The Burning House – Active Outtakes

Every once and a while a new site or blog pops up that everyone is talking about. Well, this month we have The Burning House…a tumblr dedicated to items that you would choose to rescue if your house was burning down. Plain and simple. Their mantra is pretty unorthodox to say the least — “If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”

So, we picked a few of our favorite posts, that had a Active/Outdoor angle, to highlight. It seems the concept of customization has reached a whole new level. Arranging items to not only tell a story, but to also convey emotional significance. This is the ultimate in personal curation. Makes us wonder what we would grab?

Name: Jeff Staple

Age: 36

Location: An airport lounge near you.

Occupation: Self-Employed.

Website: www.stapledesign.comwww.thereedspace.com


– Stpl “Gondry” Hooded Technical Jacket. Taped Seams. Completely Waterproof.
– Acronym Softshell Hooded Jacket. The perfect insulator piece. When the world ends, you will want Acronym on your side.
– Mountain Research Long Sleeve tee. The key to temperature management is proper layering.
– Staple x Kangol “Pigeon” Suncap. The fabric has built-in UV protection.
– Staple x Oakley  ”Pigeon” Frogskins. Nobody protects your eyes better. Nobody.
– Waterproof Matches. Works even when they’re drenched.
– SAS Pocket Survival Guide Book. Just in case you need to learn how to skin a deer.
– Swiss Army Knife: SwissChamp XLT.
– Nike x Sophnet “Oasis”. Waterproof, Goretex, Breathable and super comfortable.
– Smartwool Socks. (not pictured)
– TripShell International Adaptor. For whatever country I might wind up in.
– Eton Self-Powered Emergency Radio and Flashlight.
– iPhone + Headphones. (Protective case by Uncommon.)
– Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets. Purifies water anywhere you can get it.
– Casio G-Shock x Qubic GA-100 Beacon Watch. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
– Staple Stern Chino pants. The best pants money can buy.
– US Passport in back pocket. (not pictured)
– Haglöfs Intensity Series Endurance 12L Backpack.

Name: Tyler Klifman

Age: 22

Location: East Lansing, Mich.

Occupation: Recent college grad.

Website: fieldtheories.tumblr.com


– 3 year old lucky bamboo plant
– Whatever’s left of the house gin (Beefeater’s today)
– Jack Purcell Limited Editions
– My best worn Patagonia Stand Up Shorts- Wintergreen Northern Wear Canoe Belt- Favorite Pendelton shirt
– Volcanic rock from Mt. Kilimanjaro
– Coral from the Indian Ocean
– Leica D-Lux 4- Kiehl’s Musk (the next best thing to a shower)
– Timex Field Watch- Anon Optics Aviators
– Box of important letters
– Trout Fishing in America; Richard Brautigan
– Photos, including polaroids from good summers, my girlfriend at the beach, and one of my grandpa smoking out of his college dorm window.
– All packed inside my dad’s old ‘the everest’ backpack

Name: Frances Shelley
Age: 25
Location: Austin, TX
Occupation: Project Assistant
Website: http://boytoms.posterous.com


– Fancy helmet (because I just bought it) and Bridgestone RB-3, not pictured
– Keys
– Canon Rebel G + Canon 50mm f/1.4: Camera setup I learned to shoot on
– Wallet: Poketo Arcade Fire Neon Bible limited edition
– GoLite Jam Pack: to carry all this stuff with!
– Library of diaries, started writing when I was 12
– Kindle: to replace all books
– Polaroids and Instax photos: irreplaceable
– 11” Macbook Air: the only computer I’ll ever need
– Snorri and Boyd (cats), not pictured

Name:  James Oliver Lamont Fox
Age: 40
Location: Somerville, MA
Occupation: IT, and library school student
Website  http://10engines.blogspot.com/


– Growing collection of old-timey Vermont pennants
– Ede & Ravenscroft brogues. Bought them for our wedding.
– Levi’s Troy lined jacket. Thrifted for $2.50 a long time ago.
– Box of cufflinks incl. grandpa’s mother of pearl jobs and JOLF monogrammed silver ones (39 y/o present from godfather).
– My kilt, Lamont. Only MTM thing I own.
– External hard drive of photos.


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