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Day in the Life


                                      (photography by Jeff Rose) 

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is just about to begin. To start this season off right we have launched our new Fall | Winter collection for 2014 as well as moved our “Basecamp” retail location from West Ave. to 205 W. Dickson St. proper. Our new location is bigger, better, and all around more chill.

For all this goodness we have launched a “Day in the Life” Instagram contest on September 1st. Each week in September we will be hosting a different style contest so follow @shopfayettechill and @fayettechill for all your contest info. There will be a plethora of prizes and all the Chill that we can handle. Below you will find a rough timeline (subject to change of course).

  • September 1st - Campaign Launch!!! (Lifestyle Picture Campaign) - WINNER Ellyn Green (@shhmellyn) | Prize: $25.00 Gift Card + Horizontal Hammock Tee

  • Sep 8. - Sport in Action Campaign - LIVE CAMPAIGN | Prize $50.00 Gift Card + Horizontal Hammock Tee

  • Sep 15. -  Hammock Picture Campaign Prize $75.00 Gift Card + Horizontal Hammock Tee

  • Sep 22. - A Day in the Life - Video | Prize $100.00 Gift Card + Horizontal Hammock Tee

  • Sept 29th - Contest Over
  • All submissions must tag @shopfayettechill @fayettechill and #adayinthelife No limit to the number of submissions per contest and previous winners can win again. So, keep it coming!

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Proud to introduce a new style for the Fall collection.  This chambray cotton button-down is extremely soft and is light enough to wear during the fall, but insulated enough to keep you warm during the winter.
Available in charcoal and blue, online or in our retail store partners.

Proud to introduce a new style for the Fall collection.  This chambray cotton button-down is extremely soft and is light enough to wear during the fall, but insulated enough to keep you warm during the winter.

Available in charcoal and blue, online or in our retail store partners.


My good friend Adam Engel decided to embark on a life-changing journey this past April. He traded in his desk job for a cruising bike, bare-essential supplies, and a wayfaring spirit. Since April, he put Dallas in his rear-view and has been biking across the country, one pedal at a time. I figured this was a great opportunity to field-test our new, “Mongrel,” shorts, our amphibian-style performance shorts. Here is what he had to say:

"I’ve pedalled now over 6000 miles from Dallas to New Orleans, Chicago and Seattle. Many of these miles were done wearing Fayettechill’s Mongrels. It didn’t take long for them to become my preferred pedal pants. They are fit and flexible enough to be great while on the bike, and when I get off to explore a town I’m able to blend in immediately without skin tight clothing displaying my legumes to the world.  They’ve endured no end of grease and dirt, not to mention miles of my own cyclists exhaust fumes, which is why I can safely endorse these shorts to anyone living life outdoors. (I’m sure they’d do just fine under a desk as well). Also, to anyone thinking about a bike tour - fucking do it. It’s great."

From Seattle -headed north

Thanks Adam and I can’t wait to catch up when you down the road somewhere!

-Grant Holden

Fishing with the FC Team

As it goes on the best vacations, our day started early.  We woke at 6:30 am to a rainy mountain day and gathered our gear together.  Mo with his fly rod, waders, and boots.  Myself with nothing but a cup of coffee and a breakfast burrito.

We plugged Carbondale, Colorado into the phone and off we went to meet our friend and FC Athlete, David Burgher.  The drive was dark and rainy in the best way.  It seemed the day was slowly revealing itself to us at a pace that our groggy heads could keep up with, the steep slopes of the mountains gradually disappearing into the white fog above.  We followed the Colorado River into Glenwood Canyon, a towering feat of nature with 1,300 foot sheer cliffs on each side just as the caffeine from the morning coffee was reaching our heads.  Once again we only felt the presence of the magnificence surrounding us, obscured by the rain.


When we met up with David, he was waiting for us at Katherine’s Place, an offbeat gas station on the side of the highway.  Sitting in his 1988 ragtop Blazer, he looked fired up and ready to go - not always something expected from someone who fishes every day for a living.  There’s something to take away from people that have found their passion in life and grow themselves along with it.  After a brief regroup we followed that tank of a vehicle deep up an alpine valley, next to a river full of white water and deep pools.  A river called the Frying Pan.  The kind of river that promises legendary fish.


