The UBB Wholesale Team spends most of their time on the road, traveling to tradeshows and visiting retailers. While they typically split that time between cars, convention centers, planes, and hotel rooms, Matt and Dave try to squeeze in at least 24 hours out in the wild, testing out our gear. We asked Matt (an avid kayaker and the first person we consult before buying new hiking boots) and Dave (who’s known to compulsively check Jersey Shore surf forecasts) to regale us with tales from their cross-country trips. Keep reading for their (no longer) secret spot for trout fishing in the Sierra Nevadas and their go-to trail in Pisgah for night hikes.
Matt & Dave took a detour after a Las Vegas tradeshow to test our scallop cut boardshorts in Las Vegas’s neighboring national landmark.
Dave wears our scallop cut boardshorts while mountain biking since they're higher on the knee, which gives him more room to move. Plus, they’re light, wick away sweat, and don’t require a belt. ↑
Matt: Red Rock Canyon is a small outdoor paradise only about 30 minutes outside of the city — not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Vegas. There’s a relatively large mountain bike trail system, and none of the trails is particularly steep. Lots of long, gradual uphill climbs and lots of smooth, fast downhills.
The wind was gusting at 50 mph which made for some interesting conditions. Blake at McGhies Bike Shop in Blue Diamond mapped out the perfect route for us: a little over 20 miles, 2K+ elevation gain, and pure fun.
Red Rock Canyon Dave
The boys drove through Death Valley after a Las Vegas tradeshow to hike and fish just south of Mt. Whitney.
Matt: Meysan Lake is at about 11,500 feet in the Sierra Nevadas. We took an 11 mile roundtrip hike (3K in elevation gain) from the Whitney Portal to get there — and the closer we got, the less of a trail there was. The last half mile is basically a scramble up large boulders. Eventually, we stumbled upon a massive crystal clear lake filled with trout. We were out on the mountain for at least 12 hours and the number of fish we caught (a dozen) was more than the number of other people we saw (one).
Dave wears his Longbow Scallop Boardshorts as he unhooks a trout from his line. ↑
Instead of staying in a hotel for a Tennessee tradeshow, the Wholesale Team pitched their tents in the Smoky Mountains, not too far from some of Asheville-native Matt’s favorite spots.
Matt: After camping and hiking in the Smoky Mountains, we hit up the mountain biking trails in the Dupont State Recreational Forest, which is right near the North Carolina / South Carolina border. We also had to make a stop at John Rock (my favorite place in Pisgah) for a night hike.