MSR (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based brand of proven backcountry gear for demanding users, is pleased to announce that Chris Parkhurst has joined Cascade Designs, Inc. as MSR Global Brand Manager. Parkhurst will continue building on the thirty-eight year-old brand's solid reputation for inventing and producing reliable, high-performance, award-winning outdoor products in a line of stoves, cookware, water treatment, hydration, tents, snowshoes and camp towels.

Giant Pumpkin Paddling Race
Saturday, 20 October 2007

Leo Swinimer of New Ross, Nova Scotia, is one of a growing number of pumpkin paddlers. Photo by Nick Timiraos This past weekend in Windsor, Nova Scotia was the 9th annual Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Regatta. This year there were 54 people who entered and tried to paddle their 600 pound pumpkin across the 3/4 mile Lake Pesaquid.

Homemade Cruise Ship
Friday, 19 October 2007

Talk to most paddlers and they all have a dream of building their own canoe or kayak. Not a lot of people actually get around to doing it. Even less get around to building their own cruise ship. Francois Zanella from France decided to take on the task and has finally finished it. He estimates that it took 25,000 hours to complete. The 33.5 meter long vessel is a 1/8th scale model of Royal Caribbean International's 1992 cruise ship, Majesty of the Seas and is 4.75 meters wide. Over the 11 years to took to complete the project, he built it on land beside his house then launched it in June 2005. Sorry the photo is so bad. There is a clearer one on the wikipedia listing as well. More info:
The International Whitewater Hall of Fame Board of Governors has announced the names of the Class of 2007 of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) honorees.

New Suunto Wrist-top Computers
Thursday, 18 October 2007

For many years, Suunto has been building watches (wrist-top computers) for people who love the outdoors. Their most popular model, the Vector has been the standard watch for many years with onboard functions like barometric altimeter, thermometer, barometer, electronic compass, multiple time zones and multiple alarms. It's a great watch with big number making it easy to tell the time when you are surfing down the wave cause that is when I'm thinking, "what time is it?" With the big numbers comes the biggest complaint of Suunto watches. They are huge, thick and urbanites think they are ugly. Also, it doesn't look good on dainty woman's wrists. Suunto has just released two new models, the Lumi for woman and the Core for fashionistas. The Lumi is a thinner model that looks great. It has all the same core features that you would want in a wrist-top computer (they don't like the term watch) including thermometer, storm alarm, and digital compass. They have also released the model as a pendant with no wrist strap allowing you to lose it quicker. The Core has similar features to the vector but is slightly more precise including a slew of software and user interface upgrades. It also looks fantastic. I absolutely love my Suunto watch. Those who already own one will agree with me. They have a huge variety of models with different features so you can find the unit with the features you are actually going to use. Finally, not many people know this but they also have a fantastic warranty program. Like everything else they have a standard replacement warranty which is I believe three-years. If you break your unit after the warranty expires, you can send it in (through your point of purchase) and purchase a replacement watch at a significant discount. That is great for the hard-core users that wear their watch out in 5-6 years like I have. More info:

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