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Osprey Aether/Ariel AG 70

The new Osprey Aether/Ariel AG 70 series just arrived at J&H. This version was just voted Outside's Gear of the Year for 2017. See all the details in the video below.  

2017-05-23T17:29:04+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Hike to Gregory Bald

The Great Smoky Mountains are home to many beautiful landmarks and views but high atop the list is the annual flame azalea bloom atop Gregory Bald. Every mid-to-late June Gregory Bald explodes in a sea of color as the flame azaleas hit their peak. The hike to Gregory Bald can be done as a challenging [...]

2017-05-11T18:09:55+00:00 May 11th, 2017|

Gift Ideas for Mom

Mother's Day is this weekend and we have put together a list of great items for Mom. For casual Mom we have the following: Toad&Co Muse Dress - $85 Sunday Afternoons Riviera Hat - $32 Mona B Adventure Cross Body Bag - $28 Chaco X2 Zvolv - $100 Sherpani Willow Bag - $88 Hydro Flask [...]

2017-05-11T15:17:04+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

Rareform Bags and Packs

We are now carrying Rareform bags, packs and wallets. Founded in 2013 by brothers Alec and Aric, Rareform repurposes vinyl billboards into one-of-a-kind bags, backpacks, and accessories. Once billboard campaigns are over the vinyl is typically thrown away, but Rareform partners with billboard companies to secure the vinyl from them for reuse. Rareform then washes, hand-cuts, [...]

2017-04-20T17:57:00+00:00 April 20th, 2017|

Spring Sale 2017

  Our annual Spring Sale continues through April 30th! Great savings throughout the store including... Select Apparel 10% - 60% Off All Kayaks 10% - 40% Off All Kayak Accessories 20% Off Select Footwear (including most sandals) 15% - 50% Off All Climbing Gear 10% Off or More All Drinkware 10% Off All Coolers 20% Off [...]

2017-04-25T16:28:38+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

GRAYL Ultralight Water Filter

Fill - Press - Drink. That is the complete set of instructions for our newest water filter, the GRAYL Ultralight. This filter will render any fresh water source in the world drinkable in less than 15 seconds and the total bottle/filter weight is only 10.9oz. The Ultralight offers the ultimate protection against pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa), particulates, [...]

2017-04-11T20:44:23+00:00 April 11th, 2017|

The Stewards: Kentucky Nature Conservancy

Founded in 1975, the mission of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters of Kentucky on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy envisions a future for Kentucky where we all enjoy clean air and water, productive working lands, and accessible forests, rivers and parks. The KNC currently has [...]

2017-04-04T15:38:03+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

Chasing Waterfalls in the Big South Fork

Spring is a time of warmer temperatures and additional rainfall which means waterfalls and wildflowers in our area. One of the best loops for seeing an abundance of both is the Yahoo Falls Loop in the Big South Fork River & National Recreation Area. The highlight of this 10 mile loop is Yahoo Falls, the [...]

2017-04-04T20:43:22+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

J&H Is Getting A Makeover

Dear J&H Customer, We have a big surprise in store for all of our great customers. Without giving too much away, our store at 189 Moore Dr. will be temporarily closed from March 19th through March 31st for a major renovation. Don't worry, we will have a temporary store set up at 149 Moore Dr. [...]

2017-03-14T19:35:02+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

Chasing Waterfalls in Eastern Kentucky

The area around Rockcastle and Jackson counties is home to three of the more scenic waterfalls in Kentucky. Flat Lick Falls, McCammon Falls, and Anglin Falls are all easily viewed in a day and are family friendly as none requires a long and rugged hike. Distance from Lexington is approximately 70 miles to the [...]

2017-03-06T02:48:45+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|