AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Welcome to The Piton STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 09:37:27 AM ----- BODY: A concept fully lifted from others, The Piton is here to post random thoughts and associations around the Outdoor Industry (OI) for those of us that work within it. We have 30 days to test this out before we have to pay. Let's see what happens. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Trouble getting preseason orders? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 09:40:50 AM ----- BODY: Try using this when leaving a message, LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: SP05 Mountain Hardwear STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 12:17:52 PM ----- BODY: I had a chance to review Mountain Hardwear's Spring 2005 cotton sportswear line last week. It reminded me of a quote I read from Steve Jobs. "It's like . . . somebody who's not cool trying to be cool. It's painful to watch. You know what I mean?'' He looked at me for a while, and I started to think he was trying to tell me something. Then he said, ''It's like . . . watching Michael Dell try to dance, painful." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Happy 4th STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 02:05:09 PM ----- BODY: He may be one of the most profound freaks of the industry, and I agree with almost nothing he says, but he does spew great opinion. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Now That's a Fuzzy Boot STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 03:50:04 PM ----- BODY: 208Hoping to capitalize as quickly as possible on the new found popularity of it's UGG line, Deckers has announced an agreement to license the Ugg Australia Outerwear brand. Rumor has it that negotiations are under way with Paul Hogan to be the new U.S. brand spokesman. When asked to comment on the rumor a Hogan spokesperson said he was unable to comment because he was too busy putting another shrimp on the Barbie. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: thepiton@mac.com IP: 66.192.148.33 URL: http://thepiton.typepad.com/the_piton DATE: 07/04/2004 04:03:36 PM Whoa, didn't Subaru already give Hogan the boot? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Monster Man EMAIL: monster@yahoo.com IP: 24.18.36.137 URL: DATE: 07/04/2004 04:53:34 PM Replaced by Lance "My work is Done" Armstrong ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: REI vs the rest of us STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 03:56:30 PM ----- BODY: This one is for you Bomber. Godzilla ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Monster Man EMAIL: monster@yahoo.com IP: 24.18.36.137 URL: DATE: 07/04/2004 04:50:55 PM In the beginning there was a kinder gentler Godzilla and no Raymond Burr either! http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/movies/180348_godzilla02q.html ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Patient Appears to be Breathing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 05:19:05 PM ----- BODY: rtr_123_busEastern Mountain Sports is currently sponsoring a traveling road show called "Raise the Roof". Very cool rock star style tour bus with retractable climbing wall powered by bio-diesel. The bus will be making stops at their retail stores and other various venues however in keeping with EMS's retail strategy the bus doesn't have enough power to get over the Continental Divide. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Best Summer Cocktails STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 05:56:54 PM ----- BODY: tz_bacardi_cocotiniThe good folks at Forbes are doing a lot more than just researching the latest money market trends! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Lifted from telemarktips.com STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/04/2004 10:59:13 PM ----- BODY: Einstein's Special Theory of Tree Skiing: "The faster you go the smaller you are..." ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Ultimate 4WD Camper? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/05/2004 09:52:17 AM ----- BODY: headon_5497 Tread lightly and go for the bio-diesel option! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 69.54.6.194 URL: DATE: 11/22/2004 08:17:22 AM Holy smokes if you can still fit all my Thule car rack basket ( http://www.orsracksdirect.com/thule-boxes-luggage-racks-cargo-baskets.html ) on top then i'm sold!!! Where can i get more info... ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Plowshares into Swords....Say it Ain't So Joe! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/05/2004 10:52:33 AM ----- BODY: Check out Joe E's Travel Gear Blog. Joe E is a former TNF employee who has some pointed thoughts about the outdoor industry's descent into corporate profit taking and military contracts. Sorry Joe but I won't give up the Bomber moniker! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Sponsorship Opportunity STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/06/2004 07:27:04 AM ----- BODY: The good folks at BFRO could really use a rainwear sponsor! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Truth STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/06/2004 09:00:16 AM ----- BODY: thetruthWe've all said to ourselves, "What the fuck are we doing here?" Whoever wrote this deserves a raise. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Are You Warming Up to Dick’s? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/06/2004 08:03:46 PM ----- BODY: Two weeks ago Dick's announced that they were beginning the process of acquiring Galyan's. Now there are many people in the outdoor industry who had partnered with Galyan’s, and not with Dick’s. By my limited estimation Galyan’s was 5% of total sales for quite a few of these brands. Brands that didn’t do business with Dick’s. Now I may be naïve, but if I were a recently purchased clothing brand that found myself in this position, I’d have a hard time calling the home office to announce a 5% reduction is sales. I’d also wager that there is many a sales manager with a fresh ticket to Pittsburgh. ----- EXTENDED BODY: Brands in Galyan’s (Brands at Dick’s) ACG (nope) Marmot (nope) Montrail (nope) The North Face (of course!) Asolo (nope) Patagonia (nope) Lowa (nope) Mountain Hardwear (HUGE Columbia dealer, I’d hate to say no!) Sierra Designs (nope) EDIT Dick's is an SD dealer Salomon (nope) Vasque (nope) ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Monster EMAIL: monster@yahoo.com IP: 24.18.36.137 URL: DATE: 07/06/2004 08:54:12 PM Sierra Designs does sell to Dick's I believe. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Rules of Aquisition STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/06/2004 08:15:28 PM ----- BODY: bok Has K2 has assumed the new title of Ferengi of the outdoor industry? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Check out the video under Dean's bio STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/06/2004 08:20:12 PM ----- BODY: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Ferengi? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/06/2004 10:19:06 PM ----- BODY: yc_fur
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Saying It Like It Is! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 09:05:38 AM ----- BODY: tag Tom Bihn Designs Care Label Here's the translation of the French part of the label. * Wash with warm water. * Use mild soap * Dry flat * Do not use bleach * Do not dry in the dryer * Do not iron * We are sorry that Our President is an idiot * We did not vote for him LINK
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Conservateur Compatissant? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 10:34:50 AM ----- BODY: snowmobiles ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Come on down to Ed's Outdoor Outlet! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 01:10:42 PM ----- BODY: edstandup What.... no deals on the Big Ed Cutout!?! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: 8.3 Million Squre Feet of Retail STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 01:38:41 PM ----- BODY: Everything you wanted to know about the latest happenings at Dick's can be found in these audio archives. LINK Includes Galyans acquisition and Q1 2004 results along with info regarding new store locations. It's easy to register and some of the archives also have accompanying slides. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: BackPackreviews.com STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 01:58:35 PM ----- BODY: How about we're really a front for selling stuff through backcountry.com LINK Click on a brand, pull up a product review, buy now. They also carry every known outdoor product in the galaxy! ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Wuss In Boots STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 02:22:42 PM ----- BODY: 030912_BackpackingWhat makes this really funny was that it was written by the editorial director of Outside. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: mechazilla EMAIL: mechazilla2000@yahoo.com IP: 24.18.36.137 URL: DATE: 07/07/2004 03:03:07 PM Is that a caricature of Michael Hodgsen? ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Space wanted at OR STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 02:40:43 PM ----- BODY: I'm sure there's some extra space in the aisle next to the S'more maker booth. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Shhhhh....its a secret! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 02:56:01 PM ----- BODY: Brother Caleb coud you find it in your heart to share a fatty? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Pepsi and Guiness Can Stove STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 04:52:46 PM ----- BODY: PCT web site which has plans and instructions for a very cool lightweight stove you can build at home. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Reaching Out to the Gay Outdoor Community STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/07/2004 07:19:18 PM ----- BODY: Believe it or not some of the old traditional outdoor brands are selling product on the BreakCamp.com gear store which has a direct link off the Gay Outdoors web site. LINK Glad to see some forward thinking sales folks finally reaching out to the gay outdoor community. Did you guys get the memo about the vote for the top ten shirtless guy outdoors list? ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Future of Adventure STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 11:05:17 AM ----- BODY: Kim Stanley Robinson has written an account of the potential future of "adventure" travel. Originally posted on Boing Boing April 2003. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Way Hipper than Nordic Walking STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 04:00:21 PM ----- BODY: A GPS device and a hunger for adventure are all you need for high tech treasure hunting. Here you can find the latest caches in your area, how to hide your own cache, and information on how to get started in this fun and exciting sport. According to the site there are over 100,000 geocaches in over 200 countries. I did a search for Iraq and came up with 13, a search for Afghanistan turned up 1. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Degree Confluence Project STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 04:20:10 PM ----- BODY: This has nothing to do with the knuckleheads in North Carolina. The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories will then be posted here. LINK Definitely not as cool as Geocaching but definitely cooler than Nordic Walking. Only 20 percent of the world's confluences have been photographed (2 of 40 in Iraq) so grab the GPS and the digital and get out there! The first confluence photographed in Afghanistan was apparently in a bomb crater. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Special Fall Issue STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 06:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Britain's biggest-selling hiking magazine apologized after an issue contained a route that would lead climbers off the edge of a cliff on Britain's tallest peak. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Royal FUBAR STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 06:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Very thoughtful of the folks at Royal Robbins to put a retailer locator on their outlet store web site. A search for Boulder, CO pulled up all the fine People's Republic specialty retailers.......... I wonder if the Royal Product in those stores is 30%? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Credibility Gap STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 09:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Joe E on Travelgearblog.com posted a rant, "Does Walmart = REI"? Hey Joe! Did you see the Google ads on your REI / Walmart rant page for Sports Authority, Dicks, and SportsAuthority.com? If you want to speak credibly about the "Walmarting" of the outdoor industry ditch the big box ads! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Basic Nordic Walking Technique STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 09:08:52 PM ----- BODY: The basis of Nordic Walking starts with a good walking technique. Duhhhhhhhhhhh! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Pleasure Hunt STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 09:58:00 PM ----- BODY: cc_cache_6_tGeocaching' buccaneers pursue hidden bounty throughout Bay Area as GPS-based game catches on. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Another Hole in the Head STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/08/2004 10:00:40 PM ----- BODY: Backcountry.com has launched an outlet site. LINK The goal of the new site is to provide customers the best prices on overstock of premium outdoor gear, while giving gear manufacturers a professional, well-respected channel to release overstock items through....blah...blah...blah. If you saw my post about the bogus BackpackReviews.com being directly linked to Backcountry.com you might be wondering if a BackpackReviewsOutlet.com could now be coming in the near future? All the usual suspects are being sold on the new site; check out the M's Soft Shell selection. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Segway's Suck STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/09/2004 07:39:13 AM ----- BODY: HTenclosure2But a rain cover for your Segway's sucks even more. What's so wrong with walking? ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: More Cheese Gromit? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 07:44:42 AM ----- BODY: 6478.8384.f6478.8385.fTom Boonen at the finishing of yesterday's stage, freaky. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Military Intelligence Might Have Been a Better Name STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 08:18:36 AM ----- BODY: What happens to old pack designers who sold their brands and their good names to corporate conglomerates? They start making packs for the military. Here's a link to Dana Gleason's "military morons" page. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Now a Word from Patrick Smith STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 08:21:34 AM ----- BODY: Welcome to Kifaru Military Gear. We think we can help you better defend this great land. We are completely dedicated in this effort, and we offer you our thanks for putting yourself in harms way for all of us. God bless you in this noble effort! Without doubt, American men on foot are literally the spearhead of freedom. There is no substitute for your skill, dedication, and courage, in this struggle with utter evil. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: thepiton@mac.com IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: http://thepiton.typepad.com/the_piton DATE: 07/10/2004 10:30:13 AM Man, the "Politics" message board at Kifaru is the scariest collection of ideas I have ever read. Frightening. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Someone call Homeland Security STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 08:26:07 AM ----- BODY: Gregory UM21 military packs available at Moosejaw? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Kelty Military Packs On Closeout STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 08:31:46 AM ----- BODY: Kelty Gila 6500 normally $600, now only $299...... Camelbak not included.LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: E-bay OR Seminars STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 09:11:23 AM ----- BODY: Learn how to boost sales, gain new customers and obtain higher yields on liquidation inventory by selling on eBay. Unfortunately this conflicts with the 3 Easy-to-use Techniques for Getting More Customers, Increasing Your Average Sale and Boosting Repeat Business seminar on day one. This just in.....sell on E-bay is one of the three easy to use techniques. Conflicts with the 30 Things To Do When Business Is Tough To Get seminar on day two. Hey I got an idea; let's sell stuff on E-bay! No conflicts on day three. Conflicts with the Guerrilla Marketing - Your Competitive Advantage, Part I on day four. Does E-bay count as guerrilla marketing? Monkey see Monkey Do LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dri-release® Performs 'Every Day' at Ex Officio... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 12:10:29 PM ----- BODY: I don't think I would use Dri-release and perform in the same sentence. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Mr. Harrison please come with us for questioning STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 12:17:59 PM ----- BODY: l1430 Click on photo for larger image. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Hey Norton! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 12:32:05 PM ----- BODY: l1429 Remember Eddie Murphy's infamous Mr. T. as Ralph Cramden bit? "Norton, I know that you know that you want to f*@k me". Click on photo for larger image ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The George Bush and American Recreation Coalition Plan for Snowmobiles in Yellowstone STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 05:41:51 PM ----- BODY: President Bush proudly releases sightseeing checklist for drivers of the Yellowstone National Park Circmferential Snowmobile Expressway LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: American Recreation Coalition STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 05:42:23 PM ----- BODY: ARC, the national voice for America's recreation community, is a nonprofit federation of more than 100 organizations representing enthusiasts, private-sector providers of recreation opportunities, and producers of recreation equipment. ARC coordinates Great Outdoors Week each June. The Week included the presentation of the 16th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award to Interior Secretary Gale Norton for her reactivation of Take Pride in America, her personal leadership of partnership efforts and her outreach to all Americans to share the healthy fun of America's Great Outdoors. Check out their membership roster, this is one scary group. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Bulls Deliver Big Hits in Spain STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 06:02:58 PM ----- BODY: Reuters raw footage from the streets of Pamplona, scroll down on the linked page and video can be found on the life channel. One dude gets absolutely wiped out at the very end. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Becoming an Outdoors Woman STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 06:26:43 PM ----- BODY: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) offers outdoor skills workshops to women throughout North America. Explore our pages and discover what's waiting in the great outdoors! "I learned so much. I can't wait to go buy a compound bow and get started on family archery fun." There are state sanctioned BOW chapters in many states and backcountry skills workshops are as much a part of the skills training as firearms and archery. LINK Here's a link to their national sponsors, not many pure outdoor companies represented. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Download A Piece Of History STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/10/2004 10:12:34 PM ----- BODY: tent-5 Truly one of the innovators. Jack Stephenson innovated tents that weighed 1 lb. per person, VBL systems, insulated air mattresses, and many other ideas that we continue to draw from. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Military Backpack Test STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/11/2004 08:56:54 AM ----- BODY: "A Comparison of Two Commercial Off the Shelf Backpacks to the Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) in Biomechanics, Metabolic Cost and Performance". Report is available to John Q. Public from Storming Media for only $26.95. Storming Media provides unclassified reports and documents from the Pentagon about science, technology, strategy or policy. There are some other more disturbing reports available such as, "Antipersonnel Landmines - Do Their Costs Outweigh Their Benefits"? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: CascadeClimbers.com STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/11/2004 01:31:53 PM ----- BODY: Web site with 29 different discussion forums covering all the various climbing disciplines, routes and gear. There are easily a couple of hundred thousand posts on this site. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Trampling the Rights of an American Patriot......and North American Wildlife STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/11/2004 03:28:54 PM ----- BODY: A group out of Denver has been attempting to mobilize a boycott of Cabela's. According to the boycottcabela's.com website, "This boycott has been organized because Cabela's unjustly terminated the employment of a patriot who did nothing wrong, illegal, or in any way harmful to the Cabela's company." These American patriots even have a page for shopping alternatives that includes patriot friendly retailers REI and Campmor. LINK UPDATE: Hate spewing xenophobic bigots express support for Cabelas boycott. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/12/2004 10:23:58 AM ----- BODY: image_45.jpg ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: New Adventure Race Discipline? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/12/2004 10:27:23 AM ----- BODY: British academic Ian Walker is about to learn a bizarre Finnish tradition the hard way as he prepares to hoist his girlfriend Sarah Hardingham onto his shoulders. The couple are competing at the ninth world wife-carrying contest, where men carry their women over a 820-foot obstacle course. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Help for Caveman Sales Managers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/12/2004 07:49:00 PM ----- BODY: poster314 "For the first time ever, Outdoor Business has assembled a list of the Top 25 outdoor stores in the country. Now you can have the names, addresses and phone numbers of all the top executives at these stores file for only $25. It's a great sales management tool that can be customized for mailings, appointment setting and follow-up." I'm just a caveman sales manager. I fell in some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever.. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: United States Arm Sports STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/12/2004 07:51:00 PM ----- BODY: SNOOPY Getting ready to compete in the Mad Rock's armwrestling competition at OR? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/12/2004 08:59:00 PM ----- BODY: Exploring the Active Lifestyle an Outdoor Industry Foundation Consumer Outreach Report. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: They Paved Paradise Put Up a Parking Lot STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/13/2004 09:28:56 AM ----- BODY: The Bush administration proposed a new plan Monday to open up national forests to more logging, confirming a draft plan that was published two weeks ago. LINK They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them No, no, no, don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got till it's gone They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Introducing the Official Salute to the H2 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/13/2004 01:46:22 PM ----- BODY: 1052-1 Welcome to FUH2.com, home of the Official Hummer H2 salute.The H2 is a gas guzzler. Because it has a gross vehicle weight rating over 8500 lbs, the US government does not require it to meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. Hummer isn't even required to publish its fuel economy (owners indicate that they get around 10 mpg for normal use). So while our brothers and sisters are off in the Middle East risking their lives to secure America's fossil fuel future, H2 drivers are pissing away our "spoils of victory" during each trip to the grocery store. Via Boing Boing LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Georgetown Prof Considers Good Reading for an Arduous Journey STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/13/2004 02:18:06 PM ----- BODY: Francis Slakey packs several paperbacks for when bad weather slows down his climbing team. From National Public Radio LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Boomer Generation Sends R.V. Sales Skyward STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/13/2004 02:21:35 PM ----- BODY: buyrent_pic3 "Millions of Americans are hitting the road this summer, many of them driving or hauling recreational vehicles. The RV industry is booming these days, and not just due to seniors -- baby boomers are now buying RVs in record numbers". From NPR's weekend edition LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Lesson in Promoting Your Industry STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/13/2004 02:30:46 PM ----- BODY: img066 Launched in 1997 this campaign is credited with stimulating strong RV growth. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: 100 Best Web Sites for Guys STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/13/2004 10:10:00 PM ----- BODY: webIntro From the latest issue of Men's Journal. "It's a cyberjungle out there. But if you know where to look, you can find everything you want online, from top river-rafting outfitters and no-limit poker parties to half-naked girls fishing for large-mouth bass". To get all 100 you will have to pick up the August 2004 issue but here's a sampling off Mensjournal.com. There are five links to outdoor gear sites with REI and Backcountry.com at the top of the list. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Why Don't You Just Go Fly A Kite? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/14/2004 09:57:25 AM ----- BODY: i2ksunset Take a big step up from the old bat kite and check out Prism's high tech flying machines. The Prism web site has everything you need to know about performance kites including how to become a dealer. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: We Fell Down, We Got Back Up, We Fell Down Again, We Got Back Up....... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/14/2004 07:51:35 PM ----- BODY: bike-small ''It's been over 25 years since Schwinn Sting-Rays ruled America's sidewalks, streets and alleys. The new Schwinn Sting-Ray is all about the ride". Schwinn just boosted production on the new Ray from 70K units to 350K units. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Minimizes Nasty Orange Sweat STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 08:44:00 AM ----- BODY: Elete boosts water with little aftertaste. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Where do people REALLY shop? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 09:28:25 AM ----- BODY: In a depressing posting at backpacker.com, your customers are speaking LOUDLY on where they prefer to shop. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Consumers Comment on Dicks Aquiring Galyans STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 10:55:55 AM ----- BODY: The last time I was in there, I noticed a lot of the "Boom boppa boom boppa boom boom boom" computer generated "music" like you hear blasting from Abercrombie and Fitch. Link to another post on Backpacking.com regarding Dick's buying Galyans including one from a soon to be former employee. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Participants Will Be Resposible for Bringing Their Own Acid STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 07:09:00 PM ----- BODY: rayway20logo2 Is Ray Jardine another one of the Rodney Dangerfields of the outdoor industry or just another forgotten wing nut? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Editors Choice? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 07:15:00 PM ----- BODY: Why would any retailer put Backpacker on their magazine rack when they operate an on-line retail store (powered by Altrec) that competes with their business? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Bad Boys Bad Boys.... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 07:16:00 PM ----- BODY: If $900,000 bungalows and making every rags, "Top Ten Best Places to Live" list were not proof enough that Boulder is fully done as a great place to live. "Responding to complaints that Boulders Thursday Night Cruzer Rides were becoming too unruly, half of the on duty Boulder Police force patrolled last week's ride. Boulders finest handed out 12 tickets, 9 for traffic violations and 3 for alcohol related offenses". If you read the story they actually had only one complaint, probably one of the many H2 driving shoppers trying to get to Whole Foods for the special on free range chicken. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Another Prozac Please! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 07:42:00 PM ----- BODY: Why on earth would this type of forum post and subsequent thread be sanctioned by Backpacker.com? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Green Car Finishes Le Mans STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/15/2004 08:02:00 PM ----- BODY: grasscar27 "Crossing the line gives the Nasamax team two important firsts: the first time a wholly-renewably fuelled car has finished the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the first new-specification 2004 regulations LMP1 prototype car to finish the race". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dude.......Burton Ate my Brand STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/16/2004 04:58:02 PM ----- BODY: language July 15, 2004 Burton acquires Four Star's snowboard brands Burlington, VT – Four Star Distribution has agreed to sell all four of its snowboard brands to Burton. Both parties have agreed on terms and are in the due diligence period of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete by August 15th, 2004. Four Star’s brands will stay on the West Coast but will move from its current location. Scroll up to July 15th after you hit this link to the Burton news page. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Revelation 13:16-17 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/17/2004 01:12:25 AM ----- BODY: The-Number-Of-The-Beast "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Hello boys and girls, read up on the latest in labeling standards before REI makes the request for Radio Frequency Identification. The ultimate next step in supply chain efficiency, RFID is already in the vendor manual at Wal-Mart. LINK click on the "suppliers" tab While you’re at it, you might also find it helpful to educate yourselves on what some of the privacy groups are saying about RFID. LINK LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The squares marked A and B are the same shade of gray STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/17/2004 01:26:49 AM ----- BODY: checkershadow_illusion4medThis shit freaks me out. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Basque Fans Give Lance the H2 Salute STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/18/2004 12:07:09 PM ----- BODY: 6594.8496.f At times Armstrong had concerns the stage could have ended his own hopes when he and Basso had to ride through a phalanx of mostly Basque - and mostly boozed - fans. Some screamed abuse at Armstrong; others gave him "the finger" and a host of similarly insulting gestures. "I looked (at Basso), he looked at me. And man, it was unbelievable that we made it through there without getting killed." Click image to enlarge. I'd like to know what the other "insulting" gestures were, puking on their shoes? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Toobing Web Site STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/18/2004 04:11:08 PM ----- BODY: tooblogoA Most importantly, have a good time and make sure you keep our rivers clean. Take a trash bag with you and try to bring back one more piece of trash that you take with you. Does the gal from the trailer park count? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Maybe They Should Start by not Giving Shoes to the Kenyans? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/18/2004 04:22:07 PM ----- BODY: Report from All Things Considered concerning American distance runners taking part in an unconventional conditioning program that simulates the effects of high altitude on the body. It's part of a project funded by Nike to raise the standing of U.S. distance running. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Big Box Camp Out STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/19/2004 07:05:00 PM ----- BODY: For years, Wal-Mart has allowed travelers to park overnight, or even for a couple of days, outside stores for free. It's an unwritten policy that used to be passed just by word of mouth and now is spread on the Internet, too. LINK Update: They actually made a documentary about RV camping at Walmart titled "This is Nowhere". I think I wanna go back home and take it easy........ LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Sign of the Times STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/19/2004 07:10:00 PM ----- BODY: ba_all_parks15_040_lh_t "Four parks on the Peninsula, including some of the Bay Area's most treasured destinations, will close three days per week starting Tuesday as San Mateo County Parks and Recreation grapples with a $700,000 budget cut'. Anyone in this industry who thinks that user fees are a solution to budget shortfalls at the local, state or federal level needs to read this story and then have their head examined. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: OIA's Senate Subcommittee Testimony on Recreation Fee Demonstration Program STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/19/2004 07:15:00 PM ----- BODY: For those of you that might have missed it, our trade organizations position on Recreation Fee Demonstration Programs. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Welfare Ranching - Source for More Recreation Funds? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/19/2004 07:20:00 PM ----- BODY: 089 Federal grazing programs cost U.S. taxpayers 500 million annually. It costs more to access your local National Forest than it does to lease an acre of federal land for grazing. The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign is a multi-year, multi-organization strategy to end abusive livestock grazing on the nation's public lands. A steering committee representative of public lands grazing activists and organizations across the West is coordinating the NPLGC. The Campaign seeks to (a) educate the American people of the ecological, economic and fiscal impacts of public lands livestock grazing; (b) fully enforce environmental law to end abusive livestock grazing and/or hold public grazing permittees accountable for their activity; and (c) amend federal law to allow the voluntary retirement of federal grazing permits. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Rendezvous @ Beaver Creek STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/19/2004 07:45:00 PM ----- BODY: title_object This 1996 GAO report outlines how fees for Special Recreation Use Permits (which includes ski areas) do not relect fair market value. The system used to calculate fees was 30 years old in 1996, the same year the Recreation Fee "Demonstration" program was instituted. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Protect YOUR Publicly Owned Lands STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/19/2004 08:21:19 PM ----- BODY: fall02big "The Native Forest Council is dedicated to the preservation and protection of all publicly owned natural resources from destructive practices. Commercial timber sales, grazing, mining, and oil and gas extraction all contribute to the destruction and degradation of air quality, wildlife habitat, and of our wilderness areas. We believe a sound economy and a sound environment need not be incompatible, and that current land management practices are devastating to both". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: It’s Actually the ‘Let’s Drive Down the Price Point of yet Another Category.” of Softshells STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/20/2004 07:42:57 AM ----- BODY: Straight from Marmot’s Spring 2005 Product Preview The lightweight Scirocco Jacket, introduced several seasons ago and updated for Spring 2005, is a popular stretch softshell that is a perfect summer weight. Light enough to be worn throughout the summer season and warm enough to provide protection and comfort in bad weather, it has been called the PreCip of softshells. The Scirocco is available in men’s and women’s styles in 3 colors, and has a suggest retail price of USD$100. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Venture Snowboards Has Converted To 100% Wind Power STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/20/2004 07:55:12 AM ----- BODY: Venture Snowboards, an independent, Colorado-based snowboard manufacturer, has converted its operation to 100% wind power, a first in the snowboard industry. According to Klemens Branner, Venture's co-founder and owner, the decision to convert to a renewable energy source is just one more step in the company's pursuit of environmental sustainability. "Our conservation ethic plays a huge role in the decision making process at Venture. If you are a Colorado based manufacturer or an outdoor industry trade organization here is a link to information on how you can sign up to buy wind power. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Caught Camping STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/20/2004 05:44:00 PM ----- BODY: 13483311 Give us your Airstreams, your Econolines, your Saturns, over-packed with greenhorns. Give us a few long nights, and we, America’s campgrounds, will grace you with gripping yarns and goofy portraits. This slide show and audio courtesy of the LA Times shows the lighter side of the average family camper. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Live Free or Die STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/20/2004 08:14:50 PM ----- BODY: SA-NH-1989ND-ZI'm afraid die might be the operative word here. "Lowe Alpine, a Colorado maker of backpacks and outdoor clothing for more than 35 years, will shut its Boulder office at the end of the month and move all company operations to Lebanon, New Hampshire. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Really Great to Wear During Sex Too! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/20/2004 09:19:47 PM ----- BODY: SS002005_150col This is copy straight from the Sierra Designs 2005 product preview on OIA Web News. LINK Holofiber -A proprietary fabric that responds to energy generated by the body, as well as utilizing ambient environmental energy, thus allowing the body to tap normally unused resources to activate and improve vital physiological processes. -When worn on or near the skin, Holofiber responds to available light and the energy produced by the body, converting light and the bodies own energy to the necessary wavelengths makes this usually unavailable energy accessible. -Builds strength, increases energy and accelerates muscle recovery and helps the body's cells to be better oxygenated (up to a 12% improvement) to aid in physical performance and recovery time. This new technolgy does raise some extraordinary technological questions: Do you bonk when the lights go out or during a solar eclipse? Will it make you impervious to Kryptonite? Can you use it to recharge your flashlight batteries? Will it harm the other power giving crystals in my pockets? ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A New Campfire Song: Help! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/21/2004 06:20:00 PM ----- BODY: 12109102Upheaval in the National Park Service has turned the genial ranks of America's rangers into outposts of fear and frustration. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Travails of a Big Boobed Backpacker STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/21/2004 06:42:00 PM ----- BODY: MG102.COVER.5 "Are all backpacks designed by flat-chested men? I mean, where do you put the strap"? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Angry Red Lentil Tortilla Soup wins REI/Backpacker Magazine's Camp Cook-Off STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/21/2004 06:48:00 PM ----- BODY: Cook-Off Champ Chris Gilliam nearly brought judges to tears with his spicy soup. Raises some serious questions as to how to Leave No Trace of the burning ring of fire. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Urban Climber Magazine STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/21/2004 07:00:00 PM ----- BODY: UC_coverLaunching in October 2004, Urban Climber Magazine is positioned to be the new voice for the fast growing urban climbing scene. “The urban climber. I feel extremely connected to its image. The urban climber is a lifestyle, not an activity. A lifestyle is so much bigger than just the activity and it has its own identity. I’m a product of the gym. I may complain about there not being enough rock around DC, but would I drop everything and move to Montana in a heartbeat? Probably not. I like my urban culture.” (Matt Burbach, Editor, Urban Climber Magazine) LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Buddy Lee Kicks Ass STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/21/2004 07:05:00 PM ----- BODY: farmer_buddy-thumbSales in VF's Outdoor businesses, which include The North Face, Vans, JanSport, Eastpak, Napapijri and Kipling brands, jumped 21% in Q2 to $146 million from $121 million. The North Face brand continued its strong growth in the quarter, with sales up 52%. Two new stores, in Amsterdam and Hong Kong, were added during the quarter. Additional stores in Boston, Milan and Helsinki are on plan to open in Q3. Fall bookings for the brand remain robust, up 47% in the US and 28% internationally. Sales in the company's packs business declined slightly, but are expected to increase for the year, with growth driven by travel and apparel products. LINK UPDATE: Buddy Lee has his own Blog! LINK UPDATE: How do they get all those pre-seasons? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Hot New Adventure Sport STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/21/2004 07:23:10 PM ----- BODY: ironmike.highlightWelcome to the home of extreme ironing - the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: This Stew Tastes Like Piss! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/22/2004 05:05:00 PM ----- BODY: _39821251_turkeyap"The US military has devised a way to ensure its troops in battle need never go hungry - with dried food that can be rehydrated using dirty water or urine". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Robotic Rock Climber STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/22/2004 05:06:00 PM ----- BODY: lemurThis is freaky. While other climbing robots are designed to scale the sides of flat structures using suction cups or magnets for grip, tackling uneven geological surfaces is a far more difficult task. With a central body and four triple-jointed limbs, Lemur's gait resembles that of a human rock climber as it manoeuvres up an indoor climbing wall at Stanford. Make sure you check out the video LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: An Extraordinary Flying Contest STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/22/2004 05:07:00 PM ----- BODY: arc_eventpic_los03 Flügtag means "flying day" in German, but more importantly, it's American for a bunch of creative geniuses strapping themselves to totally outrageous home-made, human powered flying machines and launching themselves off a 30-foot ramp into the wild blue yonder, or alternatively straight into the water. 35K spectators showed up for the April 04 Flugtag Miami. Check out the video scrapbook and team profiles from past contests. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Never Stop Exploring STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/22/2004 05:10:00 PM ----- BODY: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: What is up with Backpacker? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/22/2004 05:13:13 PM ----- BODY: DballI never thought I'd be saying this, but is Backpacker starting to be hip? God knows it's been a humorless study of backcountry boredom, but the last two issues have improved, and now this invite at Outdoor Retailer. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Everything You Wanted to Know About Branding....FREE STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/22/2004 09:26:03 PM ----- BODY: "Brandchannel.com is unique from other branding-related websites in that it is global in scope, offers original branding content, has an independent, unique voice, is easy to navigate, has no membership fees, and appeals to a wide range of skill levels". You can download tons of papers related to brand building LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Stevie Sidener STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 07/22/2004 11:25:10 PM ----- BODY: stevie_head A powerful spirit and great friend, Stevie was horribly injured after a 30 foot fall from a ladder. I cannot find the words to describe how I'm feeling. Clyde Soles says all that can be said. LINK
