Guest Post from Tyler at Baetis & Stone

When you live in the city, life can get a little crazy from time to time.  Escaping the constant traffic, impending deadlines, and finding some fresh air is must.  Whether it's a day trip down Highway One for a surf session or a weekend trip to the Sierras, getting out there always helps to clear the mind. 

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend Ashley and I went camping near Sonora Pass.  Although we spent plenty of time lounging around the campfire, we also got out for some hiking and Ashely got to catch her first fish on a fly.  We were lucky enough to land a few rainbow trout in the main river and a few wild Lahontan Cutthroat in one of the high mountain tributaries.  She was stoked to see fish rising to her dry fly and to have mountain peaks casting shadows instead of skyscrapers was just what the doctor ordered.

After a solid day in the sun, we cooked dinner on cast iron pans and the camp grill while drinks were kept ice cold in the Yeti.  We polished off the night taking in the stars while warming our tired feet by the fire.  

To say a weekend in the mountains, standing knee deep in the river was a welcome respite from the buzz of the city, would be an understatement.  Sawyer's a rad spot to get all your provisions for a trip to the mountains. From a comfy T to a great back pack, they've got all you need to break loose from the daily grind and get out there!

Red Bull & Bureo Shoot at Sawyer

Keep your eyes open for a Sawyer feature in Red Bull TV's film about one of our favorite companies, Bureo Skateboards. These boys are truly inspiring. They make skate decks out of recycled fishing nets, and they are killing it! The film will be released in early 2016. 

Sawyer was the first store (ever!) to carry these boards. Their vision, work, and boards will always have a special spot in our hearts and our store. We've got a new shipment just in time for the holidays. Get your hands on one before they all roll out the door. 

Go There: Mount Whitney

Our friends Justine, Zac, and Steve recently hit the road and the trail to hike Mount Whitney. They camped at Iceberg Lake at 12,600 feet and then climbed the East Face of Mount Whiteny, a 10-pitch route that was first climbed in 1931. They reached the summit around 4pm and enjoyed the view from one of the highest peaks in the lower 48 states (14,505 feet)! To fuel themselves on this long trek they packed along Early Bird Granola Bars (made in Brooklyn) and Treehouse Drinking Chocolate (made in Portland), both available at Sawyer.  

Keepin' those campsites classy.  

Are you putting your Sawyer gear to the test out there in the real world?

Show us!

Send us details of your adventure (where you went, what you brought) and we'll feature you here on our blog! We love seeing our community and our goods and supplies in action! For more info or to submit your getaway email us at 

Support Parkinson's Disease Research

Please join Tour de Fox and The Michael J. Fox Foundation on Wednesday, August 26th at Beer Thirty as they continue the work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's research. 

Following the Mt Whitney Climb stop by for a pint, show the crew some love and help us raise awareness and money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This event is free and open to the public, but we are selling a limited amount of VIP tickets which includes beer, food, cornhole tournament entrance to VIP area, swag and more. Tickets are selling out fast! We hope you will join us!

Beer Thirty: 2504 S Main St, Soquel, CA 95073

Music by El Cuarto Verde 

VIP tickets: $50.00 

Purchase tickets here:

Sawyer's owner, Stacy Forrester's father was diagnosed with Parkinson's 15 years ago and has been bravely fighting the disease ever since. Please help support the important work of finding a cure! 

Check it out: Inside the Mind of Sachi Cunningham

SeaLevelTV is releasing the first short film in its “Saltwater Daughters” series about award-winning big wave water photographer, Sachi Cunningham. Cunningham is a globally recognized, San Francisco-based journalist (Los Angeles Times, PBS, FRONTLINE), a journalism professor at San Francisco State University and documentary filmmaker (her feature film “Crutch” is in post-production). She tells SeaLevelTV how and why she is able to place herself and her camera in treacherous waters and huge open ocean waves to capture astounding images of champion big wave surfers like Bianca Valenti, even when experienced surfer friends implore her not to swim out in dangerous conditions.

“I think at the very beginning of this journey with water photography, part of what was driving me was this desire to take photos of women surfers so it would inspire other female surfers.”

We discover that the intensity of Ms. Cunningham’s past which drives her to tenaciously pursue seemingly herculean journalism feats in order to document true “firsts”, whether it’s turning her lens on capturing the dramatic rise of women’s big wave surfing for Surfer Magazine or covering the scene the of the BP Deep Water Horizon disaster from a Cambodian fisherman’s shrimp boat for The Los Angeles Times.

