.                For every Give Will backpack purchased, Will Leather Goods donates that same bag to a child in need who attends public schools in the USA.      Made in China                $95                                                willleathergoods.com

Will: Give Will
             
This pack wants to make the world good. It's strong enough to carry your hopes and dreams of being someone who votes with every purchase for social good, but it is also strong enough to carry about 532 strawberrys.
              
For every Give Will backpack purchased, Will Leather Goods donates that same bag to a child in need who attends public schools in the USA.
    
Made in China
              
$95
                                              
willleathergoods.com


Mokuyobi Threads: The Bedford     This pack loves the city life. It's a carry-on for your flight or a hike in the woods. The bright color versions are great for high-visibility biking in the city.          It's a three-way transformable backpack. The backpack straps unclip and tuck inside the back compartment. There's a hidden side strap that can be taken out and clipped so it can be worn as a messenger-style bag or it can simply be carried by the tote handles as a briefcase.               Made in California                        $114             MokuyobiThreads.com

Mokuyobi Threads: The Bedford
   
This pack loves the city life. It's a carry-on for your flight or a hike in the woods. The bright color versions are great for high-visibility biking in the city.
        
It's a three-way transformable backpack. The backpack straps unclip and tuck inside the back compartment. There's a hidden side strap that can be taken out and clipped so it can be worn as a messenger-style bag or it can simply be carried by the tote handles as a briefcase.
             
Made in California
                      
$114
           
MokuyobiThreads.com


Chums: SINAWAVA 45 S   This pack is whistling Willy Wonka songs to you while you tightrope walk (slackline) between two giant boulders in Joshua Tree. When the sun goes down it’ll bust out a ukulele and play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”                                                         Available exclusily at Without Walls.   Made in China   $274                  withoutwalls.com

Chums: SINAWAVA 45 S
 

This pack is whistling Willy Wonka songs to you while you tightrope walk (slackline) between two giant boulders in Joshua Tree. When the sun goes down it’ll bust out a ukulele and play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
                                                       
Available exclusily at Without Walls.
 
Made in China
 
$274
                
withoutwalls.com


  Pack NW: The Hobo Tote            This pack want to be your best buddy. The perfect grocery-beach-work-climbing-camping- baby-travel-whatever bag.               Suspension system converts quickly & easily from one-shoulder tote-style carry to two-shoulder backpack- style carry.                       Fits a 35lb. blue heeler comfortably.                                                            Made in Washington                                 $95                 packnw.com

 

Pack NW: The Hobo Tote
   
       
This pack want to be your best buddy. The perfect grocery-beach-work-climbing-camping-
baby-travel-whatever bag.
             
Suspension system converts quickly & easily from one-shoulder tote-style carry to two-shoulder backpack-
style carry.
                     
Fits a 35lb. blue heeler comfortably.
                                                          
Made in Washington
                               
$95
               
packnw.com


  Tomahawk: Waylon                    This pack rides shotgun in any pickup truck made before the 1980s. It's great for hauling mixtapes, Mexican soda pop bottles, arrowheads, pearl-snap cowboy shirts and everything else charished by uncles.                The straps are bridle leather lined with sheepskin for a little cushion.        Made in Oregon                            $350                        tomahawkportland.com

 

Tomahawk: Waylon
      
            
This pack rides shotgun in any pickup truck made before the 1980s. It's great for hauling mixtapes, Mexican soda pop bottles, arrowheads, pearl-snap cowboy shirts and everything else charished by uncles.
              
The straps are bridle leather lined with sheepskin for a little cushion.
      
Made in Oregon
                          
$350
                      
tomahawkportland.com

Herschel: Little America Backpack                 This pack says, “Check out my cute acid-wash denim! White leather straps! Squeee!” It wants to go to the classroom, the streets, hot picnic dates and the art gallery. It wants you to have a crush on it.         It is fully lined with coated cotton-poly fabric, has a laptop sleeve pocket, and the leather straps have magnetic metal pin-clip closures.     Made in China         $159.99         herschelsupply.com

Herschel: Little America Backpack
               
This pack says, “Check out my cute acid-wash denim! White leather straps! Squeee!” It wants to go to the classroom, the streets, hot picnic dates and the art gallery. It wants you to have a crush on it.
       
It is fully lined with coated cotton-poly fabric, has a laptop sleeve pocket, and the leather straps have magnetic metal pin-clip closures.
   
Made in China
       
$159.99
       
herschelsupply.com


Red Clouds Collective: The Prescott              This pack wants to hug the hips of a curvy road on your motorcycle ride to the concert at the farm. It asks you, "What if you meet someone new tonight?" That's why you packed a blanket, a flask of whiskey, your tooth brush and some condoms. Be prepared.             Herman Oak vegetable-tanned leather and 10.10 waxed canvas with solid brass buckles. The interior fabric is 10 oz single-fill duck canvas with commercial water repellent so the bag and everything in it will stay safe and dry.                      Made in Oregon                     $285          redcloudscollective.com

Red Clouds Collective: The Prescott
            
This pack wants to hug the hips of a curvy road on your motorcycle ride to the concert at the farm. It asks you, "What if you meet someone new tonight?" That's why you packed a blanket, a flask of whiskey, your tooth brush and some condoms. Be prepared.
           