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: mechazilla EMAIL: mechazilla2000@yahoo.com IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 07/23/2004 10:51:48 AM FIGHT STEVIE FIGHT! Nothing in our industry matters a rats ass when it comes to a friends fight for life. ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Our Free Trial is Close to Being Over... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/23/2004 06:32:58 PM ----- BODY: free_trial_graphic Should The Piton continue? ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Blog's the Word STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/23/2004 10:38:44 PM ----- BODY: "Long heralded as a way for the masses to wrest the Internet back from corporate control, the Web log has emerged as the hottest new enterprise tool." Wow, The Piton is exactly three weeks ahead of the curve. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Telemark Equipment Sucks STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/25/2004 12:33:38 AM ----- BODY: telemark_sucks What a surprise, a tale of litigation in the design and manufacturing of a telemark binding. I have broken every single tele-binging I've owned since abandoning my 3-pins in 1991. Screw it, this winter I'm locking my heel. A big thanks to telemarktips.com ----- EXTENDED BODY: 7/22--Though neither Black Diamond Equipment nor Ted Ayliffe will officially confirm the rumor, Salt Lake City-based BD and Ayliffe, the former owner of Skye Alpine as well as the designer of the ill-fated original Skye O2 telemark binding, reportedly have reached a settlement in their long running litigation arising out of Black Diamond's costly recall of the O2 in January, 2003. BD was reportedly able to recover some of the money paid to Ayliffe in connection with the company's May 2002 acquisition of Skye Alpine, and its hiring of Ayliffe as a contract designer. The purchase agreement reached between the two companies included a clause calling for mandatory arbitration in the event of a business dispute. According to a source familiar with the proceeding, Black Diamond, following Utah law, took their case against Ted Ayliffe first to mediation, claiming the former manufacturer of the O2 had sold them a defective binding design. For his part, Ayliffe apparently maintained that BD had cut corners and not followed his directions as they moved the binding into mass production. This is consistent with the position Ayliffe had been taking privately (and not so privately) from the time reports of widespread O2 riser failure first began to appear on Telemarktips in December, 2002. The dispute resolution effort reportedly broke down quickly and the case was sent to arbitration At some time subsequent to the failed mediation proceeding, perhaps during the evidentiary, or "discovery" phase prior to arbitration, or maybe in an informal meeting between the two parties and their legal teams, an agreement was struck, the exact terms of which remain undisclosed. Despite the continuing secrecy, sources have characterized the settlement as a win for Black Diamond and its employee-owners. In monetary terms, the company is said to have been able to get back only a portion of the money it paid to Ayliffe, but perhaps more importantly the resolution is being seen by those close to the situation (with the exception, presumably, of Ted Ayliffe) as a vindication of BD's role in events surrounding the production of the recalled O2 bindings. Since both parties voluntarily agreed to the settlement there will be no appeal. And as it was put to us by a confidential source, "It's over, Ted wrote a check to BD and the money is already back in their bank account." For Ayliffe it is the second time his employment as a tele binding designer has ended in bitter litigation. Prior to founding Skye Alpine, Ayliffe worked for G3 where he enjoyed substantial success designing the still very popular Targa. But that relationship also came to an abrupt conclusion, with both sides eventually meeting in court as well. When the non-compete agreement Ayliffe signed as part of his settlement with G3 was no longer in effect he formed Skye Alpine. The new company's initial product offerings included the Skye O2 binding and GlideLite climbing skins. LINK ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Pat and Patti's Backpack Shack STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/25/2004 01:09:41 AM ----- BODY: pat_and_patty_4pat_and_patty_3pat_and_patty_2pat_and_patty_1Our little industry desperately needs to reinvent itself. Even Saturday Night Live thinks we're a joke. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Another One Bites The Dust STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/25/2004 10:37:54 PM ----- BODY: hyd2n And another one down and another one down...... The Piton has learned that Bianchi and it's Gregory pack business has been or is on the verge of being aquired by Blawkhawk Industries. Now you can get a Forrester to go with your tactical caffeine transfer unit (cammo coffee cup). How will outdoor retailers continue to support the Gregory brand and how will this effect distribution? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Specialty Market Update? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/26/2004 06:39:00 PM ----- BODY: Do you get the Sports News Source "Specialty" newsletter? Can someone please explain how you can characterize these headlines as specialty? Sign up for the basic service here. LINK Columbia Q2 Income Jumps 13.8% on 12.5% Sales Increase K2 Inc. Sales Climb 25.7% in Q2; Organic Growth at 9% Deckers Q2 Profits Up 154% on 67% Sales Increase; Raises Guidance Sports Authority to Miss Q2 Projections; Comps Down More Than 4% VF Corp. Gets New Business Boost to Post Strong Q2 Numbers Columbia Promotes Sandquist and Prentice TNF Shuffles the Executive Deck Mountain Hardwear Forms EU Subsidiary Accel Group's Acquisition Strategy Pays off in First Half Timberland Q2 Net Up 36% on Strong Apparel Performance ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Jackaroo EMAIL: Jackaroo2000@yahoo.com IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 07/27/2004 12:16:32 AM Gawd dang this is funny... how is this list in anyway "special?" ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Pakistani Avalanche Control STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/26/2004 07:27:00 PM ----- BODY: amdf634712
Deep in the snow-capped, forested mountains of Kashmir, Indian and French workers are building a cable car hoping to lure skiers from around the world to sample pistes within range of Pakistani artillery. INCOMING! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Mountain Sports, Boulder CO STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/26/2004 08:00:06 PM ----- BODY: death_watch On life support, but the pulse is weakening.
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: What If They Had an Industry Forum and Nobody Cared? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/26/2004 08:40:19 PM ----- BODY: That would be the Outdoor Retailer forum brought to you by VNU Sports Group. There are a whopping 82 posts, last posting Feb 2003. The Bicycle Retailer private forum actually has some activity, 2659 posts with the most recent being yesterday. If you do click on the Outdoor Retailer forum page even though there aret no posts, you do get handy banner links to OIA and Gear Trends. Refresh the page a couple of times to see the folks that have complimentary banner ads on a forum that absolutely nobody in our industry cares about. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Bush Rides A Trek STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/26/2004 08:54:15 PM ----- BODY: thumb.wx10607262208.bush_mountain_biking_wx106 "While the Democrats were at their convention, working to wrest his job away, Bush was indulging his new hobby, which he sees as a way to get his heart rate up and spend time outdoors without aggravating his achy knees. With an Associated Press reporter riding with him, Bush pedaled to remote corners of his 1,600-acre ranch. Bush has been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, and he rides with abandon". According to this article Bush lands on his head quite frequently and John Kerry has a $7,000 road bike. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: RIP Mountain Sports Boulder STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/26/2004 09:30:24 PM ----- BODY: death_watch
In an update to Mountain Sports Boulder being on life support post from earlier today, the patient has officially passed away. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Consolidation is Funny, It Makes a Cloudy Day Sunny STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/27/2004 07:32:24 AM ----- BODY: 60gip56
Spyder Active Sports announced Monday it will be acquired in a deal valued at $100 million, but the Boulder skiwear icon founded more than 25 years ago will remain in Boulder and its founder will remain as chief executive. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Appealing to the Middle Aged White Guy STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/27/2004 08:02:22 AM ----- BODY: dave_barry"I'm a middle age white guy, which means I'm constantly reminded that my particular group is responsible for the oppression of every known minority PLUS most wars PLUS government corruption PLUS pollution of the environment, not to mention that it was middle-age white guys who killed Bambi's mom." -- Dave Barry Fewer people are playing outdoors as economic worries, Western wildfires and the need for security during uncertain times make the comforts of home appear safe and more inviting, according to an industry survey to be released this week. According to this story in the LA Times a survey to be released by OIA will report, " Fewer people climb rocks and ice, shoot the rapids in kayaks or watch birds. The numbers of backpackers, fly fishers, hikers and trail runners are unchanged. More people ride bicycles on highways and camp in cars than the previous year." One-third of outdoor users are 45 or older, most are male and 80% are white. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Rosy Ruiz of Mountaineering? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/27/2004 06:26:00 PM ----- BODY: mp_tnail.2Nepal has asked foreign mountaineers to help confirm whether this year's ascent of Mount Everest by a 27-year-old Sherpa was the fastest ever, an official said Monday. LINK Rosy Ruiz was a woman who at first appeared to have won the W's division of the Boston Marathon in 1980 but actually jumped into the race a mile or two from the finish. Rumor has it she hopped the Green Line to Kenmore square. The actual winner was Jackie Gareau who I believe is married to Gilles Lapierre the owner of the recently deceased Boulder retailer Mountain Sports. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Queer Eye for the Outdoor Guy STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/27/2004 11:38:02 PM ----- BODY: Check out the change in mix at Active Endeavors. I almost posted this as an Outdoor Industry Deathwatch, until I found some funky new jeans I wanted. LINK
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Spin Doctoring the U.S. Outdoor Recreation Participation Study STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/28/2004 10:03:05 AM ----- BODY: SGB regarding release of OIA's Outdoor Recreation Participation Study for the US. "Reaching 145.7 million Americans, the outdoor recreation population has grown larger, younger, and become more dedicated over a six-year study period, according to the 2004 Outdoor Recreation Participation Study for the US, released this week by the Outdoor Industry Association". LINK LA Times regarding the same participation study. "After years of robust growth, participation in outdoor recreation dipped in 2003 for the second year in row. Although two-thirds of Americans continue to kick back on mountains and beaches and in deserts, the Outdoor Industry Assn. says participation has slumped from a high of 69% in 2001. LINK More on spin doctoring LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Nalgene STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/28/2004 04:16:18 PM ----- BODY: nalgene At my place of work, we recently had a spate of complaints from customers worried about the safety of Nalgene and the Bisphenol-A that is contained in the plastic. SNEWS did a good job of covering the safety issue with this document: LINK. That said, they did seem to leave out one small piece of information that consumers might find useful. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Grave Rolling STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/28/2004 06:33:24 PM ----- BODY: dilbertRoyal Robbins, Mike Graham, Fred Williams, Eric Reynolds... the list goes on and on. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: peanut EMAIL: peanut@sbcglobal.net IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 07/28/2004 08:47:52 PM Don Banducci ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Whiteblaze.net Members Weigh in on Backpacker Magazine STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 06:31:24 AM ----- BODY: "If it was to magically become twice as good, no, 4 times as good it would only improve to CRAP”. Whiteblaze.net is an active on line community of Appalachian Trail enthusiasts that hosts 33 various forums for everything AT related. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Halliburton Attaché STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 06:37:02 AM ----- BODY: Wondering how to stylishly deliver all that influence cash? Handcuffs not included. “Since the 1930s, Zero Halliburton has specialized in stylish aluminum cases with a classic design using compound curves, horizontal lines and simple arcs”. Even the names are stealthy! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Business World Buzzing Over Hot Pepper Nasal Spray STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 07:02:37 AM ----- BODY: Saturday Night Live had a commercial parody for a new spray-on product. "It's a desert topping!" declares the husband, spraying some on his pudding. "NO, it's a floor wax!" cries the wife, spraying some on the floor. "Stop arguing, you two," cries the announcer. "You're both right -- it's a dessert topping AND it's a floor wax!" Sinus Buster......... Its nasal spray and a bear deterrent! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Buy A Road Bike STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 07:39:28 AM ----- BODY: OIA’s hometown newspaper’s story about this week’s release of the latest participation study. LINK The SGB news and LA Times story regarding the same study. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: If H2's Suck and Segways Suck STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 08:28:06 AM ----- BODY: monster_segway-thumb
This REALLY SUCKS! Click on image for larger view. The Official H2 Salute LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: How to Wreak Havoc at the Next Lame Kayak Symposium STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 08:40:11 AM ----- BODY: admiralgrafspeeterra03
Scroll over image for larger view. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Piton is Wired STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 08:55:17 AM ----- BODY: tempFrom the new August issue of Wired Magizine.
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"Last weekend, we went kayaking around Lake Union in Seattle, WA and of course, we couldn’t help but bring along a lot of equipment and decided we’d hunt for open wireless spots, this friends- was “War Kayaking.” LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Lowe Alpine's final exit from Colorado STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 10:01:38 AM ----- BODY: death_watch Friends, this morning we finally bring Lowe Alpine's Colorado history to an official close. No pomp no ceremony, not with one of the Lowe clan shaking hands and patting us on the back, but with a friendly tech who unplugs our server - the official last communication from a Brand that started over 30 years ago in a small garage down the road from where I currently sit. Lowe balls, fastex buckles, Foot Fangs, internal frame packs, the Humming bird ice axe..... It's been a great experience, an opportunity to be part of a Brand that was one of the first... And now, new and exciting opportunities beckon.... Best to all, Gareth ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/29/2004 12:35:30 PM ----- BODY: lowe_tomb
Click on image for larger view. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Winnebago Man STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/30/2004 08:08:31 AM ----- BODY: Let's Go RVing! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Adventures of Penfold the Backpack STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/30/2004 08:12:42 AM ----- BODY: Penfold the backpack can be very difficult to care for. Sometimes Penfold is quite dangerous. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Has the Women's Specific Gear Trend Gone from Wired to Tired? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 07/30/2004 11:34:14 AM ----- BODY: Life-Link unveils the Avalanche Lily- the ideal Women's Trekking Pole. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Kellwood Buys Phat Farm STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/01/2004 10:58:36 PM ----- BODY: logo_phatfarm3The news is old, but the parent company of American Rec (the owners of Kelty, Slumberjack,and Sierra Designs) has purchased Russell Simmon's clothing company Phat Farm. If I can have one thing for Christmas it would be an invite to Kellwood's Board of Director's dinner, with seat between Russell and George Grabner. Whoa... LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: What If Presidential Candidates Used Outdoor Company Slogans? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/02/2004 08:40:16 AM ----- BODY: LINK LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Troublemakers on Troublemaker STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/03/2004 08:25:30 AM ----- BODY: 31-rapidsSomeone has messed with the marquee rapid on California's most popular whitewater river, and boaters and river purists are fuming about it. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: You Know Your Brand Has Officially Arrived When.... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/03/2004 02:37:22 PM ----- BODY: You make your first appearance on REI-Outlet.com. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Year In the Life STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/03/2004 03:48:09 PM ----- BODY: Ten minutes of incredible B.A.S.E. jumping video to jump start your day. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Nordic Walking 101 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/03/2004 07:00:43 PM ----- BODY: Does this mean there's actually a Nordic Walking 102? It's official we have Nordic Walking clinics scheduled for OR brought to you by the European Pole Jihad. According to the latest SNEWS, "One activity we know is slated for all four mornings is "Nordic Walking 101," jointly sponsored by Leki, Swix and Exel. Be there ready to learn about the European fitness walking craze now coming to North America. Daily sessions are slated to run from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., but get there early to claim your poles and figure out all about how to do this, how to sell this, and who it's best suited for". Check out this prior post from The Piton concerning some of the scintillating technical intricacies of this new "fitness craze" from the Excel web site. LINK Hmmm....E-bay seminar or Nordic Walking 101? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: thepiton@mac.com IP: 208.152.71.2 URL: DATE: 08/04/2004 01:23:48 PM This sounds about as exciting as a snowshoeing lesson... ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Rickety, Old RV has its Advantages STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 02:13:07 AM ----- BODY: old_rvYou’ve been behind them on the road, old RV’s chugging up the road, followed by 47 cars with apoplectic drivers, their trunks full of Wal-Mart gear trying to get to the same campground. “Since joining RV Nation more than a year ago by adopting a family member's ancient, 23-foot motor home — a fascinating craft that doubles as a full-employment guarantee for the good folks at the WD-40 factory — we're constantly curious about how the upper-crust portion of RVdom lives” LINK Requires registration to Seattle Times LINK Love the Winnebago Guy ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: This Months Amazon.com Brand Search Results STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 02:15:34 AM ----- BODY: The North Face 1033 Results Mountain Hardwear 515 Results Columbia Sportswear 287 Results Cloudveil 24 Results Carhart 2 Results Patagonia 2 Results Nordic Walking 0 Results LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Urban Exploration STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 02:20:07 AM ----- BODY: There are a bunch of amazing web sites dedicated to the exploration of abandoned buildings and other urban structures. My favorite is Sonic Atrophy that documents the abandoned and forgotten buildings in and around St. Louis Missouri. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: How to Hang Yourself From an Urban Structure STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 09:15:58 AM ----- BODY: crane-big
Rock-climbers, mountaineers, and activists with the desire but not the experience DO NOT QUALIFY to try this activity. Only people who have years of urban, direct action, aid climbing should even consider training for this. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Assimilation is Complete STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 09:51:20 AM ----- BODY: bush_borgAcquisition of Galyan’s by Dicks Sporting Goods complete At the end of last week Dicks Sporting Goods announced that it completed the acquisition of Galyan’s. Thus Dicks now owns approximately 95% of oustanding shares in Galyan’s. With the addition of the 48 Galyan’s stores Dicks is now present in 32 US states with a total of 221 stores. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: We Don't Need No Stinking Badges STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 10:35:15 AM ----- BODY: madretiny
For the first time, Outdoor Retailer has moved the registration and badge pick-up to the Salt Lake City Visitors Center to make room in the hall for additional outdoor exhibitors. What's next... renting space in the restrooms? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dude… Check out the Rad Coleman Pro Deals STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 10:43:53 AM ----- BODY: Influence Technologies, Inc. (ITI), the leading online sales solutions provider for the Outdoor and Action Sports industry, today announced the re-launch of BroForm.com. As a broform member you can bro-deal products from brands you've never even heard of before. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Nebraska Farmer Shoots Solo Segway Rider, “I thought it was one of them thar space invaders.” STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/05/2004 07:03:52 PM ----- BODY: glowinggreenalien
In early August, a solo Segway rider and crew will depart Seattle, WA to begin a 10 MPH expedition to Boston, MA in pursuit of the American Dream. LINK “And t had these real shiny mind control wheels that musta been made from some alien alloy.” LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Man is a Menace STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 08/06/2004 07:24:11 AM ----- BODY: approval_alert_graph2 "American imagination demands the real thing and to attain it, must fabricate the absolute fake." Umberto Eco
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Having Trouble Getting OR Booth Space? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 08/06/2004 10:46:52 AM ----- BODY: Plug in to the generator out back and no one will be the wiser. Maybe VNU can buy a bunch of these and rent space out on the sidewalk. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Need some Mossy Oak Pajamas? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 08/06/2004 06:10:46 PM ----- BODY: The expansion of cast and blast retail locations continues to accelerate. How long before we see recently assimilated outdoor brands join the current crop of outdoor vendors selling the BIG hook and bullet retailers? "It looks like New York State will be a battleground for outdoor big boxes, according to Buffalo Business First. Bass Pro Shops in negotiating with the state regarding a major waterfront development in Buffalo. Cabela's is scouting locations in Chautaugua County. Gander Mountain has a 103,000-square-foot store in Middletown, NY, and has plans for a string of doors in upstate New York." (From SGB) LINK Cabela’s LINK Gander LINK Bass Pro LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Voice Over IP STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/07/2004 11:39:50 AM ----- BODY: phone_manDo you have solid highspeed internet access? If so, consider making the switch to Vonage, a phone service that works over your internet connection. For $29 a month I'm getting unlimited long distance calls in the US and Canada, my voicemail is emailed to me, and I can call the UK for 3 cents a minute. It's not perfect, but it's working great for me. Not to mention the service comes with every feature you can imagine. Call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, etc. For an independent sales rep, this is the PERFECT office line, plus you could give your dealers an 800# to call you on for $5 a month! Check it out LINK
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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: North Face Web Store? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/08/2004 03:01:05 PM ----- BODY: Came across this small classified ad in the Outside Magazine Marketplace. THE NORTH FACE! SAVE 10-25% OUTERWEAR, FOOTWEAR, PACKS, TENTS AND SLEEPING BAGS. OVER 10,000 ITEMS IN STOCK. ORDER LINE 877-TNF-GEAR FREE SHIPPING. www.northfacegear.com See for yourself LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: News from the Karakorum STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/08/2004 03:47:38 PM ----- BODY: Hello All, I received a phone call this morning with fabulous news about summits, solos and safe returns in the Karakorum. In fact there was so much beta to record that Doug insisted I get a pen and write down the details. So here we go: I spoke with Doug a week ago and they still hadn't been able to climb K7(22,750) due to inclement weather. For two weeks the Magnificent Six had been enduring a base camp incarceration and needless to say they were figuratively and perhaps literally, itching. But the skies finally relented and last Wednesday and all were allowed to venture forth. They set out together to ABC (Advanced Base Camp for those not familiar with climbing acronyms – I too am just learning) and then QRSF'd (Quietly Ran Single File) all while humming to the theme song to "Mission Impossible". They then divided into singles, pairs and triads and declared route intentions. Doug and Bruce chose the "Japanese" route, Steve Swenson, Marco, and Jeff chose "K7 West" and Steve House chose a new route to the left of the Japanese route (perhaps now called the "House-Hilfiger" route in reference and reverence to Steve's summit claim staking practices). Now the "Japanese" route came by it's name in 1983 when it was first climbed by a Japanese crew who did it expedition style in 40 days. Doug and Bruce were the third team to climb it and they did it alpine style in 4 days. Doug said it was the best alpine route he's ever done and remains in a state of euphoric summit disbelief, otherwise know as ESD. House soloed his route in a mere 41 hours roundtrip from base camp (not ABC, BC mind you). Unfortunately the triad ran into faulty snow on K7 West and were denied their summit-taking. Next stop, Nanga Par Bat. The lads will be leaving the Karakorum August 1, arriving in Skardu on the 4th, regrouping and heading to Nanga around the 6th. I won't have any news again until early September but will email as soon as I do. Hope all is sunny in your neck of the woods. Best, Molly ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Gas Drilling Merit Badge STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 08:31:02 AM ----- BODY: bscharacterlogo3
Overriding the opposition of the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico state officials, a White House energy task force has interceded on behalf of Houston-based El Paso Corp. in its two-year effort to explore for natural gas in a remote part of a national forest next door to America's largest Boy Scout camp. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Buzz Lightyear Collection STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 10:59:34 AM ----- BODY: buzz3First it was Marmot’s Phenomenon EL with close proximity illumination… In the meantime, International Fashion Machines is developing other flexible displays for fashion applications, including a fiber optic screen. There are still kinks to iron out, Orth says, but her team is far enough along that they're discussing partnerships with companies like North Face and Ambient Devices, another MIT Media Lab spin-off that makes everyday objects capable of displaying digital information. One of Orth's favorite e-textile ideas is the Weather Coat. Embedded with a fiber optic display, the coat changes color based on weather forecasts received via the wireless Web. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Lance may be stripped of Tour title STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 11:33:00 AM ----- BODY: french_flag CNN is reporting that Lance Armstrong may be stripped of his 6th Tour de France title. In a random check for banned substances, 3 were found in Armstrong's hotel room. The 3 substances banned by the French that were found in his hotel room were as follows: (1) Toothpaste (2) Deodorant (3) Soap The French officials also found several other items which they had never seen before, including a testicle and a backbone.
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: From the REI parking lot STATUS: Draft ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 06:07:45 PM ----- BODY: reih2.jpg ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Darling You Gotta Let Me Know....Should I Stay or Should I Go STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 07:55:35 PM ----- BODY: Desert Morning News Story from June regarding the ongoing trade show conundrum. While both Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City councils voted Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to expand the Salt Palace Convention Center, there are increasing concerns that those taxpayer dollars may be wasted.Some city leaders, including council members and Mayor Rocky Anderson, are wondering if such expansion will actually keep the coveted semiannual Outdoor Retailer conventions in Salt Lake City. And, according to an independent consultant hired by the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, if not for the Outdoor Retailer conventions, Salt Palace exhibit space doesn't need expanding. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The “REI” of the Music Biz STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 07:58:32 PM ----- BODY: Performer Mike Fuerst of Kalamazoo is loyal to his favorite local music store, but he still looks forward to checking out the electric-bass selection at the Guitar Center store that is set to open Thursday in Portage. Some call Guitar Center the Wal-Mart of retail music stores because it packs a triple whammy of competitive pricing, breadth of merchandise and heavy marketing that, in some other markets, has been hard for smaller players to withstand. The chain has grown from 30 stores seven years ago to 130 stores, and just last month posted second-quarter-earnings increases of 97 percent and a revenue increase of 16 percent. Sound familiar? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Zorb STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 08:02:10 PM ----- BODY: Zorb
The Zorb is the latest adventure experience brought to you from that little spot of land way down in the corner of your map called New Zealand. The Zorb is big, it's fat, it's round and bouncy, you jump inside it, it rolls, you roll too LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Eddie Bauer Environmental Campaign? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 08:23:43 PM ----- BODY: Eddie Bauer and Hollywood stars join forces to celebrate the environment. LINK Meanwhile back in Detroit. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Military Technical Clothing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 08:28:40 PM ----- BODY: Made with high-performance Polartec® materials, the InSport Navy Seal Protective Combat Uniform (NSPCU) is a seven piece base and thermal layering system created to give our troops unprecedented flexibility and comfort in the most hostile environments on Earth. You can download PDF brochures on all this gear. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: REALLY Wreak Havoc at the Next Kayak Symposium STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 08:33:59 PM ----- BODY: carrier Or third world country of your choice. LINK And we thought this would be enough to get the job done. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Great Film STATUS: Draft ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/09/2004 11:33:00 PM ----- BODY: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Media Discover Promotional Potential of Blogosphere STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/10/2004 08:45:51 AM ----- BODY: A story from the USC Annenberg On-line Journalism Review. "Could we be entering a belated Age of Enlightenment when it comes to the way media companies treat independent bloggers? After years of deep-linking legal debates and arguments about whether bloggers are journalists, some mainstream media outlets are starting to realize a link from a prominent blogger can bring traffic and buzz". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Malden Lands More Military Biz STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/10/2004 08:23:55 PM ----- BODY: "Malden Mills Industries Inc., makers of Polartec® performance textiles, announced today that the United States Congress has approved $21 million for Polartec® garments for the US Military in the 2005 Defense Spending Bill. Included in this funding is $1.5 million to continue research and development of electronic textiles for the Army’s Combat Casualty Care program, which provides remote physiological monitoring of soldiers in combat". The only real positive sales results for many outdoor companies is their new found business with the U.S. military. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Blogging from Outdoor Retailer STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/10/2004 08:45:00 PM ----- BODY: The crew at the Piton will be descending on Salt Lake City over the next couple of days to bring you daily dispatches from the show. Stay tuned! ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: GeoSnapper - GPS Photography STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/11/2004 05:45:00 AM ----- BODY: More fun with GPS First it was Geocaching. LINK Then it was the Degree Confluence Project. LINK Now it's GeoSnapper! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Climbing Wall Business Mounts New Heights STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/11/2004 05:50:00 AM ----- BODY: "The sport of indoor rock climbing has been pulling some killer upward moves in both participation and popularity, and the trend is taking Boulder's Eldorado Wall Company on a scramble to bigger and better business". LINK The Magazine LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Cluster Ballooning STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/11/2004 06:33:07 AM ----- BODY: Cluster "The most famous cluster balloon flight took place in 1982. Larry Walters, with no prior ballooning experience, attached 42 helium weather balloons to a lawnchair, intending to go up a few hundred feet, but instead soaring to 16,000. Surprisingly, Walters survived his flight. However, both before and since Walters' adventure, experienced balloonists have experimented with helium balloon clusters, some rising to even greater heights." Everything you need to know to get started! Balloons 5 and 7 feet in diameter are made of chloroprene, an artificial rubber, or latex. The strings — No. 36 braided twine from Home Depot — tie to a harness that crisscrosses his body. Two hours prior to liftoff, a crew of 15 or more inflates balloons with $1,000 worth of helium. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Welcome to Salt Lake City! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/11/2004 01:25:01 PM ----- BODY: Posting and having a cold "near beer" at one of the many free wireless spots near the Salt Palace. Picked up my stinking badge at the visitor center, looks like it will be a cluster when the hordes show up tomorrow. Tried to pry some beta on the upcoming decision regarding the future show location from an OIA board member I shared a cab with, no luck. My barkeep says the vibe in town is that VNU is playing hardball and if OR bails life will go on. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Fuck Yoga STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/12/2004 05:10:26 AM ----- BODY: If you despise yoga (and pilates) as much as the Material Girl. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: RUMORS of More Big Box Consolidation STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/12/2004 10:44:06 PM ----- BODY: Best rumor of Day One is that Dick's Sporting Goods has their sights set on Sport Chalet and Academy. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Buzz Bomb Energy Gel Shot STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/13/2004 07:30:00 AM ----- BODY: Perfect hangover cure prior to the Wasatch Wobble. BUZZ BOMBs are 50ml flex (plastic) packs containing 15% alcohol and energy ingredients, including ginseng, taurine, caffeine and sugar, in a cherry gelatin base. When chilled or frozen they become a "vodka jello shot". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Metal Rubber STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/16/2004 07:47:52 AM ----- BODY: "Terrible, horrible things can be done to this millimeters-thick patch of shimmering material crafted by chemists at NanoSonic in Blacksburg, Virginia. Twist it, stretch it double, fry it to 200°C, douse it with jet fuel—the stuff survives." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/16/2004 08:17:56 AM ----- BODY: show_daily_tombstone Scroll over for larger image ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/16/2004 06:55:00 PM ----- BODY: homey_clown Remember when "In Living Color" first aired on television? The show was fresh, its material hip, the actors funny and obviously in love with their work. Come on, it didn't get any better than "Mens on Films", "Homey D. Clown", "The Ugly Girl" and "Funky Finger Productions". Memorable lines uttered on In Living Color on Sunday night like "two snaps and around the world," and "I'm gonna rock your world" were absorbed into the urban argot by Monday morning. "Homey don't play that" worked its way into our language as a response for something you didn't want to do or didn't like. "Wrote a song about that; goes like this," became a classic throwaway line. And just when the lines got funnier and the Fly Girls got funkier, something happened. Big corporate sponsors found the show and they began overlaying their vanilla covering on the proceedings. The skits got more predictable, more mainstream. Soon the better actors were drawn away to less edgy, safer and more lucrative projects. Outrageously maniacal Fire Marshall Bill became the slightly manic Pet Detective. Slowly the show became homogenized, Americanized, bastardized and was gone. The process of going from creative and on top of it to dullsville and way out-of-touch is paralleled nicely by the history of the outdoor business. ----- EXTENDED BODY: Over the past decade this once lively, creative business has become about as interesting as, well, the used car business or the home appliance business-boring and predictable. Yet we're told over and over again that the outdoor business has never been better. That manufacturers are creating better products, that retailers are racking up record sales, and that consumers are more captivated than ever with outdoor pursuits and products. Those who do the talking for the outdoor industry have become a collective of Dr. Panglosses. Remember the good Doctor from Voltaire's "Candide", the man who in the face of horrible events kept declaring, "this is indeed the best of all possible worlds." In the current outdoor "best of all possible worlds", specialty retailers are going out of business weekly. And the number of retailers on the "death watch" list continues to grow. Products for this "best of all possible worlds" have become patently me-too. The sameness of product is horrific, numbing. It's as if all the creative design minds have all fled the outdoor business to work in the skate, surf, or bicycle businesses. Hell, anything to get where fresh ideas are encouraged and welcomed. Meanwhile if you get out into the mountains or woods these days, the "best of all possible worlds" is primarily populated by card carrying AARP members. Nothing against baby boomers, but where are the twenty, thirty and forty-somethings? Something has to be done to stop the graying of the outdoor market the outdoor industry's leaders say. So they take a hard look at the problem and decide that programs designed to get kids into the outdoors is the trick. Get little Johnny outdoors, so the logic goes, and he'll become lifelong outdoor sports participant and outdoor gear consumer. Wrong, little Johnny would rather sit home with his X-Box or on his PC than be outdoors. And if Johnny ventures outdoors it'll be to skate or ride his BMX bike. And when Johnny grows up he wants to be like Tony Hawke. And it won't be a softshell jacket he wishes for under the Christmas tree. No he'd much rather have a brand new 250-cc motocross bike. O.k., so if appealing to youth doesn't work outdoor marketing geniuses always fall back on pushing "new" technologies. That's new as in old technologies dressed up in new language all in the belief that Americans want to read endless technical drivel before they buy a product. Tech sells, goes the thinking as consumers go shopping to buy a tent that will, "keep the bugs out and keep us dry if it rains. And hopefully it won't cost over $100 because we only go camping once every summer." O.k., say industry types, we'll get tent prices down for these folks (make a $150 tent that acts like and looks like our old $300 model), and we'll make up any profit shortfalls in volume sales. And not to worry that the market for tents has shrunk, we'll just fight harder to take more market share away from our rival tent makers. And, as Kurt Vonnegut's character Kilgore Trout says of the way of the world: "so it goes." So indeed it goes as the once vibrant outdoor business continues down the path to becoming just another tired old and predictable business. Not so fast outdoor industry spindoctors tell us, all is good, not to worry. They'll be cheerleading until the bitter end just as one assumes the Roman Empire's press flacks did as Rome burned and the empire crumbled. Before the outdoor industry crumbles wouldn't it be lovely for one day, hey maybe even one week, to eliminate all the white noise cheerleading, all the me-too product, all the gear hype and have the outdoor business go back to what it once was? Unfortunately, we can't go back to when the business was fun, interesting and was all about making unique products for a unique consumer. The outdoor business is now mainstream and fully under control of the Philistines and they aren't about to let freshness, creativity and fun get back into the picture unless it's fully sanitized and homogenized. ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Queer Eye for the Urbaneering Mountainsexual Guy STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/16/2004 07:17:09 PM ----- BODY: queer_eye
