Best of 2016 – A year in review
With 2016 officially in the rear view mirror, it’s often easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle associated with bringing in the new year. We would like to take a moment to ‘raise a glass’ and make a toast to the many unique challenges, failures, successes, customers, retailers, and […]
Packing my Bags
There is a phrase which occurs again and again in popular songs, regardless of genre: “I’m packing my bags”. It is universal shorthand for taking a trip somewhere, getting out of town, making a new start. Ah, the romance of the open road.
Traveling with YogaSlackers
In case you hadn’t noticed – there’s a “new” sport in town and it’s beginning to take shape. Perhaps you’ve heard about it in passing whilst shopping at your Whole Foods Market, or on your way to the local dog park. Although still technically in its infancy, the art of performing yoga […]
Which Mat to Choose
Sea to Summit’s air-filled mats have been incredibly successful since their launch in Spring of 2015. Journalists and gear testers have bestowed multiple awards on the mats for their innovative design, while end-users frequently comment on the level of comfort and ease of use.
Author and adventurer Rebecca Rusch is one of the great endurance athletes of her generation. Rusch holds the most female wins at Leadville Trail and Dirty Kanza. Rusch has been the world champion in Master's XC mountain biking, national XC single-speed champion, three-time national champion in team and world champion solo 24-hour mountain biking, 142-mile Kokopelli Trail record, various titles from short track, cyclocross, cross country skiing and top prize at Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Championships. Rebecca also leads the SRAM Gold Rusch Tour, a series of female cycling events that combine racing and training. Learn more about Rebecca at www.rebeccarusch.com
Paul Clark - Photographer and athlete. Paul is the Duffel Bag Paddle Boarder. Hiking into remote lakes with inflatable SUP boards and paddling on self-supported expeditions down rivers or along open coasts is where he feels most at home. Paul is the only solo person to stand up paddle over three hundred miles on the Sea of Cortez, and takes pride in being able to travel light and fast with a single bag containing essential equipment and a paddle board. Paul is based in Bend, Oregon. Check out Paul's adventures, gear reviews, and training advise at http://www.suppaul.com.
Amy & Dave Freeman - Wilderness Classroom
Amy & Dave Freeman founded The Wilderness Classroom with a simple idea: to improve students’ core academic skills and appreciation for the environment by introducing elementary and middle school students to the wonders of exploration and wilderness travel. Twelve years the Wilderness Classroom reaches over 2,700 teachers and 85,000 students around the globe. Their mission has never changed; instilling a lifelong appreciation of the natural world while improving basic skills like reading, critical thinking and communication by highlighting the joy of discovery. See what the Wilderness Classroom is up to at http://www.wildernessclassroom.com/.
Jason Self has devoted his life to sharing his love of the water with others. As professional sea kayak coach & guide since 2007, he has introduced thousands of people to the sport. As the first licensed kayak fishing guide in Oregon & Washington, Jason was voted #3 Kayak Angler of the Year 2011, #2 Blog of the Year 2012, #1 Blog of the Year 2013, and #4 Angler of the Year 2014, by the public at the Kayak Angler's Choice Awards. In 2010 Jason founded the group Out of Sight, Out of Mind (OSOM): A global campaign to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution in the worlds waterways. A Talented photographer and cinematographer, Jason has just completed his first documentary film, "Search for the Perfect Day"; A film shot across the U.S. aimed at inspiring others to get out doors to connect with nature, in order to understand the value of what's at stake. In 2014 Jason moved to the Redwood Coast of Northern California to launch kayak instruction & guiding programs for Pacific Outfitters. Check out Jason’s blog here: www.jasonself.blogspot.com/
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and inspire responsible travel and outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace is committed to forming partnerships to foster the development of Leave No Trace minimal impact skills and ethics. Visit: http://www.lnt.org.
The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. Visit: http://www.conservationalliance.com
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education creates lifelong learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds through education, service, adventure, and conservation programs. The vision of Four Corners School of Outdoor Education is to build a diverse community of people who are committed to conserving the natural and cultural treasures of the Colorado Plateau. Visit: http://www.fourcornersschool.org/
The Himalayan Stove Project
The Himalayan Stove Project donates free, clean-burning, highly efficient cookstoves to families in some of the most remote areas in the high Himalayas of Nepal. These highly efficient Envirofit stoves burn biomass fuel; the same fuels presently being used; but reduce fuel consumption by 75% and reduce indoor air pollution by as much as 90%, taking less wood out of the environment, creating a healthier home environment and saving countless hours of tedious work collecting fuel. Visit: http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/