Is that gas tank half empty ... or half full?

Salomon made a splash in the ski market this week by announcing that their nationally touring demo (the "Oasis Projct") would be going green .... sort of.

According to their press release, Salomon is purchasing "Green Tags" from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to produce an equivalent amount of wind energy so the tour "nets out as pollution-free."

If it sounds familiar ... it is. The concept of "carbon credits" or "carbon trading" is a cornerstone of the Kyoto Protocol, which also kicks in this month.

Supporters (and there are many) like carbon trading for obvious reasons. Namely, that it's a long-overdue start.

But critics dislike the concept because even in the best case scenario, it only attains "carbon neutrality" and is potentially serving up a license to pollute.

A good Friday batch of food for thought...

LINK: Going green with Salomon

LINK: Carbon trading


Wicked outdoorsy rumors

Which of the following rumors is actually true?

** Warren Miller Films will soon begin production of a bass-fishing movie.

** The Piton is soliciting donations for the creation of a "Waterproof Zipper Haters Anononymous" support group.

** A Vermont ski area is selling itself on Ebay.



Farmer Forever

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Once upon a time, snowboarding was about big mountains and full pipes, and a guy named Farmer was King.

Fortunately, he's back on the scene with some new boards and what is unquestionably the press release of the day.

Somehow, I don't think we'll be seeing Farmer in a head-to-toe berber plaid snowboarding suit with matching luggage anytime soon. And I'm psyched about that.


Speaking of gift bags

Need a ticket to shwagland? Call my man Erik:

"I need to feed my three daughters. Won't you please help?"



No Mystery

Apparently, Dana didn't get his gift bag, either.

LINK: The Piton

Leading vs. Managing

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Hoagland throws down on the difference between leading & managing. While his topic is the chief exectuive ... the op-ed still serves up a steamy pile of thought for armchair execs in the outdoor world. A must-read.




Apparently, Mr. Wedgie didn't get his gift bag ...

LINK: The Piton

Fish of the day, part II

On The FLy
Originally uploaded by drewbo.
The oil version ... it's even cooler, I think.

Fish of the day

Originally uploaded by drewbo.
Today's special is a hopping Guatemalan sailfish ... wicked.

Thanks to Scott Leon for this one.

If you can't beat 'em, tax 'em

Montana is eyeing a special tax on retailers (Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, etc.) with $20 million-plus in annual revenues and who pay less than $22,000 to their full-time workers.

The good? The levy would be used to offset healthcare costs created by these benefit-thin megastores, an estimated $421,000/year for every Wal-Mart store.

The bad? The levy says nothing about retailers with less than $20 million in sales who also happen to pay shitty wages with no benefits.

The ugly? "If prices have to go up, so be it," said one shopper, hinting that she might keep shopping at WalMart even if it didn't have preposterously low prices on candy corn and DVD players.



What is the outdoor industry's biggest challenge? It's you ...

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As much as we'd all like to point wigglingly incriminating fingers at the uber-brands of WalMart and Ebay, the stark reality of the market is staring us in face.

Consumers, not CEOs, are driving the market.

Check out the New Yorker's op-ed piece on the latest challenges (and emerging weaknesses) of mass-merchandising. You'll be glad you did.


Mikado, beware

"You do not seize control at Masa. You surrender it. You pay to be putty. And you pay dearly. . . . Lunch or dinner for two can easily exceed $1,000."

—From the Times’ review of Masa, a sushi restaurant that was given four stars.



The power of positive tune selection

Originally uploaded by drewbo.
With six inches of new on a six inch base, the single chair midstation tune selection at 8:45 a.m was "Flight of the Valkries."

Effective, very effective.


Virginia House proposes $50 fine for low-riding pants

In response, Wicked Outdoorsy is proposing our own fashion penalties:

$25 fine for wearing zip-off pants ...

$40 fine for embarassing goggle gap ...

$85 fine for wearing your trade show badge below the waist ...

$100 fine for asking what a "gusseted crotch" is ...

$150 fine, and a written apology to Rob Story, for wearing flip-flops in winter ...


Hagerman's next gig?

The Sylvester Stallone-themed magazine "SLY" is set to debut on February 14 ...



Predator or protected species?

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In 10 years, the gray wolf has grown from a wildife advocate's fantasy to a distinct Rocky Mountain reality.

From an initial pack of 14 and a supplemental pack of 17 added in 1996, population estimates are now above 800.

The New York Times takes a stab at this complex issue.


The eBay paradox

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The February issue of Dirt Rag, The Mountain Bike Forum, has a phenomenal piece on eBay, and why it's such a big deal in the bike market.

According to the article, "cycling is the second largest sporting goods division at eBay ... surpassed only by golf."

It's a great read. Check it out.