“I expect to see continued development of the intersection of the traditional outdoor lifestyle and the casual urban lifestyle – the so called urbaneering trend.” Mark Dwight of Timbuk2 in ORDaily Q&A “Speaking of smarter there’s a new breed on the floor. Not quite Metrosexual and not Mountain Man, but Mountainsexuals: men who are sporting pearl snap westerns, Carhart shorts, even new sandals”. From Friday’s addition of the ORDaily Scuttlebutt “The Spring 05 product line extends our offering through category expansion into three point sandals and further into sophisticated footwear for the urban outdoorsman.” Jim Van Dine of Keen in ORDaily Q&A Click on image for larger view. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Where Adventure REALLY Meets Urban Lifestyle STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/16/2004 07:30:27 PM ----- BODY: manhatbridgeview1
No urbaneering mountainsexuals need apply. Undercity is about secrets. Secrets of adrenaline, adventure, history, or meaning. Secret places and secret facts. Secrets unknown to the multitudes: some because they were forgotten, some because there were never known, and others merely because they are inaccessible to those without the courage to pursue them. LINK Click on image for larger view ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Great Watersports Rack Wars STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/17/2004 06:49:24 PM ----- BODY: wwf_vince Let's get ready to ruuuuuummmmble! In the red corner with the EZ-load is Yakima and Watermark In the blue corner with the Hullivator is Thule....... now officially partnered up with Johnson Outdoors LINK
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Dirtsurf.com is the official worldwide website and HQ for dirtsurf and inline boarding. Some great videos and pics. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Gear Implosion - LA TImes Story on Outdoor Retailer STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/17/2004 07:12:21 PM ----- BODY: A decision on whether to keep the summer show and a slightly smaller winter show in Salt Lake became a bargaining chip last summer when the Outdoor Industry Assn., a group that represents outdoor gear and apparel companies, asked the firm that puts on the cacophonous event, Outdoor Retailer Trade Shows, to take the show elsewhere unless Utah protected more public lands. The threat won environmentalists inclusion on a state environmental task force. Utah Gov. Olene S. Walker created the group to help oversee protection of recreational areas, but the show's decision to stay through 2009 was reportedly based more on square footage than environmental issues. Requires LA times registration LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: S.L.A.R.S. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/17/2004 10:33:41 PM ----- BODY: marty_feldmanSalt Lake Area Respiratory Syndrome It is just us, or is the air quality in Salt Lake really as bad as it seems? After numerous reports of respiratory distress after the Wasatch Wobble, The Piton is convinced that the state of Utah is trying to kill certain members of the outdoor industry. Eyes swelling shut, airways shutting down, and a certain international athlete stating that she refuses to workout in the downtown area. Thank god enough money has changed hands to keep us in town through 2009. LINK Maybe this has somthing to do with my bleeding eyes? LINK
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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Grow or Die STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/17/2004 11:57:20 PM ----- BODY: No less than three outdoor clothing/equipment brands have made public statements that their goal is to more than double their businesses and achieve $100 million in sales. It's a noble goal, especially when you need to pay back the nut that your new corporate overseer paid to acquire your fine brand. This task is made considerably tougher by the fact that their user base is shrinking, getting older, is afraid to travel, and is has a firm grip on his/her wallet. Your basic strategies tend to fall along the following: 1. Line extension; cotton sportswear and hydration are currently popular. 2. Distribution expansion; can you say Dick’s Sporting Goods? 3. Europe; a fine strategy as long as PROFITABILITY isn’t important. 4. Brand extension; usually a combination of #1 and #2 above, where you create a lower priced, broader distributed, “sub-brand” in an attempt to sell the unwashed masses, without destroying your well-earned reputation. The path taken is usually a blend of the four above, but let the lessons at Levi Strauss help you navigate #4. From Business Week ----- EXTENDED BODY: Jean Therapy, $23 A Pop Levi's line of discount denims is making inroads. But is it enough to stop a long slide? As he pored over designs for a new line of jeans last year, Scott A. LaPorta, president of Levi Strauss & Co.'s new Signature jeans unit, decided the fabric his designers were specifying was simply unacceptable. The problem: "It felt a little more luxurious, a little more high-end than we wanted," recalls LaPorta. Huh? As head of Levi's new discount jeans business, LaPorta's job is to keep a tight lid on costs. A very tight lid. He figured the denim his designers wanted would have added at least a buck or two to the retail price. He sent them back to find something cheaper. It's a new world for Levi Strauss. Once an iconic brand for youth worldwide, the struggling San Francisco-based company is seeking to reverse a long slide by going downmarket. Launched last July in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT ), Levi's Signature line of jeans for men, women, and teens, is priced at only $21 to $23 a pair. That is as little as half the price of the familiar 505 and 501 pants that are part of Levi's core Red Tab line. Levi Strauss has since rolled out Signature in Target Corp.'s (TGT ) 1,400 discount stores as well. The stakes couldn't be higher for the 151-year-old company. Although Levi had operating earnings of $311 million in fiscal 2003, it posted a record $349 million net loss, largely reflecting non-cash charges for tax accounting changes. But revenues were only $4 billion, far below peak sales of $7.1 billion in 1996. Since then the company has laid off 26,600, or 71%, of its workers and moved all production to Latin America and Asia. Now it's looking to jettison its $1 billion Dockers casual-pants unit to help pay down its $2.2 billion debt load, and to refocus on the jeans business. And last year, it hired consultants Alvarez & Marsal Inc., known for assisting especially troubled companies. All that gives Levi's almost no margin for error. If Signature stalls, the company that invented blue jeans could be pushed to the brink. "People at Wal-Mart shop on price, and that'll make it tough for Signature," says Alexis Gold, analyst at CIBC World Markets. On the other hand, even if Signature sells well, there is the danger it won't be profitable enough to help pare the company's debt. Levi's senior unsecured debt carries a CCC rating, meaning that the company is in danger of default. Indeed, a Signature failure could force privately held Levi to consider a sale of its brands, a sale of the company, or even a bankruptcy filing, says Thomas P. Razukas, a bond analyst at Fitch Ratings. LaPorta dismisses the possibility of Chapter 11: "Our liquidity is around $500 million, which is sufficient to operate the business. Analysts who follow the business closely have stated that bankruptcy is not an issue." So far, Signature is making inroads. In stores for less than a year, the jeans racked up sales of $105.2 million, or 11% of Levi's $962 million in revenues for the fiscal first quarter ended Feb. 29. And since the world's largest retailer seems satisfied, LaPorta says he believes Signature sales can double in the next three to four years. Wal-Mart executives declined to be interviewed, but a spokeswoman called the Signature line a "significant business" for the retailer. That's a big improvement for beleaguered Levi Strauss, which hasn't had cause to celebrate since 501s were hot 10 years ago. The company didn't just misread the shift away from department stores such as Kohl's (KSS ) and J.C. Penney (JCP ). It also missed trend after trend, often making jeans in out-of-favor colors or coming late to new looks like baggy hip-hop jeans. RED TAB TROUBLES Levi Strauss might have been in the discount game earlier if the company hadn't been in such bad shape. CEO Philip A. Marineau toyed with the idea of a Levi's discount jean after he arrived from PepsiCo Inc. (PEP ) in 1999 to take over the company. After all, discount outlets sell about one-fifth of all jeans in the $12.4 billion U.S. market, according to research firm Mintel International Group Ltd. But the launch of a discount line had to be put off while the company cut costs, closed plants, put its finances in order, and wrestled with Red Tab's marketing and fashion problems -- which have yet to be resolved. In addition, Levi could not deal with a company the size of Wal-Mart until it had solved its logistics problems, which too often resulted in retailers getting wrong orders or late shipments. As a result, Marineau did not announce Signature until October, 2002, and the jeans didn't hit stores until last year. Marineau declined to speak with BusinessWeek. The company has traditionally sold its goods in department stores, where prices range from $35 for the 501 jeans to $44 for 599 Giant Fit baggy jeans. Selling in the discount market takes a lot more discipline than Levi Strauss has shown in recent years. "We can't take chances and try to ship in anything that'll raise the price above $23 a pair," says LaPorta. That's the price the company agreed on with the notoriously hard-nosed Wal-Mart, which already sells a house brand called Faded Glory for about $16 a pair. Levi Strauss won't disclose margins on the Signature line, except to acknowledge that they're thinner than in the Red Tab business. So squeezing out a profit means hammering down costs. To do that, Signature jeans roll out of the same factories that Red Tabs do, but with lower-quality fabric and cheaper dyes. LaPorta hired designers who had experience with discount-level brands, including Joe Boxer and Hanes. He also decided to make Signature jeans in only three fits (regular, relaxed, and classic) and three shades of blue (dark, medium, and light). Red Tab jeans, by contrast, come in hundreds of colors, fabric textures, and cuts. Finally, to control marketing costs, Signature won't use expensive print and television ads. Instead, the company is sticking with low-tech in-store posters and on-the-ground promotions, such as a marketing deal with NASCAR and top-ranked driver Jimmie Johnson. As the Signature business grows, Levi runs the risk that it will cannibalize sales of the higher-priced Red Tab jeans. Although Signature jeans use lighter-weight fabrics than Red Tabs, they have similar stitching and both have a patch on the back of the waistband with the Levi Strauss name. "It's awfully close to Red Tab," says Michael C. Appel, managing director of Quest Turnaround Advisors LLC, a retail consultant. Levi's, however, maintains that the markets are predominantly separate and that Signature sales are climbing even as Red Tab sales begin to stabilize. "I wouldn't say [there's] zero cannibalization but very minimal cannibalization," noted Marineau during the first quarter conference call in April. Signature may be Levi's last best shot at pulling itself out of the slump that has bedeviled it for years. Moving downscale will do little to reclaim the jean maker's standing as a trendsetter for youth. But it just might give Levi Strauss the chance it needs to survive and grow older. By Louise Lee in San Francisco ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Today's Infographic STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/18/2004 04:59:30 PM ----- BODY: or_show_infographicclick to enlarge
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The Scotte...... official outerwear of the Urban Outdoor Urbaneering Mountainsexual LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The No Contact Jacket STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/18/2004 07:30:12 PM ----- BODY: 4 An effective deterrent for women seeking to rebuff the advances of an Urbaneering Mountainsexual. Looks like a softshell too! The No-Contact Jacket is a wearable defensive jacket created to aid women in their struggle for protection from violence. When activated by the wearer, 80,000 volts of low amperage electric current pulses just below the surface shell of the entire jacket. This exo-electric armor prevents any person from unauthorized contact with the wearer's body. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Hook and Bullet News...Cammo Precip Anyone? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/18/2004 07:43:53 PM ----- BODY: Two different stories regarding the ever expanding store count of hook and bullet retailers. According to a buyer at one of the retailers profiled, former "specialty" brands are tripping over themselves to do business with this growing retail segment. I can hear the rationale now, "It's a different demograhic that we currently don't reach with our existing distribution." Read between the lines, the only way we get to 100 million and make the shareholders happy is to open up any distribution that can fog a mirror. Here's a story in the Denver Post about the herds coming to Denver metro. LINK Cabelas announcement regarding their planned new store in Utah LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Coffee is For Closers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/18/2004 08:16:26 PM ----- BODY: dancing Does anyone really drop any paper (orders) of any significance at OR? "There were a lot of people writing orders," says Kristine Carey, marketing director of the Louisville-based Sierra Designs, the outdoor apparel and gear company and owner of hydration systems producer, Ultimate Direction. "(The OR) is the biggest and most important outdoor trade show in the world," says Coupounas, who attended last weekend's event to exhibit GoLite's 2005 spring inventory of lightweight clothing and equipment. "Retailers need to come and see your line and place orders. It's vital, and we couldn't do business without a show like this twice a year." From the Boulder Camera LINK "A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing! Always be closing!! A-I-D-A. Attention, interest, decision, action. Attention -- do I have your attention? Interest -- are you interested? I know you are because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks! Decision -- have you made your decision for Christ?!! And action. A-I-D-A; get out there!! You got the prospects comin' in; you think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn't walk on the lot unless he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?" ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/19/2004 01:06:06 AM ----- BODY: death_watch LINK
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Clincher for Keeping the Trade Show in Utah STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/19/2004 08:28:57 AM ----- BODY: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Hey buddy, got a light? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/19/2004 04:12:32 PM ----- BODY: stove_display3LINK
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Twin Sons of Different Mothers? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/19/2004 09:58:24 PM ----- BODY: colm_vs_mtnhdwr
Click on image to enlarge ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: LA Times Slide Show of Innovative Product Picks from OR STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/19/2004 10:04:32 PM ----- BODY: 13851211
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Carson EMAIL: stanwood@wyoming.com IP: 63.173.212.250 URL: http://www.stanwoodpr.com DATE: 08/20/2004 08:23:18 AM Actually, they both look like Arc'teryx, circa 2001. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: BUSH NAMES MOUNTAIN BIKE TO AXIS OF EVIL STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/20/2004 12:11:36 PM ----- BODY: An update to our Bush Rides a Trek post from 7/26 After tumbling from his mountain bike for the second time in as many months, President George W. Bush today named the bicycle to the Axis of Evil. LINK Prior post LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Journey to the Center of the Earth STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/20/2004 07:34:47 PM ----- BODY: At first blush it looks like a plausible expedition until you read the details. Be sure to read what paying (20K) expedition memebers will experience if and when they find the inner continent. I especially like the part about the inner earth monorail. They chartered a Russian Nuclear Icebreaker to get there! "It is the intention of this expedition to search out and explore that area Beyond the Pole that Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd discovered. It is estimated that within 1,500 miles of the Pole, the expedition should reach the inner continent. The coastline of the inner continent could then be followed looking for the River Hiddekel and sail up the river to the City of Jehu to meet the inner earth inhabitants, just as Olaf Jansen and his father did in 1829." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Viagra Helps Climbers Deal with High Altitudes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/20/2004 08:00:39 PM ----- BODY: racingLogo
Is that an ice axe in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Now That's What I Call Leave No Trace STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/20/2004 08:13:40 PM ----- BODY: From the BBC A new guide to camping on Dartmoor has been dropped because the army feared people could blow themselves up while digging latrines. Conservationists say it may sound amusing, but illustrates a serious problem. Today, there are three firing ranges on Dartmoor. But in the past, there's been live ammunition training across almost the whole moor. Dartmoor National Park Authority say thousands of live shells probably still lie in the ground. So when they began compiling a guide to camping, they hit a problem. Camping: the army says it will give the Dartmoor National Park Authority the best possible advice The advice about visting the toilet said campers should dig a hole for disposal purposes. But the army said that couldn't happen, as they feared those digging could hit a shell and blow themselves up. So the guide's been dropped. The Dartmoor Preservation Association say it sounds funny, but is a damning indictment of the dangers of military training. An army spokesman said they continued to talk to Dartmoor National Park Authority to give the best possible advice on visiting the moor. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Order of the Phoenix STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/21/2004 11:26:11 PM ----- BODY: phoenix Moving back into two of his previously profitable locations, as well as the vacant EMS location, The Piton is thrilled to hear that Rudi is back in the Chicago game. Entering back into his market where he saw the influx of REI, Galyan's, and Patagonia, and the subsequent detonation of EMS, Active Endeavors, and his own Erehwon stores, Rudi seems to be in a good position to capitalize on the most available market in the country. We'll let him get through the holiday season before we ask about the geniuses behind Eighth Summit.
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Ever try to sell a "fanny pack" in England? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/21/2004 11:50:36 PM ----- BODY: bill-gates Not that this has anything to do with the outdoor industry, but as a Mac user I can’t help but get a laugh out of this. Lifted from CNET. Because of an unfortunate error in translation Microsoft has managed to upset women and entire countries. A Spanish-language version of Windows XP, destined for Latin American markets, asked users to select their gender between "not specified," "male" or "bitch.”
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/22/2004 12:58:11 AM ----- BODY: deficitsAre you registered to vote? LINK
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If you are overweight, single, over 45 years old or Latino, expect outdoor gear companies to try to coax you outdoors in the next few years. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: I Make Near Death Look Fun STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/22/2004 01:56:25 PM ----- BODY: jersey-thumb
For my friends who will soon be heading to the Big Apple for the Great 5 Boro Tour. Don't bite no maggots! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Mountainbike Militiamen Movement Product Testing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/22/2004 02:11:29 PM ----- BODY: mmmlogo
"Most Headshok product reviews praised the unparalleled stiffness & whined about limited travel. There have also been reports of troublesome model years, but by and large it is widely considered a reliable, low maintenance design. Where these reviews left off is where our testing begins, at our Real World Trail Side Testing Facility / Firing Range." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Girly Man Paddling STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/23/2004 06:55:00 PM ----- BODY: Arnold
Paddlers review Gov. Schwarzenegger's rafting performance......and things of that nature LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Outdoor Retailer Coverage From BackpackingLight.com STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/23/2004 07:35:02 PM ----- BODY: Congratulations on such thoughtful, comprehensive, an extremely informative coverage of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004. Backpacking Light Magazine is the only media group doing such a thorough assessment of the show, not only of the best new lightweight gear available but also the trends and implications of OR in all its facets." - Kim Coupounas, CEO GoLite and Outdoor Industry Association Board Member Not that Coup would have a bias towards a site that focuses exclusively on lightweight gear but there really is some good OR coverage contained in this pay to play web site. Non suscribers can access quite a bit of content and the subscription rates are very reasonable. Commentary on OR staying in SLC. LINK Day one product round up. LINK Day two product round up. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dr. Pangloss Industry Speak Generator STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/23/2004 08:13:37 PM ----- BODY: The Piton was lucky enough to get an interview with retailer Andy Klinger of Way Out There in Tempe, Arizona following the just completed Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Klinger's answers to our questions have also been translated into outdoor industry speak. Piton: Did the show prove interesting for you? Klinger: It was a wash of non-differentiated product. Industry translation: I was amazed at the all the new and exciting product. It was the best show ever. Piton: What trends did you notice? Klinger: It's all about lifestyle baby. It's all about looking the part not playing the part. Industry translation: There were new hardgoods that'll really be eyecatching in my store, and some of the new technical outerwear is simply amazing. Piton: What do you think about all the acquisitions and the fact that five or six companies might soon control all of the outdoor business? Klinger: It sucks. The beancounters rule. Industry translation: More capital is being pumped into our industry which will only grow and prosper with more mergers and acquisitions. Piton: What are your plans for the rest of this year at retail? Klinger: To get through the Christmas season without losing my shirt and look for someone to buy the business. Industry translation: It's going to be a banner back-to-school and Christmas season. Frankly, I'm very upbeat about the propects for record sales and profits during the fourth quarter. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Scribles TITLE: First the Meth labs now this...Save Our Parks! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/23/2004 08:50:09 PM ----- BODY: It seems Yogi got kicked out of Jellystone and went on a binge! It is a shame the campers didn't leave the keys in the H2, it would of been one hell of of a D.U.I. Looks like the bear is a democrat...seems he hates Busch!LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Bikerod and Kustom Gallery STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/24/2004 06:45:12 PM ----- BODY: egger
An amazing gallery of custom bikes, click on the individiual pictures for details on each bike and the builder. LINK Pimp your own ride! Deuce Bicycle Wheels LINK Down Low Glow...Neon Lights for Bikes LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Post Show PR STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/25/2004 08:04:33 PM ----- BODY: From the Boulder Daily Camera "The Boulder-based Sherpani, created by Ed Ruzic, who also founded outdoor backpack company Russi Mountainworks, began selling its line of women's urban, backcountry, baby carrier and professional packs in August 2003. To date, Sherpani boasts more than 150 accounts nationwide — an impressive number for the startup." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Good for Hangovers Too! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/25/2004 08:09:56 PM ----- BODY: BetterAir2_d
What's the margin on canned air? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: adidas Y3 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/25/2004 08:23:46 PM ----- BODY: This 05 adidas Y3 men's and women's collection designed by Yohji Yamamoto was first presented at Paris Fashion week. The Y3 web site features all the styles with full motion option and you can also drill down on each individual style. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Green Hummer Project STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/25/2004 08:32:37 PM ----- BODY: rei_h2
No it's not an oral sex primer for environmentalists. LINK Don't forget the H2 salute. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Scribles TITLE: The Ying the Yang & the Sweet Crudetang STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/25/2004 09:10:44 PM ----- BODY: CAQW8T7UPerhaps OIA should have rethought the placement of these late breaking news headlines: ASSOCIATION NEWS OIA Oil and Gas Lease Protest August 25th, 2004 OIA Announces New Fed Ex Discounts August 23rd, 2004 Thank God Fedex will annouce soon that the whole fleet will be running on Soy Milk...just in time or those rates would surely go back up.LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Outside Magazine's On-Line Gear Guy Report from OR STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 06:20:00 PM ----- BODY: 13851211
Looks like the MSR capillary technology stove system is at the top of most of the "Best of Show". lists. I vote for their new two burner gourmet camp stove. May require Outside on-line registration. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Vanity Fair Board of Directors STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 07:35:52 PM ----- BODY: They Rule is a website that lets users build maps of the interlocking directories of the most powerful companies in the US. Here's a link to a map of the VF Corp board and the other boards they serve on. Clear this map and load some of the other maps like Haliburton. This is a mind blowing web site. Thanks to "The Dude" for the link. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Ticketmaster Given Forest Reservation Monopoly STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 07:51:59 PM ----- BODY: This news release issued by the corporate owners of Ticketmaster marks another milestone in the privatization of public lands. Maybe they can outsource the reservation center to India too? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Better Than Mardi Gras! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 08:00:04 PM ----- BODY: Dome-Elevation_black
We have a couple of friends who are currently on their way to Burning Man. This years theme.....Vault of Heaven LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Extreme Gravity Racing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 08:05:15 PM ----- BODY: porsche2003
Soap box derby for automobile design types. Some pretty high tech machines from the likes of Porsche, Bentley and Volvo. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Changing Landscape STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 08:40:20 PM ----- BODY: BLM staffers now refer to the Rocky Mountain States as the OPEC states. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Road Trip Tunes....Your Tax Dollars at Work STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 08:47:21 PM ----- BODY: fear_and_loathing
Thinking about burning a road trip disc for your next sales trip/boondoggle? This list was compiled by someone at the Federal Highway Administration. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: RIP - Horny Toad Telluride Store STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/27/2004 08:53:34 PM ----- BODY: tombstone
All is not lost, according to the web site a new store will be opening in the Pacific Northwest LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dueling Headlines....ging a ging ging ging STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/28/2004 04:00:15 PM ----- BODY: From Health and Fitness Business...a VNU publication HEALTH & FITNESS BUSINESS EXPO 2004 PROVES TO BE IDEAL PLATFORM TO SHOWCASE PRODUCTS, MEET QUALITY RETAIL BUYERS AND LAUNCH NEW BRANDS LINK From SGB Fitness Slowdown Dominated Health & Fitness Expo LINK We'll update later when we gwt the SNEWS view. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Chamber of the Bizarre STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/28/2004 04:06:22 PM ----- BODY: Chute
Extreme-sports nuts are getting even crazier, taking their daredevil stunts to new heights: Skydiving without a parachute! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Getting Ready for the Republican Convention STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/28/2004 04:13:59 PM ----- BODY: bushs_pee_wee_poster
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: BackpackingLight Forum Thread STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/28/2004 04:36:39 PM ----- BODY: Thread Topic: Outdoor Specialty Retailer Complacency and the Disappearance of Retailers as Experts LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Dynamic E-Commerce Business Solutions Agency STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/28/2004 08:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Could these be the same folks that coined the phrase, "Affiliate Marketing"? Thanks to J-Walk Blog LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/30/2004 07:11:36 PM ----- BODY: timbuk
Andy Anderson long time pack fiend has tendered his resignation at Dana Designs. Andy who was recruited by the Outdoor Industries version of the Borg collective to help right the listing ship at Dana has accepted a new position at Timbuk2. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Somebody Call OIA!!!!! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/30/2004 07:23:29 PM ----- BODY: Ok you guys, who Geocached the Boulder County Commisioner's brains? "Geocaching, the sport of hunting for caches of "treasure" on public lands at geographic coordinates found on the Internet, is going to become illegal on Boulder County Open Space if members of the Board of County Commissioners follow their agenda Tuesday." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: john campbell EMAIL: jcluddite@prodigy.net IP: 68.114.62.17 URL: DATE: 09/01/2004 06:07:07 AM good for Andy to leave a sinking ship! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: tommy EMAIL: tommy@camp-usa.com IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 09/03/2004 07:25:52 AM congrats andy ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Explodingdog.com...."Life is Good" for the Real World STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/30/2004 07:48:21 PM ----- BODY: rocketguy
Very creative web site that gets half a million unique visits a month. LINK My favorite picture is titled "Ive Been Feeling Like This All Day" LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: OIA TO CONSIDER MOVING TRADE SHOW TO CANADA STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/30/2004 11:58:00 PM ----- BODY: terence
Buoyed by the success of using the economic impact of the Outdoor Retailer Show to gain environmental concessions, and maximum square footage from the state of Utah, OIA has sent a letter to the Bush Administration threatening to move the trade show to Canada. According to an OIA spokesperson if the President does not agree to hear our industries concerns regarding his administrations gutting of environmental protections we’re moving our show to Canada. OIA first approached France about re-locating the show there but they said, Nous don't voulons vos baluchons de destruction de masse et we're pissait toujours vraiment outre de environ la liberté fait frire la chose. Iraq and Afghanistan also seemed like viable show location alternatives as it would give many OIA member companies a closer working connection to thier largest customers in the numerous branches of the military. Unfortunatley Haliburton has the exclusive contract to conduct all future outdoor retailer trade shows in those countries so OIA was forced to look elsewhere. Canada was finally chosen because their outdoor industry pretty much sucks so OIA can sieze control of their industry while conducting their trade show if the administration does not meet their demands. When the Vice President was asked to comment on the OIA threat he said, "Tell them to go fuck themselves!" ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: OIA Should Take A Stand On the Upcoming Election STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/30/2004 11:59:00 PM ----- BODY: jfk1
Our industry, except for a couple of notable exceptions, has been virtually silent on the impact another four years of George W. Bush’s environmental policies will have on our industry, our lives and our children’s lives. OIA has not been afraid to challenge the administration on its rollback of roadless rules, or new oil and gas drilling in Desolation Canyon, so why won’t OIA stake out a position on choosing the right candidate in November? A change in administrations is the only way we will see policies that favor meaningful environmental protection over that of special interests. It is irresponsible for the “Voice of the Outdoor Industry” to remain silent on the upcoming election. Crimes against Nature LINK Vote the Environment LINK Global Warming is a Burning Issue LINK Politics Play a Big Role @ OR LINK If you feel strongly about this, feel free to send Frank a message ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Another Twist on the Show Debate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/31/2004 09:04:57 AM ----- BODY: Quote from one of the 5% reps: "It's tough when 80% of the open to buy is soaked up by 5% of the reps...and the other 95% control the dates." ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Warming Up for the OIA Rendezvous STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 08/31/2004 06:45:55 PM ----- BODY: Keynote speakers and topics LINK Walter Robb, COO of Whole Foods Parallels between the natural foods and outdoor industries #1 We only sell stuff to rich white people. Andy Smith, Springboard Solutions Former Harley-Davidson executive will share lessons learned for corporate success #1 Sell stuff to older rich white people. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Someone Invite This Guy to Interbike STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/02/2004 07:31:04 AM ----- BODY: bike_stopbush_204x100 "Bikes Against Bush is an interactive protest/performance occurring simultaneously online and on the streets of NYC during the Republican National Convention. Using a wireless Internet enabled bicycle outfitted with a custom-designed printing device, the Bikes Against Bush bicycle can print text messages sent from web users directly onto the streets of Manhattan in water-soluble chalk." LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: What Outdoor Retailer is Planning to Hit $1 Billion This Year? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/02/2004 08:14:07 PM ----- BODY: dr_evil LINK
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Your yet to be released book is already available at Costco. LINK Your attorneys start sending out cease and desist letters. LINK You decide to share the video you made during the ordeal with Dateline. LINK You can be booked through the Nationwide Speakers Bureau. LINK The world realizes you are just a better promoted member of the self amputation fraternity. LINK LINK You're featured in an ad spoof.....click on image above. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Let's Get Ready to Ruuuuuummmmmble!! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/02/2004 08:50:00 PM ----- BODY: wwf_vince
In the Red White and Blue Corner: The National (WE'RE SCREWED) Council of Textile Organizations LINK In the Red Corner: The China (WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD ORDER) National Textile Council LINK On January 1, 2005, the remaining quotas on imports of textiles and apparel from, China, India and Pakistan are scheduled to be removed. So if the quotas are actually removed, and if you're Wal-Mart or other big box, do you squeeze your vendors for pricing concessions on goods knowing that the quota has been removed?........ Does a bear shit in the woods? ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Caught on Video STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/02/2004 10:59:22 PM ----- BODY: Download piton_exclusive.mov The North Face's credit manager was caught on video returning the favor to Galyan's ex-chargeback administrator ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dia De Los Muertos Sale! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/03/2004 05:33:00 PM ----- BODY: frida_web Hechos rápidos verdaderos del informe más último de OIA's, una mirada apuntada de Tidbits de la investigación y de la tendencia en los participantes con potencial: 5 actividades que demuestran la mayoría del potencial para el gasto creciente en los 2 años próximos basaron en el volumen de participantes y de gastos de los participantes: * Camino Biking * El acampar * El ir de excursión * El transportar en balsa * El backpacking Segmentos potenciales de la blanco de la tapa 4 por los 2 años próximos: Juventud: Hispanos Del Potencial Del 89%: Mujeres Del Potencial Del 85%: el 85% 45+ escoge: el 72% 3 cosas que un negocio puede hacer para asir el potencial: * Promueva las actividades y los productos del excedente de las experiencias (paddlesports, yendo de excursión, biking, acampando) * Promueva los campos al aire libre de la aventura de la duración corta que introducen nuevas actividades en diversos niveles (principiante e intermedio) * Anuncie y ponga su marca de fábrica y/o almacénela en medios españoles y en españoles y emplee y entrene a personal bilingüe Read the translation in OIA Web News under Real Research and Trend Tidbits LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: It is about the bike STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/04/2004 11:38:17 AM ----- BODY: Bike
A Tour De France Blog by Lance Armsrong's bike. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/04/2004 11:56:51 AM ----- BODY:
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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: From www.plastic.com STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/04/2004 10:05:14 PM ----- BODY: chechnyamapWith Chechen terrorists particularly active, it would seem to be an appropriate time to briefly review Chechen history. What exactly is the issue? The Chechen and Ingush people were Christians from the 7th through the 16th century. In 1830, the area was invaded by the Russians under Czar Nicholas 1st, who was seeking to secure the borders with the Ottoman empire. The Chechens resisted fiercely until the late 1850s, but were ultimately incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1859. During the Russian Revolution of 1917, Chechnya declared independence, only to be overrun by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The Bolsheviks in turn were dislodged by counterrevolutionary forces in 1919, who were defeated by the Bolsheviks again in 1922-23. In 1936, the region was granted the status of autonomous republic, which lasted until 1944, when Stalin deported the entire population (other sources say most) to Siberia and Kazakhstan, believing the people to have cooperated with the Nazis, who had briefly occupied the area in the winter of 1942/1943. The deportees were repatriated in 1956, and the republic reestablished in 1957. When the USSR collapsed in 1991, the Chechens saw their chance to declare independence, and stated that supreme power belonged to the Executive Committee of the the Chechen Republic, led by Dzhokhar Dudaev; in 1992, Dudaev "won" a national election, although the turnout was less than 20%, and many false ballots were discovered. In 1994, several challenges were made to Dudaev's leadership, including a bid by the Muftiat, an Islamic organization. These challenges were sent to the back burner when Russia, under Boris Yeltsin, invaded in December of 1994, in an attempt to bring the republic back under the control of Russia. In the ensuing war, during which Dudaev was killed by a Russian air strike, 10% (around 100,000) of the population was killed in the fighting; the war ended in 1996, as Russian elections were nearing, and Yeltsin was under pressure to negotiate peace. In 1997, a new president, Aslan Maskhadov, who had been chief of staff of the Chechen forces, was elected. However, allegedly helped by Middle Eastern fundamentalist groups, the Russian secret service, and the Kremlin, Islamic extremist groups rallied under Shamil Bassaevn, rendering the situation extremely unstable, until in 1999 Islamic law was established across the country [Yasser Arafat provides a link explaining how Islam found its way into Chechnya. -ed.]. The extremists instigated a series of bombings in Moscow, and eventually under Bassaevn made an ill fated invasion attempt against Dagestan. Russia, now under Putin, took action and effectively leveled the capital, Grozny, forcing the rebels into mountain strongholds, and killing another 100,000 of the population. Since then, the rebels have continued to make incursions into Russia, which often retaliated with harsh reprisals; both sides are implicated in brutality and attacks on noncombatants. In 2003, a new constitution was approved by voters, and elections were set for August of 2004. On August 30th 2004, the Kremlin's pick for president, Maj. Gen. Alu Alkhanov was declared president, to nobody's surprise. In the last week we've seen the bombing of two jet liners, suicide bombings in Moscow, and a Russian school held hostage by suicide bombers. It remains to be seen whether Alkhanov can bring the rebels under control, or even win the respect of his citizens. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: china STATUS: Draft ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/04/2004 10:22:57 PM ----- BODY: ----- EXTENDED BODY: China's Boom Economy Is Starved for Electricity Factories and home appliances strain the grid. Brownouts are common; energy efficiency is not. By Mark Magnier Times Staff Writer September 4, 2004 YIWU, China — If power is the lifeblood of an economy, China is hemorrhaging. Across the country, electric utilities can't keep up with demand, generators are hot sellers and brownouts endemic. It's been a brutal summer in China, with temperatures in the south frequently exceeding 100 degrees, putting an enormous strain on the electric grid. The shortages have spurred a host of innovations, from the clever to the absurd. Cities have competed to seed clouds in hopes of cooling down the land and reducing the use of air conditioners. The eastern city of Hangzhou opened vast underground caves built decades ago as fallout shelters, inviting residents to descend and play mah-jongg in air cooled by nature rather than man. Power companies have offered free outdoor movies to lure people from their appliance-filled homes. And Beijing has gone low couture, advising people to shun their hot Western suits in favor of short sleeves to beat the heat. As the first hint of cooler weather descends on China's smog-shrouded cities, energy planners are trying to take their first deep breath in months. But ravenous demand, poor energy forecasting and structural problems caused by decades of central planning will guarantee years of troubles ahead. Nor is the effect limited to China, as the Middle Kingdom's hunger for fuel pushes up prices worldwide and the smog belching from power plants spreads far beyond its borders. "This economy is not just growing," said Zhang Lizi, professor at the North China Electric Power University. "It's booming. Just booming." At the massive complex of the Lang Sha Textile Co. here in Yiwu, thousands of young women stroll in and out of the main gate at lunch hour dressed in company-issue white T-shirts and paper caps. "We aim to be the sock king of the world," boasts a sign near the gate. Thanks to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other major U.S. retailers, they're well on their way. In fact, one in five feet in America wears a Lang Sha sock, churned out on a vast matrix of clattering machines that suck in thread, spin it frenetically, weave in a logo and spit it out through an undulating plastic tube at up to 3 million a day, if all goes smoothly. It rarely does these days. Yiwu has been hit particularly hard by the energy shortage in part because so many manufacturers are concentrated in a small area — including 1,600 or so in the sock industry. Lang Sha is doing what it can. It has invested heavily in generators. It has shifted production to low-use evening periods. It has petitioned for special treatment from local utility officials, arguing its status as a "major producer." And it has created an entire department to constantly monitor the government brownout advisories printed in newspapers, relayed verbally or sent as last-minute text messages on cellphones. With a bit of warning, the company is able to shut down its production line. Several times a day, however, despite the precautions, Lang Sha is hit with unexpected cuts. And even the slightest power break leaves a line in the fabric that doesn't sit right with quality-conscious consumers. "We've lost millions of dollars," manager Liu Jun said, gesturing toward a vast display of purple, pink, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, sports and dress socks on dozens of mannequin feet, their toes pointing skyward like a huge school of synchronized swimmers. "That doesn't even count the contracts we're afraid to bid on. It's a major headache." China's rush to satiate the world's demand for cheap goods also has spurred a building spree in roads, bridges, factories and ports, giving a big boost to such power-gobbling industries as cement, steel and aluminum. Employees returning home with their growing paychecks create more demand for voltage. Consumers who once dreamed of a new watch or bicycle now aspire to the Chinese dream: a nice house and a flashy car in the garage. Producing these requires still more steel, glass and electric power, even before residents hit the mall for washer and dryer units, big-screen televisions and electric heaters to fill those houses. Most of China's appliances, meanwhile, use three to six times as much energy as overseas models because there has been little pressure to economize. On the road leading from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, miles of newly built houses crowd the road in startling shades of pink, purple and orange chosen to attract China's growing middle class. Miniature pagodas, mock Eiffel Towers and fake family crests drip off houses built in a mishmash of styles. "A decade ago, my entire family lived in a tiny farmhouse with one light and a small black-and-white TV," said You Zhoushui, a 29-year-old Hangzhou taxi driver. "Now we're in a three-story concrete house with three televisions, several air conditioners and just about every other appliance imaginable," he said. "We try to conserve energy, but you can't go too far." Nor is there much apparent incentive to do so. Residential consumers are charged far less for electricity than industrial users as part of the government's bid to maintain public stability. And most building codes don't require double-paned windows, tight seals or other energy-saving steps even as residential users get preferential access when supply is rationed. This means a disproportionate share of the pain from power brownouts fall on industry, said Scott Roberts, Beijing representative at Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Few inside or outside China predicted how fast the economy would grow — 9.7% during the first half of 2004 and 9.69% a year earlier. Nor has energy demand exactly followed the script. A rule of thumb has power consumption growing at the same rate as the overall economy. In China, power demand has far exceeded economic growth as energy-intensive industries ramp up and waste in the system becomes more apparent. Bureaucratic infighting, protected fiefdoms and top-down decisions have also left many utility companies less than responsive to customers. And grid and transmission problems mean that surpluses in one area can't easily alleviate shortages in others. The crisis probably will put off any quick move to reform the industry or introduce more competition, analysts say. "China has looked at the lessons from California carefully," said Kang Wu, an energy expert with the East-West Center in Honolulu. "It will focus on gradual change and trying to learn from California's mistakes." Although intense media scrutiny and directives from the top have shaken things up, there's no immediate fix in sight despite China's multibillion-dollar spending spree aimed at fixing the problem. A 31% increase in China's generating capacity, is coming online in the next few years, including output from the controversial $33-billion Three Gorges Dam, a project that has angered environmentalists and hundreds of thousands of displaced farmers. Even as some worry that China won't have enough power, others fret that China's economy could hit the skids just as the new power plants come online, leading to overcapacity and another turn in China's boom-bust profile. Not everyone is completely upset by the brownouts and economic turmoil. "Sometimes when the power shuts, it's actually kind of nice," said Fan Xiaoxie, a Hangzhou homemaker getting a shoeshine in front of a department store. "Everything is quiet. It gives you a few minutes to think." ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: How Many Bush Administration Officials Does it Take to Change a Light bulb? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/05/2004 11:20:41 AM ----- BODY: image_bushisms_election_small
“Ken Rudin, Political Editor for National Public Radio, has accepted OIA's invitation to be a featured speaker at this year's Rendezvous in Beaver Creek. His unique and often humorous insights on campaigns and elections should provide rendezvous-goers with an entertaining preview of the presidential election and some key races around the country”. An “entertaining” preview of the presidential election, humorous insights? LINK By the way the answer is SEVEN: (1) one to deny that a light bulb needs to be replaced; (2) one to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb; (3) one to blame the previous administration for the need of a new light bulb; (4) one to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs; (5) one to get together with Vice President Cheney and figure out how to pay Halliburton Industries one billion dollars for a light bulb; (6) one to arrange a photo-op session showing Bush changing the light bulb while dressed in a flight suit and wrapped in an American flag; (7) and finally one to explain to Bush the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country Don't forget these other keynote speakers LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: (Outdoor) Brand Mapping the Presidential Candidates STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/06/2004 03:08:57 PM ----- BODY: images
Landor Associates (branding firm) and Penn, Schoen and Berland (research firm) released a joint study comparing the attributes of both George Bush and John Kerry to well-known brands. Via Brand Autopsy LINK If they had asked to compare the attributes of W. and Kerry with outdoor brands it might have looked something like this: George W. / JFK Retailer: Cabelas/ REI Footwear: Wolverine/ Merrill Outdoor Conglomerate: ARP/ VF Apparel: Columbia/ TNF Backpacks: Kelty/ Arcteryx Tents: Eureka/ Big Agnes ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Patient Appears to Be Breathing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/07/2004 01:31:14 PM ----- BODY: Good News from Peterborough Eastern Mountain Sports' Management Team Completes Buyout From American Retail Group Tuesday September 7, 8:07 am ET PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Mountain Sports announced today that it has completed a management-led buyout of the company from American Retail Group. The buyout was led by Eastern Mountain Sports President and CEO, Will Manzer, with financing led by J. H. Whitney & Co., LLC. With more than 80 retail locations, Eastern Mountain Sports outfits outdoor athletes and enthusiasts with authentic gear, clothing, footwear and accessories to participate in a variety of sports including mountaineering, kayaking, climbing, adventure racing, and others. "Customers of all experience levels trust Eastern Mountain Sports as their guide and community connection to outdoor fun and adventure," stated President and CEO, Will Manzer. "With our new partners, we will continue to strengthen our unique retail model of serving outdoor athletes and enthusiasts. Our offering will reflect our core outdoor values in an aspirational environment, thereby ensuring that the Eastern Mountain Sports brand embodies authenticity and adrenaline in the outdoors." "We are excited about our partnership with Eastern Mountain Sports and believe the Eastern Mountain Sports retail and brand experience is poised for tremendous growth," said Peter Castleman, Managing Partner of J. H. Whitney & Co. "In less than a year as its CEO, Will Manzer has built an outstanding management team which is positioning Eastern Mountain Sports to be the most sought after brand and retail outfitter in the industry. Whitney has provided significant capital in order to ensure that Eastern Mountain Sports continues to offer its customers the best products and services." Eastern Mountain Sports has a rich history as an authentic specialty retailer and distinguishes itself through offering grassroots programs, community clinics, as well as through its 36-year old Climbing School, which is the largest in the United States, and its Kayaking School. This year, Eastern Mountain Sports launched the "Raise the Roof" tour, a grassroots tour that travels to sporting, cultural and goodwill events and encourages people to get outdoors. The company also initiated the EMS Base Team, a roster of amateur athletes who test gear and act as brand ambassadors in their communities; "Team Eastern Mountain Sports," the company's first sponsorship of an adventure racing team; and the company created and conducted the "Stay Put, Stay Dry" program, a series of clinics on outdoor safety for children. About Eastern Mountain Sports Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in Peterborough, NH, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) is one of the nation's leading outfitters of authentic outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with more than 80 retail stores across 16 states. EMS designs and sells products for outdoor athletes and enthusiasts who participate in a variety of sports such as mountaineering, backpacking, camping, hiking, adventure racing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and snow sports. EMS product and technology is tested by the EMS product development and quality assurance teams in conjunction with the EMS Climbing and Kayaking Schools across the country and in the company's backyard - Mount Washington. To locate EMS stores and EMS Climbing and Kayaking School locations, or for more information, call 1-888-INFO-EMS, or log on to http://www.ems.com ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Extreme Sports with Everyday Household Objects STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/07/2004 06:51:09 PM ----- BODY: intro
Broomboarding is the latest extreme sport to quite literally sweep the nation. Take an everyday house broom and the world is your playground. We are the people that ride brooms. LINK Don’t forget Extreme Ironing! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Thinking Outside the X-Box STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/07/2004 07:07:44 PM ----- BODY: Jansport
The X-Box CircleCenterSpin, a hip hop urban culture showcase, was sponsored by Jansport at last weekends Seattle Bumbershoot festival. The lines to get in were lengthy 90 minutes prior to the various shows through out the day. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Outside Advertising Sales Department to Outside Gear Guy…..Shut the F*#k Up! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/07/2004 07:16:17 PM ----- BODY: Poles
But it's the latest fitness rage sweeping through Europe like a Broomboarder on crack. Today’s Outside Magazine On-line Gear Guy question: Will I look like a dork using trekking poles? Gear Guy: YES! “Nordic walking, formerly the activity known as "walking at a brisk pace," is yet another way for gear makers to extract dollars from your wallet by designing gear for this "new" pursuit.” LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Buildering........Misinterpreting Architecture Worldwide STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/08/2004 09:09:19 PM ----- BODY: Belgiam
“The Buildering Access Society is an independent not-for-profit society, which provides a united, worldwide voice on builderers' access issues. The society's primary philosophy is that this voice shall never be heard. By anyone. The Buildering Access Society (BAS) has been working behind the scenes for over twenty years in the prevention of media coverage and mainstream popularization of our sport. Our access depends on it”! LINK To climb a man-made structure, of which the design is for purposes other than climbing LINK Belgium climbing site with urban climbing slide show. LINK Maybe the guys at Urban Climber Magazine are on to something. Our post from 7/21 LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 63.173.215.157 URL: DATE: 09/10/2004 04:54:02 PM Geez, talk about out of context. You must be following the Fox News book of reporting. The Gear Guy goes on to say -- "Still, poles would be useful—for Nordic walking and plain ol' garden-variety hiking. I used to dismiss pole users as effete girlie men (oh dear, too much Ahnold!). But then I used some poles on a Rainier climb, almost by accident (the poles, that is, not the climb), and quickly became enamored. Now I don't hike without them. They help with pacing and balance, ease slippery log crossings, lessen the impact on my knees, and help protect my ankles from roll-overs. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: This Week’s Chamber of the Bizarre STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/08/2004 09:14:43 PM ----- BODY: Bigfoot
A gorgeous blonde camper claims she was kidnapped and held prisoner in a cave for two days by a love-starved male Bigfoot, but says the steamy ordeal was less than memorable -- because the lumbering man-beast was a dud as a stud! LINK Somebody call BIFRO! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Fun With GPS STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/08/2004 09:28:47 PM ----- BODY: stalker
Police arrested a man they said tracked his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts by attaching a global positioning system to her car. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/09/2004 09:48:38 AM ----- BODY: picture0.jpg ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: America’s Roof STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/09/2004 06:33:24 PM ----- BODY: to-top-thumb
A Highpoint guide to EVERYTHING, news, accidents, environment, Adventures, animals, crime, books. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Wheelbarrow Freestyle STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/09/2004 06:39:27 PM ----- BODY: wheel
More extreme sports with yet another object from around the house. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Urban Freeflow Global Parkour Network STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/09/2004 06:45:13 PM ----- BODY: disclaimergif
This one’s for you Ryan Whether you refer to the discipline as a sport or an art or like to call it by the name - Parkour, Le Parkour, Freerun, Free running or plain old PK, all of your needs will be catered for here. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Rock Climbing Death Trial on Court TV STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/10/2004 02:25:25 PM ----- BODY: Marcus Floyd faced four years in prison after a rock-climber fell to her death from his portable wall rock. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: S'mores Wars STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/10/2004 02:30:37 PM ----- BODY: Smores
S’mores Making Machine Challenge, winner gets a booth at OR. “As the summer season draws near its close for another year, I find myself reaching and grabbing at everything happy and sunny, hoping for one last high of the type only summer can bring. I'm lying. But what a beautiful story it would be; the end-all, be-all introduction for an article about s'mores-making machines in early September.” LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: There Really are Benefits to Trekking Poles! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/11/2004 10:26:33 AM ----- BODY: Fnc_logo
UPDATE: We got skewered in a comment to this post LINK for, "selective reporting" and not giving the whole story. To be "Fair and Balanced", the Gear Guy also had some very positive comments regarding the features and benefits of using trekking poles. Other posts regarding Nordic Walking for your reading pleasure. LINK LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Jet Man Project STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/11/2004 03:24:26 PM ----- BODY: Jetman01
Following the “Flying Man” project, the logical “next step” was to accomplish the secret dream of being able to fly like Superman or the Rocketeer. To do this, motorizing the wings was to be achieved in order to be able to let the first flying man ever to fly horizontal level !
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Nordic Bouncing Anyone? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/11/2004 03:37:09 PM ----- BODY: Zcoil Endorsed by Wile E. Coyote! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: REI Discovers Geo-Caching (JEE-oh-cash-ing) STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/12/2004 06:25:36 PM ----- BODY: Geo It was just a matter of time before what was once just a bunch of people having a little fun with GPS turned into a two page spread in a REI catalog.
It's called JEE-oh-cash-ing - a fun, fast-growing outdoor activity enjoyed by people of all ages. It's part high-tech treasure hunt and part outdoor adventure. The challenge: use a GPS unit, outdoor skills and sleuthing savvy to find small caches hidden in outdoor places. Kids love it - and REI has everything you need to get in the game. Plus: Always tread lightly when searching for a cache.
Refer to page 14 and 15 in the latest Fall 2004 book. Can NOR-DICK WAH-KING be far behind? Here's a link to their on-line JEE-oh-cash-ing information. LINK Our prior posts about JEE-oh-cash-ing Pleasure Hunt LINK Way Hipper than Nordic Walking LINK Somebody Call OIA! LINK Here's another prior link about the Degree Confluence project where GPS meets digital photography. At the time we didn't think it was as hip as JEE-oh-cash-ing but we've changed our minds now that we have our new REI catalog. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: U.S. of A Walking? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/12/2004 06:39:19 PM ----- BODY: Nordic According to the Exerstrider web site
The activity of fitness walking with poles, which has come to be called "Nordic walking" throughout Europe, was actually pioneered in the USA beginning back in 1985 by fitness authority and innovator, Tom Rutlin.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Another Tool to Wreak Havoc at the Next Sea Kayak Symposium STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/12/2004 06:44:10 PM ----- BODY: Wally 118 Wallypower LINK See you in Port Townsend next weekend! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Ultimate H2 Salute STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/14/2004 06:48:24 PM ----- BODY: Cap_navistar_cxt03 My truck can now drive over your truck.
For the driver looking for more in a pickup -- one that dwarfs the Hummer and the Ford F-350 -- Navistar has just the ride for you.
CNN Story LINK International web site LINK UPDATE: You'll need to fill out an environmental impact statement before you hop behind the wheel of one of these bad boys! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Industry Vets Endorse Kerry / Edwards STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/14/2004 07:02:45 PM ----- BODY: Group RIGHT ON! Prior to a John Edwards town hall event in Clackamas Oregon a number of outdoor industry veterans stood side by side with the future Vice President and endorsed the Kerry / Edwards ticket. Lee Fromsen from Cascade Designs spoke prior to Edwards on behalf of the group and emphasized the importance of this election to the future health of our industry, its employess and future generations. Above is a photo from the event, we salute those that attended and those that have signed on to the endorsement document. Download kerryoutdoor_news_release5.doc Our prior rant on OIA and the election LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/15/2004 08:47:42 PM ----- BODY: Krypto You can apparently open one of Kyptonite's Evolution 2000 U-locks with a Bic Pen.... and write a thank you note to the poor sap whose bike you just stole. Thanks to the Ace of Design Gurus for the post. LINK via engadget, video too! ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Urban Thrills STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/15/2004 09:11:06 PM ----- BODY: Kayak From the LA Times
Reno's gamble seems to be paying off as kayakers flock to its man-made rapids in the casino-adjacent Truckee River.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Pics of Industry Folks Endorsing Kerry / Edwards STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/15/2004 09:19:27 PM ----- BODY: Gws103 Gws101_2 ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Forest of Cellphone Towers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/17/2004 04:37:17 PM ----- BODY: Cell_trees
Telecommunications structures have popped up in Yosemite, Joshua Tree and six other parks in California, and pressure to build more communications towers will likely grow as cellular service providers turn their attention from cities to rural areas.
LINK Maybe they should hide them in faux trees? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: tommy EMAIL: tommy@camp-usa.com IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 09/22/2004 08:40:01 AM taking a stand on the important political issue surrounding the environment and directly this industry are compulsary to ensuring the future of both. A salute goes out to all who got behind Mr. Edwards in Portland, and will in November. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Inspector Gadget's Hall of Shame STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/17/2004 04:50:30 PM ----- BODY: Gadget1 From the Travel /Outdoor section of the Seattle Times a story highlighting REI's Doug Peterson and some of the more wacky camping accessory ideas that have come across his desk over the years. First the show daily, now the Seattle Times, Doug's going to need an agent if this keeps up. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Shizzolater STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/19/2004 06:35:31 PM ----- BODY: Asksnoop_right What's up Cuz? It's the Snoop D-O-double Gizzle in the Hizzle. Type in your favorite URL into the Snoop Dog Shizzolater and Snoop will translate it from the Shizzle to the Shiznit. It does not seem to work with all web sites but it worked great on www.thepiton.com Thanks to "The Dude" for the LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: How Do You Pee in Your Boat? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/19/2004 07:04:20 PM ----- BODY: West_coast The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium just wrapped up in Port Townsend, WA. Lot's of demo boats, instructional classes, slide shows and middle aged white people. A round table discussion on Sunday morning regarding the "Future of Sea Kayaking", did not have a single manufacturer or supplier in attendance. At $60 bucks a day, $125 for all three or $25 for a beach pass, events like these are never going to attract the average Joe or Jill who are more likely to buy their boat down at the local warehouse club. If the manufacturers continue to tout mass merchant distribution as a way to get "butts in boats" they should figure out a way to make events like this one more accesible. LINK Trade Association Of Paddlesports LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Support Your Right To Arm Bears STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/20/2004 05:02:13 PM ----- BODY: Et_moon
In a formal letter to the nation's outdoors writers, Kayne Robinson, president of the National Rifle Association, wrote that the Sierra Club has a hidden agenda "to get hunters to vote for anti-hunting anti-gun candidates in the pending elections."
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Blowout of the Week STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/21/2004 07:36:41 PM ----- BODY: Remember when all the PR flaks and mags were raving about Jagged Edge? Didn't Russel Athletic aquire the Jagged Edge Mountain Gear trademarks back in 03? Courtesy of Overstock.com LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Taking Advantage of the W's Market in Boulder STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/21/2004 07:44:14 PM ----- BODY: Even the crooks in Boulder take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle!
A once-respected Boulder race director who shocked 250 women last week when he canceled their Boulder Divas triathlon could face charges for allegedly bilking them out of thousands of dollars in registration fees
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: HANDS OFF MY BAG STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/21/2004 08:00:27 PM ----- BODY: 4th_amendment_tote The Fourth Amendment Tote Bag. Cool Idea LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Hey Lance Can You Spare a Pint? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/22/2004 05:33:03 PM ----- BODY: Dracula_1 After Tyler Hamilton failed a new test which detected some body else's blood in his test sample and will probably result in him being stripped of his Olympic Gold Medal, the Phonak team at first had this to say:
Phonak said it would stand by Hamilton even if the lab findings hold up. "We believe Tyler independent of these results," said chief executive Andreas Rihs. "We don't believe this test is reliable. It's more of a probability test."
LINK This is what Phonak had to say little later: LINK How stupid do you have to be to blood dope with someone else's blood! This is not the first time a US Olympic cyclist has used someone else's blood to enhance performance. If in fact Hamilton is guilty he will be lucky only to lose his medal, the potential side effects of blood doping can be life threatening.
A great example of a successful blood doping procedure with adverse side effects is of the 1984 United States Olympic cycling team. Previous American cycling teams had not fared well in past Olympic Games. But in the 1984 Los Angeles games, they decided to try blood doping as a way to get an advantage on the competition. The results were a huge success. The team brought home a U.S. cycling team record of nine medals. The problem was not the fact that the athletes had undergone blood doping procedures, but, rather, how the procedure was performed. Between the Olympic trials and the actual games, the Americans did not have adequate time to use their own blood as a transfusion. Instead, they had to rely on the blood of relatives and others with similar blood types. Consequently, some of the cyclists received tainted blood and a short time after the Games contracted hepatitis, a serious liver disease
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: We Sell Freedom! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/22/2004 05:50:20 PM ----- BODY: Brave What do you wear under your unbifurcated garment?
We are committed to pioneer a comfortable alternative to trousers by producing "Men's Unbifurcated Garments" (MUG's). Our patented utility design reflects the company's high standards and integrity. Utilikilts seeks to set a global example, defining "business with a conscience" and channeling company gains and resources back into the community
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K2 Licensing & Promotions (K2LP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of K2 Inc. (NYSE: KTO), has launched a new business division that will develop licensing and corporate partnerships for K2's portfolio of more than 30 leading sports brands, including K2, Rawlings, Volkl, Marmot and Shakespeare.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Attention All Hacky Sackers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/22/2004 06:39:40 PM ----- BODY: Hack Have you ever wondered how you get really good at Hacky Sack?........... besides smoking a lot of weed and having way to much free time on your hands. Before the next bong hit check out Flipsider.com LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: There's A Reason They Call It an Adventure Race STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/23/2004 06:52:00 AM ----- BODY: Nigel_1
A day after a leading adventure racer was hit and killed by a boulder while descending a steep mountain, his fellow competitors decided to continue the race. Nigel Aylott, a 38-year-old Australian, was killed on Illabot Peak in the North Cascades Tuesday afternoon during one leg of the Subaru Primal Quest, a grueling 400-mile multisport adventure race that combines trekking, mountain biking, orienteering, kayaking and more
LINK UPDATE: The race is now on hold. LINK Should make for some compelling REALITY TV, CBS was filming the event for future broadcast. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Keep dreaming Boomers; there is a better way. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/23/2004 08:23:16 PM ----- BODY: Boomers_2
A brilliant rant which ultimately gets to the crux of why the "Boomers" of the outdoor industry are having so much trouble figuring out a way to appeal to the younger demographic.
Perhaps the Boomers resent us for finding one answer that escaped them so many years ago — the true follow through to the revolution is to not play the game. They have turned into monsters even their parents don't recognize and now we refuse to follow in their ugly footsteps.
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Update to our post from yesterday concerning Tyler Hamilton and blood doping.
The International Olympic Committee dropped its investigation Thursday into a blood test from the Summer Games that showed Hamilton used a transfusion to boost his endurance. The decision was made only because the Athens lab mistakenly put his backup sample in a deep freeze — not because the IOC believes he was clean.
Hamilton to keep Gold Medal: LINK His positive test from the Vuelta could still result in a two year suspension Yesterdays post: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Adventure Racing Spawned Reality Television STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/24/2004 08:57:43 PM ----- BODY: Trump Remember Mark Burnett the promoter that started the commercialization of Adventure Racing with the now defunct Eco-Challenge? The same Mark Burnett who later went on to create Survivor and The Apprentice television shows and is widely recognized as the creator of the genre of reality television. Well Burnett just signed a new deal to create a reality TV series with Martha Stewart Omnimedia featuring the soon to be imprisoned domestic diva. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dr. Sneaky Hydration Sytems STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/30/2004 04:51:45 PM ----- BODY: Shortsfullfront Who hasn't thought about using a hydration system to smuggle an adult beverage into a sporting event or concert venue? Well the product developers at Dr. Sneaky don't just think they act, developing a concealable resevoir to allow parched consumers to smuggle their favorite "beverage" into a concert or sporting event. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Voltaic Backpack STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/30/2004 05:32:20 PM ----- BODY: Bag_main From our Colorado office comes this piece on the Voltaic Backpack which should be standard issue for all Urbaneering Mountainsexuals.
The Voltaic™ backpack is a mobile power source, designed to charge your gadgets without tying you to a power outlet.
Click on the STORES tab to see a listing of the retailers who will be carrying the product and links to their sites. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The 90 Degree Rule Is In Effect STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/30/2004 05:44:49 PM ----- BODY: Segway_golf The Segway GT has gone from being the technology that was going to reinvent transportation as we know it to a high tech golf cart.
The Segway GT comes equipped to carry a golf bag, ice chest, scorecard, GPS equipment,
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Burly lumberjack Leon Verdell says he was kidnapped in the woods by a Bigfoot who kept him as a love slave for three long months!
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: A Call to Specialty Outdoor Retailers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/30/2004 09:38:55 PM ----- BODY: Your sales are weak? Your dollars per square foot calculation hasn't changed since the kids went to college? One simple solution that 75% of the outdoor industry doesn't follow is FOLD YOUR BASICS! If you invest in keeping it looking tight, expect increased sales, higher multiple-item transactions, and a store that no longer looks like 1973. Download tshirt.mov ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: I Want One STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 09/30/2004 10:25:28 PM ----- BODY: SyCip Bikes - Handcrafted in Sonoma County, California ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Mount St. Helens Web Cam STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/01/2004 03:29:17 PM ----- BODY: Helens
The latest mini eruption occurred just a couple of hours ago. The image updates every five minutes LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Closeout of the Week STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/01/2004 06:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Skate
Clive Space Pack LINK Looks like E-bags did not get the closeout list. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: New Growth Opportunity? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/02/2004 08:00:00 AM ----- BODY: Pillow
The Boyfriend Arm Pillow is a Japanese product aimed at Japanese who like sleeping with their head on their partner's chest but don't have a partner to do it with, or have given up on the standard model and are trying to reconstruct a better boyfriend.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ralph Cramden EMAIL: mechazilla2000@yahoo.com IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 10/02/2004 01:28:32 PM And he doesn't chew his arm off in the morning ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Glowstar Solar Lantern STATUS: Draft ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/02/2004 01:17:30 PM ----- BODY: Glowstar_montage
Developed originally for use in third world countries with no electrical grid this would be a viable eco-product for the campground. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Headphone Beanie STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/02/2004 01:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Beanie
Another wired product for the "cult of Mac" from the folks at Burton. LINK Goes with your Burton Shield iPod jacket LINK UPDATE: Forgot the Buton AMP backpack LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Web Economy Bullshit Generator STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/05/2004 08:15:00 PM ----- BODY:
Wow, if only we could all evolve vertical relationships; imagine a world in which innovative front-end technologies ceaselessly synergize turn-key networks; it would be a landslide, a paradigm shift, a breakpoint. Now all I need to do is visualize my bleeding-edge niches and I will be complete...
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Maybe through the windshield of your 2004 TNF Chevy Trailblazer EXT? LINK
The North Face Edition package is an outdoorsman’s dream. It includes standard unique 17-inch sport aluminum wheels, lower accent-color body cladding, body-colored outside rearview mirrors, running lamps, headlamp washers and B-pillar badging.
On the inside, The North Face Edition has badged seats, mesh map pockets, rain-sense wipers, liftgate lighting, an underfloor storage cargo liner, heavy-duty floor/cargo mats, an adjustable cargo shelf with a table and The North Face duffel bags and blanket.
You know every outdoorsman dreams of a blanket, for the price you think they could throw in a Cat's Meow or two. I wonder what kind of vehicle the outdoors woman dreams of, Subaru Forrester? The headline of this post is from the The North Face ad in the October issue of Outside Magazine. The US Department of energy mileage and EPA score for the 2004 Trailblazer EXT with the big engine option. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Owwww... Right in the mummy-daddy button. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/06/2004 06:30:00 PM ----- BODY: Fat_bast
With all the buzz around the obesity epedemic and it's impact on outdoor recreation here's another angle.
A controversial theory developed from animal research claims that obesity could be caused by a virus called AD-36.
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Don't miss this recent "Breaking News" from SGB, "The Top Seven Sales Blunders". A more apt title would have been seven blinding glimpses of the obvious. LINK More compelling sales tools from SGB LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Stick to the SCRIPT! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/06/2004 09:05:39 PM ----- BODY: LINKIf_bush_was_a_girl_14
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This fall Tumi will be extending their product line by adding apparel. The Yellow Jacket is designed with lots of pocketing to accomodate the needs of the modern traveler. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Sponsors Stand By Hamilton STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/07/2004 06:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Tammy
With Interbike in full swing here's some news coming out of the hallowed halls of Vegas. Some of Tyler Hamilton's sponsors are going to stick with the gold medal winner despite his three positive tests for blood doping. LINK Tyler is even endorsing some new products! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Piton Goes International STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/07/2004 06:54:00 PM ----- BODY: Yugioh

LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: OIA 2004 Election Guide STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/07/2004 09:56:24 PM ----- BODY: Butthead
Blah, Blah, Blah Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Mmmmmm Tequila STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/08/2004 03:35:00 PM ----- BODY: Caboad
Getting ready for the weekend! A web site dedicated to everything you ever wanted to know about Tequila.
A comprehensive look at the Mexican drink called tequila - with individual sections (pages) on tequila's production, history, lore, culture, and more. Just click on the links above to read about some of the myths and legends surrounding tequila; the tequila industry, or to peer into the Mexican home of the spirit: Jalisco state. Along the way you will read personal notes, news, trivia, and production data. I also look at tequila's sister drink, mezcal, as well as its ancestor, pulque, with some asides on other regional Mexican drinks like bacanora and sotol. There are copious references and links to my sources, including links to recipes, drink mixes, margaritas, industry sites, and other tequila fans.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Is Bush Wired? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/10/2004 12:25:02 AM ----- BODY: Story LINK
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Many of you know Casey Sheahan, President of Kelty, Conservation Alliance Prez, OIA Board member, industry icon. What you may not know is that at age 44, despite illness and other profound obstacles, Casey's wife Tara is on the verge of possibly making the U.S. Olympic X-country ski team. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Closeout of the Week STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/11/2004 05:27:00 PM ----- BODY: Rei_logo
If you are an REI Gear Mail "Hot Value" subscriber you can take an additional 20% off any one item on REI Outlet.
Now through October 15, save an additional 20% on one gear or apparel item* from our special fall selection with coupon code HV356. Quantities are limited, so shop early for best selection!
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Customers of the world's largest outdoor outfitter are now also a desirable demographic in the 2004 election
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A very creative use of materials.
ISS bags feature an authenticated piece of the 2004 ISS Soyuz TMA-3 landing parachute. A Certificate of Authenticity signed by A.Kaleri, flight engineer on TMA-3 is enclosed with every bag.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Outdoor Business To Offer Free Online Newsletter STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/12/2004 02:03:44 PM ----- BODY: Opening volley in the upcoming outdoor biz on-line newsletter wars. Are the "pay to play" days of outdoor industry news numbered?
Promising "a clear and focused voice for the outdoor community," Outdoor Business, a sister publication of SGB and ISG, will begin offering a twice-a-month online newsletter addressing outdoor news, products, trends, analysis and classifieds. Beginning January 2005, the newsletter promises "no opinions, no hidden agendas and no subscription fee." According to associate publisher Jeff Nott, "If you snooze, you lose." To subscribe, e-mail msullivan@obmagazine.com. For advertising opportiunities, contact jnott@obmagazine.com.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: VNU WORLD DOMINATION! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/12/2004 07:12:39 PM ----- BODY: Kim_1 Does anyone know anything about this? Please email us HERE "I was informed that the folks that put on OR are looking to do a 3 day early show just before the ROI show in June. The show would take place in Chicago and would be 25 of the hitters like HTO, REI, BRMS etc. Retailers would be allowed to see 12 of the 20 invited vendors at this show."
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A LA Times piece which reports on mountaineering accomplishments driven by the spirit of adventure versus the more recent trend driven by bragging rights, fame and marketing dollars.
Some veteran climbers say that the growing mania for records and serial peaks has elevated quantity over quality, with the climbing lost in a stampede for payoffs beyond the summit. They deride the increasing number of woefully inexperienced wannabes as trophy hunters.
Ed Viesters who starred in those pinnacles of mountaineering for profit and gratuitous logo placement, "Everest" and "Vertical Limit", sure is an expert on mountaineering for fame and fortune. LINK Get your Big Ed cutout LINK Another case in point LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Becky SK8 Bags STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/13/2004 05:40:00 PM ----- BODY: Urban_bag_lo
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in New York City, Beck(y) is a shrewdly designed collection of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bags and accessories constructed with recycled skateboards and plush, high-end fabrics.
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“Republican Extremists” and dudes with guns tweaked by the outdoor industry executives endorsement of Kerry / Edwards. Excellent! LINK LINK LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Climbers4Kerry STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/14/2004 06:45:00 PM ----- BODY: Bumpersticker
More outdoor folks that actually stand for something. Better yet…………… Ed’s a sponsor! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Keynote Address Candidate for the Next OIA Rendezvous STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/14/2004 07:07:35 PM ----- BODY: Parody
CEO expands growth plan to 30,000 stores!!! There are so few Starbucks Corp. stores in the world that customers are sometimes forced to journey more than two blocks to find one, the coffee retailer's chief executive bemoaned Thursday.
"Americans don't walk, so if you have to go more than two blocks, they don't go."
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Wallie Handower and his sons hit a Bigfoot on the way home from town several weeks ago -- and they've been eating off the carcass ever since It's gamey and a little hard to chew, but we don't mind," says Handower, 53, who skinned the 600-pound creature and carved it up for the family freezer. "It's got a really good flavor, kind of sweetish.
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It's ALIVE! It's ALIVE! A mouse sized jacket grown from living tissue. LINK LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Interbike Porn STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/15/2004 04:48:14 PM ----- BODY: Anidancebanana
Warning: May not be safe for work! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Nike Sphere STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/17/2004 06:19:00 PM ----- BODY: Tiger
Even though the rumor about them buying Patagonia is as old as the crust in Chouinard's climbing trou this is FRESH! H' ok? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Holiday Gift Idea for Co-op Memebers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/18/2004 06:23:00 PM ----- BODY: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Proof Bush Was Wearing a Wire STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/18/2004 06:24:00 PM ----- BODY: Bushbulge
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Lucy has opened a new store in Portland's Pearl District. "We are excited to open our first Portland store in the Brewery Blocks. The Pearl District is the ideal home for Lucy," said Mike Edwards, president and CEO of Lucy. Doesn't hurt that REI and Patagonia both have stores in the neighborhood LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Interbike Reports STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/19/2004 06:46:29 PM ----- BODY: Muppets_1
Click on image for enlarged view of Vegas Critical Mass Ride. From cyclingnews.com LINK From Velo News LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Laaaaaaarrrrryyyyyyy!!! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/19/2004 06:52:29 PM ----- BODY: Rack
WaterMark announced yesterday that it will be moving some of its Arcata business functions to Portland, Oregon. Watermark's Arcata facility houses Yakima, which the paddlesports company bought in 2001. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Man Boobs on the rise in Boulder County STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/20/2004 05:42:48 PM ----- BODY: Fish
No wonder no one goes trail running with their shirt off any more, at least not without their mansierres...Save money on birth control pills by wet-wading the 95 street open space carp ponds... LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The End of the World....H'ok STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/20/2004 05:55:19 PM ----- BODY: Cloud From the same folks that brought you Nike Sphere LINK In case you missed Nike Sphere LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Another Take on Bush's Mystery Bulge STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/20/2004 06:00:12 PM ----- BODY: Idebate
From Happy Go Larry LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: J Crew Has it Covered STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/20/2004 06:51:00 PM ----- BODY: Duck_boots
L.L. Bean has plans for 3-5 new east coast retail stores as part of their strategy to reduce their dependcy on catalog sales and to introduce new customers to the brand. I guess you have to do something when most of your customer base is either dead or has one foot on the grave and the other on the banana peel. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Bay Area Paddlefest makes a big splash STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/20/2004 07:12:44 PM ----- BODY: Sp_paddlefest_t Report from the local San Fran press on the 6th Bay Area Paddle Fest. According to the story 80% of the 1000 or so participants were beginners. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Nike Svezdochka STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/20/2004 08:24:13 PM ----- BODY: Nike_zvezdochka1
Here's Nike's take on the rubber shoe fetish, to be known from here on out on The Piton as, "Cosmonaut Crocs" . If there's one thing I can't stand it's grown men wearing Crocs. Don't they sell men's shoes where you bought those? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: If Bush and Kerry were Climbers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/21/2004 09:39:40 PM ----- BODY: Bush_v_kerry
A forward of an anonymous and brilliant e-mail from our friends in Colorado. I envision Kerry as an aging tradster. Kerry started at a young age, working his way through the ranks, putting in the blood and sweat that used to be necessary to improve. North American wall? check. Wyoming sheep ranch? Check. Astroman and Bachar Yerian? Check, check. Kerry also spent his time in the Himalayas attempting the big peaks. Three times he escaped near death experiences as was rewarded with articles of his bravery. His detractors, though, claim his wounds were superficial, though, and they feel Kerry was way too reckless in his mountaineering comand. Kerry even did his duty overseas. When America needed strong climbers to compete in sport climbing comps in Europe, he answered the call, only to come home completely disillusioned by the whole mess. ----- EXTENDED BODY: Since then, he has been an outspoken critic on overbolting, chipping, gluing and the general narcissim of the competition Climbing world. He is not above the use of bolts or powerdrills, but only when it is absolutely necessary and passes a "locals test". While Kerry's personal values do not really support sport Climbing, he feels that a person should have own right to choose what is best for them. While he did put up some desperate crimping bolder problems in his day, he is far to tall and lanky to perform well on today's powerful bolder problems. His partners speak volumes about his intelligence and thoughtful approach to the sport. Pinning him down to a climb, though, can be a task. First, he wants to do the Muir Wall. Then when it comes time to do the Muir wall, he is talking about doing Bushido. I see Bush as a sport climber who was born with a silver carabiner in his mouth. Born of climbing lineage, many people feel he has been a sucessful climber by default and genetics rather than talent and personal accomplishment. By most accounts, his brother is really the better climber. Having been tutored by some of climbings greats, he trained in private gyms and was guided on Americas classic climbs. Being a part of the gym generation, Bush never had to earn his keep on runout face climbs and manky cracks. His early climbing career is shrouded in mystery. Many people have spoken of his early routes being overgraded and chipped to fit his personal style. Many claim he was a cronic gluer, and lied about the routes he climbed in his home state of Texas. Unfortunately, we will never know the truth as those early climbs have been erased from history. Apparently, his supporters crowbarred the holds and bolts off the climbs so people could never discover the truth. Depite his alleged cronic glue use and chipping years ago, Bush supports stiff penalties for people glue users and chippers. While Kerry was bloodying himself in battle on Gashebum II, Cho Oyu, Makalu and attempts of K2, Bush, through his family influence, got a prime spot in Hidden Valley in J-tree. Some people claim that many of his climbing exploits from this time were falsified by a family friend under pressure to make Bush look good in the climbing community's eyes. Bush claims that whether you are in the Himalayas or J-tree, climbing is a noble pursuit, but most people see the difference between the Himalayas and J-tree. Partners talk about his singleminded determination as his key to success. His lack of ability to alter his approach, though, can lead to problems. Currently, he has been working on Just Do It. Bush refuses to change his beta, despite most climbers telling him that he has the sequence all wrong. Many feel he may be stuck on this climb for years unless he changes his approach. Over the years, Bush has owned several climbing gyms, but he ran all of them into bankruptcy. ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 10/22/2004 07:03:10 AM I think the writing credit goes to Will Gadd, and the posting credit goes out to PK. Awesome! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: mechazilla EMAIL: mechazilla2000@yahoo.com IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 10/22/2004 08:25:50 AM Our Colorado contingent says that Will denies being the author. ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The start of my 1st year with locked heels STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/22/2004 07:01:18 AM ----- BODY: Inlinedump Octscriptdoctor009
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Halloween cooking tips from the, "blogging prince of darkeness". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: After the Pitbull, the SkyHoy, and the O2, this is brilliant STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/22/2004 02:12:46 PM ----- BODY: Wmdb LINK and in the same vein, so is this LINK
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You are a shareholder in a major global enterprise. In early November you will be voting on various issues, including whether to renew the CEO's contract. The CEO is controversial. Some shareholders are calling for his ouster while others are loyal to him. Though the shareholders' vote is advisory to the board, they generally follow the shareholders' directions. Your challenge As a shareholder, you want to do what's right for the future of the enterprise and for your investment. Here are some issues about the CEO's performance: ----- EXTENDED BODY: He undertook a hostile takeover based on faulty information and assumptions, and with no realistic plan for dealing with the conflict after the takeover. There is no end in sight to the hostilities. They will likely continue for years and are taking a high toll on both enterprises. Brand image has gone from being the highly respected three years ago to being mistrusted and despised by many now. The enterprise has gone from a record surplus to a record deficit in three years with no end in sight. He reduced prices for the richest customers, adding to the deficit. He polarized shareholders instead of uniting them as promised. He curtailed R&D in a new technology for which your enterprise could have become a world leader. He awarded major contracts to cronies without competitive bidding. The CEO is proud of his performance and promises more of the same. There is not a client I have had over the past 21 years that would have kept their CEO under such circumstances. They all have held their CEO to higher standards. While it may be tempting to say, "You got us into this mess, so you get us out," most CEOs who have incurred major problems are replaced. They are seen as part of the problem. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, the significant problems we face cannot be solved using the thinking that created them. You have probably surmised by now that I am writing about George W. Bush. You are a shareholder in the USA. The board is the Electoral College. On November 2, you will have the opportunity to vote on whether to renew his contract or replace him. Your option Though there are other alternatives, John Kerry is the only candidate with a chance of unseating Bush. Kerry is not perfect (we have never had a perfect president and probably never will), but he offers hope for: Strong moral values Standing up for what he believes in Changing his mind as circumstances change A different view of terrorism and the war More global collaboration Re-establishing respect for and trust in the USA A more robust middle class A more balanced budget I believe that Kerry is the better alternative. UPDATE: Bush Calls for Rehabilitation, Reassignment of Wayward CEO's LINK ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Got a group of lycra clad warriors that are bugging you at work? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/22/2004 06:36:26 PM ----- BODY: Crusier_thursday
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Anybody up for a geek mark tatt? From Bikeworks NYC an amazing gallery of chainrings.
Many say chainwheel, some speak of crankwheels, or front sprockets. Others call them stars, plates, and rings. In French, plateaux; in Spanish, platos; in Italian, ingranaggi; in German, Kettenrader; in Dutch, kettingbladen. Chainrings must fit solid with the crank axle, unyielding under the force that pedals the bike: YOU. Chainrings must be as round as humanly possible, close to a perfect circle, Pi, the number 3.14159265...
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Brilliant!
Cultura is a collabarative effort between Nike, Los Angeles artists Estevan Oriole and Mister Cartoon and Los Angeles culture. Latino Heritage, tattooing, car customizing, and airbrushing collide to create 6 shoes symbolizing the spirit of Los Angeles.
Mister Cartoon is one of the most revered tattoo artists in the world. In addition to tattoos, his art extends to many different media such as sign painting, airbrush on lowriders and graffiti. Cultura will display his range of art projects, including tattoo work, illustrations, car murals, album covers and the debut of Mister Cartoon's Ice Cream Truck, a project ten years in the making. Estevan Oriol is one of the most sought after photographers in Los Angeles, best known best capturing the raw essence of street life. Unique and authentic, his images will be featured throughout Cultura documenting the culture and landscape of the urban Latino community.
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Now we're talking.
Three years after its Human Transporter was supposed to change the world, Dean Kamen's innovation factory unveils a successor that just wants to have fun.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 69.227.133.102 URL: DATE: 10/28/2004 12:50:28 PM wooopeeeee ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Ideal City Bicycle STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/24/2004 08:49:04 PM ----- BODY: Hard_rocx_alta_oct_04
According to MoCoLoco LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Piton receives it's first press release worth posting! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/26/2004 01:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Hi Pitonites, I thought you’d be interested to see the list of grants made by the Conservation Alliance during its most recent round of funding. The Alliance has contributed $360,000 in 2004 to grassroots conservation organizations working to protect threatened wild habitat. Let this also be a rousing call to join the Conservation Alliance! Our goal is to give away $1 million annually. To do so, we simply need more members. If Piton readers are interested in participating in our efforts to save our last wild places, please contact John Sterling, jcsterling@earthlink.net. For the Wild! -John PS: Mark your OR Show calendars for the Conservation Alliance Membership Meeting. Sunday, January 30, 8-9 AM, The Marriott. Guest Speaker TBA. Conservation Alliance Grants Disbursed October, 2004 During our Fall, 2004 funding cycle, the Conservation Alliance granted $200,000 to seven organizations as follows: 1. Boundary Waters Wilderness Foundation: $35,000 Protect Minnesota’s Wilderness Campaign To mobilize Minnesotans to take action to protect 90,000 acres of roadless areas in the Superior National Forest. 2. RESTORE: The North Woods: $30,000 Maine Woods National Park Campaign To restore and protect a large core of public wilderness in northern Maine through the creation of a 3.2 million-acre Maine Woods National Park and Preserve. 3. Oregon Natural Resources Council: $30,000 Oregon Wild Campaign In support of a citizen action wilderness campaign to protect recreation opportunities on Mount Hood, in the Columbia River Gorge, and throughout Oregon. 4. Idaho Rivers United: $30,000 Salmon Mean Business Project For outreach and marketing efforts designed to shift salmon recovery discussions in Idaho from the biological to the economic. 5. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: $25,000 Fossil Fuel Campaign To protect Utah’s wilderness-quality lands from oil and gas exploration and drilling. 6. Glen Canyon Institute: $25,000 National Glen Canyon Campaign To build a sufficiently strong base of support to focus a national debate on water management in the Colorado River and begin the restoration of Glen and Grand Canyons. 7. Oregon Natural Desert Association: $25,000 Badlands and Spring Basin Wilderness Campaign To mobilize public and legislative support to secure permanent wilderness protection for the Badlands and Spring Basin, two key wildlands in Oregon’s high desert. The Conservation Alliance is a coalition of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. The Alliance directs its funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. For more information, see www.conservationalliance.com. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More "Thoughtful" World Travel. That's The Ticket! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/27/2004 12:41:20 AM ----- BODY: From USA Today, Rick Steves, travel guide writer (sales have obviously tanked since 9/11) trying to stimulate a stagnant market... Travel can help mend a fractured world By Rick Steves For many Americans, the critical question in this election season is, "How can we make America safer in the world?" Call me a girly man, but I think — given the fact that Americans are outnumbered 20 to 1 on this planet — we'd be safer by better understanding our world. A great first step is to travel — thoughtfully. Increasingly, our government finds itself at odds with the rest of the globe. Our standing in world opinion is at an all-time low. Even our closest allies — 30 of 35 nations according to a University of Maryland poll last month — oppose U.S. policies. The United States is routinely outvoted at the United Nations 140-5. On issues that relate to Cuba, Israel and Palestine, land mines, environmental initiatives and nuclear regulation, our only allies are Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Israel. Though many Americans aren't particularly concerned about America's unpopularity, it is dangerous and expensive. If the world is a mean neighborhood, more friends are better than more enemies. Huge military costs abroad, skyrocketing security costs at home and the loss of trade as American goods become shunned overseas are an economic drain, the brunt of which we'll all bear. ----- EXTENDED BODY: If Americans traveled more, we'd better understand our place on this complex planet and fit in more comfortably. And eventually, perhaps, we wouldn't need to spend as much as the rest of the world combined on our military to feel safe. How the world sees America Thoughtful travel — becoming a "temporary local" to really get a break from our cultural norms — shows us how the world sees America. My travels have taught me that people around the world are inclined to like Americans. They just disagree with our government: • Travelers see stop signs in Portugal that have "USA" spray-painted below the "STOP." • In Switzerland, "beware of dog" signs show a picture of our president inserted where the dog belongs. • This summer in Slovenia, I learned that locals are annoyed when the United States sends them an ambassador who doesn't speak a word of their language. They joke that Americans who hear the name of their capital, Ljubljana, don't ask "Where's that?" but "What's that?" My Slovenian friends mused that the world would be smart to establish a scholarship giving each American a free trip abroad as a high school graduation present. While they know that's unrealistic, they're convinced that if more Americans traveled before they voted, they would elect a government with policies that didn't put it at odds with the rest of the world. Though many Americans travel, millions more don't venture out to see or experience the world. About 80% of Americans do not hold a passport. Many of those have stubbornly held worldviews based on little more than TV news. Travel gives us a firsthand look at the complexity and struggles of the rest of the world, enabling us to digest news coverage more smartly. Travel helps us celebrate — rather than fear — diversity. On a trip through Afghanistan, I was eating lunch in a Kabul cafeteria. An older man joined me with his lunch, intent on making one strong point. He said, "I am a professor here in Afghanistan. In this world, one-third of the people use a spoon and fork like you, one-third use chopsticks, and one-third use fingers — like me. And we are all civilized." Understanding other societies Travel helps us appreciate the challenges other societies face. Stepping into a high school stadium in Turkey, I saw 500 teenagers punch the sky with their fists and shout, "We are a secular nation!" I asked my friend, "What's the deal? Don't they like God?" She said, "Sure, they love God. But here in Turkey, we treasure the separation of mosque and state as much as you value the separation of church and state. And, with Iran just to our east, we're concerned about the rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism." Travel shows us that Americans are the haves in a have-not world. With fewer than 5% of the planet's population, we control 50% of its wealth. We are the global fat cats. In contrast, nearly half of this world's people live on $2 a day. A traveler who has looked into the eyes of a desperate mother — baby in her arms too weak to flinch at the flies on his face — can better understand how that statistic translates into human suffering. Travel combats ethnocentrism. I was raised thinking the world is a pyramid with the USA on top and everyone else trying to get there. But as I traveled, I met intelligent people — living in countries nowhere near as rich, free or full of opportunity as America — who wouldn't trade passports with me. They are thankful to be Nepalese, Bulgarian, Turkish or Nicaraguan. Such cultural snapshots — the essential joy of travel — have made me both thankful to be an American and an enthusiastic citizen of the planet. Travel gives us a perspective that can translate, through the voting booth, into American policies that will not alienate us from the family of nations. And when that happens, we'll all be truly stronger, safe and better off. ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Welcome Back Ron!!!!! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/27/2004 12:56:31 AM ----- BODY: Headwaters
As we approach the election and the threat we face from 4 more years of the current administration this dispatch from the Headwaters by Ron Nadeau puts it all in perspective. Our thanks to Ron for his inspiration and for letting The Piton share his notes. Please note his comments regarding OIA and their membership in the American Recreation Coalition, we'll have more on this issue later. Hi Alliance members & Nature Lovers ~ I'm back from a few days trip up North - I used to write these notes from time to time but took a little time out - NOW I'M BACK - I'm sore as hell after doing a little hiking back into the Headwaters with some of our front-line enviro friends that included a couple of biologists - one a BLM guy-fisheries biologist who has been specializing in aquatic restoration for the past nine years on the North Coast, and one a contract wildlife biologist who has done a great deal of her work doing surveys for special management species such as the marbled murrelet and the Northern spotted owl - the person that made the arrangements at my request is Kate Crockett (distant relative of Davey I think) who has been part of the front line enviro battle on several fronts and who has written most of the year end reporting recaps on how our funding was used to help win back Headwaters. She is now a serious technical writer for restoration management plans, bridging the long standing gap between community activist organizations and Gov. land-managers. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ~ This (hike) was my biggest physical push since coming out of the cancer rapids 5 months ago. I did not get into the deep eco-grove of the Headwaters that has been protected (it is closed to the general public) but I was able to get within about 100 yards of it. There is very dense buffer of mixed growth of new redwoods & doug fir around it. I was able to check out the restoration work being done at the tax payer expense as well - this is the clean-up work that is clearly needed to halt the on going destruction of the water sheds. The work being done employes members of the nearby communities - some of these folks also worked for the timber companies so they are being supported both ways but many of them are former commercial fishermen who lost their livelihood with the destruction of the fisheries - they are removing massive amounts of earth fill i.e. massive beds of earth laid out to cushion the old-growth trees when they were dropped to prevent them from shattering upon impact. Also, the many landings and roads built to truck the cut logs out. This is mostly road & culvert removal i.e. natural landscape restoration. The work crew that I met was one Cat driver, one front-end loader and four dump-truck drivers. It costs about $5,000 per day to employ a crew of this size. Work goes on 7 days a week for about 3 and 1/2 months each year. This is very expensive and clearly should be paid for by the timber companies who created the massive problems in the first place - I do mean massive and that translates to expensive and there are several crews running. I wonder what our elected representatives would have to say about pay-back if they were to see what I just saw? In the case of private, non-industrial landowners, they are personally financially liable for the costs of remediating sediment production problems into anadromous fish-bearing streams in California. But on former Pacific Lumber lands that BLM now manages (I.e., Headwaters Forest) and on Simpson Timber lands downhill, a combination of state and federal funds are paying these thousands of dollars per day. I’m not saying that the work shouldn't be done---it desperately needs to be done---but the wrong pocket is paying for it. Congress is pushing through the Demonstration Fee program (Pay-to-Play) but why are they NOT pressing for a Restoration Fee from the Corporations - This is yet more subsidized Work-for-Profit. I would call this a massive Demonstration Fee program for subsidization. The Gov. land management agencies under the direction of Congress sells the logs REALLY cheap and the logging companies go in make a gigantic mess, clog up the streams and don't clean-up after themselves - they leave the bill for the tax payers. ~ I also visited the BLM office in Arcata to meet some of the folks there and listened in on a review & planning meeting for some of the management plans in the nearby watershed areas and communities. This work is being done by a combo of BLM and community watershed folks who live in the watersheds that are key long term stake holders - clearly a strong relationship between healthy watersheds and community health. Those same small, local organizations are conducting fire hazard reduction, watershed restoration and road remediation projects, in conjunction with BLM and sometimes state agencies, and most often, with state and federal funding. This is a most encouraging blend of right-relationship partnershipping. I don't know where or even if the Native American council members are part of this collaboration as the BLM has pretty much screwed that population segment over time and they (N.A.) are rightfully protective of what resources they control. What is encouraging to me is that people are talking and planning and working for what is best for the watersheds and that is giving Mother Nature a hand. Clearly this is something positive that we humans can do. ~ Many of the activists are also studying the ways of Native American stewardship but this is behind the scenes as there are lots of on-going controversies and clashes with "science" in this regard. Personally, I'm finding that little by little science is coming to the understanding that many of the ancient ways are not only valid but promote and stimulate a healthy, productive environment. There are wonderful lessons to be learned and applied by "right-relationship" practices - I'll leave that for a later discussion. NOTE: I am including a note I received from a technical writer working on watershed management plans. note to Ron Nadeau from technical writer Kate Crockett:
"It is always important to remember that in a landscape that has been substantially altered in terms of vegetation---by as much as 95% of every landscape that you encounter in the American West—that simply a return to former practices or land uses may not be an effective restoration to health in terms of vegetation, fish or wildlife populations. When so much of the body has been affected by our practices and habits, the surgical intervention that I witnessed in Headwaters may be the only approach that will stabilize the problems like massive sedimentation and mass wasting of mountainsides, and of course, the threat of huge wildfires will exist as long as most of our forests are in young, dense stands of trees or brush. Once that surgical intervention has time to release trees to grow rapidly and return to mature forest conditions...well-spaced with thick bark, with young stands the exception rather than the rule; after riparian work, including replanting, bank stabilization, and restoration of the in-stream structures that promote clear, cold streams with pools, riffles and runs; and after we solve the problems associated with too many miles of bad roads in sensitive areas, then a widespread embracing of non-harming land uses and practices will be a healthy way of living in our landscapes. But to begin and end with embracing Native ways is like starting a healthy diet and exercise program--and doing nothing else--after a cancer diagnosis. We have to change our practices and take care of the body—in this case, the landscape.
I found visiting the BLM here in Northern California that they are on the whole working to establish good communication and trusting work relationships with local restoration activists and stakeholders in small mountain communities adjacent to their management areas. I hear from my contacts that other agencies involved in actual restoration are also reaping some rewards in terms of cooperation, access and trust. But as has been the case historically, personnel that are managing resource restoration rather than extraction are most at risk when a push to develop industrial wealth occurs. That push almost always come from the top down in these agencies, from higher-ups who have no sense of the on-the-ground realities. In those cases, the agencies may lose good personnel, or they “go underground” and once again the public trust suffers. When the public trust suffers, the general community tends to withdraw in disgust and only the hard-core activists remain to continue the pressure to protect and restore public lands and public trust values.” ~ Again, it all comes down to the leadership at the top that is calling the shots. It is also obvious that those at the top can and do become very distanced from those at the base level and become misguided by who it is that is actually "supporting" what they stand for. There is a necessity for an information network and that is REALLY important - the "Whistle-blowers" are also REALLY important and lots of other key roles as well - everyone being a part of the whole. Frustration is also a big part of the motivation to bring about change and that is easily seen with the activists at all levels, including business activists ~~~~ We have to be strong at the bottom or the top will topple upon us all, as it is obviously doing NOW. I think back to the '60's and how great and right-on all the ideas and idealism was ----- but what the hell happened to it all? The base infrastructure was not there and the great airy spiritual ideas had nothing under to support them. There has been an influence but not a clearly defined movement. The Republicans keep on keep'n on no matter what ~ bad news and set-backs are met w/ "so, what!!!" They push and pull and grind, spin the info. in a way that works, no matter what that means ---- fear strategies work - and marketing ploys from the shadow side as well (still does not make them right) ~! Anti-environmental programs that are spun into appearing to be Pro-environmental programs. Logging companies claiming to be the "true environmentalists", as well as, the snow mobile association making claims that they are "the true environmentalists". For example, did you know that Pacific Lumber, who we wrestled Headwaters Forest from, was just recognized by a psuedo-“sustainable” industry spin program—as a sustainable practitioner? This occurred the same week that a local judge was removed from the Humboldt County DA’s fraud lawsuit by the state court of appeals---the local judge refused to recuse himself from the case. Geeez, Gale Norton was giving an environmental award to an Oil Company in Utah - That may not be all that bad - all good practices need recognition as well. What awards are the Activists receiving who put their lives and energy on the lines to save Environment? The only ones they receive are in the form of grants such as The Conservation Alliance the local communities where they live & operate. ~ Big environmental slight sleight-of-hand programs are being created, YES, they are organized to the beat of their own greedy rhythm and some produce impressive results including LWCF and the latest Take Pride in America programs! BUT there is a motive and that motive is out of the shadow side - many if not most of the partners involved either don't care, don't know or both, and they have a financial stake on the line. Most of the involvement is motivated by a “give-to-get” mentality. I think Doug Hoschek is right-on about making the picture perfectly clear about what is right and holding that vision out there and BUILDING the support and infrastructure under it. Both the enviro AND business activists get down right "messy" at times when talking about this because of their passion and their response to the apathetic response when people have other priorities. This is what activists DO! They get in your face all the time to get the work done. The community based activists are STILL the bottom line/front-line defense and they need more support ~ this is what Yvon Chouinard and those of us who support The Conservation Alliance have been saying from the get-go. This is what The Conservation Alliance has been about -- i.e. supporting and empowering the Activist base that is rooted in the values that will out last everything ~~ the grassroots makes it happen and there are still lots of great activists out there doing it and more being are bred everyday ----- I sat at a table in front of a grocery store in Redway, Calif. with a couple of very clear-eyed young guys passing out homemade fliers and asking for donations to keep tree sitters fed and clothed and to support the non-violent training camps that EARTH FIRST conducts ~~~ I'm going to one of then at the next opportunity. I sat there reading info. and witnessed community people coming out of the grocery store saying "Thank-you", no really REALLY saying "!THANK-YOU!" to these kids and putting $5 bucks in the can ~ many told stories about their younger days on the front lines ~~~~! Up in the Headwaters I watched a guy named Macky drive a big CAT and working 12 hours a day to take out a road that clogs up a water course where the salmon once ran - he loves the work he and his crew are doing because it is pure restoration. I also hear about the team of "extractors" who are yanking the tree sitters forcefully out of the trees - two days ago a 1,000 yr. old redwood tree bit the dust after the sitter was removed by force. Of course the logging companies are hiring these "extractors" and people in the community know who they are and who is paying them. (Business Activist NOTE: If you are a member of OIA - tell them to GET OUT OF the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and STOP supporting FEE DEMO ~~~ ARC is the coalition in the OIL pockets bolstered up by a lot rec. orgs - many do not know the political implications of their membership. ARC is led by Derrick Crandell and the ARC org. is the #1 driving force for the "Demonstration Fee" program - and while I'm on the subject did you know that Bush just got a C+ rating for his environmental "end of term grade from the Political Economy Research Center (PERC) - basically known as an anti-environmental think-tank where "Interior Sect. Gale Norton served as a Senior Fellow" - his only "A" mark was for the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.) ~ The Headwaters Grove is closed to the public even though it is public lands - this pisses some people off but it is a closure that is needed for healing really. I won't go into the reasons but there are several good one's at this time - call me if you want more info. on this 707.961.0776. Headwaters Grove is the only publicly owned place in the United States where the needs of the Northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet are paramount over public recreational access. Fee Demo is a different type of closure and it is about exclusion that prohibits public use of their own resources by financial exclusion and double taxation & more. It is about pay-to-play, it is about turning our free-commonly owned lands into profit centers. - about excluding the public from the public lands unless you have the doe-rae-mi baby. RV production is sky high and Gale Norton is giving out production awards & environmental awards to companies who make them - the problem (well, this is only one) is that these big rig dinosaur fuel behemoths are mostly drive throughs on public lands and not stopping to spend more on public lands, so says some of the reports - what does that mean? More attractions are needed on public lands say some ---- more privatization and Disney style attractions (say others) that will enhance the parks and wild lands ~~~~ more services will be needed and of course that will cost more. The more it costs the fewer there are that come (this is a fact supported by current statistics) -- This is all good for the economy says George and the Bush administration to the chorus of ARC supporters. More, more, more - "losing money, charge more to those who can afford it... Turn the parks and wild places into amusement type parks with lots of attractions, rides, motels and infrastructure - Disney knows how and has been a big consultant to the landmanagement agencies - management for higher profitability! When I was a kid one of the great things my dad would talk about was the freedom in America & in particular our publicly owned Parks - like Yosemite. It was basically free and open to the public to enjoy Nature - it was truly the "commons" and it was cared for, protected and financed in a way that it was originally structured. All that has changed and now the parks are viewed as a revenue base - analyzed for maximum profit yield... John Muir would upchuck his pine nuts over all this. ~ I still like the quiet, the peace and the wildness myself - I view it as Natures gift in healing and inspiration - It is impossible for me to look at a beach, a canyon, forest, cliff, mountain, lake, stream, or desert and see dollar signs. I'm certain there are those who look at a sunset and wonder how they could charge for it. To me Nature is much more inspirational than the spin of a slot machine or the chatter of coins dancing to the sound of a cash register. After all, there are already places for that, and not on lands that everyone in this country owns and has paid tax dollars to acquire, maintain and manage. For certain we have to do more and do it differently to "Preserve, Protect and Restore". We must sing louder and sing the song of Right-Relationship with Nature - the plant spirits and the animal spirits, the rock spirits, sky spirits, water spirits and all the spirits of creation and that includes the human spirit that must sing in harmony with the rest and I'm absolutely certain that it is not a song about money! The entrance into "ALL" does not have a toll-gate or a toll at all. The true admission is something that is the essence of our being - LOVE! The Earth Mother is who feeds, shelters and clothes us ---- We must continue to support Great "Mother" Nature lovers and the Community Based Activists and stop the "Mother" fuckers with their short sighted greedy poisonous ways as the great society continues to drink and wallow in its own poison. think about Sustainability ~~~~w/Love and in the Healing Way ~ Ron P.S. I beg your pardon for using the "F" word ~~ a bit of the bad boy activist in me I guess... ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Hey Bill, get offa my ewe! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/27/2004 10:27:37 AM ----- BODY: Bagpipe LINK
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Columbia Sportswear Signs Outdoor Accessories Licensee Columbia Sportswear has signed a license agreement with Coast Cutlery for the design, manufacture and marketing of a line of outdoor accessories, including knives, multi-tools, compasses and LED lights. Additionally, hiking sticks, binoculars, field glasses and camping lanterns and lights will also be made available for the active, outdoors enthusiast. This new line of outdoor accessories will debut Spring 2005 throughout North America. Maybe we'll get see an ad with Ma Boyle pulling Tim's good teeth using her Columbia multi tool? What's next, jock straps? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Obesity and the Electoral College STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/27/2004 10:31:00 PM ----- BODY: Fat
With all this hype on how curing obesity is going to pump up the outdoor industry, I couldn't help but notice that red states are a lot fatter than blue states.
Do ya have tae call me fat? I tried going on a diet ye know. The zone, ye know "Carbs are the enemy." But the portions were so wee I ate the delivery man.
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What sounds like the name of a band that plays at the X-games is actually the name of a team that is suing organizers for injuries suffered during a cardboard derby.
Gary Fountain and his "Hay Bale Destroyers" were one of 150 teams competing in the 2002 derby, an event that challenges entrants to create craft solely from cardboard and duct tape and pilot it down a ski run.
Fountain, a Denver resident who owns a home in Dillon, suffered a severed aorta, fractured vertebrae, a dislocated hip, broken ribs and other bumps and bruises. Teammate Leigh Ann Kingman strained her back and received seven stitches for a cut on her forehead; Matt Walton suffered two sprained ankles; his father, Kevin Walton, was knocked unconscious with a concussion; Teresa Chan fractured vertebrae; and Ken Binfet broke ribs and shattered the bones in one ankle.
I bet that was one hell of a crash and solicited a huge cheer from the crowd until the injuries became apparent. Seems like this should be a case of buyer beware. Piloting a cardboard sled down a ski slope to the cheers of drunken spring skiers is a recipe for potential loss of life and limb. I guess signing the waiver was no indication that you could actually be hurt in such pusuits. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: DC/ Incase "Skatebag" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/27/2004 11:03:00 PM ----- BODY: Incase
"DC Shoes, the leader in performance skateboard footwear, has teamed up with Incase, creators of premium carrying solutions, to develop the Skatebag, a multi-functional backpack designed to house and protect your PowerBook and iPod, as well as your board and other gear. The DC/Incase collaborative represents the union of lifestyle, music and technology, available exclusively through Apple. Enjoy"
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Just say KA-CHING! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Do Soft Shells Come in Cornflower Blue? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/29/2004 12:30:00 AM ----- BODY: Crab
Soft Shell overview from Get Outdoors.com, site sponsored by TNF.
"Now the verdict. Soft shells suck. At least in the situations for which I needed it. For the situations when you need full wetness protection, the SS cannot come close to GT. It’s that simple. Going snowboarding for a weekend in the Sierras during the spring - fine. An overnight backpacking trip in Joshua Tree - great. A trek in Nepal through the Khumbu Valley - not bad. Climbing El Capitan in a rainstorm? Sucks. Commuting home on a bicycle during a rainstorm? Really sucks. Running from the car to the valet stand in front of the W Hotel during a downpour? Marginal. It is evident that soft shells have a certain place and function when the weather is fairly decent, but when has anyone ever been able to forecast that? For an anytime, any condition jacket, the SS still can't do it ... but ... for the Jamba Juice, IKEA types, the soft shell is the shell. Especially if it matches their pilates mat".
Climbing El Cap in a rainstorm? Maybe you could put a light weight shell over your soft shell dip shit. Memo: To TNF affiliate department: DROP GET OUTDOORS! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Freitag Bags STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/29/2004 12:41:00 AM ----- BODY: F13hinten
Freitag makes a collection of urban bags from vinyl tarp truck covers that are used extensively through out Europe. Combined with seat belt webbing and inner tubes Freitag builds some very eco-groovy stuff. The colors and imprints are detemined by the various trucks of Western Europe. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Another American at the Friedrichshafen show STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/29/2004 07:30:50 PM ----- BODY: LINK
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Doctors in France found out what's been ailing Yassar Arafat. Click on image for larger view. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Surprise Surprise STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 10/30/2004 03:21:43 PM ----- BODY: Pylekerry LINK
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MSNBC news coverage of a recent Grist Magazine interview of Yvon Chouinard.
"What they don't realize is that I'm not in the business to make clothes. I'm not in the business to make more money for myself, for Christ's sakes. This is the reason Patagonia exists -- to put into action the recommendations I read about in books to avoid environmental collapse. That's the reason I'm in business -- to try to clean up our own act, and try to influence other companies to do the right thing, and try to influence our customers to do the right thing. So we're not going to change. They can go buy from somewhere else if they don't like it".
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K2 just let go their Dana Design sales force and have rolled sales into the Marmot sales force. The memo came via e-mail and gave them 60 days notice. UPDATE: Snippet from the press release VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (November 1, 2004) – K2 Sports announced today that its Dana Design backpack and travel bag division will relocate in November from Vashon Island, WA, and operate under Marmot Mountain, LLC. in Santa Rosa, CA. K2 Inc., the parent company of K2 Sports, acquired Dana Design in 1996 and moved the brand from Bozeman, MT to Vashon Island in 2001. K2 Inc. acquired Marmot in 2004. “Marmot’s outdoor specialty focus is ideal for Dana Design,” said Anthony DeRocco, K2 Sport’s Global Marketing Vice President. “Dana is one of the true heritage brands in the outdoor industry and it is a perfect fit with the Marmot organization. We believe that its association with the superb team at Marmot, combined with that organization’s strengths in marketing, outdoor specialty sales and sourcing, will serve to grow the brand in the years ahead.” Zac West, Dana’s head designer and product manager, will continue in that capacity for the Dana brand. His focus will be on the development of industry reference level large volume and mid-volume back packs, day packs, multi-sport packs and travel bags. “I’m excited about Dana’s new home within the Marmot organization,” said West. “We have a great Dana collection in the design phase for the year ahead and it will only get better with the resources that Marmot brings to the project. Mark Martin, Division President of Marmot, noted, “Since 1987, Dana products have helped build the specialty outdoor market with quality, reliable packs. The Terraplane is a classic and remains the favorite pack for many. Dana’s suspension technologies are innovative and highly respected and we look forward to the opportunity to drive the Dana Designs brand to new heights. Marmot can also hone and focus the back-office and production functions to improve Dana’s reliability and consistency. Everyone at Marmot is excited about having Dana Designs as a part of the Marmot organization.” Dana Design and Marmot products will continue to be developed and marketed as separate brands. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Canines for Kerry STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/01/2004 06:35:52 PM ----- BODY: Lifting_leg
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Should not be long before they will be able to track those "diverted" TNF shipments to Costco. LINK Free implantable RFID tags with every Denali jacket LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Tumi White Pack? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/01/2004 07:12:33 PM ----- BODY: Tumi_mountain_packtm
They call it the Tumi Mountain Pack, limited edition of 125 units. LINK Been there... done that! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Alexander EMAIL: alexander4@lietmjnqkqu.com IP: 68.56.156.148 URL: http://alboutryehijk.com/ DATE: 12/21/2004 02:34:06 PM oioe ukdsuoa. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Timbuk2 Digital DJ Hip Pack STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/01/2004 07:48:55 PM ----- BODY: Timbuk
A recent post on Gizmodo, The Gadget Weblog, about Timbuk2's DJ bag which links to a review in PC magazine. FYI, Gizmodo gets 50,000 visits daily and over 2 million visits per month. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Multicultural Guest Service Enhances Suburban Parties STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/01/2004 08:02:33 PM ----- BODY: Party_peeps
Rent some ethnicity for your OR booth!
"We always wanted some black friends but didn't know where to find them or what to say to them when we did," said Gerry as he was preparing for his gathering by hiding his Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and People magazines and strategically replacing them on the Ikea coffee table with the latest issues of Art Forum, Interview and Vibe. "Party Peeps made it nice and easy for us because they offer a wide selection of types," Gerry added with a giggle. "I don't know where they find these people!"
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Steves