Herman Oak vegetable-tanned leather and 10.10 waxed canvas with solid brass buckles. The interior fabric is 10 oz single-fill duck canvas with commercial water repellent so the bag and everything in it will stay safe and dry.
                    
Made in Oregon
                   
$285
        
redcloudscollective.com


Fjällräven: The Rucksack      This pack want to climb mountains just for the epic selfie! A heavy-duty day hiker/overnighter built to last! If packed smart, you could easily use this for an overnight beach trip or into the hills.     Being a poly/cotton waxed canvas, the fabric on its own is water resistant but by waxing the fabric further, you can almost make it waterproof. The wax comes in a block which you just rub onto the fabric as lightly or as heavy as you want, and then you just melt it in with a blow-drier.   Made in Vietnam                         $200   fjallraven.us

Fjällräven: The Rucksack
    
This pack want to climb mountains just for the epic selfie!

A heavy-duty day hiker/overnighter built to last! If packed smart, you could easily use this for an overnight beach trip or into the hills.
   
Being a poly/cotton waxed canvas, the fabric on its own is water resistant but by waxing the fabric further, you can almost make it waterproof. The wax comes in a block which you just rub onto the fabric as lightly or as heavy as you want, and then you just melt it in with a blow-drier.
 
Made in Vietnam
                       
$200
 
fjallraven.us


  Mission Workshop: Arkiv Field Pack                           This pack wants it all! It's freaky how customizable this modular industrial-strength pack is. Load it up with removable pockets for a trip around the planet or strip it down for a day at the hot springs.              Lifetime warranty.       Made in Colorado                   $209                    missionworkshop.com

 

Mission Workshop: Arkiv Field Pack
                         
This pack wants it all! It's freaky how customizable this modular industrial-strength pack is. Load it up with removable pockets for a trip around the planet or strip it down for a day at the hot springs.
            
Lifetime warranty.
     
Made in Colorado
                 
$209
                  
missionworkshop.com


  Urban Barrels: The BagTowel                              This pack want to fucking rage! It turns into a towel when you turn it inside out!                        The pocket is made from old boat sails.                    Fits a 12 pack.                         Made in California                                     $50                       urbanbarrels.com

 

Urban Barrels: The BagTowel
    
                        
This pack want to fucking rage! It turns into a towel when you turn it inside out!
                      
The pocket is made from old boat sails.
                  
Fits a 12 pack.
                       
Made in California
                                   
$50
                     
urbanbarrels.com


  Alite: Ochiba                         This super colorful pack wants to go to Moab, Utah on your back. It wants to do some river hikes, watermelon hunting, rock-shop foraging and cave gazing.                           Ochiba is a name for a Japanese Koi Fish.                         Side-access zipper to padded laptop sleeve.                           Made in the Philippines                                 $105                        alitedesigns.com

 

Alite: Ochiba
                       
This super colorful pack wants to go to Moab, Utah on your back. It wants to do some river hikes, watermelon hunting, rock-shop foraging and cave gazing.
                         
Ochiba is a name for a Japanese Koi Fish.
                       
Side-access zipper to padded laptop sleeve.
                         
Made in the Philippines
                               
$105
                      
alitedesigns.com

Bridge & Burn: Pacific Standard This mid-sized pack silently waits for a day hike. It's got room for a camera, water & snacks, and extra clothes. You'll need those extra clothes once you get back to the office from an epic lunch break spent picking berries in a misty muddy urban forest.   The fabric is waterproof. The construction of the pack is water resistant.   Made in Oregon $264.00   bridgeandburn.com

Bridge & Burn: Pacific Standard

This mid-sized pack silently waits for a day hike. It's got room for a camera, water & snacks, and extra clothes. You'll need those extra clothes once you get back to the office from an epic lunch break spent picking berries in a misty muddy urban forest.
 
The fabric is waterproof. The construction of the pack is water resistant.
 
Made in Oregon

$264.00
 
bridgeandburn.com


Mountainsmith & Icelantic Skis: Collaboration This pack begs for a day of skiing or riding around a resort looking for hot tubs and high-fives.             Icelantic approached Mountainsmith to create a pack for their 5280 Collection, a new line of apparel and gear. It has a lot of straps.                 Made in Minnesota       $149          mountainsmith.com

Mountainsmith & Icelantic Skis: Collaboration

This pack begs for a day of skiing or riding around a resort looking for hot tubs and high-fives.
           
Icelantic approached Mountainsmith to create a pack for their 5280 Collection, a new line of apparel and gear. It has a lot of straps.
               
