Monthly Archives: February 2011

Just released! The Madagascar survival bracelet!

Just released  is The Madagascar – limited edition survival bracelet!

Madagascar is home to octopus trees (it’s okay, we’re not exactly sure what they are either), endless waterfalls and over 70 varieties of Lemur! The country’s culture is rooted in magic, deep fried bananas and all things nature. Sadly, the environment is rapidly disappearing due to the human impact. Our goal is to see as much of Madagascar as possible (sustainably, of course) before it’s gone permanently.

This accessory cord bracelet doesn’t just look cool, it can unravel to yield up to 10 feet of utility cord if you find yourself in a jam and it won’t shrink or rot when wet.

With each purchase, you not only get sweet gear but you’re helping us fund our trip around the world!

The Madagascar survival bracelet

Limited Edition!

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Another new survival bracelet – The New Zealand!

Kia ora! (How the native Maori people say, ‘Hello!’). Situated in the south pacific off the coast of Australia, New Zealand is known for its exquisite backpacking and zip lining through fjords. We are totally stoked to stay with the locals in farmstays and help out on local farms – be it shearing sheep, milking cows or harvesting kiwifruits!

This Top Knotch Gear accessory cord bracelet doesn’t just look cool, it can unravel to yield up to 10 feet of utility cord if you find yourself in a jam and it won’t shrink or rot when wet.

With each purchase, you not only get sweet gear but you’re helping us fund our trip around the world.

Check it out today! http://www.etsy.com/listing/68881648/the-new-zealand-limited-edition-survival

Limited edition survival bracelet – The New Zealand

Limited edition survival bracelet!

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CONTEST! FREE GIVEAWAY!

IT’S GO TIME! Today is our 6th month birthday and we’re having a contest! The winner will receive a $15 iTunes gift card – just answer this question on the Top Knotch Gear Facebook fan page: What 3 countries would you include in your own trip around the world?

(Winner determined by the number of ‘likes’ of their post). Contest ends Feb. 28 at midnight, so post your answer and tell your friends!

 

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New Survival Bracelet! The Patagonia – Limited Edition!

At the southern tip of the Andes Mountains in both Chile and Argentina lies Patagonia – our pit stop on the way to Teirra del Fuego. With caves, glaciers and volcanoes, Patagonia is one of the southern-most destinations on our backpacking itinerary.

Now, we have a survival bracelet dedicated to this amazing place! This accessory cord bracelet doesn’t just look cool, it can unravel to yield up to 10 feet of utility cord if you find yourself in a jam and it won’t shrink or rot when wet.

With each purchase, you not only get sweet gear but you’re helping us fund our trip around the world.

Check out The Patagonia – Limited Edition Survival Bracelet at the Top Knotch Gear Etsy store: http://www.topknotch.etsy.com.

TKG's new survival bracelet - The Patagonia

The Patagonia - Limited Edition Survival Bracelet

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Nature Sounds!

This is just a fun and random website where you can build your own sound mix of nature sounds – http://naturesoundsfor.me/

For a scary mix, try: Darth Vader + tribal drums + bee colony + children giggling

For a night at the farm, try: Grasshopper + sheep + horse snort + thunder

For a day at the zoo, try: Whale + lemur + cat purr + heartbeat

 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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EASY Recipe – Indian Paneer

Do you like Indian food? Ever wish you could make restaurant-quality dishes right in your own abode? Try this super easy recipe for paneer – Indian cheese.

Ingredients:

-1 gallon of milk (any kind works – we use 2%)

-1 quart of buttermilk

-1 cup oil for frying (optional)

Directions:

Pour the gallon of milk into a large pot and bring to a boil. Be sure to keep stirring it so it doesn’t scald or boil over. When the milk starts boiling, stir in the butter milk in a constant stream. The milk will start to separate and the curds will form clumps. Drain the liquid – it helps to pour the curds through a cheesecloth (or a bandana, if you’re us) to drain and then place something heavy on top of the curds to press the remaining liquid out of the curds. Once drained, cut the curds into cubes. From here you can either refrigerate them until you’re ready to use them or you can fry them in a sauté pan for immediate use. To fry, put oil into a pan and turn heat on high. When oil is hot, drop cheese cubes in the pan and fry/sauté for approximately 5 minute or until golden brown. You can season the cheese with salt, curry powder or just leave them plain if you’re serving them in an Indian dish. YUM!

We promise it's cheese, not tofu.

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Aron Ralston on Minute To Win It TONIGHT!

Check out NBC’s show Minute To Win It tonight (Wednesday) at 8PM to see Aron Ralston playing for charity! Aron is the climber and canyonner who inspired the Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours. Even though Aron lost his arm hiking accident, he will compete on the show to raise money for the non-profit organization Wilderness Workshop. Don’t miss it – he’s AWESOME!

Aron Ralston

To find out more about the non-profit organization, Wilderness Workshop, check out: http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/

Aron Ralston's non-profit that he is competing for

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Travel Tip Tuesday!

We are starting something new here on our Top Knotch Gear blog – Travel Tip Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, we will post a quick tip that you can use during your travels to make your adventures a little easier. So, here goes:

Travel Tip #1: When traveling to a place where you expect to buy wine, olive oil or other liquids that come in glass (we’ll call this place Italy), pack large mailing tubes stuffed with plastic bags. On your way back home, you can pack your glass goods inside the tubes and cushion them with the plastic bags to prevent any breaking or spillage.

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Code for Free Address Labels!

Just made awesome new Top Knotch Gear address labels with a picture of one of our bracelets! Want to make professional-looking address labels for your business too? Use this coupon code on Shutterfly (shutterfly.com) for a free set of 28 address labels – you only pay shipping/handling (so one set of labels will cost approx. $2.00). Code expires February 28th. Enjoy!

Code: HTRB-C7ST-U2ED-44V3CD

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Rock Climbing

Looking up at the rock wall

September climbing the rock wall

Morgan climbing the revolving rock wall

This weekend, we decided to channel our inner Aron Ralston (see previous post about the film 127 Hours) and try some indoor rock climbing. Neither of us has climbed in about 10 years, so this was a fun adventure! September found some great coupons online (at groupon.com) for discounted starter packages that gave us lessons in tying climbing knots, belaying and a full day of unlimited climbing at Planet Rock (planet-rock.com) here in Michigan.

Even though we’re both very sore today, we had an awesome time! Check out this link to find yourself a local climbing gym so you an enjoy this sweet sport too!:

http://www.indoorclimbing.com/northamericangyms.html

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