Gear: Best Baselayers for Winter 2014

first_imgWe’re getting into Fall in the Blue Ridge so time to gear up for the impending ski season. With weather patterns seeming more variable than ever before, a good set of baselayers has never been more important – the more unpredictable the weather, the more versatile and breathable your performance apparel needs to be. And the latest technologies and material combinations now available are giving baselayers a revitalized and important story to tell. Think of the right base layer combination as an insurance policy for warmth and comfort. No matter the conditions or cold-weather activity, they’ll be working to keep you warm on cold mornings and wicking away sweat when the sun peaks in the afternoon.Best Baselayers for Fall and Winter 2014:Adidas OutdoorsAdidas Outdoors is bringing a number of options to the table for Fall 2013, and first up is their men’s Winter Midlayer. The employment of Climawarm technology provides thermal insulation in cold weather conditions and this mid-layer features a half-zip for ventilation. The Terrex Icesky Half-Zip Long Sleeve, as seen below also features Climawarm technology and its construction allows for ultimate performance while in motion. The final piece in the new collection is the Terrex Swift Long Sleeve Half-Zip Tee. The Swift’s activated carbon endows it with evaporative cooling, odor management and UV protection. The Swift features a half-zip design with higher fitted collar for extra protection. www.adidas.comAdidas Outdoors terrex Icesky half zip long sleevelsCore ConceptsFrom Core Concepts comes the Old Faithful, a perfect start to any three-season layering program. Idaho’s Core Concepts is an independent company that crafts authentic adventure apparel for real people that moves seamlessly from active to everyday life. The Polartec Power Dry bi-component fabric is comfortable against the skin, wicks moisture and dries quickly. The Old Faithful sports a custom designed, sublimation printed artwork in the underarm panel. www.corelayers.comCore Concepts Old FaithfulISISWhen it comes to baselayers, ISIS has women covered in warmth and style. The Versa-Lite Half-Zip is made with a blend of Merino wool and polyester for excellent thermoregulation, wicking and comfort, an ideal baselayer for active cold-weather pursuits. With a long cut and slim silhouette, the Versa-Lite stays tucked in and layers easily. Flatlock stitching eliminates chafing and a metallic Lurex strip adds an element of sparkle. They’re also available in matching Versa-Lite Tights with a full-coverage, flat waistband for comfort and easy layering. Another option is the Forma Half-Zip. More than just a mid-weight baselayer, the Forma Half-Zip is a versatile performance piece. Made with a blend of polyester, nylon and spandex, the Forma uses body mapping to place wicking panels, stretch panels and support panels right where they are needed most. The Versa-Lite Crew provides an additional option, made with a blend of merino wool and polyester. This is a go-to for cold-weather sports. www.isisforwomen.comLAYOUT_ISIS Forma Half-Zip- PeonyMountain HardwearMountain Hardwear’s new baselayer, the Integral Pro Long Sleeve Zip T, provides wool’s warmth plus synthetic performance. The Integral takes full advantage of Mountain Hardwear’s exclusive Wick.Q Wool technology to provide unbeatable comfort and performance in an outdoor fitness top. Wick.Q Wool is a machine washable wool/polypropylene blend that dries quickly and wicks efficiently like a synthetic, while kicking in the consistent warmth of natural wool. www.mountainhardwear.comMountainHardware_IntegralProLSZipT PatagoniaFrom Patagonia comes several new pieces that will be sure to keep body parts warm during cold days. The Merino 3 Midweight Hoody provides a slim cut which allows it to layer nicely beneath a winter or spring shell. Its quick-drying, moisture-wicking and odor-resistant qualities make this a great hoody for on or off the mountain. The Merino 2 Lightweight Crew is another great option. Stronger and more durable than 100 percent wool, this combination of Merino and polyester blends to keep the active adventurer dry and comfortable even when wet. This crew naturally controls odor and wicks perspiration, and the raglan sleeve seams won’t chafe beneath pack straps during long treks. One of the more innovative baselayers out this Fall is the Capilene 4 Expedition Weight One-Piece Suit, light, breathable and able to wick away moisture while keeping you sealed up inside. With a hood for men and a high collar for women, this baselayer takes everything into consideration, including a drop-seat in the back for when nature calls. www.patagonia.comLAYOUT_Patagonia W Merino 2 Long Sleeve CrewSalomon Salomon adds technological advancements for active baselayers with the EXO Jersey, made from extra-light fabric combined with EXO technology to provide postural support and muscle support in key areas to foster