Perfect for the kinder, gentler Rick Steves type adeventure traveler.

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Airing Nov 9th.
FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations and how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their messages deeper into the fabric of our lives.
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Where does she get all that fabric?
"Made from Vintage Automotive fabrics, Kim White uses dead stock never-used textiles intended for use in American automobiles: cars, trucks and vans. She fortuitously unearthed an entire warehouse of automotive fabric, which may be the last existing stock anywhere in the US, and she is the sole owner of these amazing textiles".
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From: "Michael Moore" maillist@michaelmoore.com
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 15:31:44 -0800

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

My first thoughts about the election...

Cpl. Roberto Abad, Sgt. Michael D. Acklin II, Spc. Genaro Acosta, Pfc. Steven Acosta, Capt. James F. Adamouski, Pvt. Algernon Adams, Sgt. Brandon E. Adams, Spc. Clarence Adams III, 1st Lt. Michael R. Adams, Pfc. Michael S. Adams, Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Adle, Capt. Tristan N. Aitken, Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade, Lance Cpl. Nickalous N. Aldrich, Spc. Ronald D. Allen Jr., Sgt. Glenn R. Allison, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Allred, Capt. Eric L. Allton, Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, Cpl. Daniel R. Amaya, Pfc. John D. Amos II, Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, Airman 1st Class Carl L. Anderson Jr., Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael C. Anderson, Spc. Michael Andrade, Pfc, Spc. Yoe M. Aneiros, Lance Cpl. Levi T. Angell, Army Spc. Edward J. Anguiano, Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold, Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, Spc. Richard Arriaga, Staff Sgt. Jimmy J. Arroyave, Spc. Robert R. Arsiaga, Sgt. Evan Asa Ashcraft, Pfc. Shawn M. Atkins, Maj. Jay Aubin, Capt. Matthew J. August, Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, Spc. Tyanna S. Avery-Fedder, Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, Pfc. Eric A. Ayon, Sgt. 1st Class Henry A. Bacon, Sgt. Andrew Joseph Baddick, Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Bader, Staff Sgt. Nathan J. Bailey, Spc. Ronald W. Baker, Spc. Ryan T. Baker, Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker.

Pfc. Chad E. Bales, 1st Lt. Kenneth Michael Ballard, Maj. Spc. Solomon C. Bangayan, Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona, Pfc. Mark A. Barbret, Pfc. Collier E. Barcus, Sgt. Michael C. Barkey, Spc. Jonathan P. Barnes, Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Barnhill, Lance Cpl. Aric J. Barr, Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera, Maj. Carlos Barro Ollero, Sgt. Douglas E. Bascom, Spc. Todd M. Bates, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Battles Sr., Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum, Spc. Alan N. Bean Jr., Spc. Bradley S. Beard, Spc. Beau R. Beaulieu, Capt. Ryan Beaupre, Spc. James L. Beckstrand, Sgt. Gregory A. Belanger, Cpl. Christopher Belchik, Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell, Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett, Spc. Robert T. Benson, 1st Lt. David R. Bernstein, Spc. Joel L. Bertoldie, Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino Sr., Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, Cpl. Mark A. Bibby, Sgt. Benjamin W. Biskie, Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, Sgt. Jarrod W. Black, Chief Warrant Officer Michael T. Blaise, Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco, Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, Spc. Joseph M. Blickenstaff, Spc. Nicholas H. Blodgett, Sgt. Trevor A. Blumberg, Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Bohlman, Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr Jr., Lance Cpl. Todd J. Bolding, Sgt. Dennis J. Boles, Sgt. 1st Class Craig A. Boling, Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger Jr, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bolor, Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker.

Chief Warrant Officer Clarence E. Boone, Capt. John J. Boria, Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld, Spc. Mathew G. Boule, Staff Sgt. Elvis Bourdon, Pvt. 1st Class Samuel R. Bowen, Staff Sgt. Hesley Box Jr., Pvt. Noah L. Boye, Lance Cpl. Aaron Boyles, Spc. Edward W. Brabazon, Cpl. Travis J. Bradach-Nall, Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Bradley, Staff Sgt. Stacey C. Brandon, Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield, Pfc. Joel K. Brattain, Pfc. Jeffrey F. Braun, Chief Warrant Officer William I. Brennan, Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges, Spc. Kyle A. Brinlee, Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks, Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead, Sgt. Andrew W. Brown, Tech. Sgt. Bruce E. Brown, Lance Cpl. Dominic C. Brown, Cpl. Henry L. Brown, Pfc. John E. Brown, Spc. Larry K. Brown, Spc. Lunsford B. Brown II, 1st Lt. Tyler H. Brown, Spc. Philip D. Brown, Pfc. Timmy R. Brown Jr., 1st Lt. Tyler H. Brown, Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns, 2nd Lt. Todd J. Bryant, Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew, Spc. Roy Russell Buckley, Pfc. Paul J. Bueche, Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring, Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, Sgt. George Edward Buggs, Spc. Joshua I. Bunch, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bunda, Staff Sgt. Michael L. Burbank, Staff Sgt. Richard A. Burdick, Spc. Alan J. Burgess, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess, Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, Sgt. Travis L. Burkhardt.

Pfc. David P. Burridge, Pfc. Jesse R. Buryj, Pfc. Charles E. Bush Jr., Pvt. Matthew D. Bush, Pfc. Damian S. Bushart, Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, Capt. Joshua T. Byers, Cpl. Juan C. Cabralbanuelos, Pfc. Cody S. Calavan, Sgt. Juan Calderon Jr, Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell, Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell, Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara, Spc. Michael C. Campbell, Sgt. Ryan M. Campbell, Spc. Marvin A. Camposiles, Spc. Isaac Campoy, Spc. Ervin Caradine Jr., Spc. Adolfo C. Carballo, Pfc. Michael M. Carey, Cpl. Richard P. Carl, Pfc. Ryan G. Carlock, Pfc. Benjamin R. Carman, Staff Sgt. Edward W. Carmen, Spc. Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo, Sgt. Frank T. Carvill, Capt. Christopher S. Cash, Spc. Ahmed A. Cason, Pfc. Jose Casanova, Lance Cpl. James A. Casper, Capt. Paul J. Cassidy, Staff Sgt. Roland L. Castro, Sgt. Sean K. Cataudella, Lance Cpl. Steven C. T. Cates, Pfc. Thomas D. Caughman, Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, Spc. Jessica L. Cawvey, Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren, Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Ceniceros, Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, Spc. James A. Chance III, Staff Sgt. William D. Chaney, Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr., Spc. Jason K. Chappell, Pfc. Jonathan M. Cheatham, Sgt. Yohjyh L. Chen, Lance Cpl. Marcus M. Cherry, 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, Spc. Andrew F. Chris.

Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Christensen, Spc. Brett T. Christian, Spc. Arron R. Clark, Staff Sgt. Michael J. Clark, Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline Jr., Pfc. Christopher R. Cobb, Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner, 1st Sgt. Christopher D. Coffin, Pvt. Bradli N. Coleman, Cpl. Gary B. Coleman, 2nd Lt. Benjamin J. Colgan, Sgt. Russell L. Collier, Sgt. 1st Class Gary L. Collins, Lance Cpl. Jonathan W. Collins, Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence S. Colton, Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga, Sgt. Robert E. Colvill, Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr., Sgt. Timothy M. Conneway, Spc. Steven D. Conover, Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, Lance Cpl. Pedro Contreras, Sgt. Jason Cook, Command Sgt. Major Eric F. Cooke, Sgt. Dennis A. Corral, Chief Warrant Officer Alexander S. Coulter, 2nd Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd, Spc. Gregory A. Cox, Pfc. Ryan R. Cox, Lance Corporal Timothy R. Creager, Sgt. Michael T. Crockett, Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Crockett, Sgt. Brud J. Cronkrite, Lance Cpl. Kyle D. Crowley, Pvt. Rey D. Cuervo, Pfc. Kevin A. Cuming, Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, Staff Sgt. Darren J. Cunningham, Spc. Carl F. Curran, Cpl. Michael Edward Curtin, Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Cutchall, Pfc. Brian K. Cutter, Pfc. Anthony D. D'Agostino, Spc. Edgar P. Daclan Jr., Capt. Nathan S. Dalley, Lance Cpl. Andrew S. Dang, Spc. Danny B. Daniels II, Pvt. 1st Class Torey J. Dantzler, Pfc. Norman Darling, Capt. Eric B. Das.

Spc. Shawn M. Davies, Pvt. Brandon L. Davis, Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, Staff Sgt. Donald N. Davis, Spc. Raphael S. Davis, Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey F. Dayton, Pvt. Jason L. Deibler, Spc. Lauro G. DeLeon Jr., Sgt. Felix M. Delgreco, Sgt. Jacob H. Demand, Staff Sgt. Mike A. Dennie, Spc. Darryl T. Dent, Pfc. Ervin Dervishi, Spc. Daniel A. Desens, Pfc. Michael R. Deuel, Pvt. Michael J. Deutsch, Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Dickerson, Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf, Spc. Jeremiah J. DiGiovanni, Spc. Jeremy M. Dimaranan, Spc. Michael A. Diraimondo, Spc. Anthony J. Dixon, Spc. Ryan E. Doltz, Sgt. Michael E. Dooley, Chief Warrant Officer Patrick D. Dorff, Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett, Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty, 1st Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, Pfc. Stephen P. Downing II, Spc. Chad H. Drake, Pvt. Jeremy L. Drexler, Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, Staff Sgt. Joe L. Dunigan Jr., Spc. Robert L. DuSang, Spc. William D. Dusenbery, 2nd Lt. Seth J. Dvorin, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason B. Dwelley, Pfc. Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert, Sgt. William C. Eckhart, Spc. Marshall L. Edgerton, Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards, Spc. Andrew C. Ehrlich, Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt, Spc. William R. Emanuel IV, Lance Cpl. Mark E. Engel, Spc. Peter G. Enos, Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat Jr.

Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, Sgt. Adam W. Estep, Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, Pfc. David Evans, Cpl. Mark A. Evnin, Pfc. Jeremy Ricardo Ewing, Sgt. Justin L. Eyerly, Pvt. Jonathan I. Falaniko, Sgt. James D. Faulkner, Pfc. Raymond J. Faulstich Jr., Capt. Brian R. Faunce, Capt. Arthur L. Felder, 2nd Lt. Paul M. Felsberg, Spc. Rian C. Ferguson, Master Sgt. Richard L. Ferguson, Master Sgt. George A. Fernandez, Staff Sgt. Clint D. Ferrin, Spc. Jon P. Fettig, Cpl. Tyler R. Fey, Sgt. Jeremy J. Fischer, Sgt. Paul F. Fisher, Lance Cpl. Dustin R. Fitzgerald, Pfc. Jacob S. Fletcher, Spc. Thomas A. Foley III, Sgt. Timothy Folmar, Gunnery Sgt. Elia P. Fontecchio, Spc. Jason C. Ford, Capt. Travis A. Ford, Chief Warrant Officer Wesley C. Fortenberry, Sgt. 1st Class Bradley C. Fox, Spc. Craig S. Frank, Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank, Staff Sgt. Bobby C. Franklin, Pvt. Robert L. Frantz, Pvt. Benjamin L. Freeman, Sgt. David T. Friedrich, Spc. Luke P. Frist, Spc. Adam D. Froehlich, Pvt. Kurt R. Frosheiser, Pfc. Nichole M. Frye, Sgt. 1st Class Dan H. Gabrielson, Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gadsden, Capt. Richard J. Gannon II, Spc. Tomas Garces, Lance Cpl. Derek L. Gardner, Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, Spc. Joseph M. Garmback Jr., Sgt. Landis W. Garrison, Sgt. Justin W. Garvey, Spc. Israel Garza.

1st Sgt. Joe J. Garza, Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza Jr, Spc. Christopher D. Gelineau, Lance Cpl. Cory Ryan Guerin, Cpl. Christopher A. Gibson, Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, Pvt. Kyle C. Gilbert, Command Sgt. Maj. Cornell W. Gilmore, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Ginther, Pfc. Jesse A. Givens, Spc. Michael T. Gleason, Cpl. Todd J. Godwin, 2nd Lt. James Michael Goins, Spc. Christopher A. Golby, Spc. David J. Goldberg, Lance Cpl. Shane L. Goldman, Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez, Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, Cpl. Jorge Gonzalez, Lance Cpl. Victor A. Gonzalez, Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, Pfc. Gregory R. Goodrich, Sgt. 1st Class Richard S. Gottfried, Spc. Richard A. Goward, 2nd Lt. Jeffrey C. Graham, Sgt. Jamie A. Gray, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Gray, Sgt. Tommy L. Gray, Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray, Cpl. Jeffrey G. Green, Lt. Col. David S. Greene, Pfc. Devin J. Grella, Spc. Kyle A. Griffin, Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin Jr., Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera, Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Gukeisen, Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner, Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, Pfc. Richard W. Hafer, Staff Sgt. Guy S. Hagy Jr., Spc. Charles G. Haight, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Halal, Pfc. Deryk L. Hallal, Pvt. Jesse M. Halling, Pfc. Andrew Halverson, Chief Warrant Officer Erik A. Halvorsen, Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, Sgt. Michael S. Hancock.

Pfc. Fernando B. Hannon, Sgt. Warren S. Hansen, Sgt. James W. Harlan, Sgt. Atanacio Haro Marin, Staff Sgt. William M. Harrell, Sgt. Foster L. Harrington, Pfc. Adam J. Harris, Sgt. Kenneth W. Harris Jr., Pfc. Torry D. Harris, Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly, Pfc. John D. Hart, Sgt. Nathaniel Hart, Sgt. 1st Class David A. Hartman, Sgt. Jonathan N. Hartman, Staff Sgt. Stephen C. Hattamer, Staff Sgt. Omer T. Hawkins II, Sgt. Timothy L. Hayslett, Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hazelgrove, Sgt. David M. Heath, Spc. Justin W. Hebert, Pfc. Damian L. Heidelberg, Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter, Spc. Jeremy M. Heines, Staff Sgt. Brian R. Hellerman, Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway, Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson, 1st Lt. Robert L. Henderson II, Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Hendrickson, Sgt. Jack T. Hennessy, Spc. Joshua J. Henry, Pfc. Clayton W. Henson, Spc. Armando Hernandez, Spc. Joseph F. Herndon II, Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott, Spc. Jacob B. Herring, Sgt. 1st Class Gregory B. Hicks, Spc. Christopher K. Hill, Spc. Stephen D. Hiller, Sgt. Keicia M. Hines, Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart, Sgt. Nicholas M. Hodson, Sgt. 1st Class James T. Hoffman, Spc. Christopher J. Holland, Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman, Staff Sgt. Lincoln D. Hollinsaid, Spc. James J. Holmes, Spc. Jeremiah J. Holmes, Cpl. Terry Holmes, Airman 1st Class Antoine J. Holt, Pfc. Sean Horn, Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy R. Horton, Capt. Andrew R. Houghton, Lance Cpl Gregory C. Howman, Pfc. Bert E. Hoyer, Spc. Corey A. Hubbell, Pfc. Christopher E. Hudson, 1st Lt. Doyle M. Hufstedler, Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins, Spc. Eric R. Hull, Cpl Barton R. Humlhanz, Lance Cpl. Justin T. Hunt, Spc. Simeon Hunte, 1st Lt. Joshua C. Hurley, Lance Cpl. James B. Huston Jr., Lance Cpl. Seth Huston, Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, Pfc. Ray J. Hutchinson, Pfc. Gregory P. Huxley Jr., Spc. Benjamin W. Isenberg, Spc. Craig S. Ivory, Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, Spc. Morgen N. Jacobs, Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar, Cpl. Evan T. James, 2nd Lt. Luke S. James, Spc. William A. Jeffries, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert B. Jenkins, Sgt. Troy David Jenkins, Spc. Darius T. Jennings, Pfc. Ryan M. Jerabek, Sgt. Linda C. Jimenez, 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez, Capt. Christopher B. Johnson, Spc. David W. Johnson, Pfc. Howard Johnson II, Spc. John P. Johnson, Pfc. Markus J. Johnson, Spc. Maurice J. Johnson, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson Jr., Spc. Nathaniel H. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer, Pfc. Rayshawn S. Johnson, Pvt. Devon D. Jones, Capt. Gussie M. Jones, Staff Sgt. Raymond E. Jones Jr., Spc. Rodney A. Jones, Lt. Kylan A. Jones- Huffman, Sgt. Curt E. Jordan Jr., Sgt. Jason D. Jordan.

Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, Cpl. Forest J. Jostes, Spc. Spencer T. Karol, Spc. Michael G. Karr Jr., Spc. Mark J. Kasecky, 1st Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, Spc. Chad L. Keith, Lance Cpl. Quinn A. Keith, Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Kelly, Cpl. Brian Kennedy, Chief Warrant Officer Kyran E. Kennedy, Staff Sgt. Morgan D. Kennon, 1st Lt. Christopher J. Kenny, Spc. Jonathan R. Kephart, Cpl. Dallas L. Kerns, Chief Warrant Officer Erik C. Kesterson, Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, Spc. James M. Kiehl, Pt. Jeungjin Na Kim, Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Kimmerly.  Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, Staff Sgt. Lester O. Kinney II, Pfc. David M. Kirchhoff, Staff Sgt. Charles A. Kiser, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker, Spc. John K. Klinesmith Jr., Sgt. Floyd G. Knighten Jr., Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott, Spc. Joshua L. Knowles, Staff Sgt. Lance J. Koenig, Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm, Pfc. Martin W. Kondor, Chief Warrant Patrick W. Kordsmeier, Capt. Edward J. Korn, Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik, Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, Pvt. Dustin L. Kreider, Pfc. Bradley G. Kritzer, Capt. John F. Kurth, Sgt. 1st Class William W. Labadie Jr., Sgt. Joshua S. Ladd, Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, Lance Cpl. Alan Dinh Lam, Spc. Charles R. Lamb, Spc. James I. Lambert III, Pfc. James P. Lambert, Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert, Capt. Andrew David Lamont, Staff Sgt. Sean G. Landrus, Gunnery Sgt. Shawn A. Lane.

Pfc. Moises A. Langhorst, Spc. Tracy L. Laramore, Spc. Scott Q. Larson Jr., Chief Warrant Officer Matthew C.  Laskowski, Staff Sgt. William T. Latham, Pfc. Karina S. Lau, Cpl. Jeffrey D. Lawrence, Staff Sgt. Mark A. Lawton, Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield, Staff Sgt. Rene Ledesma, 2nd Lt. Ryan Leduc, Cpl. Bum R. Lee, Pfc. Ken W. Leisten, Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon, Spc. Cedric L. Lennon, Pfc. Farad K. Letufuga, Spc. Justin W. Linden, Spc. Roger G. Ling, Spc. Joseph L. Lister, Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais, Sgt. Dale T. Lloyd, Sgt. Daniel J. Londono, Spc. Ryan P. Long, Spc. Zachariah W. Long, Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth, Sgt. Edgar E. Lopez, Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, Sgt. Richard M. Lord, Staff Sgt. David L. Loyd, Capt. Robert L. Lucero, Pfc. Jason C. Ludiam, Lance Cpl. Jacob R. Lugo, Pfc. Jason N. Lynch, Pfc. Christopher D. Mabry, Lance Cpl. Gregory E. MacDonald, Lance Cpl. Cesar F. Machado-Olmos, Pfc. Vorn J. Mack, Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, Spc. William J. Maher III, Staff Sgt. Toby W. Mallet, Chief Warrant Officer Ian D. Manuel, Pfc. Pablo Manzano, Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus Jr., Staff Sgt. Paul C. Mardis Jr., Cpl. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes, Master Sgt. Jude C. Mariano, Spc. James E. Marshall, Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, Pfc. Ryan A. Martin, Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Martin.

Sgt. Francisco Martinez, Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores, Pfc. Jesse J. Martinez, Spc. Michael A. Martinez, Pfc. Oscar A. Martinez, Spc. Jacob D. Martir, Sgt. Arthur S. Mastrapa, Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, Spc. Clint Richard Matthews, Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, Cpl. Matthew E. Matula, Staff Sgt. Donald C. May Jr, Pfc. Joseph P. Mayek, Spc. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr., Lance Cpl. Joseph C. MacCarthy, Pfc. Ryan M. McCauley, Cpl. Brad P. McCormick, 1st Lt. Erik. S. McCrae, Spc. Donald R. McCune, Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh, Pfc. Holly J. McGeogh, Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis, Spc. Michael A. McGlothin.  Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. McHugh, Hospitalman Joshua McIntosh, Spc. David M. McKeever, Spc. Eric S. McKinley, Pvt. Robert L. McKinley, Staff Sgt. Don S. McMahan, Sgt. Heath A. McMillin, 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips, Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, Spc. Irving Medina, Spc. Kenneth A. Melton, Cpl. Jaygee Meluat, Petty Officer 3rd Class Fernando A. Mendezaceves, Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather, Spc. Gil Mercado, Spc. Michael M. Merila, Spc. Christopher A. Merville, Sgt. Daniel K. Methvin, Pfc. Jason M. Meyer, Sgt. Eliu A. Miersandoval, Spc. Michael G. Mihalakis, Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, Cpl. Jason David Mileo, Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, Pfc. Bruce Miller Jr., Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller Jr.