We skipped over a few spots that were already embattled with anglers.  After a couple of stops for David to scout the river, we found our stretch.  One cast to show us where to fish and he pulled a beautiful brown out of the water.  Thoroughly impressed, I waded downriver to try my skill (luck).  Three casts and I found myself staring at the gnarliest tangle of line and fly that I’ve ever seen.  Snaggle in hand, I sat on a tree that had fallen across the river, and let Mo and David move on down while I set to an intricate game of knot untying. The majority of an hour later, I walked down to where my fishing mates were, cut my line, and tied on a new fly.


We started moving up river again and it was at this time that David spied a gorgeous rainbow in the river to our right.  With some coaching on how to cast around the bush that was blocking the river, I settled in to fish.  One cast. Two.  On up to 15 casts later I was about to stop and move on to another spot.  After some mental back and forth, I convinced myself that I just needed to put the fly a few feet upstream, and tried one more time.  He took it!  I pulled my prize out and proudly held him up for a picture - cheesing the whole time.  Mother nature seemed to approve and opened up the sky for me.  After that experience, with the sun on my back, my day was complete, no matter what happened later.


When we moved down to the “secret spot” I was still high on the fish I had pulled out a few minutes earlier.  David promised that these fish were nothing like the trout we had seen back home, and after he pointed out the two and three foot shadows dancing in the water I began to believe him.  This bank had its own obstacles, with thorn trees and steep terrain, but David hooked the biggest river trout I’ve ever seen.  



I spent most of the time at our new spot fighting the bushes more than the fish, but that didn’t stop me from having a tremendous time watching my friend and guide throw 80 foot casts out in front of the opposite bank.  The timing, finesse, and skill involved in fly fishing is awe inspiring.  The perfect cast is more art than sport, and the payoff in the end is a one of a kind adrenaline rush.


We caught a lot of fish that day and had more good times than we ever expected.  In the end, Mo caught the fish he was wanting, I caught the beauty I was seeking, and David caught the behemoth he was hunting.  A little stop at a Mexican restaurant and Mo and I were off on our way back to Vail, this time with a full view of the awesome scenery left, right, and above.


Yoga Adventure Series August 1st - Sunrise Yoga - Recap

It’s always so much easier to wake up early in the summertime, and having a destination like Hazel Valley ranch made it even less difficult.  Outside it was some magical number between sixty and seventy degrees out, and with just enough light coming through the clouds.  We started by 6:20am, and were treated to stunning sights around the ranch throughout class.  



Directly in front of the class was a pond in perfect standstill, and in the distance we watched the mist wrap around the tree line under morning light.  We heard the odd grunts of the buffalo nearby, and the soft chirping of birds as well.  Throughout all of this our instructor Crystal Beshears led a class that complimented the time and location beautifully.  



After class the participants were even friendlier to one another than before, and all hung around to talk and explore the area for a bit.  Hazel Valley Ranch, which will also be the location of our festival End of Summer Daze this year, has a truly special vibe to it.  We saw the makings of a giant slip n slide, parts of an epic 36 disc golf course, and much more that makes me incredibly stoked to send the Summer off in grand style.  


The cheerful scene above captures what makes these classes one of my favorite parts of working at Fayettechill.  Smiles shared between strangers.  Without a doubt that makes waking up a little earlier than normal worth it for me.

End of Summer Daze: Make the Most out of your Daze


End of Summer Daze (EOSD) Is just under a week away, and we couldn’t be more excited in the land of Fayettechill. It’s been a big year for the boys of FC - winning Small Business of the Year from Arkansas Business set off a series of good vibes, and we’ve been riding the waves ever since. This year we have expanded into the double digits of states we’re carried in, found a real home in the Smokehouse of the bottom of Mt. Kessler, seen that mountain’s Greenways protected into perpetuity by the council of the city we love, stepped into the cut-and-sew game, funded our first crowd sourced Kickstarter project for the Journeyman, and are now in the middle of new store whose layout and location are what dreams are made out of. What to do next? Celebrate of course! And we want you to join in on the party.

EOSD is designed to mean something different to each person who attends. For us, it’s our way of saying thank you for supporting us and our vision as a lifestyle brand and company. Everyday we receive an incredible amount of positive feedback from supporters who believe in the lifestyle we promote. Our inboxes are filled with passions for camping, climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, and explorations & adventures of all kinds. Our goal with EOSD was to create a weekend long experience where you could fully submerge yourself in many, or all, of the lifestyle components we promote as company. Of course, we wanted to present the most chill versions of each of these activities, so that the steep learning curve that often dissuades people from partaking wouldn’t be an issue.

In one aspect, End of Summer Daze is a challenge: What do you have left in your Summer? Let’s put it all out on the table and play in the Ozarks under the Summer sun and stars across a beautiful, private 300 acre ranch just 35 minutes outside of Fayetteville. What could make this experience even better? Friends, of course! And we’ve got them waiting for you in spades, and in all varieties. One of the most amazing aspects of this festival will be the people who partake in it. At this stage of its development, the lifestyle available at EOSD is a little gem not yet scene by our wound up world. All who attend will surely feel as if they are at a private showing of something truly special, and the best part is, it is they who get to write the script of exactly what it will become.


So what are the basics you need to know for this most amazing weekend?

LOCATION - 16330 Olive Rd, Fayetteville AR. Don’t let the address fool you, the ranch is actually just outside of Elkins, but has a Fayetteville zip code. Put it into to  Google maps and it will take you right there. 

There are two ways to get in:

  • General Admission ($65) - this gets you general access to the festival. Open camping throughout the ranch, outside showers, a pantheon of outdoor activities, holistic living programming, artistic stimulation, and two full nights of live and local music.

  • VIP ($100) - this will get you all the above but, in addition, you will have access to VIP camping in the more shaded, forested areas of the ranch, and access to the Buffalo Lodge, which has an A/C, shower, and private bathrooms in addition to other amenities.

If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, you can some for you and your friends here - http://shop.fayettechill.com/collections/yoga-adventure-series/products/experiencethedaze


What to bring: ¡BUG SPRAY AND/OR REPELLENT! Don’t forget, it is August in Arkansas, so bugs will be out and about, but not in such numbers that some well strategized bug spray and citronella candles can’t handle. The ranch is very well maintained, so bring some light deterrents to the critters and you’ll be fine. Beyond that bring your camping basics - a tent, sleeping pad, blankets, chairs, canopy to block the sun, instruments, MP3 players, and anything else that will make you comfortable in the outdoors. You can car camp so that’s chill too.

The weather has been relatively mild this summer, so dress for weather in 80-90s during the day, and upper 60s - 70s at night. There are multiple water components to the ranch (slip-n-slide, above ground pool, middle fork of the White River, swimming holes) so be sure to bring a swimsuit or something similar.

The rule of cool is food is alway welcome, and EOSD is no different. Stuff your cooler with your favorite summer snacks and bring some to share with friends. Drinks are BYOB but we ask that no glass is brought onto the HVR property. There is a strange time-continuum anti-matter pocket around and below the ranch that will implode if any glass is brought on property. We would totally be cool with glass if it wasn’t for this fact.

Beyond that, the most important thing you can bring is the one-two punch of good vibes and dancing shoes. These two essentials will take your further into the festival than any words I might string together.


Okay so you want the deets:


The festival is broken down into four components, each designed to represent and reflect a component of an ideal lifestyle we at Fayettechill value. Let’s break down the 101s on each of these components.


Outdoor Recreation - in addition to a weekend of camping the following outdoor activities will be available throughout the weekend: rock climbing (in the form of bouldering), mountain biking (1 mile, 4, 5 mile tracks), trail running, longboarding, scavenger hunt, yoga, frisbee golf, fishing, ultimate frisbee, horseshoes, and swimming holes. Plus you can make up your own game and activities so feel free to get creative. The Outdoor Rec will be directed by Team FC Climber, Ben Putman.