maximum skiing performance. The EXO Tight employs the same technology as the Jersey and features knee support to increase stability. Salomon’s new Halo Down Smartskin is a midweight layer that has stretch panels inside the arms and elbows to allow for easier movement and breathability. The Trail Runner Warm Long Sleeve Zip Tee is also a great option, comfy and warm enough to cut the early morning chill, yet breathable enough to stay cool as the day goes on. www.salomon.comLAYOUT_Salomon_Exo_Motion_Tight_M_Black_ExoSensifit_hi_68399 ColdPrufFrom ColdPruf comes the Premium Performance Layer. “As a vertical manufacturer, we have created a unique fabrication and garment fit that is ideally suited to our more active customers. Our pricing is very competitive as well. Again, it is all about the value that ColdPruf brings to the market,” said John Willingham, president of Indera Mills, the 99-year-old parent company of ColdPruf. Available for both men and women, this set of trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirts are great for fall and winter weather. This industry up-and-comer keeps the active athlete warm and comfortable while exerting high amounts of energy during colder months. The presence of spandex (85/15 blend of performance polyester and spandex) allows for optimal flexibility while the moisture-wicking Coldpruf technology keeps things dry from the inside out. www.coldpruf.comColdpruf_trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirtsSmartwoolThe men’s or women’s PhD NTS Light 195 Wind Zip T from Smartwool is a specialized top from the baselayer collection with a windproof front panel that provides warmth and protection from the elements. The top was designed for high aerobic activities in cold weather. Lightweight fabric on the back and sleeves and a venting center front zip allow for efficient cooling. Body-enhancing fit and design lines are seen in the sculpted side panels, eliminating side seams for reduced chafing, and in the contoured sleeve cuff and drop tail bottom hem for increased coverage. The Women’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Hoody is 100 percent Merino wool and features a form fit interlock knit along with a back body seam that wraps to front for an enhanced fit. The performance fit hood with two ponytail exits can be worn underneath a helmet while flatlock seam construction is designed to eliminate chafing. Also with a form fit interlock knit, the Men’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Crew is a 100 percent Merino wool layer complete with shoulder panels to eliminate top shoulder seams. www.smartwool.comLAYOUT_Smartwool-w_NTSMid250_pat_hoody CraftCraft provides an innovative layering system of the highest quality, ranging from the warmest and most active to windproof and warm, and are ideal for alpine and Nordic skiing, running and cycling. Craft offers three collections to choose from: Stay Cool, Be Active and Keep Warm lines. Each is specifically designed for the temperatures one can expect to be in. For winter endeavors the Keep Warm line has you covered, designed for temps ranging from 32 degrees to as low as 22 below zero. New this season is their Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve, made of a thin, lightweight and elastic fabric that is channel-stitched with two high-tech polyester fibers. A hexa-channeled fiber against the skin enhances moisture transport, which cools the body. On the outside, a hollow fiber offers insulation as well as transport of moisture to the next layer. Pieces are engineered to keep odor away. A second option is the Cool Concept Piece Short Sleeve, designed to keep you cool while exercising in warm conditions, both indoors and outdoors. The garments feature unique multi-channeled fiber constructions that effectively pull perspiration away from the body. 3D construction ensures optimal freedom of movement and a perfect fit. www.craftsports.usLAYOUT_Craft_ActiveExtreme_Concept_LongSleeve_MObermeyerNew this year, Obermeyer has engineered a smart, lightweight, 100 percent nylon-treated Dri-Core fabric used within their new baselayers for 2013. The fabric works in unison with the brand’s chosen insulation and shell goods for the ideal waterproof-breathable ski-specific combination. The first baselayer in the lineup is the Flex Dri-Core First Layer Top, a men’s full half-zip base layer body mapped to optimize moisture control performance. The Cocona, fast-drying fabric is mapped under the arms to accelerate the moisture transfer away from one’s core. The next option is the Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top, a multi-purpose technical baselayer for cold-weather activities. The Dri-Core fabric allows for superior breathability, is lightweight, and aids in insulation as the layer closest to your skin. www.obermeyer.comObermeyer_Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top_FrontColumbia SportswearFrom Columbia Sportswear comes their new