Archives for December, 2012

Fast and Light Through Utah’s Grand Gulch

You know you work in the outdoor industry when your coworker announces that he’s spending eight days of vacation walking 82 miles alone through Utah canyon country, eating only quick boiled meals, salami, and Snickers. Then he knocks it out in six, charging 17 miles on the final day to retrieve the bike he stashed…

Polar Explorer Eric Larsen Begins Attempt to Bike to the South Pole

After polar explorer Eric Larsen finished on the “triple crown of adventure”—traveling to the South Pole, the North Pole, and the top of Mount Everest in one year—it was hard to imagine what he might do next. But he has a plan. In December of 2012, Larson will begin another crossing of Antarctica. Once again…

#Adventure4Good: Asa Firestone’s BEYONDgear Hopes to Bring Climbing to Brazil’s Favelas

Today we are asking you to be part of a social media experiment and to tweet #adventure4good so we can collectively reach 100,000 tweets in 24 hours. Your tweet will help bring the first climbing wall to the slums of Rio. National Geographic Young Explorer Asa Firestone wants to inspire kids through climbing. Though not…

How Outdoor Gear Companies Helped Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

There’s something to be said for the outdoor industry: We have a lot of heart. Generally speaking, people are in this business because they love the outdoors and are passionate about creating products to enhance their adventures. And in my experience, it seems passionate people are caring people. So when Hurricane Sandy delivered a powerful…

Valhalla Film Preview: Ski Filmmaker Nick Waggoner on Finding Freedom

Sweetgrass Productions director Nick Waggoner was named one of our 2012 Adventurers of the Year for Solitaire, a film that artfully depicts a two-year, human-powered ski odyssey around South America. Since getting to know the Sweetgrass team—which also includes Ben Sturgulewski, Michael Brown, and Zak Ramras—we are confident these guys will continue to capture and redefine…

Into the Mind Film Preview: Adventure, Risk, and a JP Auclair Street Skiing Encore

After making the rounds to the adventure film festivals last season, Sherpas Cinema‘s All.I.Can won no fewer than 20 awards, including best cinematography from MountainFilm in Telluride, Colorado, and best feature-length mountain film from the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Alberta, Canada. The film’s “Street Skiing” scene with French Canadian freeskier/genius JP Auclair flipping, flying,…

Who Inspires You to Get Outside? Outdoor Inspiration Awards Nominations Deadline Dec 14

Listen up, people: I need you to act on this by Dec. 14. The outdoor industry is looking for nominees for Outdoor Inspiration Awards, and we want to hear from you. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that if you’re reading this, you’re the outdoorsy type. You like to get outside…

Camping Recipe: Saag Paneer

By Casey Dean No matter where your hiking boots take you, you can enjoy the foods of the world over a Whisperlite Stove. This version of the Indian dish saag paneer replaces the paneer with tofu, but a white cheese instead of tofu would be a great option as well. The Mexican cheese, queso fresco, is a great…

Risky Business: Life Insurance for Climbers

With contributions from Doug Colwell Nothing shouts middle age quite like shopping for life insurance. But there I was, answering questions about my height, weight, smoking … and then came the dreaded question: “Have you climbed in the last three years…?” I quickly try to run the numbers. “In the last three years…?” Stalling, I…