CHACOS.COM/CA Blog CHACOS.COM/CA Blog Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:24:01 GMT Chaco Luv for The Dirtbag Diaries <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/~Uploaded/Blog/CHAR/files/2014/2/aspens_shorts_card_small.jpg" alt="" align="left" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chaco is a proud sponsor of The Dirtbag Diaries.&nbsp;</p> <p>Listen to our first sponsored diary <a href="">HERE</a></p> <p>Zen and The Art Powder Skiing</p> <p>&ldquo;With steely determination, I pointed my tips downhill and tried to power through the deep snow, but I was doomed,&rdquo; remembers Julia Rosen. &ldquo;I started to do the super slow splits as my skis drifted further and further apart under two piles of snow that felt like wet concrete. My feet stopped, but my body lurched forward and I was thrust into an unwelcome downward dog.&rdquo; Anyone who&rsquo;s skied powder remembers this fall. Anyone who, like Julia, learned to ski pow as an adult remembers it more clearly. But Julia did make it through the painful learning process&mdash;only to discover that, perhaps, the wisdom she had gained might just serve her in the horizontal world as well.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:21:00 GMT Finding-Your-Voice-Part-1 <p>By&nbsp;<a href="">Brendan Leonard</a></p> <p><img src="/~Uploaded/Blog/CHAR/files/2014/3/photo by bl.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When I was 17, I scrawled the first draft of a story about a road trip into a spiral notebook. It was fiction, because I had just read Jack Kerouac&rsquo;s On the Road and I thought that was fiction. I don&rsquo;t remember anything about the story, other than the characters left my small hometown in northeast Iowa and headed West. And it was handwritten, and the notebook was red. Nobody ever read it, and it ended up in a box somewhere, or in the trash.</p> <p>I knew then that I wanted to be like the characters in Kerouac&rsquo;s book, to live something of an adventure, and hopefully write about it. I didn&rsquo;t really know how, though. I played football and ran track, and did all the mischievous stuff high school kids do, and I wrote only a little, in a creative writing class, and a few notes to girls. I left for college and started classes, starting down various career paths: communications, then biology, then English (for one day), and finally marketing, which I figured would give me a career where I could be creative and get a solid paycheck. Because who could tell you how to be a writer? You go to college to get a job, and being a writer wasn&rsquo;t a job&mdash;it was some sort of fantasy thing people like Stephen King did.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/~Uploaded/Blog/CHAR/files/2014/3/on the road wikimedia commons.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I didn&rsquo;t know how to be a writer anyway, really. I knew how to find and read good books&mdash;that was easy. They practically recommended themselves, appearing on bookstore shelves next to each other, or came up in conversation with other people&mdash;oh, you like so-and-so? Have you read so-and-so? You should.&nbsp;</p> <p>Learning to write like those great writers, though, is not easy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ira Glass has talked about this in an interview, which David Shiyang Liu made into a 2-minute film that became viral. The first thing Ira Glass says is this:&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Nobody tells people who are beginners and I really really wish somebody had told this to me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it and we get into it because we have good taste. But it&rsquo;s like there&rsquo;s a gap. That for the first couple of years that you&rsquo;re making stuff, what you&rsquo;re making isn&rsquo;t so good. It&rsquo;s not that great. It&rsquo;s trying to be good. It has ambition to be good, but it&rsquo;s not quite that good.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="">Ira Glass on Storytelling</a></p> <p>I picked up a new literary hero in Hunter S. Thompson, and started writing a column for the university newspaper. Hunter Thompson partied hard, so I did. I guess I thought that was what made him such a great storyteller. I mean, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the story of a big, messy party, right?&nbsp;</p> <p>Not quite. What I missed back when I was 22, was the evolution of Thompson&rsquo;s career as a writer. He didn&rsquo;t just spontaneously burst onto the scene after writing a story about a wild weekend in Vegas. Five years before that, he embedded himself with the Hell&rsquo;s Angels and wrote a book about it&mdash;journalism.&nbsp;</p> <p>The thing I didn&rsquo;t get is that in order to write or create, you have to have something to write about first. They say &ldquo;write about what you know,&rdquo; and in my early 20s, I didn&rsquo;t know about much in life (although I sure thought I did).&nbsp;</p> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t until my second semester of grad school that I had a meeting with the professor who taught my Creative Nonfiction Workshop that someone spelled it out for me. My professor asked me: What have you done that&rsquo;s unique? Where can your writing take people that they haven&rsquo;t been?&nbsp;</p> <p>I started to take a look back at what I had done that was interesting, different from everyone else in the class. The list wasn&rsquo;t long. I found a couple things, and tried to write them well, and got some encouragement.&nbsp;</p> <p>What I wish someone had told 17-year-old me, scrawling a poorly-conceived road trip story in a notebook, is that if you want to make good stories, you have to live good stories. Living is part of developing a creative voice, if you want to make photographs, or films, or write stories (unless you want to do fiction, of course). You don&rsquo;t have to climb Mount Everest, or drive from Prudhoe Bay to Tierra del Fuego in a VW bus, but you have to do some things you can feel&mdash;have some visceral experiences.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Brendan Leonard is a Contributing Editor &nbsp;Adventure Journal | Climbing | The Dirtbag Diaries</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">The New American Road Trip Mixtape now available in paperback and ebook formats at <a href="">;</a></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:08:00 GMT Introducing Barefoot Z's <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">The world&rsquo;s at your feet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">Chaco is proud to unveil our innovative new Barefoot Z sandal. &nbsp;<a title="Chaco Timeline" href="" target="_blank">25 years ago this month</a>, we launched our iconic Z sandal. &nbsp;Today we bring you the lightest and most minimal sport sandal ever created. &nbsp;At a mere 40 grams, our hyper-minimal silhouette is so low profile you won&rsquo;t even realize they are on your feet.</span></p> <p><img src="/~Uploaded/Blog/CHAR/files/2014/3/Barefoot-Zs_blog-post_700x414_IMAGE_a_FINAL.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;">The Barefoot Z features a new Paleolithic design with a GroundTouch footbed that has been millions of years in the making. Jacquard webbing wraps across the foot and finishes in a toe loop for total forefoot control. The minimalist outsole design will leave feet calloused, creating luggy knots of hardened skin for a tread that can take on any trail.</span></p> <p><img src="/~Uploaded/Blog/CHAR/files/2014/3/Barefoot-Zs_blog-post_700x414_IMAGE_b_FINAL.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/~Uploaded/Blog/CHAR/files/2014/3/Barefoot-Zs_blog-post_538x414_ALT_FINAL.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><span style="font-family: mceinline;">Okay, okay... while Barefoot Z&rsquo;s aren&rsquo;t real, our 25th Anniversary sure is! For a quarter-century we&rsquo;ve been adventuring with you: down rivers, over mountains, around the world, and back. Thank you for making our history together unforgettable!</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:23:00 GMT The MIGHTY Has Arrived! <p>Minimal meets <a href="">LUVSEAT&trade;</a> support in the <a href="">Mighty</a>, <a href="">Chaco</a>&rsquo;s lightest weight and most comfortable sandal yet. A revolutionary new strapping system allows custom adjustment to keep your feet secure and personalize your fit. A siped <a href="">EcoTread&trade;</a> outsole keeps you grounded on wet or dry terrain.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT