7.31.2008

World's Worst career choice?

"I think (marketing is) the career path that will best utilize my networking skills and my ability to think outside the box," said Deenan, whose smug, gloating tone and shit-eating smile just make you want to punch his goddamn teeth in. "So I'm definitely thinking marketing. Either that, or PR."
LINK: The Onion

Saturday night alive

Mammut Bouldering Championships - Shilo Parking Lot Rooftop - SATURDAY 6 pm



OIWC - Polly-Esther Party - Pierpont Place - SATURDAY 7 PM

























Horny Toad - Fiesta De La Toad - Cafe Molise - SATURDAY 8 pm

Outdoor Retailer: The Quiz

What is the best way to end up in the OR Show Daily?

a) Send topic-specific pitches to the the Daily staff prior to June 30.
b) Unveil a truly newsworthy initiative during the OR show.
c) Cross dress.

What is the best way to keep the wife happy after four days of carousing with old friends and an older liver?

a) The Ahnu Kick.
b) The Ahnu Ginny.
c) The Ahnu Josie.
d) Give her the gift that keeps on giving … Stay in SLC for another four days.

What is the best way to feel good about your manhood.

a) By entering the 70s dance off at Saturday's OIWC Polly-Esther party.
b) By NOT entering the 70s dance off at the OIWC Polly-Esther party.
c) By running in the SkirtChaser Trail Run
d) By NOT running in the SkirtChaser Trail Run

What is the best reason not to stay at the Marriott?

a) It blows your excuse for showing up late to the Conservation Alliance breakfast.
b) The curfew breaking Horny Toad party Saturday night at Café Molise.
c) The Monaco & Hilton are closer to the Hookah Lounge.

What is the perfect cup of campsite coffee?

a) All of them.
b) One brewed at 4:20.
c) One brewed by Primus’ new LiTech Coffee/Tea Press … (booth 30007).

When is the appropriate time to celebrate 420?

a) At the Dude Scout reunion
b) At the World’s Worst PR Event Thursday night.
c) At the Aquapac booth (BR 640), where there's a special celebration of 420 everyday at 4:20 pm.

What is ADAPT?

a) What you’ll need to do on Friday morning after attending the World’s Worst PR Event on Thursday.
b) What you’ll need to do after telling the guys at Life is Good that you’re a “crappy badminton player" while registering for the Industry Party tourney.
c) The acronym for Kelty’s sustainability initiative (booth 27017)

Why is a gusseted crotch important?

a) For selling khakis to guys who wear climbing shoes and Buck Knives to the office.
b) It’s not … it’s just an excuse to say ‘crotch’ more often
c) If you had big balls, you’d know.

Who is Bill McKibben?

a) Middlebury professor, Vermont localvore, quasi secessionist, and speaker at Saturday’s Conservation Alliance breakfast.
b) The lead singer for Rusted Root, the hipster band playing Friday’s Outdoor Industry Party.
c) The love child of Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich.

What is the cure for East Coast insomnia?

a) Grabbing a free demo of a GoMotion specialized running light for a 4 am run (Booth 32560)
b) Catching a midday nap in a Kelty campsite recliner while the smooth sounds of the Kelty sales team lulls you to sleep. (Booth 27017)
c) Watching a media line presentation at FILL IN THE BLANK ________________.

What is the best use for the Shilo?

a) Hitting the lobby bathroom before hoofing it back to Little America.
b) Getting torched on the parking lot deck during Saturday evening’s Mammut bouldering championships.
c) Using it as threat, as in: “looks like you’ll be staying at the Shilo next year.”

What is sustainable underwear?

a) 1% for Men’s Panties.
b) The Thongservation Alliance
c) The four P’s … people, places, profit and poo.
d) I have no idea … ask Alli.

What is the best chance to get a free tequila shot?

a) Anytime you see Chris Denny (just say "knob holes")
b) Anytime you see Mike Geraci (coupon good for two).
b) At Aquapac’s 25th anniversary toast … featuring Silver Patron, the Silver Bullet, and Matt Crawford’s silver Visa card. Ongoing, nightly, by appointment.

7.30.2008

America's toughest mile: Lincoln Gap


The good news about Lincoln Gap is that Bicycling magazine recently ranked the east side as the "toughest mile in America." The bad news is that if you haven't already, now you've got to ride it. Why?

* You'll love the smell of Connecticut brakes in the morning.

* At the crux of the climb, when the sweat flows like beer and the steepness seems vertical, you're going to be asked by a passing motorist with a cooler full of beer for directions to the Long Trail.

* Just like Manny, you'll lose count of the pitches after the first one.

7.28.2008

And so it begins: New Zealand bans felt-soled wading boots to battle the onslaught of Didymo


"Felt-soled boots are considered a high risk vector or carrier of microscopic aquatic organisms like didymo. Preventing the spread of didymo is an important aspect of ban, but it is increasingly understood that felt soles are an effective vector for other microscopic pest organisms."

LINK: Voxy New Zealand

LINK: Protect Your Waters

Comment of the day: Burn your boxers?

"Yeah, shorts w/ a 5" inseam aren't exactly a thong. It's absurd that man-capris are somehow considered the standard now. Why not just swath men in burkas and get all male flesh out of sight?"

ORIGINAL POST: BANNED/patagonia stand-up shorts

Thirsty for home heating oil? Try Les

If you used to own stock in the American Skiing Corporation, maybe this is your chance to get it back.