Heavyweight Baselayer for both men and women. With a retro-waffle feel, this baselayer is getting back to the basics while still implementing new-age Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology. The durable top also features Omni-Wick technology under the arms for breathability. This lightweight baselayer with ergonomic seaming is a great option for very cold weather at a value. www.columbia.comColumbia Sportswear Heavyweight Baselayer - MensThe North FaceAs usual, and for Fall 2013, The North Face has a number of baselayer options for all activities. In performance, check out the Men’s Isotherm Half-Zip, an innovative hybrid top constructed with wind-resistant core, wool blend and FlashDry mesh ventilation panels, to keep you protected and warm on cold-weather runs. For winter action, the Women’s Expedition Tight is an expedition-weight baselayer for low- to- medium-intensity activities and features an innovative two-layer, one-way moisture-transport construction and FlashDry technology, which works with your body to improve dry time. The Men’s Alloy Merino Top is a technical wool-blend baselayer that utilizes Thermo3D design, FlashDry technology and multiple fabric weights to provide optimum warmth and temperature regulation in a 10.22-ounce package. www.thenorthface.comNorth_Face_MensAlloyMerinoTopIcebreakerIcebreaker has a host of new styles that combine the natural benefits of premium wool with high-tech weather protection. Debuting in Fall/Winter 2013 are two water-resistant technical tops for trans-season running, cycling and other outdoor sports. The Dart LS Half-Zip for women and Drive Long Sleeve Half-Zip for men are lightweight technical tops that contain tiny nano particles with a ridged surface that reduces contact area, allowing water, mud and oil to simply run off. The Dart and Drive also feature Icebreaker’s Free Seam – a seam that is smooth against the skin to prevent chafing – and breathable eyelet panels. Both can be worn solo or under another layer. Also new this season are the men’s and women’s Quantum+ Hood, an upgraded version of Icebreaker’s best-selling hoody, with nanotechnology for water resistance. Stylish and dynamic, it’s ideal for running and technical sports, and for the outdoors. us.icebreaker.comIcebreaker Quantum+ HoodPolarmaxNew for 2013 from Polarmax is the ultra-soft Micro H1 and H2 and the company’s lightest base layer to date, Travel Silk, all part of their All-Year Gear line of Casual Base Layers, developed to be layers you can wear all year long from snow to summer. Made from 100 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester, Travel Silk, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, builds on the success of their lightest weight base layer, Tech Silk. At 2.8 oz per square yard, Travel Silk is by far their lightest layer ever. With its Acclimate Dry Moisture Wicking treatment this garment will help keep you dry no matter how strenuous your plans for the day are. Micro H1, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, is made from 94 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester and 6 percent Lycra. With the interest in their soft heather fabric debuted at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012, Polarmax put the fabric to work in their new Micro H1 line, feeling reminiscent of bamboo or merino. With Lycra for stretch and a relaxed fit, this base layer is certain to be a hit year round. The Micro H2 tops and bottoms, uses the same fabric as the H1 line but with a plaited construction so it is twice as thick. With an athletic fit for the bottoms to be worn under pants without extra bulk and a relaxed fit in the tops for comfort, these layers are the best of both worlds. Polarmax has been manufactured with everything sourced within a 15-mile radius of West End, NC, for more than 30 years. Everything from making the thread to weaving the fabric, to the cut and sew, to the final shipping is done within 15 miles of their headquarters, allowing them to quickly make changes to product at any step of the process. www.polarmax.comPolarmax_WomensPant_1U32V_BLK_01TascTasc debuted its new Performance Bamboo:Merino Base Layer System at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013, with even more exciting updates at Summer Market, including briefs and socks. They offer both men and women’s styles in two thicknesses, level A and level B. The main characteristics of these base layers are: comfort, temperature regulation, moisture wicking, UPF 50+, anti-odor and chemical free. “We created the base layer system by mixing merino wool and viscose from bamboo to complement and enhance the natural fibers’ ability to wick moisture and fight odor. The bamboo fibers also give the fabric a much softer hand and feel than pure merino wool competitors. All performance attributes are inherent to this mixture of natural fibers,” said Tasc’s Jessica Walther. www.tascperformance.comtasc men base SSlast_img read more