Sgt. 1st Class Marvin L. Miller, Sgt. Joseph Minucci II, Sgt. First Class Troy L. Miranda, Spc. George A. Mitchell, Sgt. Keman L. Mitchell, Sgt. Michael W. Mitchell, Spc. Sean R. Mitchell, Pfc. Jesse D. Mizener, Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molinabautista, Pfc. Anthony W. Monroe, 1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney, Lance Cpl. Jason William Moore, Pfc. Stuart W. Moore, Sgt. Travis A. Moothart, Spc. Jose L. Mora, Sgt. Melvin Y. Mora, Pfc. Michael A. Mora, Master Sgt. Kevin N. Morehead, Capt. Brent L. Morel, Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno, Sgt. Gerardo Moreno, Spc. Jaime Moreno, Pfc. Luis A. Moreno, Spc. Dennis B. Morgan, Staff Sgt. Richard L. Morgan Jr., Pfc. Geoffery S. Morris, Pfc. Ricky A. Morris Jr., Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Morrison, Sgt. Shawna M. Morrison, Sgt. Keelan L. Moss, Spc. Clifford L. Moxley Jr., Sgt. Cory R. Mracek, Sgt. Rodney A. Murray, Sgt. Krisna Nachampassak, Spc. Paul T. Nakamura, Spc. Nathan W. Nakis, Pvt. Kenneth A. Nalley, Chief Warrant Officer Christopher G. Nason, Maj. Kevin G. Nave, Spc. Rafael L. Navea, Spc. Charles L. Neeley, Staff Sgt. Paul M. Neff II, Pfc. Gavin L. Neighbor, Spc. Joshua M. Neusche, Cpl. Dominique J. Nicolas, Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Nice, Spc. Isaac Michael Nieves, Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, Spc. Allen Nolan, Spc. Marcos O. Nolasco.

Sgt. William J. Normandy, Spc. Joseph C. Norquist, 1st Lt. Leif E. Nott, Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes, Spc. David T. Nutt, Cpl. Mick R. Nygardbekowsky, Spc. Donald S. Oak Jr., Pfc. Branden F. Oberleitner, Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, Spc. Charles E. Odums II, Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda,  Cpl. Terry Holmes Ordonez, Cpl. Brian Oliveira, Spc. Justin B. Onwordi, Spc. Richard P. Orengo, Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco, Pfc. Cody J. Orr, Staff Sgt. Billy J. Orton, Sgt. Pamela G. Osbourne, Lance Cpl. Deshon E. Otey, Pfc. Kevin C. Ott, Sgt. Michael G. Owen, Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr, Sgt. Fernando Padilla- Ramirez, Pvt. Shawn D. Pahnke, Spc. Gabriel T. Palacios, Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda, 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer, Staff Sgt. Dale A. Panchot, Pfc. Daniel R. Parker, Pfc. James D. Parker, Pfc. Kristen Parker, Cpl. Tommy L. Parker Jr., Sgt. Harvey E. Parkerson III, Sgt. David B. Parson, Staff Sgt. Esau G. Patterson Jr., Master Sgt. William L. Payne, Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen, Staff Sgt. Abraham D. Penamedina, Spc. Brian H. Penisten, Sgt. Ross A. Pennanen, Staff Sgt. Gregory V. Pennington, Pfc. Geoffrey Perez, Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez, Sgt. Joel Perez, Spc. Jose A. Perez III, Pfc. Luis A. Perez, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Perez.

Spc. Wilfredo Perez Jr., Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Pernaselli, Staff Sgt. David S. Perry, Pfc. Charles C. Persing, Staff Sgt. Dustin W. Peters, Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, Staff Sgt. Brett J. Petriken, Staff Sgt. James L. Pettaway Jr., Staff Sgt. Erickson H. Petty, Pfc. Jerrick M. Petty, Lt. Col. Mark P. Phelan, Pfc. Chance R. Phelps, Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe, Sgt. Ivory L. Phipps, Capt. Pierre E. Piche, Pfc. Lori Piestewa, Capt. Dennis L. Pintor, Spc. James H. Pirtle, Pfc. Jason T. Poindexter, 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny, Spc. Justin W. Pollard, Spc. Larry E. Polley Jr., Sgt. Darrin K. Potter, Pfc. David L. Potter, Sgt. Christopher S. Potts, Spc. James E. Powell, Lance Cpl. Caleb J. Powers, Cpl. Dean P. Pratt, Pfc. James E. Prevete, Pvt. Kelley S. Prewitt, Sgt. Tyler D. Prewitt, Pfc. James W. Price, 1st Lt. Timothy E. Price, Lance Cpl. Mathew D. Puckett, Sgt. Jaror C. Puello- Coronado, Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn, Staff Sgt. Richard P. Ramey, Sgt. Christopher Ramirez, Spc. Eric U. Ramirez, Pfc. William C. Ramirez, Pfc. Christopher Ramos, Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos, Pfc. Brandon Ramsey, Pvt. Carson J. Ramsey, Sgt. Edmond L. Randle, Pfc. Cleston C. Raney, Capt. Gregory A. Ratzlaff, Spc. Rel A. Ravago IV, Spc. Omead H. Razani.

Spc. Brandon M. Read, Pfc. Christopher J. Reed, Pfc. Ryan E. Reed, Sgt. Tatjana Reed, Staff Sgt. Aaron T. Reese, Spc. Jeremy F. Regnier, Sgt. 1st Class Randall S. Rehn, Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss, Staff Sgt. George S. Rentschler, Sgt. Sean C. Reynolds, Lance Cpl. Rafael Reynosa- Suarez, Sgt. Yadir G. Reynoso, Cpl. Demetrius L. Rice, Sgt. Ariel Rico, Spc. Jeremy L. Ridlen, Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, Cpl. Steven A. Rintamaki, Sgt. Duane R. Rios, Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe, Pfc. Henry C. Risner, Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Rivera, Cpl. John T. Rivero, Spc. Frank K. Rivers Jr., Sgt. Thomas D. Robbins, Sgt. Todd J. Robbins, Lance Cpl. Anthony P. Roberts, Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts, Spc. Robert D. Roberts, Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Robsky, Sgt. Moses D. Rocha, Pfc. Marlin T. Rockhold, Pfc. Jose Francis Gonzalez Rodriguez, Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, Spc. Philip G. Rogers, Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Rooney, Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, Staff Sgt. Victor A. Rosales, Pfc. Richard H. Rosas, Sgt. Scott C. Rose, Sgt. Thomas C. Rosenbaum, Sgt. Randy S. Rosenberg, Spc. Marco D. Ross, Sgt. Lawrence A. Roukey, Capt. Alan Rowe, Spc. Brandon J. Rowe, Sgt. Roger D. Rowe, 2nd Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier, Spc. Isela Rubalcava, Pfc. Aaron J. Rusin, Sgt. John W. Russell.

1st Lt. Timothy Louis Ryan, Chief Warrant Officer Scott A. Saboe, Spc. Rasheed Sahib, Cpl. Rudy Salas, Cpl. William I. Salazar, 1st Lt. Edward M. Saltz, Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis, Spc. Sonny G. Sampler, Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr., Spc. Matthew J. Sandri, Staff Sgt. Barry Sanford, 1st Lt. Neil Anthony Santoriello, Spc. Jonathan J. Santos, Pfc. Brandon R. Sapp, Staff Sgt. Cameron B. Sarno, Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, Lance Cpl. Jeremiah E. Savage, Capt. Robert C. Scheetz Jr., Spc. Justin B. Schmidt, Spc. Jeremiah W. Schmunk, Pfc. Sean M. Schneider, Cpl. Dustin H. Schrage, Maj. Mathew E. Schram, Lance Cpl. Brian K. Schramm, Spc. Christian C. Schulz, Master Sgt. David A. Scott, Pfc. Kerry D. Scott, Spc. Stephen M. Scott, Spc. Marc S. Seiden, Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, Pfc. Dustin M. Sekula, Lance Cpl. Matthew K. Serio, Sgt. Juan M. Serrano, Staff Sgt. Wentz Jerome Henry Shanaberger III, Spc. Jeffrey R. Shaver, Maj. Kevin M. Shea, Spc. Casey Sheehan, Sgt. Kevin F. Sheehan, Sgt. Daniel Michael Shepherd, Sgt. Alan D. Sherman, Lt. Col. Anthony L. Sherman, Pfc. Harry N. Shondee Jr., Lance Cpl. Brad S. Shuder, Capt. James A. Shull, Pfc. Kenneth L. Sickels, Lance Cpl. Dustin L. Sides, Cpl. Erik H. Silva, Pvt. Sean A. Silva, Sgt. Leonard D. Simmons.

Pfc. Charles M. Sims, Lance Cpl. John T. Sims Jr., Spc. Uday Singh, Spc. Aaron J. Sissel, Pfc. Christopher A. Sisson, Pfc. Nicholas M. Skinner, Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung, 1st Lt. Brian D. Slavenas, Pvt. Brandon Ulysses Sloan, Lance Cpl. Richard P. Slocum, Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, Pfc. Corey L. Small, Sgt. Keith L. Smette, Capt. Benedict J. Smith, Sgt. Benjamin K. Smith, Pfc. Brandon C. Smith, 2nd Lt. Brian D. Smith, Chief Warrant Officer Bruce A. Smith, Cpl. Darrell L. Smith, 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith, Pfc. Jeremiah D. Smith, Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Smith Jr., Spc. Orenthial J. Smith, Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, Capt. Christopher F. Soelzer, Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon, Cpl. Adrian V. Soltau, Maj. Charles R. Soltes Jr., Sgt. Skipper Soram, Pfc. Armando Soriano, Cpl. Tomas Sotelo Jr., Pfc. Kenneth C. Souslin, Spc. Philip I. Spakosky, Pfc. Jason L. Sparks, Cpl. Michael R. Speer, Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink, Maj. Christopher J. Splinter, Sgt. Marvin R. Sprayberry III, Pvt. Bryan N. Spry, Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack, Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl, 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern, Staff Sgt. Robert A. Stever, Maj. Gregory Stone, 2nd Lt. Matthew R. Stovall, Pfc. William R. Strange, Sgt. Kirk Allen Straseskie, Pfc. Brandon C. Sturdy.

Spc. William R. Sturges Jr., Spc. Paul J. Sturino, Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, Spc. Joseph D. Suell, Spc. John R. Sullivan, Spc. Narson B. Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Vincent M. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. Michael J. Sutter, Pfc. Ernest Harold Sutphin, Chief Warrant Officer Sharon T. Swartworth, Spc. Thomas J. Sweet II, Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher, Maj. Paul R. Syverson III, Sgt. Patrick S. Tainsh, Sgt. DeForest L. Talbert, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, Spc. Christopher M. Taylor, Maj. Mark D. Taylor, Capt. John R. Teal, Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, Lance Cpl. Jason Andrew Tetrault, Spc. Joseph C. Thibodeaux, Master Sgt. Thomas R. Thigpen Sr., Cpl. Jesse L. Thiry, Sgt. Carl Thomas, Staff Sgt. Kendall Thomas, Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, Sgt. Anthony O. Thompson, Spc. Jarrett B. Thompson, Sgt. Humberto F. Timoteo, Capt. John E. Tipton, Pfc. Joshua K. Titcomb, Spc. Brandon T. Titus, Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, Sgt. Lee D. TodacheeneCpl. John H. Todd III, Sgt. Nicholas A. Tomko, Master Sgt. Timothy Toney, Pfc. George D. Torres, Lance Cpl. Michael S. Torres, 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, Spc. Ramon Reyes Torres, Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III, Sgt. Michael L. Tosto, Spc. Richard K. Trevithick, Pfc. Andrew L. Tuazon, Staff Sgt. Roger C. Turner Jr., Pvt. Scott M. Tyrrell, 2nd Lt. Andre D. Tyson, Spc. Eugene A. Uhl III, Lance Cpl. Drew M. Uhles.

Rick A. Ulbright, Pfc. Daniel P. Unger, Spc. Robert Oliver Unruh, 1st Sgt. Ernest E. Utt, Sgt. Michael A. Uvanni, Staff Sgt. Gary A. Vaillant, Lance Cpl. Ruben Valdez Jr., Sgt. Melissa Valles, Spc. Allen J. Vandayburg, Spc. Josiah H. Vandertulip, Chief Warrant Officer Brian K. Van Dusen, Lance Cpl. John J. Vangyzen IV, Lance Cpl. Gary F. Van Leuven, Staff Sgt. Mark D. Vasquez, Spc. Frances M. Vega, 1st Lt. Michael W. Vega, Staff Sgt. Paul A. Velazquez, Cpl. David M. Vicente, Sgt. 1st Class Joselito O. Villanueva, Cpl. Scott M. Vincent, Staff Sgt. Kimberly A. Voelz, Staff Sgt. Michael S. Voss, Spc. Thai Vue, Lance Cpl. Michael B. Wafford, Sgt. Christopher A. Wagener, Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl, Staff Sgt. Allan K. Walker, Sgt. Jeffery C. Walker, Sgt. Donald Ralph  Walters, Pvt. Jason M. Ward, Pfc. Nachez Washalanta, Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Wasser, Pvt. David L. Waters, Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, Maj. William R. Watkins III, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher E. Watts, Chief Warrant Officer Aaron A. Weaver, Spc. Michael S. Weger, Staff Sgt. David J. Weisenburg, Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle, Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, Lance Cpl. Larry L. Wells, Chief Warrant Officer Stephen M. Wells, Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow, Spc. Christopher J. Rivera Wesley, Sgt. James G. West, 1st Lt. Alexander E. Wetherbee, Spc. Donald L. Wheeler, Sgt. Mason Douglas Whetstone, Pfc. Marquis A. Whitaker.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White, Lt. Nathan D. White, Sgt. Steven W. White, Lance Cpl. William W. White, Pfc. Joey D. Whitener ,Spc. Chase R. Whitman, Spc. Michael J. Wiesemann, Cpl. Joshua S. Wilfong ,Sgt. Eugene Williams, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, Spc. Michael L. Williams, Sgt. Taft V. Williams ,1st Lt. Charles L. Wilkins III, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby, Spc. Dana N. Wilson, Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson, Staff Sgt. Joe N. Wilson, Lance Cpl. Lamont N. Wilson, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Wilt, 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester, Spc. Trevor A. Wine, Lance Cpl. William J. Wiscowiche, Spc. Robert A. Wise, Spc. Michelle M. Witmer, Pfc. Owen D. Witt, Spc. James R. Wolf, 2nd Lt. Jeremy L. Wolfe, Sgt. Elijah Tai Wah Wong, Sgt. Brian M. Wood, Capt. George A. Wood, Spc. Michael R. Woodliff, Spc. James C. Wright, Pfc. Jason G. Wright, 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski, Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Wyatt, Pfc. Stephen E. Wyatt, Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski, Sgt. Henry Ybarra III, Pfc. Rodricka A. Youmans, Sgt. Ryan C. Young, Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Zabierek, Spc. Nicholas J. Zangara, Spc. Mark Anthony Zapata, Pfc. Nicholaus E. Zimmer, Cpl. Ian T. Zook, Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr.

May they rest in peace.

And may they forgive us someday.



-- Michael Moore

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"Oversized shoulder bags from Edzard Kramer & Matthias Huisebas of Germany. These canvas bags are made from recycled sails and are extremely durable. they come decorated with large numbers that come in your choice of blue, red or black".
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Go FUCK YOURSELF!

The head of the EPA has announced a new plan that will not reduce pollution and haze levels at National Parks.

 

"The new rules would ease the original requirements that older coal-fired power plants upwind of parks install modern technology to reduce emissions of sulfur and nitrogen that cause haze. Instead, power plants out of compliance because they emit more than 250 tons annually of the pollutants could continue operate - if they buy "credits" from plants that clean up faster and if the air quality in neighboring parks doesn't get worse.

That's not good enough, say environmental groups and a coalition of outdoor recreation manufacturers".

Maybe we could all hold our breath until we turn blue.

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Not the members apparently.
"For those who believe you can't make a good omelette without cracking a few eggs, it might seem reasonable that one of the casualties of REI's steady growth has been that most essential principle of the old cooperative movement, democracy. Members have virtually no say over the way things are done today, and the co-op's monolithic, self-perpetuating board of directors has changed the organization's bylaws to make insurgency virtually impossible".
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Maybe VNU can host a Wal-Mart only trade show! 25 vendors..... one retailer.....invite only! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/10/2004 06:37:46 AM ----- BODY:

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Armor Holdings Inc (the K2 of the military and tactical business) has aquired Bianchi International, parent company of Gregory. 60 million cash. Armor also owns Specialty Defense sytems. SDS just got the $70 million loadbearing (Molle) military contract. LINK The press release LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: IP: 172.20.11.164 URL: DATE: 11/12/2004 03:31:03 PM These Armor Holding dudes are frickin scary.... ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Port of Los Angeles STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/11/2004 06:15:00 PM ----- BODY: Aerial
Chances are most of your inbound freight comes through the Port of LA.
Located in San Pedro Bay, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the Port complex occupies 7500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront.
The Port's website has a section on cargo statistics, the monthly and annual container count is eye opening. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Green Acres STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/11/2004 06:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Green
That’s what the carpet of the Salt Palace will look like with the launch of “Green Steps”. This feel good marketing initiative, a creation of OR, OIA and Indigenous Design, hopes to raise awareness on sustainability and highlight companies that support a healthy environment. According to the press release LINK and related coverage exhibitors will be able to nominate themselves for “Green Steps” recognition based on, “broad and general “ parameters. The selected nominees get enhanced exposure that includes an aisle carpet overlay and a listing in a special OIA directory green insert. Exhibitors can also throw down $500 to be an official Green Steps sponsor. An independent evaluation of industry environmental practices was nixed by OIA and OR stated that they did not want to create standards and, “ We’re not experts on environmental responsibility.” If they're not experts then how can they determine which of the nominees deserve recognition? How can they differentiate the companies who lead the industry in sustainability and environmental stewardship from the ones that only pretend? So, having a Green Steps sign on my OR Show front counter along with the Access Fund, OIA Member, Conservation Alliance, Leave No trace, etc. is going to make it OK that I'm turning tanker loads of crude into Kodra, injection molding nylon, plastic and TPR? OK, sign me up and I promise to do a better job sorting my recycling... ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Sorry Everybody STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/11/2004 07:24:36 PM ----- BODY: Sorryworld1
"Some of us — hopefully most of us — are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us — hopefully most of us — are truly, truly sorry. And we'll say we're sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren't".
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Equal time here on The Piton. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Apology Accepted STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/12/2004 12:01:00 PM ----- BODY: LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: From BoingBoing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/12/2004 03:58:16 PM ----- BODY:

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The wearable tech fad goes mainline, available next week for $68 bucks. If the fad fully tips to trend could this be the future of outerwear for the up and coming wired generation? As you can see by the image it also comes in colors aimed at young women. LINK Don't forget the grownups. Nike ACG Comm jacket with built in radio. Might have to refresh the ACG page a time or two to get the product. $499, buy now at Altrec, direct connect from the ACG site. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Greenback Steps STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/12/2004 09:28:41 PM ----- BODY: Green_acres
What's driving the OR show Green (Acres) Steps initiative? Greenbacks! It's a start but as one reader pointed out just another example of the tail wagging the dog . LINK Green Steps might be a more appropriate name for an Irish dance troupe. UPDATE! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dispatches From A Life In Combat STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/13/2004 09:14:08 AM ----- BODY: Th_fallujadestruction
Dateline: Iraq Local Time : In Baghad Kevin Sites Blog
"Kevin Sites is a pioneering, multi-media journalist who often works as a one-man unit, using portable, digital technology to report, write, edit and transmit his stories from conflict areas around the world. He has covered war zones in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia"
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"Now YOU can wear the current threat level on your chest, like a sign or a message, alerting your communities and neighbors to the current Danger". From threatmeter.com LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Did you feel that? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/13/2004 09:35:28 AM ----- BODY: So you're driving down the road in one of these....... LINK You look in your rear view mirror and see one of these!........ LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Henk Suitcase STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/13/2004 09:46:04 AM ----- BODY: Hot2_225x376
Tumi? Cheap crap! Swiss Army? Licensed junk! Eagle Geek? I can find the same stuff at Target! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Customer is Almost Always Right STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/13/2004 10:11:43 AM ----- BODY: Images_3
There is an old outdoor industry legend out there that the 1st year some Mountain Light Parkas ended up at Costco LL Bean had more returns than sales. From the Washington Post: Darlene Salerno considers herself a loyal customer of the Express clothing chain, shelling out roughly $2,000 for its trendy outfits each year for the past decade. On a recent shopping trip, she bought a tank top, a button-down shirt and some khaki pants, but realized when she got home that she had similar items in her closet. So a few days later she took them back to the store. She presented the items, the receipt and waited for her money. Instead, the saleswoman handed her a slip of paper that said "RETURN DECLINED" and told her to call the toll-free number at the bottom for more information. She phoned and was informed her account showed "excessive" returns. LINK Post article via the Buffalo News Meanwhile over at Best Buy Brad Anderson, chief executive officer of Best Buy Co., is embracing a heretical notion for a retailer. He wants to separate the “angels” among his 1.5 million daily customers from the “devils.” LINK WSJ article via the Kansas City Star ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Need to search The Piton? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/14/2004 10:47:42 AM ----- BODY:

The Piton's authors have writen well over 400 posts since June and searching through the archives for an old jem is getting tedious. Our software doesn't provide an easy search method, so I thought we could try Google. Looking for posts about OIA?

In a Google search box type: "OIA site: www.thepiton.com"

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From our good friends in San Fran. This is priceless. Australian artist Jan Nelson sculpts Joseba Beloki. Here's a quote from Cycle Sport Magazine: "The artist says Beloki represents 'a solitary, strange figure in surreal surroundings and which reflect the existential confusion of the adolescent.' So don't forget to feel the existential adolescent confusion next time you fall off your bike." You can ride like Lance! Put sculpture in driveway......swerve around it.......ride across the lawn........hop off bike......... jump over curb..........re-mount.......ride away. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Very Cool Euro Travel Trailer by Knaus STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/14/2004 08:18:07 PM ----- BODY: Thanks again to the San Fran contingent.
This site's in German, but go to the produkt link at the bottom of the page. The trailer is called the YAT (Young Activity Trailer) and is made of silver carbon fiber. This thing is really cool...
The camper vans are pretty sweet as well. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Scribles TITLE: A Grassroots Grant with Real Teeth to It! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/15/2004 01:37:07 PM ----- BODY:

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Indian Casinos show that they really still have Mother Earth and her creatures in mind.  But the Beavers should remember it never pays to have the nicest dam on the river!

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Snowboard the streets. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Go One STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/15/2004 10:05:52 PM ----- BODY: Goone3_1s
"The go-one³ is the first carbon fiber [Monocoque] chassis outside of Formula 1 racing! This new chassis makes the go-one³ ultra-light [about 60 lbs or 30kg], durable, aerodynamic and one of the most alluring vehicle shapes ever produced".
It's a trike! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Urban Games STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/15/2004 10:24:31 PM ----- BODY: Tcdc_bug_finalday_game02tcdc_bug_newfina
Wired - The Big Game Tired - Geocaching Expired - Map and Compass LINK The original Big Urban Game (B.U.G.) LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Condoleezza Rice to Replace Collin Powell STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/15/2004 10:36:33 PM ----- BODY: Images_5
Oh Condi Condi beggin’ on my knees Open up your heart and let me in wontcha please Got no money but everybody knows I love you Condi and I’ll never let you go Sweet and dandy pretty as can be You be the flower and I’ll be the bumble bee Oh she loves me oops she loves me not People say you’re cold but I think you’re hot Oh, Condi, Condi Oh, Condi, Condi Oh Condi, Condi I’m talkin’ to you girl What’s it gonna hurt come on give me a whirl Shake your body now let me see you go One time for me Oh Condi I love you so Skank for me Condi show me what you got They say you’re too uptight I say you’re not Dance around me spinnin’ like a top Oh Condi Condi Condi don’t ever stop Oh Condi Condi Can’t you hear me call I’m standin’ in the street outside your garden wall Pocketful of money belly full of wine Condi in my heart and romance on my mind Listen to me Condi don’t be afraid I come here tonight to chase your blues away I’ll never hurt you I’ll treat you right Oh Condaleeza won’t you come out tonight Pretty little Condi precious as can be Bet you never had another lover like me Artist/Band: Earle Steve Lyrics for Song: Condi, Condi Album: Revolution Starts Now ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Now you can smell like an asshole STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/15/2004 11:55:22 PM ----- BODY:

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I have to have it! The Mercedes version of the VW Westfalia. Not available as of yet in the U. S. Tip of the hat to the sausage king. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Dollar is Falling....The Dollar is Falling STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/16/2004 07:16:22 PM ----- BODY:

As predictable as a summer afternoon thunder shower in Boulder, the falling US dollar will open the door to European brands to re-enter the US of A. Take a look:

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Already a brilliant (albeit risky) venture of a select number of specialty retailers, European brands offer an interesting alternative for Outdoor Specialty stores to differentiate themselves from the Big Box killers. Download Millet.jpp

 

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Next year Starbucks is going to start serving coffee in cups containing 10% recycled content. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Elektex Sensors STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/17/2004 06:08:57 PM ----- BODY: Wearable_audio_controls2
Looking for a source for wearable audio controls?
"Wearable technology is an exciting and expanding new product area and one in which the unique functions of our technology holds real value. ElekTex sensors can easily be incorporated into clothing to provide control for portable devices and technologies, such as MP3 players, sports/training devices and mobile communication".
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PunctuationIt's 4 in the morning and I just woke up knowing that I need to write a certain unnamed eastern retailer about his late payments, his refused shipments, and other broken promises. This wouldn't be so bad except that I've been dealing with these same problems, with this same retailer for over 15 years.

This Ze Frank video has given me the strength I need to deal with this vacuous pussbag. LINK

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Phil Knight stepped down Thursday as president and chief executive officer of Nike Inc., the athletic shoe and clothing company he co-founded. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: R.I.P. Powder Edge, Honolulu STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/18/2004 05:48:37 PM ----- BODY:

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From Infogargoyle "Don't buy the Vista C or Legend C GPS Units from Garmin. I used to like Garmin, but it's hard to when I hear news like this, and as of November 7th, Garmin has still to call me as promised regarding this problem. Garmin really does suck".
Garmin's most recent outdoor GPS units sport a USB port instead of the strange proprietary connector they used to have. That sounds great, except that Garmin's gone more proprietary on the protocol they use to send location data over that connection, abandoning NMEA in favor of Garmin's own protocol - exclusively.
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Pantone's web site "Color Universe" is a a good resource for those who can't afford a color service. Topics include, color trend, forecasts, and corresponding pallets. LINK The Colorstrology section addresses the "what color are you"? trend. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: B, B, B, Barracuda... TGIF STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/19/2004 02:47:04 PM ----- BODY:

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The first inductee in the Macgyver category. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Decline of Brands STATUS: Draft ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/20/2004 04:36:38 PM ----- BODY:

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Where social activism meets temporary shelters.
"In 1992, Lucy Orta began making a series of drawings entitled Refuge Wear as a response to situations of human distress and unsuitable social environments. She then fabricated a series of these temporary shelters that transformed into items of clothing and transport bags and gave them the generic term Body Architecture".
From: we make money not art LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....A FITNESS POST! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 11:11:52 AM ----- BODY: News_eyetoy_kinetic
"Developed by SCEE's award-winning London Studio exclusively for PlayStation 2, EyeToy: Kinetic represents a unique new development in physical gaming. The first interactive fitness title developed in conjunction with NIKE MOTIONWORKS, EyeToy: Kinetic allows players to improve not only general fitness but also reactions, posture, balance, breathing and all round body toning and conditioning".
Does this mean I get to kick the shit out of the Super Mario Brothers? LINK Fo those of you who never heard of EyeToy LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Affiliate Website FUBAR STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 11:52:58 AM ----- BODY: One bizarre and humorous case of a product showing up on Target.com because Amazon actually runs the Target site. From boingboing LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Serious Toys........The Blokart STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 12:11:13 PM ----- BODY: Blokart_home_center
Not cheap but pretty slick, sidecar option available. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Distribution Opportunity STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 12:20:57 PM ----- BODY: Soviet
Siberian scientists have developed self-heating insoles. The old school Soviet way to warm you feet was to pissky in your bootsky. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Anti-Swoosh STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 12:35:32 PM ----- BODY: Nike
"Enter the world's first global anti-brand: the Blackspot sneaker. A shoe and a message and a vision of the future. We've produced an environmentally friendly sneaker that's a bold statement against sweatshop labor".
To bad they won't have Phil Knight to kick around anymore. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The ECG Shirt STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 12:42:57 PM ----- BODY: Falkehemd
More wearable technology. Base layer with built in cardiac monitor. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Billboard Liberation Front STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 02:48:38 PM ----- BODY: Destroythemedia
Establishing a new paradigm in street marketing.
"Headquartered in San Francisco, the BLF is a privately-held, worker-controlled shadow entity with no phone number and no permanent address. Our highly secure operating environment and extralegal status guarantee our clients the acme of service, while our internationally recognized creative team delivers unmatched "wow."
LINK BLF guide to altercation of outdoor advertising LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: I'm in frickin' awe STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 04:53:52 PM ----- BODY:

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An amazing result from years of work by a dedicated group of activists. Now if we could just recognize the state of Nevada and move the OR Show back to Reno. LINK

