Platypus, the Seattle-based brand of flexible, modular hydration products for active pursuits has overhauled its entire line of product offerings for 2008. Significant durability, usability and modularity improvements have been made with a variety of new materials and designs. Platypus is also adding water filtration to the mix with the introduction of the CleanStreamTM Gravity Filter System.
New Comfort Systems Provide Versatile and Lightweight Sleep Options.
Outside Blog posted today information about the death Pete Absolon, Rocky Mountain regional director of the National Outdoor Leadership School who died last weekend. He was climbing when he was accidentally hit in the head with a rock and instantly killed. The investigation and police report said that an unnamed 23-year-old Wyoming man accidentally killed Pete Absolon, last weekend when he threw a 15- to 20-pound rock over the side of the 700-foot cliff. Absolon began working at the school as an instructor in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Molly, and a young daughter. More info
Friday, 17 August 2007

Natural PFD Filler - Kapok

We recently found this fantastic article about Astral Buoyancy founder Philip Curry and the rediscovery of using kapok as filler for PFD's. Kapok is a material that was used extensively during the second world war for a variety of different products including pfd's, car seats, and pillows. What is kapok? It is a natural fibre found in the Indonesian rain forest and harvested from the seedpods of the ceiba tree. In its raw form, it looks like a feathery ball of cotton. Kapok is naturally buoyant, with a high resistance to water and decay. There are also great benefits for the environment as it produces little waste, is easily recycles and growing it requires no chemicals. With so many companies touting their "greenness" will they start using this material as well? Astral Buoyancy is convinced it is the way to go for sure. We will see. Thanks to Playak for the link.
Thursday, 16 August 2007

Canoe Crash

Photo by: Shane Macomber/Vail Daily There was a crash with 7 vehicles on the I-70 in Vail, CO today which left one person in critical condition. The other passengers suffered only minor injuries. The canoe that was strapped to one of the cars didn't fair to well... Article Link:

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