The Best Footwear for Multi-Sport Days

first_imgEvery day is a multi-sport day in the Blue Ridge…here’s a few new high-performing footwear picks to help get you through in comfort and steeze…all for under 100 bucks each.430 Sense 21. Start off with some DH MTB action in the Sense from DZR Shoes. These babies will grab the flat pedals like no other, keeping you glued to your steed in all conditions and terrain – and at all the right times. DZR shoes are loaded with technology not the least of which is being animal-product free. ($95) dzrshoes.com2. Headed to Looking Glass for some picking of the Nose? Grab the new Evolv Addict – a classic, quality slipper that handles multi-pitch, crack climbing, and even the boulders in style. You’ll be climbing like Cinerella on rock with these babies, with symmetrical build and a low toe profile you can size up or down a little bit depending on ability level. ($99) evolvsports.comScreenshot 2014-05-21 17.00.043. Wrap it all up and head to the river to cool off in the Propét Rejuve – an unassuming flip flop that that features some very assumptive Rejuve Motion Technology that will help bring your dogs back to life. It’s got a microfiber sock lining, cushioned EVA midsole, and performance rubber outsole for traction and durability. ($70) propetusa.comW0600-Hartley-BSV_3V_S14_llast_img read more

7 Questions for Laird Knight

first_imgBecause Laird Knight’s dad was an army captain, he learned how to ride a bike when he was 5 years old in Ethiopia. His first mountain bike was a 1983 Ross, Force-1.Laird started producing mountain bike events in 1983. In 1984, he created the Canaan Mt. Series, now in its 14th year; it is one of the longest running mountain bike race series in the world. He ran one of the first National Off-Rode Bicycle Association (NORBA) sanctioned races on the east coast. He helped establish Davis, W.Va., as an East Coast mountain bike mecca. In 1989, he worked to create the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA).In 1992, Laird formed Granny Gear Productions, the company responsible for the creation of the 24 Hours of Canaan, the first 24 hour mountain bike team relay race in the country. In 1995, Granny Gear created the 24 Hours of Moab race. The 1996, the Canaan race had over 1,700 participants.Can you describe what the first five years of mountain biking like?It’s all about context. The context for me at the beginning was all about the mountain bike community that was budding on the East Coast. In the earliest days it was mostly people coming to Davis, W.Va., from other parts of West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia, D.C., and Baltimore.The reason I started running mountain bike races was because of the camaraderie I felt with other mountain bikers. I lived in Davis, W.Va.,, this little mountain town, and most of the residents were retirees and locals that didn’t care that much for mountain bikers in the first place. Races were a social mechanism. I got to know these guys from Pittsburgh like Barry Jefferies and other guys from D.C. like Matt Marcus and Roger Bird. People came with backgrounds as bike messengers or dirt bikers and BMX-ers. But we were all there to share our excitement over these really amazing bicycles.That time was in fact the beginning of the sport and everybody knew it. The technology was a big part of it. Every time we got back together somebody would have the latest and greatest bike component or gear and even if you didn’t have it or care that much, you were checking it out. Every new year meant a new upgrade. There was the improvement to cantilever brakes, then suspension, and suddenly hydraulic brakes showed up, and disc brakes, and rear suspension. Bikes got lighter and more expensive. By the late 1990s some of the mountain bikers were even starting to resent how tricked out mountain bikes were becoming. The term “retro grouch” came up somewhere in the early 90s. They were these guys who were fine with what they had, preferring rigid bikes. These retro grouches started taking umbrage with all the new bling.What drove you to become a race promoter?I did it for about ten years more or less as a hobby. Those smaller cross-country races in late 80s and early 90s barely paid their way. Usually, if I had anything left over I would take my crew out to a nice restaurant. That dinner would be the sum total or my profit loss statement. It really was a social thing for me, not about making money but at the same time I started Blackwater Bikes in the spring of 83’. I started the Canaan Mountain bike series that fall. The races definitely built the Blackwater brand. That was key because I had this mountain bike shop in the middle of nowhere and the only way I could sell enough bikes was to establish it as a mountain bike destination. That was my whole branding play, having a nicely stocked shop while running the races. On race weekends we would clean out and have to call all our suppliers to restock the following Monday morning. If there was a business angle, to the races, it was to get customers to my shop and spread the Blackwater Bikes name.Then towards the end of the 90s, my race promoting kind of became a big thing. The National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) had all these huge races out on the west coast. I finally convinced them to let me run a race. I ran the NORBA Nationals in 1988. We had the largest NORBA Nationals that had ever happened in the history of the organization. We had 440 racers. It was huge and the East Coast racers came out in droves. One of the draws was that everybody was going to get to see the top pros like Ned Overend and Tinker Juarez. The race went off flawlessly.But I didn’t get to host the race the following year. NORBA was in really bad financial straights. They were supposed to pay all the pros. But a week before the race I called them and they said I would have to pay out of my own pocket. So here I am days before the event and I had no clue what to do. I couldn’t tell these pros I didn’t have their race money so I paid them the money. That was all I had left.My team submitted