Fourth of July: Outfitted by Sawyer

How did you celebrate America this year?

We beat the heat lakeside at Pinecrest. Of course we packed the car with all the essential gear from Sawyer for the perfect holiday weekend. Take a look at what helped make our Fourth rad, comfortable, and stylish! 

ALITE CAMP CHAIRS. These are literally the lightest chairs you've ever packed. They fold up into a little case that will fit easily in your beach bag, leaving plenty of room for that six pack.

ALITE WATERPROOF BEACH MAT. Better than a beach blanket. Large enough for all your buddies. Perfect spot for your wet puppy. 


This waterproof speaker connects wirelessly and projects sound louder than a bear's roar. Maybe we shouldn't have taken it to the woods? But it really made that cabin deck dance party possible. We'll take our chances. 


We never leave the house without a couple of these hats in tow. Plenty of new styles, sizes, and colors are now available at Sawyer. Unless we buy them all first. 

YELLOW LEAF HANDWOVEN HAMMOCK. We strung up the hammock in the shade to relax after a long day in the sun. There is not a better place to sip a beer and watch the sun set over the trees. Plus these hammocks do real good in the world. Yellow Leaf hammocks create sustainable jobs and empower the weavers and their families to break the cycle of poverty. 

Go There: Pinecrest Lake

This weekend we got away to Pinecrest Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A 3 1/2 hour drive from Santa Cruz, Pinecrest is the perfect spot for an easy getaway. The lake is small enough that you can hike around the whole thing in an afternoon or you can rent a boat from the marina to get to the far side. There are campsites right at the lake or cabins for rent along the lake's edge. 

We brought along our handmade Strawfoot tote to carry all our beach essentials and of course, a Sawyer hat for sun protection. Get up there! 

Go There: Kings Canyon National Park

Need some inspiration for your next camping trip? We've got it. Kings Canyon National Park, nestled in the Southern Sierras is the perfect place for a long weekend of car camping or a longer backpacking trip. We set up camp in Cedar Grove at the Sheep Creek Campground. Of course we packed (easily!) our Primus Basecamp Stove, our Snowpeak Aluminum Bowls, and our Kleen Kanteen insulated pint. We like to call this the "transitional" cup 'cus it so easily holds all your necessary beverages, from coffee, to iced tea, to that frosty evening (or afternoon?!) beer. 

Tip: Pre-make meals and freeze in zip lock bags. When you thrown them in the cooler they keep the rest of your goodies cool and then, like us, you're enjoying Spaghetti Bolognese fireside. Badass. Don't forget the wine!

Blueberry Hot Camp Cereal 

Try this easy recipe! 

Bob's 10 Grain Hot Cereal. Follow the directions on the bag, but add 2 egg whites and 1 TBL of Almond or Peanut Butter while cooking. Throw in some flax seeds at the end.  

Top with fresh berries and walnuts (or any nuts)!

This bowl of goodness will start your day off right. 

Salt of the Earth Conference

Proudly presented by the UCHRI and Porter College, the spirit of the Salt of the Earth event is to essentially celebrate the indigenous Hawaiian practice of heʻe nalu (surfing) and the impact it has had on the world.  Events include an artist talk by Drew Brophy and an alaia surfboard shaping demo by Tom Pohaku Stone at Porter College on the afternoon of Friday, 11/1.  That evening there will be screening of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau presented by director Sam George at the Rio Theater – doors and live music start at 6:45pm.  The following day a surf conference will be held at the UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall, from 9:30am – 5:00pm, that will use the film to segue into some of the most debated aspects of contemporary surf culture: the changing aesthetic representations of surfing, the evolving methods of surfboard production, surf industry environmentalism and surfer activism, and contextualizing localisms in both Oʻahu and Santa Cruz.  These events are free* and open to the public.  For more information, please visit the event website at or email Trey Highton at

 Sponsored by: Arbor Collective, Big Creek Lumber, Burger, Dark Seas, Hula’s Island Grill, Kanalu, Mollusk Surf Shop, Obey, Patagonia, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Save the Waves Coalition, Sawyer Land & Sea Supply, Surfline, Surfrider Foundation,

Trader Joe’s, Woodstock’s Pizza, and the UCSC Literature Department

* A $5 donation will be strongly suggested at the door for the film screening.  This donation will purchase a raffle ticket for various door prizes supplied by our community sponsors.  All proceeds will benefit the Surfrider & Aikau Foundations.