40,000 words. 280 pages. 274 original photos. 183 days of tracking down stories and staring at grid lines. 116 recorded orders of Szechuan Chinese food, primarily Mapo tofu followed closely by General Tso’s chicken. 60 days of production, give or take. 10 Chilean beers. Nine Belgian beers. Seven ebikes. Seven coquito nuts. Five meals in Queens. Four days of quality time with mountaineering legend Conrad Anker. One omitted review of a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker. Only one memorable instance of anyone yelling loudly, thankfully. The birth of one child — wait, make that two. And that’s just Issue #1.
At Gear Patrol, we believe there are many types of adventures. Traveling to distant locales, conquering physical challenges, learning a new craft or language, designing great products — they all count. As a publication, our biggest adventure to date has been using what we’ve learned from our digital roots and applying it to the time-honored format of print. We’ve tried to do it in a way that feels original and authentic to what we’ve been doing as a team since 2007. The first issue of this biannual magazine is a collection of chapters representing seven places, each of them small journals unto themselves. Collectively, they make up a journey around the world.