our proposal the following year. We had financial support from the state of West Virginia and the local tourism board. We called them after they got it and they said it was better then the proposal submitted for the world championship. But then a month later, they said they wanted to have it in Traverse, Mich., because we were too far away from an airport. I was shocked. The year before we had hosted the largest national mountain bike race ever and nobody had any trouble getting there.In a way, that experience created 24 hour racing. I had always wanted to take mountain bike racing to the next level; to make it even better than Nationals. I started the Tour of Canaan. It was a multi-day, multi-event stage race. I did that in 1990. Then in the winter of ’90, I started cooking up the idea for 24 hour racing. It was during the award ceremony of the Tour of Canaan in 1992. We hosted it at a nearby ski resort, Timberline Resort. The main lodge room was packed for the award ceremony and I made an announcement. I said, “I have an announcement. Next year I will no longer be running the Tour of Canaan.” The entire room went silent and I said, “In it’s place, I am going to run a new race with an entirely new format. It’s called the 24 Hours of Canaan. It’s a 24-hour mountain bike relay race from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday.”The next year was the beginning. We had 36 teams, roughly four to five people per team—180 racers in all. The race went to 88 teams the second year to 208 teams the third year to 340 the next year and I had to begin to turn racers away because I was freaked out that we couldn’t handle them all. For many years after, we turned away hundreds of teams. It was a new format but very simple. Winners placed first, second, and third. That was really what I became known for though later in my career I created a series of 24-hour races with a developed point system. All the point systems were progressive, meaning you always got a disproportionately high number of points for first place and down the line like a bell curve. First place has to be heavily weighted or else it’s too easy for somebody to have one bad race and be out. I researched NASCAR and some other points styled events and duplicated the same curves they used.Were there any books in particular inspired you as a race promoter?I read a book when I was living in Boulder, Colo. I don’t even know if the book is still in print and I may botch the title but it was something like… If I had It All To Do Over Again. It was a women who interviewed 50 or so older people on their death beds and posed the question, “If you had it all to do over again, what would you do different?” The point the book made was that nobody had ever wished they’d owned that big house or owned more things. Their answers were always experiential like I wish I had gone to Paris, I wish I had run the Boston marathon, I wished I had kissed so-and-so in high school. It was always about experiences, not things.When I was starting Blackwater Bikes and beginning to promote races, I was funding everything as a sales rep for my best friend who had a tee shirt printing shop right next to Backwater Bikes. But there was something about selling things that didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t who I was. I wanted to sell experiences and enrich people’s lives with memories and relationships. That is the philosophical foundation for my race company, Granny Gear Productions. I drilled that into my staff, always. That was what our work was for, to create experiences, friendships, and memories. That was the product, not a race. I would have to say that we succeeded. I feel really good about that.Do you listen to music while you bike?I’ve done it before and it doesn’t really do it for me. I think it’s a form of multi-tasking and I agree with all the science that says that multi-tasking is not healthy for your brain. I believe that focusing all that you’re doing on one thing at a time is what you should do. Music wise, I have eclectic tastes. For mountain biking I like hard driving rhythm. My favorite piece of music to play in the last 5 minutes before a race is The Theme for the Common Man by Aaron Copeland. You can’t create more drama before a 24-hour race.What other sports can improve mountain biking skills?Some of the best mountain bike racers I’ve come across have been wrestlers. The fitness level demanded by wrestling as well as the mental toughness is unparalleled. And my mountain biking is informed heavily by American football. It makes you tough.Mountain bike racing also has a lot to do with aerobic endurance. There is nothing that compares in cross-training value as swimming does.Tell us about your kids.I’ve got twins; Helen and Rediet and their 14-year-old brother Abel. They’re teenagers. I’m hoping to get Radiet hooked into mountain bike racing this summer. I might take him around to do some of the WVMBA races. He’s an incredible cross-country runner. Ethiopian. I’m hoping he’s going to kick some major booty on the circuit races. He’s got that endurance racer thing going for him.Do you have plans to put on future races?I will admit to being a little more than burned out. But I’m tempted all the time. I might. There are some directions I would like to go. I always want to do something new and innovative. The creative aspect of putting on a race is what drives me. I love growing and building things but once I finally get there I get bored and restless. If there is not something new and different I can do to keep pushing outward, I’m not satisfied. With Granny Gear Productions, there was always something new I could add. My favorite thing to do was to go out and design a new racecourse. I’ve only been able to do that so many times. But it was always so much fun to work with what I had and still fit the 24-hour race format. Those were always enjoyable days.One fantasy I have is to retire to Ethiopia and get a whole bunch of Ethiopian kids on mountain bikes and build a global-caliber mountain bike race team—a force to be reckoned with. That would be a hoot.last_img read more