Made in Minnesota
     
$149
        
mountainsmith.com


Jbird Collective: The Techpack           This pack dares you to ride your motorcycle faster. Its 25liter interior allows you to throw a couple changes of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, a large nalgene and your toiletries without disorganizing your pens, notebooks, laptop and power cords.                                                Its Cobra buckle is manufactured using the highest grade aluminum alloy, brass and steel. They do not corrode, jam, crack or malfunction.             Made in Oregon                        $280                  jbirdcollective.com

Jbird Collective: The Techpack
         
This pack dares you to ride your motorcycle faster. Its 25liter interior allows you to throw a couple changes of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, a large nalgene and your toiletries without disorganizing your pens, notebooks, laptop and power cords.
                                              
Its Cobra buckle is manufactured using the highest grade aluminum alloy, brass and steel. They do not corrode, jam, crack or malfunction.
           
Made in Oregon
                      
$280
                
jbirdcollective.com


  Truce: Air Rescue         This pack wants to go to sea! It's made of coast guard rescue drysuit scraps salvaged and upcycled into one of the strongest backpacks the human race has ever seen.                    Seam-sealed liners make it totally weatherproof.                   Made in Oregon                          $340              trucedesigns.com

 

Truce: Air Rescue
       
This pack wants to go to sea! It's made of coast guard rescue drysuit scraps salvaged and upcycled into one of the strongest backpacks the human race has ever seen.
                  
Seam-sealed liners make it totally weatherproof.
                 
Made in Oregon
                        
$340
            
trucedesigns.com


  Trakke: Krukke               This pack wants a soggy solo hike. Made of beautiful Harris Tweed in the Outer Hebrides by weavers working on their crofts (small farmsteads). Their looms are pedal powered, exactly like a bicycle, and the wool is all sourced from sheep local to Scotland.                 Krukke is a Norwegian word meaning ‘container’ or ‘jar.’                       Made in Scotland                           $350                trakke.co.uk

 

Trakke: Krukke
       
      
This pack wants a soggy solo hike. Made of beautiful Harris Tweed in the Outer Hebrides by weavers working on their crofts (small farmsteads). Their looms are pedal powered, exactly like a bicycle, and the wool is all sourced from sheep local to Scotland.
               
Krukke is a Norwegian word meaning ‘container’ or ‘jar.’
                     
Made in Scotland
                         
$350
              
trakke.co.uk


Poler: The Field Pack                                     This pack wants to go on the everyday adventure to school or work, or up a tree to eat a double-scoop ice cream cone.                                     You can fill it with over 114,000,000 camp vibes!                                     Made in China                                      $50                                    polerstuff.com

Poler: The Field Pack
                                   
This pack wants to go on the everyday adventure to school or work, or up a tree to eat a double-scoop ice cream cone.
                                   
You can fill it with over 114,000,000 camp vibes!
                                   
Made in China
                                    
$50
                                  
polerstuff.com

Storm Cradlers

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Come see The Cradle of Storms: a film by Chris Burkard & Surfer Magazine about cold-water surf exploration at it's finest.

Snow Peak | Thursday Nov. 13th | 7-9pm | 410 NW 14th Ave. Mor einfo on the Facebook page.

PLUS: Zeal Optics trunk show and product raffle (featuring stuff from Stay Wild magazine) benefiting Warm Current a non-profit that helps kids get out in the cold water to catch waves!

EXTRA BONUS PLUS: Chris Burkard will be flying in to present his slide show on the making of the film before it screens!

Nature's Skatepark

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Looks like we've been backpacking all wrong. For now on skateboards as just as important as sleeping pads on backcounrty hikes in the Sierras. Thanks for the inspiration Brandon Rein!

Ray Gordon's Gasser

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Photos by Jon Humphries

Photos by Jon Humphries

Ray Gordon bought a 1951 chevy to be his life project. Unfortunately, in a fit of passion, he finished his life project in 3 years with the help of his family and friends.

The car’s official name is “El Capitan: The Ray Gordon Gasser,” but his Dad just refers to it as “The Beast.”

The style of the build is “A Gasser,” a class of pioneering drag racing from the ’50s and ’60s. Acording to Ray, “We built it with keeping history and tradition at the top of the priority list. Everything was done how it would have been back then. It’s a rolling time machine.”

Ray's Gasser was built not bought:

  • The motor is the heartbeat of this car. It’s from a car that Ray’s mother bought new in 1973. His father pulled the motor out of that car when he junked it in the ’80s. Chance would have it that he now builds competition motors, and he built the shit out of this 406 small block—made 500 plus hp and over 520 ft. lbs. of torque on the dyno.
  • The graphics were hand-painted by the one and only Ornamental Conifer.
  • The bodywork and base coat of paint were all handled by Ray’s good friend Dale Wickline.
  • The seats were all hand-made by good friend Ginger McCabe at New Church Moto.
  • The roll cage and 5-point harnesses all around are for Ray’s three-and six-year-old children. “To keep them safe.”
  • The tires were hand built by Cody Adams and his dad at Hurst Racing Tires.

Stay Wild magazine had the pleasure of riding in the back seat of "The Beast" and can tell you first hand, it's a fucking blast!

Ray Gordon is a commercial photographer. See his shots of cars going full throttle HERE and on Instagram.