Holistic Living - in addition to Native Nectar cold pressed juices available throughout the weekend, the following classes & activities are programed for your holistic health, center at the Holistic Healing Center: detox class, kundalini yoga, a healthy eating class, intro to Reiki, compositing and gardening class, ashtanga yoga, guided meditation, and massages, including a couple’s massage class.


Music & Entertainment: We have a stacked lineup for your entertainment over the weekend over two nights - Chill & Jam (Friday) and Groove & Dance (Saturday)


Chill & Jam

High Lonesome | Comfortable Brothers | Farmer’s & the Markets | Goose | Shawn James Band | Fractal Sky


Groove & Dance

Will Gunselman | Cutty Rye | Great Escape | Irie Lions | Cadillac Jackson | Goose | EOSD Dance Party ft. Diø Nysus | Fractal Sky | Rat Hatchet | Archnemesis


feel free to bring your instruments and jam along to these shows or create jam circles of your own anywhere throughout the ranch. This is your party too!


Artistic Stimulation - The final component of EOSD will offer participants a chance to stoke or tap into their inner artist. There will be body painting with FC artist Joelle Storet, and also a painting class. In addition there will be a drawing class with Chad Maupin, Fayettechill numero uno artist and creator of some of the most iconic art associated with Fayettechill. Matt Miller of REfresh and The Path Outfitters will also be leading a community art project, and there will be a create your own something amazing station so you can created individual pieces with the nature that surrounds you. You can expect a lot more than this too, as artistic creation in this situation has a way of gaining a life of its own.


The most simple definition of End of Summer Daze is that it is a lifestyle festival celebrating all that is chill in the Ozarks. But really, this festival is a blank canvas for you to create lifelong memories with your family and friends, new and old. These are the types of experiences that only become available for a short time each year, and sometimes never again, so if you are feeling a little inkling to join in on the fun, don’t think - DO! Once you find yourself on the ranch, greeted Tatonka the buffalo, found your campsite and begin to chill you will realize a very certain fact - you have surrounded yourself with people had the same inkling as you. People who saw the same glimmer of magic that windows into weekends like this encourage, and were moved enough to not just to make it happen, but add to it with the individual contribution that is the presence of their personality.



Tales From the Dirt Duo: Angel Fire, NM

Tandie - We’d been riding hard for weeks leading up to Angle Fire.  New Mexico would be the first DH race of the season, and ‘stoked’ didn’t do our excitement justice.  We planned to roll out of Fayetteville at 4 on Wednesday evening, which would put us in Angel Fire around 3am mountain time, but like any good road trip, we were a few hours behind.

With two dirt jumpers on top and two carbon framed bikes on the back, the four of us piled into the VW, rolled the windows down (no a/c), and headed West.  We took turns hardly sleeping in the backseat and fighting the rain in the front, though the front seat view of the lighting storms was well worth the drive time.  A few gas stops and Erin’s first-ever Arby’s sandwich later - we were at The Mountain. Racers could hit the lifts early, so Dustin and I took a quick nap and headed up to registration/packet pickup.  As with most Mt. bike events, registration was a little awry, which left time for a quick hang with DH Pro Jill Kintner who was next to us in line - according to Jill, the Pacific NW is the place to be - convincing us that we needed to take a trip.  

TandiePost registration, we suited up and headed up the mountain. First couple trails were solid - getting warmed up and feeling rowdy.  We headed back up to hit the race course, comprised mostly of the aptly named “World Cup” trail. 
Dustin - After arriving at 5am thursday morning with only two hours of sleep and a granola bar, I was able to get four solid runs on the race course to wrap up practice for the day. Unfortunately there was no time to walk the course, but I felt comfortable in technical sections and fast through the high speed berms and straights. A short night of bike prep and tuning and I’d be ready for race day.
Tandie - Run 1 felt good, run 2 felt quick, run 3….well, I’ll tell you now, I’m typing this with a pink cast running from my right hand to halfway up my bicep. The drop in to the second rock garden was hardly graceful on run #3, but wildly enough Pro DH Racer Aaron Gwin was doing his course walk and happened to be scoping his line in that garden.   I kicked it with Aaron for a bit and got some solid pro tips, if only a few minutes too late.  If you don’t know Gwin, it’d be worth giving this a go: http://youtu.be/d7fNWw2fBQ
Tandie - After a couple of field x-rays at Ski-Patrol (Angel Fire’s second job is a Ski Resort in the Winter) that returned no broken bones and a couple of beers at the grill, I was feeling better and prepped to race in the morning.  With a splinted wrist and a willing heart I suited up and grabbed the bars- but there was no way, Erin hugged me and I almost cried - no race for me.  It wasn’t until I got home and they took some real X-rays that I became aware of the 3 breaks in my arm.
My not racing gave me the chance to watch Dustin’s race run that got him a silver medal in Cat2 DH though, and he did that despite the racer in front of him going down in the final berm.  He killed it.
Dustin - On race morning I did two top to bottom runs and headed back up to the start gate. I was the third rider off the start and my race run felt amazing. I got to the bottom and could barely breath from the Angel Fire dust, but I knew I had been clean, fast and left nothing in the tank. I held the hot seat with the fastest time until the second to last rider took the win. 
Tandie - If you’ve never been to a weekend long race or outdoor event like a mountain race, it”s worth putting on the list.  The closest thing to my heart that I can attribute the atmosphere to is that of a festival.  You know how it truly feels like everyone around you is your buddy and your friends are your family? That’s how this felt.  From the girls in the bike shop to the Cat1 racers and Jill Kintner, all the girls stuck together…the boys were a little more competitive, but still banded together to talk shop.  The rest of the weekend people were seeking me out to ask about my arm, to see if we’d be at the next race, to ask about the Ozarks - to which most didn’t believe us when we told them what was here.  One ride up a lift with someone and you’re tight for life.
Dustin - Later Friday afternoon was qualifying for Dual Slalom. The two courses side by side were both fast. With a few practice runs behind me, every rider had one chance on each course, taking a combined time to qualify. I made it to the finals being the 5th seed but wishing I had pushed faster for a better chance at advancing through the bracket of 8 qualified riders.  The next day in the finals I had a crash in practice., leaving me unsure of my tire selection and not trusting the blown up berms that were all “moon dust”. My first round, paired up with the faster 4th seeding rider, I had my gates that have always been fast, but could not match the speed in the corners- losing by about .6 of a second on either course. After two races all there was to do was go play on the big bike and ride the rest of the sick trails that Angel Fire bike park has to offer. 
Tandie - Saturday night Red Bull Media House popped up a screen at the bottom of the lift and gave a private screening of their newest film The Rad Company…check it out, it’ll make you want to ride your bike.  And what’s a trip across country if you don’t run into somebody from home?  A couple of the guys behind us saw our Fayettechill gear and struck up a conversation- they were interning in NM for a film company and would be returning to Fayetteville for school in the fall, we exchanged info and plan to kick it when they get back.
Dustin - It was a great feeling to have of familiar faces around in a place so far from home. Tanner Stolt (2nd Cat3 15-18) and his family, Josh Pottrigde (2nd Cat2 15-18) and his mom were also representing Arkansas at the event. Steve Scheider (NWA IMBA rep) and Larry Davis (fellow OORC member) happened to be in town riding trails, we were all able to support one another and meet up for brews over the weekend.
Tandie - Sunday was our final day on that magic mountain- the day the pros raced.  We took a group vote and opted for another sunset-to-sunrise road trip if it meant we got to stay to watch the pros race.  Totes worth it. Not surprisingly Aaron Gwin was the fastest one down the mountain.


Tandie - The drive home was a bit rowdier than the trip out, winds so strong we had to put a hand on the bikes and give them a hard shake every time we stopped to be sure they weren’t going anywhere.   They’re like sails up on top.
We rolled into Fay around 6am with two of our crew set to report to work at 8am that morning…sleep when you’re dead, right?  
Anyway, first race of the season didn’t quite go as I’d planned, but Eureka Spring’s Fatty Fest was only a month away, so I was feeling optimistic. Lots of organic milk and vitamins in my near future coupled with some happy thoughts -  I think I’ll be ready.  After that, we head to Winter Park.
Hope to you see you all on the trails! 
-The Dirt Duo