Clips of the Week: SUPs and Surfing Pigs

first_imgThe running theme in this week’ compilation of ‘Clips of the Week’ is adventure. Adventure means different things to different people. For Canadian Bruce Kirby, adventure means navigating a Stand Up Paddle Board through the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver to Victoria, British Columbia. For Brazilian physics teacher André Fatini, riding a bike around the world will have have to suffice.Oh, and there’s also a surfing pig, because who doesn’t love surfing pigs? They definitely blow skateboarding bull dogs out of the water if you ask me.last_img read more

US National Whitewater Center Temporarily Suspends Rafting and Whitewater Kayaking

first_imgThe US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina has temporarily closed its whitewater rafting and kayaking attractions in the wake of a freak incident that left an 18 year-old Ohio girl dead after she came in contact with a rare, water-born amoeba while rafting at the facility.“The US National Whitewater Center has temporarily suspended whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking,” reads a post on the USNWC’s official website. “All CoolSport activities (land and flatwater) are currently open for operation. Furthermore, all programming, including River Jam and this weekend’s 4th of July Celebration, will proceed as scheduled. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you this week at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.”For more info about the incident and to find out what all will remain open at the whitewater center this weekend click here.last_img read more

We Lived in a Tent All Summer Together and We’re Still Married

first_imgThere we sat, huddled together at the newest brewery in town, first time together in months. With a slideshow of photos at the ready, I couldn’t wait to hear what intrigued my friends the most about our summer of adventure. Would it be the unforgettable seaside climbing, from which we lived minutes away? Perhaps they’d want to learn our ‘secret spots’, discovered from living, and playing in a well known national park? Or maybe it would be the laughable details surrounding how I had just spent every Saturday evening of summer wearing a Bigfoot costume, in exchange for free camping? Four months, and a deluge of topics from which to choose, led to a few moments of silence before, “So…you lived in a tent all summer with your wife?…And you’re still married? How did you guys not kill each other?” “Yeah”, said another friend. “I mean, my wife and I live in a 1,400 square foot townhouse and sometimes we just need our own space. How does that work in a tent?”It became apparent that the most interesting feature of our summer in Acadia National Park was, simply, the fact that my wife and I had survived each others’ company. I went home that night pondering an aspect of adventure that I’d never given significant thought to before: sharing it with someone you love.It wasn’t hard to recall memories so intertwined with this unique dynamic of exploring outside alongside my better half. There was the time my wife and I disagreed on where to set up our tent, while on a windswept coast in Newfoundland. I vowed for the epic spot, perched atop the signature 80-foot cliffs protecting the coast beneath us, while she argued for the wind-sheltered site 100 yards back. We went with the former, and I got some incredible pictures as a result. We also got no sleep, and ended up moving the tent to her spot, in the dark, at 3am, because things were whipping so badly out of control. In case you were wondering, the eye roll of an angry woman can, indeed, still be seen in the dark of night.It became apparent that the most interesting feature of our summer in Acadia National Park was, simply, the fact that my wife and I had survived each others’ company.I began to see why it was such a topic of intrigue for my friends. Unlike peanut butter and jelly, or rice and beans, love and adventure don’t always mix. In fact, that controversial pair of words likely just gave you either immense joy or left you cursing the invention of so called two-person tents (honestly, do they actually test these things with full size human beings?). It’s not hard to see why finding a partner with whom to share your adventures is such an elusive feat. After all, in order for it to work, a lot has to go your way, in a world where it often does the opposite. Weather changes, gear fails, bodies get dirty, muscles get tired, opinions differ, and tempers get short. It may not sound like a recipe for creating love, but when done correctly, sharing your world of adventure with a romantic partner can give you both immense satisfaction. Difficult to describe, and even harder to replicate, the feeling of walking through wild places with the one you love will forever be with you.Of course, just as likely a scenario when you set out with your dear amore is that your once sacred weekend adventure is now filled with life-sucking arguments and bickering. Tread carefully, my friend. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, and there will probably be times when you wish you were alone. Finding the right person is the biggest hurdle, but if love is in the air, and you’re set on bringing it with you on your next adventure, here is some advice from my own experiences to make it a success.1. Know your partner’s limitsYou may not have the same goals or comfort levels on a trip or in certain environments. That’s okay, as long as you understand the difference from the start. I know my wife skis slow (sorry babe, it’s true), would rather leave her climbing harness at home, and thanks to a crying fit of terror in Kolob Canyon, Utah, is terrified of mountain lions. In the same way, she knows how much I struggle with camp dishes, and how swimming in the ocean freaks me out (have you seen the size of marine animals?), despite her complete comfort with the notion. Although being outside your comfort zone is often part of the allure, we both try to remain aware of how far past that line we might be getting for the other.2. Flip flop the leaderUnless specifically requested by your partner, you shouldn’t always be the one leading, whether selecting the day’s goals or actually out on the trail. My wife and I will often alternate who sets the day’s objectives. This can be as simple as selecting what we’re doing, or more complex, involving the overall feel of the day (i.e. ‘I’d like today to feel relaxed’). Often, while hiking, my wife and I will flip flop who’s up front. This is a great way to ensure that neither of us are always second to that amazing view around the bend. We both maintain that feeling of discovery and setting the pace, with neither subjected to the backpack in front view for too long.3. Share camp choresYou’re tired, you’re hungry, the sun is going down, and all you want to do is sit still, while your partner sets up camp. If the hike has revealed that you never want to see this person again, thenby all means continue with this brilliant strategy. Otherwise, get up and do something! Maybe your‘never ever’ chores are things that they don’t mind doing, and vice versa. If you both dread the same chores, alternate who has to do them. Aslong as you are contributing in some way, you’ll avoid the sour mood created by a partner who was just forced to do all the work at the end of a long day.4. Maintain your own space, however small it may beWhether it’s a saddle bag on a bike, a vestibule in a tent, or the lid of a backpack, you should always keep an area to which only you have access. People need their own space, even in the healthiest of relationships and the smallest of spaces. A lot of it just comes down to organization, but it’s also a mental boost. I’m a lot happier knowing I can find my chapstick, headlight, or whatever it may be without having to dig through my wife’s gear too.    5. Don’t forget about hygieneBaby wipes, a cloth with clean water, and a toothbrush can go a long way towards happily inhabiting a small space with someone else. This should apply whether you’re thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail or just looking to transform your tent into a love shack on the next car camping trip. Admittedly, it will never be the same as a hot shower at home, and if you’re not at least a little dirty, then you’re not trying hard enough. Just keep this in mind: love and adventure can be a wild mix, but you’ll have a lot more fun together if it doesn’t always smell like one.last_img read more

