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 05:24

Natural PFD Filler - Kapok

Kapok Seed Pod 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 17:26

Canoe Crash

Photo by: Shane Macomber/Vail Daily
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: aspentimes.com


Mion FootwearStratham, N.H. - Miōn Footwear, the brand of performance footwear for environmentally-engaged amphibious athletes, is donating $950 to the Utah Rivers Council as a result of a successful turnout and a talented pool of kayakers at its first annual Speed Rolling Contest at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.

The August 9 event turned out a crowd of curious spectators as it pitted kayakers against one another in rolling rivalry to determine who could pull off the greatest number in a 30-second time period. Miōn athlete and extreme kayaker, Tao Berman, helped to raise the intensity with his emceeing skills by providing commentary for the crowd.

The Speed Rolling Contest summoned a pool of eight top kayakers and burgeoning talents to compete for rolling glory and cash prizes. Paddlers used several strategies, including one no-paddle technique called a hand-roll, to gain the greatest number of rolls in each 30-second slot. After round one, the three best rolling contenders competed head-to-head to determine the top winners.

After the final round, the title of rolling champion went to Jared Seiler, from Gladwyne, Penn., who pulled off an amazing 22 rolls for a first place win and a $200 cash prize. Corey Volt (Beachburg, Ontario) and Todd Baker (Dillsburg, Penn.) tied for second place, each gaining 17 rolls and winning $75 cash.

The first round of paddlers produced 134 rolls from all paddlers while the final round concluded with a total of 56 rolls - for a grand total of 190 rolls accumulated. As promised, Miōn will be giving a $5 donation per roll, or $950, to the Utah Rivers Council, a grassroots advocacy group that helps to protect rivers and clean water sources in Utah.

Beyond providing an innovative new product, Miōn is committed to a path toward environmentally sustainable practices. While performance footwear manufacturing is not yet a "green" process, Miōn is making every effort to embed its environmental philosophy into every aspect of its business.

Miōn® Footwear will strive to operate as a carbon neutral brand beginning in 2007 and beyond. Miōn is committed to 100% renewable energy, its U.S. distribution center gets 60% of its power from on-site solar panels, it uses recycled materials in all of its packaging and collateral, and Miōn has created and launched the industry's first Ecometrics label designed to provide visibility into the environmental impact of its products.

Miōn's pellet-to-part injection molded EVA manufacturing process generates 90% less EVA waste than the traditional process of compression molding EVA. And Miōn is committed to developing a program that will allow it to use 100% of the EVA production waste in future products.

For additional information on Miōn® footwear, please visit www.mionfootwear.com. For media inquiries, please contact Verde PR at 970.259.3555.


Coleman Exponent LogoThree new basecamping tents - with design features, materials and other elements usually found in premium backpacking tents - join the Coleman® Exponent® lineup in 2008. Known as the Northstar Series, the new trio is designed to meet the needs of serious outdoor enthusiasts who want premium tents in a modern, roomy cabin style.
ReserveAmerica has awarded the Eureka! N!ergy tent series its Outdoor Industry Innovation Award, which recognizes the company and new product launch that inspires outdoor enthusiasts while enhancing the experience of outdoor recreation.
Going to be out in the field in a variety of overnight conditions and temperatures? If so, the new Optimus Multi-Temperature Sleep System from Slumberjack is designed to keep outdoor adventurers comfortable in fluctuating weather conditions. The all-in-one, transformable sleep system is uniquely designed to deliver high-end performance without adding unwanted bulk and weight to your backpack.
Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:10

Paddling in Electrical Storms

For those interested, there is a really interesting conversation going on over at playak.com related to paddling in electrical storms and the science behind it. Check it out here.
Forward StrokeKayaking instructors, I have a challenge for you.

When we teach forward stroke, we emphasize using torso rotation for greater endurance and strength rather then just using our arms. I have absolutely no problem with it. It makes sense to me as an advanced paddler and I believe strongly in it.
Stellarium Software Looking to increase your knowledge of the starts above you? You need to download the free open-source software, Stellarium.

Here is the description from the website:
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

I recently downloaded it and gave it for a spin. Wow, what a fantastic piece of software. You can quickly zoom in on any star in the sky then get information on the star or nebula by clicking on it. You can view planets and shooting stars in real time.

It's free, check it out.

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