Former ASC-jefe Les Otten has a new gig. Converting Maine's (and New England's) ubiquitous home oil heating systems to kindler, gentler, far-less-carbon-intensive, and tax-subsidy embraced pellet boilers.

LINK: Maine Energy Systems
LINK: State by state carbon footprint map
LINK: Carbon calculator

7.24.2008

What is value in a room where flip flops sell for $85?

"Value does not mean the lowest price point. It can be something that is very expensive if, in fact, it's the whole package ..." -- SNEWS' "True Value"

It's true. I'm a Der Schnitszpahn fan. In the hot-off-the-press SNEWS/Outdoor (which looks fabulous) Doug hits on the outdoor industry soft spot of "value," and gets some fascinating, if overspun, responses.

Sure, there's value in every top shelf item. And sure again, out-zippering your competitors at the same price point is a bona fide way to increase your shelf appeal. But even the prettiest packs can end up being wallflowers.

On the big chalkboard in the sky, the official equation is a straightforward value = benefits/price. Reality, unfortunately, is more complicated and hardly linear.

No matter how groovy-cool-innovative you get, a high benefit/high price item just doesn't have the same value as a good everyday bargain.

It's not semantics, it's reality.

What is value? Flip flops

$20 flip flops from Brazil, I think.

$25 flip flops sold by high altitude mountaineers.

$45 flip flops that remind you of Brazilian girls in thongs.

$50 flip flops from a brand that sometimes makes things that are totally recycled.

$85 recycled flip flops made for people who like walking on sheep.


$100 flip flops that remind you of your summer abroad in Italy.... Marco? .... Polo?

Life is Good, especially with $107 million in annual sales


“I don’t see recession. I see opportunity.” -- Bert Jacobs, co-founder, Life is Good

LINK ... New York Times: "Everything's Fine, My T-Shirt Says So"

7.18.2008

And more on the Piton acquisiton

Yellowstone, Yosemite, whatever ...


The Economist, July 10

I guess the image of Yellowstone illustrating an article about Yosemite should've been a tipoff.

National parks and wilderness areas are finite and fragile resources that cannot handle an annual double-digit increase in attendance in perpetuity.

To assume that fading attendance over time is equivalent to a failure in conservation is not just poor logic ... it's poor taste.

Worse yet, to argue for more luxury hotel rooms as a way to increase outdoor activity participation is laughable. Not only is it of dubious ecological impact, but the chance that putting a soft bed and a flat screen TV within arms reach of El Cap would stimulate a love for the outdoors is like serving up a feast to an overweight man and asking him to begin dieting immediately.

LINK: The Economist

7.17.2008

Has the Piton been acquired?


Inquiring minds want to know ...

LINK closed due to national sense of humor drought.

7.14.2008

7.11.2008

Didymo in the Mad River: Fish it while you can

Things were dead on the Mad River this June. I guess that should've been a tipoff.

The three-piece and I headed out a couple times during what should’ve been easy money affairs. We even spread it out to include some before dawn action. But we didn’t get a thing.

Probably, it's because I suck. But I hate getting skunked, even on a single cast. My kids can always tell when I'm sulking over coffee in the garage.

There was some guilty solace when I asked around at the local bacon counter and found that not even the worm dunkers had been getting anything. “Really quiet out there,” one said. “Weird.”

The Mad River isn’t on the list of America’s blue ribbon fisheries. It’s much loved, but it's a struggling waterway, a put-and-take shadow of the wild fishery that it used to be.

In this ghost town for trout, the tumbleweeds scored another victory yesterday as we learned that Didymo was found in the Mad River. An invasive algae known for rapid proliferation, Didymo has no known cure, and it essentially hangs the closed sign on the door for fishermen.

The painful irony for me is that earlier this spring, my group started working with Simms Fishing Products, one of the loudest voices in the battle against Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) like Didymo. As ANS has spread from New Zealand to the Chesapeake, we’ve been trying to help Simms spread the word about the importance of checking your gear, cleaning it every time, and even investing in some ANS-resistant wading boots (ie, no felt).

I know the Mad isn’t the Madison or the Deschutes. It’s barely even a Boulder Creek. But as ANS knocks the legs out from under third world waterways, it’s just a matter of time before it steps on the throat of your own favorite river.

The arrival of ANS in minor waterways is not minor news. It's a wake-up call.

7.10.2008

Wiffle madness

An old friend of mine (likes to) tell (in some frequency) a specific tale of his youth. About his dad. About how his dad would scold them for being inside on a summer day. And about how they would respond.

"What are you doing?"

"Nothing."

"If you're doing nothing, then do it outside."

The world beyond the back porch was, as we all know, a life-changing environment. Young legs became stronger. Young minds became sharper. And eventually, it replaced the indoors as a chosen destination almost entirely.

Unfortunately, times have changed. LINK

7.07.2008

Apparently, nobody invited the Greenneck over last weekend

So he finds himself on the cusp of another July 4th and all its strange customs: Parades built on the back of cheap petroleum, night skies polluted by the small explosions of fireworks, kegs and coolers brimming with pallid domestic beers, grills stacked high with chickens who never set foot on the soft, brown earth during their short and brutish lives. And somewhere in there, perhaps, for some (and especially after a few PBRs), a swell of patriotism ....

Read more: Vermont Commons