Bryce Resort Partners with Rev3Endurance: Are you up for an Adventure?

first_imgPeopleoften ask what is adventure racing? Adventure racing could be considered one ofthe best-kept secrets of the outdoors. Its roots run deep and there’s always adebate as to when adventure racing was born. Most credit the 1968 Karrimor International Mountain Marathon.  The event required teams to traverse mountainousterrain and carry all of the necessary supplies for the team. Fast forward to2019 and there are still considerable similarities with the sport.  Simply put, adventure racing is a modern dayscavenger hunt with rules and beautiful, and oftentimes challenging courses.Teams combine multi disciplines such as trekking, mountain biking, paddling andnavigation to find checkpoints and reach the finish line. At its core adventureracing is also about community, family and taking care of our local land. May 18,2019. It starts with a half-day adventure race, Conquer the Mountain.  This is an event that tests not only your physical ability but your mental aptitude.  The course will have you running, biking, paddling and navigating your way around the Shenandoah Valley. This course will have over 13,000 feet of elevation change and it’s estimated to be 50 miles.  InJanuary of 2019, Bryce Resort made it official and partnered withRev3Endurance. Rev3Endurance is an experienced outdoor adventure events companyheadquartered in Basye, Virginia.  Thecompany promotes an adventurous lifestyle. The goal is to produce events that encourage everyone to come out andcompete and enjoy the experience. “BryceResort is the perfect backdrop for what Rev3Endurance wants to offer thisarea,” states Michael Spiller, Co-Owner and Race Director for Rev3Endurance.  Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will offer sixoutdoor adventures this year beginning May 18, 2019. The events are unique inthat there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or an experiencedendurance athlete, Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will have something foreveryone.  “The goal is to get morepeople enjoying what this area has to offer and show off our local communityand local businesses,” stated Christi Manning, Director of Business Developmentfor Rev3Endurance. Rev3Endurance is proud to partner with its sponsors: BryceResort, Shenandoah County Tourism, Virginia is for Lovers, Zanfel, OutThere andMountain Khaki. “AtBryce Resort we pride ourselves with what we offer our community and visitors.We want everyone to feel like family and make great memories while visiting ourresort. Partnering with Rev3Endurance to offer these additional outdoor eventsenhances what we do and aligns with what we value,” says Ryan Locher, GeneralManager, Bryce Resort. Whatdo you get when you combine a popular ski resort in Shenandoah County with an experiencedoutdoor adventure company? A breathtaking scenic backdrop and a whole lot offun!  Bryce Resort is located in thenorthern part of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The resort is a hidden gem in ShenandoahCounty nestled near the Virginia and West Virginia line surrounded by theGeorge Washington National Forest.  Theresort has catered to outdoor enthusiasts since 1965 and is a short two-hourdrive from Washington, DC.  In additionto the award-winning ski facilities, the outdoor offerings have expanded tooffer visitors golf, mountain biking, tubing, ziplining and more! Rev3Endurancewill host six outdoor adventures beginning Saturday, Lookingahead to the fall of 2019, Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will host a varietyof mountain bike events and a fun, wacky Urban Challenge consisting of a 3-7 milechallenge throughout the resort. Not quite ready for this beast? Don’t worry, there’s more! Bryce Mountain Resort and Rev3Endurance will also offer the Aquablaze.  Aquablazing is a term used to describe Appalachian Trail thru-hikers kayaking or canoeing a portion of the trail.  Now you can have the chance to aquablaze through Bryce Resort and Lake Laura.  This event promises to be a lot of fun and an event that combines running and watercraft. Lake Laura at Bryce Resort will certainly be the highlight of this event.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Looking for an incredible beginner race? If so, Rev3Endurance will also produce a Sprint and Family Adventure Race the same weekend. It’s a fun, beautiful course that’s easy to navigate. You and your team will run, bike, paddle and navigate your way around the resort.   This is THE outdoor event for the beginner adventure racer. 4/9/06 – Photo by Will Ramos Photography To register today, or learn more about Rev3Endurance visit read more

