Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Guy

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Guy

Looking for the Perfect Gift for your hubby, brother, or dad? Our gear experts have scoured the site for the very best Gift Picks for Him: Father’s Day gift ideas from clothing to gear for climbing, kayaking, and hiking to…

Climbing Magazine Picks the Best New Climbing Gear for 2015

Climbing Magazine Picks the Best New Climbing Gear for 2015

In case you missed it, Climbing magazine just released their choices for the year’s best gear. This one’s special to us because we hosted the editors here in Tennessee and showed them all the classic climbing in the Chattanooga area. Here are…

Welcome Jimmy Webb to the HippyTree Tribe!

Welcome Jimmy Webb to the HippyTree Tribe!

Chattanooga local Jimmy Webb was recently picked up as a sponsor at HippyTree.  We couldn’t be more happy for him, and we look forward to hearing about his future exploits as a climber at events around the country and even close to…

Frequently Asked Questions about Chaco Sandals

Rock/Creekers wear Chacos, as do many of our customers …which means we field quite a few questions about them! To answer some of the most common ones, we’ve put together this FAQ to help you choose the right pair for…

Layering clothing for outdoor sports

How to layer outdoor clothing

What is Layering? If you’ve spent any time in the outdoors, you’ve heard the term “layering.” If you’re new to outdoor activities, though, or maybe if you own a fleece or rain jacket but not much else in the way…

Patagonia Down Jackets now feature Traceable Down

Patagonia Down Jackets now feature Traceable Down

Big news! Patagonia has announced that, from this point forward, all Patagonia down jackets exclusively feature its “Traceable Down” standard — in fact, every down garment in their product line, right now. This expands dramatically upon the limited use of…

Quick reference: a "cheat sheet" for buying down-filled Marmot sleeping bags

Quick reference: a “cheat sheet” for buying down-filled Marmot sleeping bags

You probably know this already, but Marmot makes really, really nice sleeping bags, especially the down bags. Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them! That said, there are so many different Marmot down sleeping bags, it can…

Hidden Valley Climbing Area Reopens

If you’re an Access Fund member, you might have seen the email below in your email inbox this week. We’re excited here at Rock/Creek that another amazing climbing area has been secured and reopened by the dedicated folks at the Access…

What is Synchilla?

What is Synchilla?

Deep in Chilean Patagonia, on a single, remote ridge in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, in the shadow of the volcano Tinguiririca, the Patagonia Synchilla roams free. After growing fat on the scrubby, native vegetation that clings to…

The North Face Thermoball Jackets are back!

The North Face Thermoball Jackets are back!

This time last year, The North Face was busy introducing their new Thermoball jacket collection. Jackets are expensive, of course — so one of the hardest things for a clothing manufacturer to do is introduce a jacket no one has…