US Legislative Committee Approves Funding for the Fight Against Drugs in Mexico

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2009 Today the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives firmly approved a bill for additional costs for the current fiscal year, including US$470 million for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico. The funds will be used to purchase surveillance aircraft, helicopters, and other resources, and represents an increase of about $120 million over the amount requested by the White House. During the debate on the measure, most of the Democrats insisted on the urgency of continued support for the Mexican government’s antinarcotics efforts, to prevent the spread of violence caused by drug cartels across the border to the US. Funds for Mexico in this bill will contribute to the purchase of three surveillance aircraft and four additional “Blackhawk” helicopters. United States approves funds for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico The White House had requested a total of $350 million for Mexico and the southwest border, $66 million of which was for the purchase of three “Blackhawk” helicopters that were eliminated from the 2009 Merida Initiative budget. However, during a negotiation process legislators increased aid for Mexico and border surveillance to the new sum of $470 million. The bill for additional costs for the fiscal year 2009, which ends on September 30, total $94,200 million, or $9,300 million more than requested by the White House. The initiative, which must be voted on in a plenary session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, also includes costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help to stabilize Pakistan. The bill “reflects the intention of President Barack Obama to gradually end the war in Iraq, strengthen efforts in Afghanistan, and stabilize Pakistan,” said the Committee Chairman David Obey. In total, the bill to be voted on by the full House next week authorizes $78,400 million for the Pentagon, or $4,700 million U.S. dollars more than the White House asked for. Other factors include financial assistance for the Middle East, and Africa; tackling the global financial crisis; and supporting the efforts of the international community to “identify, contain, and curb the spread of a pandemic.”last_img read more

U.S. and Latin America Review Fight Against Trafficking in Weapons of Mass Destruction

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2009 On Thursday military and defense experts from around the world concluded a three-day meeting in Miami in which they analyzed measures to combat illicit trafficking in weapons of mass destruction and their components, the U.S. Southern Command reports. The conference, organized by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Southern Command, brings together 34 countries. One of the topics of discussion was the traffic in weapons of mass destruction and related materials within the Americas. “Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States share a common interest in preventing the proliferation of WMD in our hemisphere,” said Paul Trivelli, Foreign Policy Adviser to the Southern Command, who considers it essential for countries to coordinate their efforts in the prevention of trafficking in weapons and combating networks that profit from it. For his part, Gary Moore, who coordinates the monitoring of the proliferation of armaments and weapons of mass destruction at the White House, said that President Obama “has promised to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” but that this goal cannot be achieved without international security initiatives to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Together with North American and Canadian experts, Latin American representatives of Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Paraguay also took part of the event.last_img read more