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Pre-shows, Green Steps, now runway style fashion shows? Outdoor Retailer has contracted an outside agency to create and produce daily fashion shows at the upcoming Winter Market. Exhibitors are invited to submit samples to the production company but no guarantees that your product will make it into the fashion extravaganza. From SGB LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 208.139.204.27 URL: http://www.yetanotherwayVNUdilutestheORexperience.com DATE: 11/22/2004 11:10:00 AM Brutal, absolutely brutal. Why not have the show off site at the Marriott? Anywhere but the main hall ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Frito Bandito EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 11/23/2004 08:38:18 PM Nobody would go if they had to walk across the street. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: judge schmells EMAIL: controlz@outdoor.com IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 11/24/2004 10:22:43 AM Is a fashion show appropriate for OR? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Frito Bandito EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 11/24/2004 10:43:45 AM Appropriate? Come on what could be more appropriate for SLC than hot athletic Mormon chicks and young studly future mission boy toys strolling down the catwalk to some grinding techno music! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: judge schmells EMAIL: IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 11/24/2004 11:50:20 AM A much different perspecitve now, thanks! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: No Oil Money for Environment/Recreation STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/21/2004 10:33:10 PM ----- BODY: Shell
Click on image for larger view! A must read post submitted by the Good Doctor of Love and Healing in the Big Boogie of Life. Note: sent to Tom st. Hilaire on 6-23-04 RE: Land Water Conservation Fund (and UPARR, too) Hi Tom ~~~~~ (Mark Twain said: "if I had more time, I'd have written a shorter story".....) ~~~~~Ron here - it's been a while since we talked and I've got some feelings about the Land and Water Conservation Fund I'd like to discuss with you and REALLY get your take on the issue - sort of brainstorming here but none the less I've got an opinion that has not been very popular when ever I've brought it up and would like to put it out there. I started talking about this in the 90's when I was President of the Conservation Alliance and a member of the Outdoor Trade Assoc. ORCA (now OIA), Chair of the SGMA Outdoor Products Council and affiliated with many associations at the time. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ~ I went to D.C. and lobbied hard (several times) with many others for the full restoration of LWCF at that time - but for me it was a compromise - it seemed to be nothing more than a short term fix. My personal protest was that this entire affair of funding for the outdoors/recreation etc., was that the funding was coming from OIL money with the idea of healing the ills of the land & recreation was nothing more than a big political shell game - i.e. "robbing Peter to Pay Paul" ~ My opinion was not popular at all to say the least ~~~ I feel that LWCF has been a wonderful panacea to cure the ills in our common lands that were seriously backlogged and starving for bucks ~~~~ the idea that allocations would fund much that needed funding and keep away excise tax from the Outdoor Industry, as well as, stave off the mounting assault on Parks and Public Lands by corporate interest "partnerships", hold off the "wreakreation" assault and stop the "Disneyfication" of parks and wild places and more i.e. eliminate the need for Demo Fees. In the beginning very few companies were actually against Demo Fees in the Outdoor Industry called "Pay for Play". Yes, well that sounded GREAT to the Outdoor Industry folks who were climbing the newly developed trade show ladder that lead to the Hill. It did not fool many environmental organizations however ---- it certainly did not fool me or several of the more progressive outdoor companies! There is something fundamentally twisted and wrong about keeping the ever-so rare and endangered Oil money that in my opinion should be allocated for Alternative Energy development AND NOT to appease the Outdoor Industry Business crowd or smooze over (basically buy off) the environmentalists/conservationists or the tourist Industry ~~~~ Simply because Oil money was allocated for the Environment/Parks/Rec. etc. does not mean it is the correct allocation, does it? And doesn't this constitute a conflict of interest and/or keep the business interests working to support one another in a way that fosters one of the very problems of environmental degradation. I'm for using the funds to get us off the oil fix - REVAMP ENERGY POLICY and GET RECREATION OUT OF THE CONVERSATION. The big beef we all had was that very little actually was appropriated to the proper places as charged in the first place ("closed loop"). Don't you see that the original charge for allocation was to use the almighty dollar as a buy-off in exchange for a toxic substance, Oil. The money was to take the sting out of the environmental community and of course the growing recreational business communities i.e. both the human powered Outdoor Industry and the Motor powered "wreckreation" industry. Have you noticed that as soon as some of the pressure was off so were the funds (full funding?). Interesting how that works - and what we have to show for it are these constant pleas such as your enclosed letter. My understanding is that the LWCF and the NPF was created by Rockefeller - I think that he was a visionary for oil and all the ramifications of Oil use and infrastructure in America including recreation and tourism ~~~ perhaps I am speculating here but to me there seems to be a feel good trade off for the justification of TOXIC oil for environment. It has been a long time coming but NOW is the time to shift our focus to other ENERGY resources and ween ourself off Oil and quickly move into sustainability technology. It is also time for the recreation folks to turn to alternative threads like organic cotton and others for the mfg. of equipment and garments that are OIL FREE. It is time that we stop trying to justify OIL with the begging dollars for the creation or maintenance of parks. I realize this upsets the apple cart for all those hooked on oil (like all of us of course) - both the non-motorized and motorize recreation industry - ARC is at the top of the list for certain - all the member organizations there. ~~~~ read on if you want more but the drift of what I'm saying is NO OIL money for Environment/Recreation (it absolutely corrupts & drags in industries who are dependent on the flow of oil - use the oil money for Sustainability technology research - no demo-fee or pay for play - it is clearly double taxation & more... ----- the NEW paradigm shift in Environmental/Conservation thinking has absolutely got to be centered around Sustainability! ======= ~ Today I saw a bumper sticker that said - "BLOOD FOR OIL" - how long must we have Blood for Land Protection - I realize that LWCF monies are from offshore oil and that the drilling operations are SOOOOooooo much better, cleaner etc. than ever before but still it pollutes and is toxic in many other ways i.e. the air & the run-off for certain. I realize it's not a perfect World the way we play the game but really - LET'S THINK THIS OUT - I SAY NO TO the LWCF funding game - stop playing into the hands of those who want to use oil as a way of SAVING the outdoors and preserving or supporting this or that -- This is not a WIN-WIN strategy - This is a Win-lose short term strategy all the way now. Lets put the squeeze plea elsewhere --- this is not right and anyone looking at this situation can do the analysis ----- how long has this been going on now - 100 years? ---- WOW! WE NEED A NEW ENERGY POLICY, how long have you been sending these pathetic notes and pleas out - FACE IT - THIS IS NOT WORKING! The current Energy Policy is not good for the Environment, parks, recreations and as far as Heritage is concerned please look at the heritage we are creating: climate change, asthma/health problems, Ozone depletion, toxic dumps, water and air pollution - a very long list ----- Look who is guarding the hen house - Frank H. Murkowski and others from Alaska who are vested in pipe lines and the infrastructure of Oil exploration, export and maintenance --- profit, profit$$$$ --- MR. Oil himself ----- at a D.C. gathering I was introduced to him (Murkowski) as "President of the Conservation Alliance" - he squared up with me and asked me if I was for the environment - "dud, well yep, sure I was thinking" but before I could answer he launched into the LWCF pitch and said, "IF YOU WANT TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND RECREATION THEN GET BEHIND OIL BOY!" Isn't this something of an oxymoron? This note from your release today: “Americans deserve better than this,” stated Henry Diamond, Chairman of Americans for our Heritage and Recreation. “The American landscape is quickly changing, and by adequately funding LWCF, we can give the Department of Interior the resources to keep, protect, and preserveAmericathe Beautiful,” concluded Mr. Diamond. ~ I agree with Mr. Diamond that Americans do "deserve better than this" - what about more funding of lands and the environment in a way that is based on a Sustainable platform firmly in the bed rock of right-relationship with the environment and not anchored to the many standing platforms supporting the slippery mess of OIL we never seem to be able to get off of. Oil money ($$$) for "America the Beautiful" simple stinks! Tom, get behind a better funding cause - one that has a future for America and that means a Heritage with an Environment/Recreation/Heritage & "(UPARR, too)", which is of course Sustainable!!!!! A very big word for those with money and grease and denial between their ears. Even the Non-Motorized industry folk are in denial ----- the latest Roper report shows the biggest growth in outdoor recreation is "traveling around by automobile" and that means oil. I personally like traveling around by Auto & plane, boat, motorcycle etc. but we have to wise up here. There is very little conversation about this - such as INDUSTRY STANDARDS and INDUSTRY POLICY CHANGE - set up time lines for conversion. Seems to me that Leadership in our Recreation Industries are seriously lacking the larger view i.e. Context ~~ the future and allowing one industry to dominate in a way that is harmful ~~~~ now I know that snowmobiles and motorcycles are a blast ~~~ "close to addictive" someone recently said, and I know they are not going to be eliminated tomorrow and I'm not calling for that - I'm saying lets find an alternative fuel, one that cleans the environment and then get some of those funds perhaps - start acting like intelligent leaders and stop acting like greedy, blind leaders who are in denial and sucking off the profit straw that is deep down in the oil can. "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism â*” ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any controlling private power."--FDR ~ Thanks for your updates on this issue - as you know I was one of many who supported LWCF and went for the easy ready available dollar signs with everyone else - it is simply waaaaay to slippery and crosses far to many boundaries of ethics and morality now and of course it did then but the issues and ramifications of it all was not so clear then as it is now - I am thinking about our grandkids, all of our grandkids and the good mother earth environment that is our sustaining source. We seem to have forgotten that and look the other way when it comes to Oil and money and pollution and ways of being in right-relationship. ~ Now this clip out of your note is really NOT funny - I know you are not trying to make it funny, it is simply that I am feeling irked by the mention of urgently letting the President know how important this "full" funding allocation actually is - this is ridiculous to even think that the President has a single priority care about the environment AS A PRIORITY other than resource consumption via privatization - especially NOW, given his mounting political pressures and his terrible record on the environment. "Given the recent vote in the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee, it is more urgent than ever to let the President know that full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is necessary to protect and enhanceAmerica’s conservation, recreation, wildlife, and historic preservation places." Yes, let's keep the pressure on but for the right reasons - when I fill up I'm not thinking to myself, "Oh wow, a slice of this tank is good for the environment and going to "LWCF & (UPARR too)"?" - I'm actually thinking, "Oh wow, what slice of life this is costing?" I am thinking environment loss across the board and I am thinking body parts, culture, and yes, the Heritage of America, the image of America & more... Speaking of "more", what about the fact that the world is less that 25 thousand miles around at the bulge (about 1 years milage on your car) - we must think a little bigger than only ourself now ~~~ time to begin applying sustainable technology for the benefit of the world... ~ Tom, what am I missing here? Is the idea I am speaking too about right-relationship with Nature somehow off base? What am I missing here? Seems like oil for conservation money is REALLY the wrong way to go - I've got some ideas but I really what to hear your ideas and others about alternative funding as someone who is really interested in Our Heritage and Recreation and as a "Friend of the Land" - Is anyone in your circle coming up with other solutions or is this one more handout in the Oil relief line the only game in town? ------ Land and Oil do not mix any better than Water and Oil and I don't care how much money is used to try and make them appear to be $OLVENT! ~ What about starting a NEW HERITAGE! I find myself standing in the bewilderness of business as usual ~ It makes no sense to me that boards of directors for companies and their workers can be so unethical, cold, dispassionate and disconnected from that which is truly sustainable and instead opt for that which is actually killing everything living bit by bit and little by little with goods that are totally non-sustainable, toxic. It is time to change this corrupt old paradigm - it is time for the "vigilante consumer" to be heard. There are three pockets in the Corporate trousers being upheld by the suspenders of BLIND DENIAL ($$$) in the current capitalistic system. The dollar signs and product glitter are so bright you simply must wear sun glasses ~ Reach into one pocket (you don't have to reach very deep) and you will come up with a handful of Government. Reach into another pocket you will come up with a handful of Religion. This leaves the middle pocket which is firmly in the hands of Corporate powers who are doing the reaching in the first place (this is called Capitalism in the current win-lose strategy). In this middle pocket resides the People (now called "consumers" or "customers") who are really the profit generators of the entire operation. I personally feel that there is way too much pocket pool being played in this system. In this arrangement, the Corporate power is actually much stronger and controls/dominates Government & Religious power. Yes, I am saying that Corporations are or certainly appear to be more powerful and in more control than government or religion. Actually, the potential for true power does reside with the creative power of "We The People" who have been skillfully swayed by the seductive power of spin and money. The golden handcuffs of "stuff" (consumerism) have replaced the carrot and whip of slavery and now the new slavery to the credit card is the driving force in America. We measure success with the a GNP index but we ignore happiness as a success standard and build more prisons (GNP) to deal with unhappiness and increase the fees to public lands (Fee Demo), thus constantly raising the entry level bar. Most of our elected officials are NOT working for the long term sustainable win-win viewpoint. Yes, some I believe seriously are! So Tom, if not us then who, if not now then when, if not here in America where? This idea of "We The People" sounds like an American Heritage idea - now how can we properly fund it? I know your program was started by Rockefeller & Oil money and has been running on gas and oil since its creation ~ what about running on corn, peanut oil, soy and other sustainable resources - get the American Farmer back in business! NOW that's Heritage ~! Mother Theresa said, "If the people lead, the leaders will follow"... ~ Sincere Regards in the current struggle for funding, seems like a long line to stand in and I'm certain it is the wrong line - I know your heart is in the right place but we must find a new way to have our Brains in the right place - a new Capitalism that does not depend on the insatiable consumption of resources at the current costs. We are faced with a long standing challenge here and we must, ask ourselves, do we want to learn the lessons, or do we want to remain amidst the pain which this situation keeps us in? I'm all for a new paradigm shift in the thinking that will get us out of this chocking, poisonous mess of consumptive glut and out of the begging line. The corporate raiders of World resource, backed by government and justified by religions bigots is not win-win. I would like to see organizations like yours get out of the begging line that is connected to OIL. I would certainly like to see all those connected to Recreation Industry get out of this line as well (wake up ARC). You have to ask, how much $$$ money could we actually squeeze out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for "Our Heritage and Recreation" and is it worth the maybe one cent reduction in the cost of a gallon at the pump and all the lost Heritage & Conservation loss in the ANWR territory? Does this raise any flags for you Tom? America is running on Oil ~ Of course we have an administration that is war minded - they have to GET THE OIL - We are living on it! ~ In summary I would like to state that the funds have been used to create spectacular and beautiful sites - truly a benefit for generations to come (if acid rain or natural disaster caused by atmospheric disruption does not get them) - I also am aware that the funding is mostly from off shore drilling operations i.e. "The Fund receives money mostly from fees paid by companies drilling offshore for oil and gas. Other funding sources include the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel." Also, the 4 pilot studies on the LWCF site are impressive - no one can deny this ----- I hope you see my point as well. With care and healing in my heart & soul for precious Mother Earth, and those to come, ~Ron ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Found at SNEWS... 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Dollar hits fresh low against euro
By Steve Johnson in London
Published: November 23 2004 11:14 | Last updated: November 23 2004 17:48
From The Financial Times

The US dollar fell to a fresh low against the euro on Tuesday, breaching the $1.31 barrier for the first time.

The cataylst was a hint from the Russian central bank that it plans to step up its policy of switching its foreign exchange reserves into euros, at the expense of the dollar.

Alexei Ulyukayev, the first deputy chairman of the Russian central bank, told reporters: "Most of our reserves are in dollars and that's a cause for concern. It's a real problem.

"Looking at the dynamics of the euro/dollar rate, we are discussing the possibility to change the reserve structure."

Russia, which had a record $113.1bn of foreign reserves as of November 12, is already believed to hold some 25-30 per cent of these reserves in euros, with the bulk of the rest in dollars.

Analysts speculated it could move towards a 50-50 split, or even push its euro holdings as high as 60-65 per cent, in line with the basket arrangement it is believed to prefer for the management of the rouble, at the expense of its current "dirty" float against the dollar.

More importantly, the Russian comments highlighted the prospect of Asian central banks with larger reserves following suit. China has an estimated 80 per cent of its $515bn of reserves in dollars, while Middle Eastern central banks were rumoured to be selling dollars and buying sterling on Tuesday.

"This reminds people that Asia still has the vast majority of its FX reserves in dollars and some reallocation of these reserves must be assumed," said Hans Redeker, head of currency strategy at BNP Paribas.

The upshot was that the dollar fell as low as $1.3105 against the euro, before moderating to $1.3097 by mid-session New York trading, a fall of 0.5 per cent on the day. The greenback also fell 0.6 per cent to a fresh eight-year low of SFr1.1564 against the Swiss franc, 0.7 per cent to a nine-month low of A$0.7877 against the Australian dollar, 0.7 per cent to a four-month low of $1.8726 against sterling and 0.9 per cent to a seven-month low of Rbs28.49 against the rouble itself.

However the dollar held its own against Asian currencies, which were undermined by rising oil prices, fresh intervention from South Korea, renewed speculation that the Bank of Japan may return to the market today and comments from Li Ruogu, the deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, in yesterday's FT that suggested a renminbi devaluation was not imminent.

One-year non-deliverable renminbi/dollar forwards narrowed from a discount of 4,050 points to 3,900 points, implying a one year rate of Rmb7.888 to the dollar. The yen's weakness saw it fall 0.6 per cent to Y135.37 against the euro and 0.9 per cent to Y193.53 versus sterling.

The pound firmed 0.2 per cent to £0.6994 against the euro, aided by the breaching of technical barriers and the rumoured Middle Eastern buying.

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Now that OR is in the fashion show biz we though it only fitting that we post these runway slides of the upcoming spring Men's fashions from style.com. This one's for you Judge Schmell! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: judge schmells EMAIL: IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 11/24/2004 04:46:00 PM There is no question this, and I use this term loosely, gent, is too sexy for HIS shirt! Nice work Piton! Keep up the top rate reporting and looking forward to seeing you at the runway. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Captain Green Steps STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/24/2004 04:40:31 PM ----- BODY: Captain_green_steps
What if Green Steps was a super hero? IT'S CAPTAIN GREENSTEPS AND HIS TRUSTED COMPANION FLIPPING THE BIRD. Once a corporate coffee farmer who was sprayed with genetically modified fertilizer, Juan Valdez and his trusted donkey were transformed into enviro crime fighting super heroes. Click on image for larger view. I vote for Swamp Thing Swamp5
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I guess I would be chronically pissed off if I lived on the Artic Circle. LINK Available at Urban Outfitters and Paragon ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Rejected STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/28/2004 04:50:00 PM ----- BODY: Reject
I just received a rejection letter for a print subscription to SGB. Somehow I don't qualify for a free subscription but I can pay $69 annually to get it? I did get my first FREE copy of Bicycle Retailer just the other day. Below is the trancript of my letter back to SGB, sent back in their pre-paid return envelope. Dear SGB, I'm sitting in the smallest room in my house with your subscription rejection letter in front of me. Now it is behind me. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Deluxe Year End Ad Placement STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/28/2004 05:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Cover_oct2004_toc
The latest Outside Magazine, the "Deluxe Year-End Issue", has a letter to the editor from Rick Ridgeway, VP of Marketing and Environmental Initiatives at Patagonia. The letter is critical of the October Gabriella Reece cover, (click on above image), the El Diablo article and Patagonia's ad placement in the middle of the whole mess. You have to admit the cover's chainsaw/dildo analogy is pretty hard to miss. So where does Outside place the December Patagonia ad? Directly across from a full beef cake shot of Laird Hamilton who just happens to be married to?......... Gabriella Reece. Finally, the "Dispatches" segement of the same December year end issue features an interview with Tom Brokaw. Brokaw says the first thing he is going to do when he gives up the NBC anchor desk is head to Patagonia with Yvon Chouinard and Rick Ridgeway. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: chris EMAIL: cburcham@cox-internet.com IP: 68.226.184.193 URL: http://basecamp2.blogspot.com/ DATE: 11/30/2004 12:11:27 AM Whew! Good ad placement, but in my latest Outside there was a ton of griping about the cover, among other things. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Save the Whales! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/29/2004 06:19:50 PM ----- BODY: Whale
"In 1970, Portland TV reporter Paul Linuman and his crew recorded highway workers destroying a dead, beached whale with cases of dynamite. "The humor of the situation gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere," Linnman explained in the aftermath of the blast. One chunk of blubber crushed a car parked more than a quarter-mile away. This site archives the frighteningly funny news clip".
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Last year fog tormented biathlon organizers at Oslo's Holmenkollen, but an accidental discovery may have solved this problem for good. Now if they can only figure out a way to cure the morning fog after the Swix aquavit party. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: OIA out of ARC! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/29/2004 07:57:00 PM ----- BODY: Theypay
Why is OIA a member of the American Recreation Coalition? LINK The ARC was a driving force behind the fee demonstration program and is a major lobbying force for the motorized recreation industry. LINK Here's the ARC's position on snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, 200 more than the current plan. Download comments_on_yellowstone_winter_use_plans_904.pdf The ARC is leading various industry efforts to privatize outdoor recreation and OIA should not be associated with the Disneyfication of public lands. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Advertising Opportunity STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/30/2004 08:17:13 PM ----- BODY: Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster, who now manages and operates ReserveAmerica is looking for advertisers. According to Ticketmaster "People visit ReserveAmerica because it's a vast resource of helping camping information and an easy way to book their next outdoor adventure. This audience enjoys the great outdoors, an active lifestyle and taking family trips" AS WELL AS PAYING OUR HANDLING, FACILITY AND CONVIENIENCE FEES! LINK Why Ticketmaster sucks LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: New Really Women's Specific Gear Trend STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/30/2004 09:03:53 PM ----- BODY: Pzjpgw300h225
Great for: field work, camping, rock climbing, boating, road trips, traveling, parties, festivals, nasty bathrooms, emergencies and more! LINK With the help of over 900 TravelMate prototype testers, we refined the contour of the cradle until we found the best shape for providing a leak-free seal with the female anatomy. LINK And who hasn't envied men their special winter recreation? With Whizzy, you'll be able to paint with the boys! LINK Once you have used it, you can't do without it.The P-Mate gives you more freedom, safety and hygiene. It is developed in connection with the experiences of thousands of women who have tested the P-Mate at grand events, both nationally and internationally. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Mens Journal? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 11/30/2004 09:10:00 PM ----- BODY: Cover_200205 Cover_200212_toc_1 Cover_jan2004_toc Cover_may2004_archive Cover_sept2004_archive Cover_200305_toc Cover_apr2004_toc Cover_feb2004_toc Cover_nov2004_archive Cover_october2000 Cover_dec2004_toc Cover_200209
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Yo EMAIL: IP: 63.164.104.211 URL: DATE: 12/02/2004 08:50:43 AM Yeah, but where's the Gabby Reece Phallic Chainsaw Massacre cover? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 12/02/2004 09:31:07 AM Scroll down a day or two to Deluxe Year End Ad placement. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Who Is Alex Soza? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/01/2004 09:55:58 PM ----- BODY: Ks
Bionic work wear from Alex Soza, which includes the Smart Jacket that reacts to temperature changes by either raising or shrinking the material. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Man Camp STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/01/2004 10:04:27 PM ----- BODY: 470_mancampcover
"Life Changing, Butt Kicking, Fitness Adventures for the “Real Man”. What you'll receive at The Man Camp • All trips are customized, so you get what YOU want. • A leather motorcycle jacket with the Man Camp logo. • A Ninja suit and assorted Ninja weapons. • A new perspective on life. • All the beer you can drink -and/or Fine cuisine, wine, and spirits. • Action, adventure and bigger biceps. What kind of Man Camp picks Aspen and Maui as venues? Why not East St. Louis or South Side Chi Town? LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Amazing Race STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/01/2004 10:16:00 PM ----- BODY: Ep03_23
The following outdoor brands have been spotted on the 6th version of CBS's The Amazing Race. TNF - of course- packs and apparel Gregory - The grandparents are sporting a pair of packs OR - The grandparents have OR water bottle sleeves in their Gregory packs Osprey - The hippest couple Under Armour - The SLC pair who were just eliminated and the raging asshole entrepeneur and his poor partner LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Dubya the Movie STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/02/2004 09:33:48 PM ----- BODY: Strt
Well at least we'll have four more years of making fun of the man. The lost years are the best. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Sneaky Leaker Man Gear STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/03/2004 09:50:06 PM ----- BODY: Tshirt
Never miss another trade show appointment again or worry about standing next to a gal at the urinal. Tip of the hat to our friends in Jackson. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Patagonia Gets Sheahan on the Wheel STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/03/2004 10:04:20 PM ----- BODY: Casey_chomer_1
After nearly seven years at the helm of Kelty, Casey Sheahan has accepeted the position of Product Line Director for Fly Fishing and Lotus Designs at Patagonia. This is a new position for Patagonia that entails responsibility for all strategic direction, sales, marketing, and product development. A successor is expected to be named at Kelty prior to the Winter show. Casey also brings to Patagonia a commitment to environmental activism having worked for years as a Board member of the Conservation Alliance and is currently the organization's President. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Judge EMAIL: IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 12/04/2004 06:56:09 AM Nice work Casey, congrats! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: jeff weidman EMAIL: jeffw@rutabaga.com IP: 64.198.10.194 URL: http://www.rutabaga.com DATE: 12/08/2004 11:38:36 AM Great news for lotus! We'll look forward to great things on the PFD line. ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: The Piton Needs a Face Lift STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/05/2004 05:07:14 PM ----- BODY:

Hello Piton readers. It is long past time for The Piton's logo to be updated. What's currently flying on our masthead is a picture we ripped from Black Diamond's website. From a legal prospective this is a major no-no.

Here are our two finalists and you get to vote! Please EMAIL us with your selection.

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Logo #2
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An alternative to traditional climbing chalk the Eco-Ball is said to perform as well as the white stuff but leaves no unsightly residue. There are some reports however that a difficult to remove gel forms when it is used extensively. Via Treehugger LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The REI Game STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/05/2004 06:21:28 PM ----- BODY: Saddam_wal_mart DiversionZ has created The Wal-Mart game, where you score points for spotting items from a certain list of of things you might see shopping at Wal-Mart during the month of December. Pete at DiversionZ claims these are things he has actually seen or readers have submitted. Got me thinking what the list would entail if you were to play the REI Game? The Wal-Mart game LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Freeze is Dead STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/05/2004 06:42:16 PM ----- BODY: Tombstone
Old news which has already been posted but now the word has trickled out to some of the rest of the world. Below is a link to Metafilter about Freeze's demise including some insightful comments such as these:
"I was working a ski show a couple of weeks ago and they were giving away free copies of freeze and I had one at my booth. The girl in the booth next to me was like "I'm soooo bored." So I say "Here, read this Freeze Magazine or something". She says "I wouldn't wipe my ass with Freeze".
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I'm still amazed how many people I talk to who don't know what a blog is. If this report is any indicator they will have their own blog sometime soon. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Very useful site for dealing with your foreign distributors STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/05/2004 07:28:38 PM ----- BODY: Flags
An indespensible tool for those international distributor negotiations, covers every country you could possibly be doing business with. Sei una busta de piscio LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Malden Workers Authorize Strike STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/05/2004 08:40:12 PM ----- BODY: Strike Seven hundred workers at Malden Mills Industries could go on strike as early as Tuesday after the textile mill's largest union voted to reject the company's final contract offer. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Sheryl Crow not included STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/06/2004 01:57:54 PM ----- BODY:

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BillyFrom Brand Master Splash in Sausalito, check out Billy Harvey. Turn on your speakers, let it run, and don't forget to click around a bit. LINK

And if your looking for some quality free, and legal, MP3's check out Mercedes latest attempt at connecting with a younger customer. From (one of the many) satellite offices in Boulder. LINK

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I think this paintball thing is getting a little out of hand. What's next paintball RPG's? On the other hand you could have some fun scaring the hell out of some thru hikers! LINK Now every paintballer will be wanting a pair of these. LINK Paintball leads to harder stuff! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Yet another new extreme sport STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/06/2004 10:12:02 PM ----- BODY: Ledge Here at The Piton we've posted numerous pieces about new extreme sports, freestyle wheelbarrel, extreme ironing and cluster ballooning just to name a few. Nothing could prepare us however for these extreme athletes. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Surfers Path STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/06/2004 10:30:51 PM ----- BODY: Leftsubscribead The first 100% green surf publication. In this issue there's an interview with Patagonia Inc. clothing founder Yvon Chouinard, who outlines a positive vision of the world's big industries working in a sustainable manner towards the twin goals of profit and planetary common sense. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Jackman EMAIL: IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 12/07/2004 11:16:53 PM The gang at Surfer's Path definitely smokes 100% green ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Taste of the Outdoors not so Sweet STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/06/2004 11:19:54 PM ----- BODY: Logo_right
The outdoor industry's non-partisan voice sure is paying dividends. The ten year recreation fee program is to become law, recreation funding for most programs has been cut in the latest Interior Appropriations Bill, snowmobiles are back in Yellowstone, drilling in ANWR is a done deal and the administration has proposed cutting salmon habitat protection by 80%! OIA news LINK Save Our Wild Salmon! LINK Dismantling 30 years of environmental protection: LINK Not the voice of my outdoor industry. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Martha My Dear STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/07/2004 08:07:48 PM ----- BODY: Mstewart
Another brilliant anti boomer rant by Lloyd Glicken. How many of you out there can look in the mirror and say, "I'm a sellout, it's my fault." "They dreamed of a better world once. To paraphrase Joe Queenan, "Their utopian visions of peace, love and understanding have been replaced by balsamic dreams." It's never too late to change. Now wake up you Boomer twits and own this mess!" LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: NEW human powered headlight STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/07/2004 08:12:28 PM ----- BODY: Lightspin_dyno
The LightSpin bicycle light lets you add a human-powered headlight to your ride without worrying about it going dark every time you stop pedaling. It uses an electrical storage "battery" to store up the extra energy from your pedals, powering the light for up to 45 minutes at a time when fully topped off.
Via Gizmodo LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Hypertag STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/07/2004 08:23:24 PM ----- BODY: Dick
Did you see the movie Minority Report? Remember how the billboards would talk directly to John Anderton? Hypertag is a technology that allows a companies poster advertising campaign to talk directly to a customers cell phone. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Come on Down! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/07/2004 08:30:00 PM ----- BODY: Moviebarkerfight
He looks good for 167! Click on Image!!!! Kelty has once again has sent a bunch of product to the game show The Price is Right to be showcased in a few of their segments. Huge exposure to potential participants, says the Kelty Press release, yeah if you think Lawrence Welk watching red state housewives or poor saps on Nyquil at home with the flu are potential participants. "The Price is Right is possibly the only show in the history of television to get a perfect 100 on the Unintentional Comedy Rating, The Price Is Right is the definition of classic. Where else can you get a group of several hundred people to jump up and down and scream as people bid on Preparation H, Medicated Wipes, and Geritol Complete? And let's not forget the host of the show - the one, the only - - Bob Barker. Has there ever been a more charming game show host? Alex Trebec and Pat Sajak aren't even worthy to clean this guy's toilet. Sure, there have been many rip offs, such as the wretched "New Price Is Right", and that whole "Wheel" of Fortune deal, but nothing can even come close to matching the excitement. By just watching on TV you can feel the electricity when the announcer tells somebody to "Come On Down!" And what can top seeing the look on the 350 lb. weight lifter's face when he finds out that he's the lucky winner of "this charming dinette set!" The Price Is Right is the best hour of television going - even the commercials are great! There's not a show on TV with more medication, fiber, insurance, and vitamin commercials. You know they're trying to plug it to the elderly when "TV Star" Wilford Brimley is pushing diabetes medication at every break. There's no doubt about it, from Plinko to the Big Wheel, to the Showcase Showdown, The Price Is Right is the #1 source for classic entertainment". Sorry, but the show went downhill when Bob turned 167 and started molesting the "Barker Beauties". LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 12/07/2004 10:57:30 PM He's a barker for sure. Check this out. http://www.heraldsun.com/durham/4-552293.html ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: If you haven't noticed... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/07/2004 11:00:00 PM ----- BODY:

Holiday_samplerIt's the holidays and for our online friends it's an amazingly stressful time of year. Considering their customer has the ability to easily price check the competition, how do they create an experience that pulls the customer in? Well, besides free shipping...

See if you can match the following promo boxes to the respective retailer. (click image to enlarge)

As long as your thinking about web sites, take another moment and cruise the URL's of 5 of your favorite brands. How many supplier sites even recognize the fact that it's the holiday shopping season?  The belief that a company's online presence is only a static "electronic version" of a catalog only proves that the Outdoor Industry Dinosaur has yet another foot firmly planted in the tar pit.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Judge EMAIL: IP: 24.8.202.22 URL: DATE: 12/08/2004 08:09:10 AM Not a brand but a very cool idea for holiday promo. Compliments of EMS. www.ems.com, click on the Holiday calendar. ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Can anyone confirm if the weiners at WL Gore are once again holding their OR Show event at the same time as the Conservation Alliance meeting? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/07/2004 11:27:14 PM ----- BODY: ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Campbell believes the Senate is a big tent. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/08/2004 08:46:39 AM ----- BODY: Nighthorseti
This just in from the satellite office. Retiring Colorado Senator Benjamin Nighthorse Campbell is helping to design a line of camping gear that will bear his name.
Campbell said Monday he has reached a tentative agreement with an unidentified company to make tents, backpacks and other gear for a "Nighthorse" signature line. "I'll do some of the designing, and they'll do some of the designing," Campbell said.
LINK Who took on this project? Campbell was rated 11% by the League of Conservation Voters in 2003, indicating anti-environment votes. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Judge EMAIL: IP: 208.139.204.27 URL: DATE: 12/09/2004 08:55:24 AM With every tent purchase, a complimentary peace pipe. I like it, where can I get one? Maybe a teepee instead of the traditional cool guy tents....way cool ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: mechazilla2000 EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 12/09/2004 11:01:05 AM Guy walks into the shrink's office shouting, "I'm a teepee, I'm a wigwam, I'm a teepee, I'm a wigwam....." Shrink says, "Calm down your just two tents". ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Strawberry Fields Forever STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/08/2004 09:28:08 AM ----- BODY: Lennon It was twenty-four years ago today, John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Verb for Shoe STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/08/2004 01:22:59 PM ----- BODY: Raventhinkshoe
More wearable technology, this time in footwear. Vectra Sense, which is spinoff company spawned at MIT, has developed their first product called The Raven Think Shoe. At $499 for the basic model probably not the immediate future of footwear but the trend is here to stay. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Wicked! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 07:29:23 AM ----- BODY:

Wicked_1Pale Morning Media's blog takes a swipe at The Piton's somewhat derogatory view of using the Price is Right as a marketing vehicle. I love the nugget of his/her argument (really!). Inbred outdoor elitism, leads to the alienation of the majority of Americans, which is why John Kerry lost the presidential race.

No argument here that we need  to reach out and embrace a wider audience than ice climbers and waterfall hucking kayakers. The hunting and fishing crowd sure has is figured out.

We may disagree that Bob Barker is the vehicle to make this happen, but Wicked Outdoorsy makes a great point.

Read on... LINK

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: mechazilla EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 12/09/2004 02:14:36 PM Is seeing product on The Price is Right really going to stimulate people to drop the pork rinds and head to their nearest outdoor shop? Not likely. Yes the industry needs to expand it's reach but there certainly is some humor in utilizing the, "cheesy game show strategy". ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Excellent Post at BackcountryBlog STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 08:16:31 AM ----- BODY:

WolfcreekI can't remember the last time I skied at Wolf Creek, but the blog at Backcountry Store has a great call to action on saving one of few remaining classic ski experiences in North America from the jaws of a "belligerent Texan." Check it out. LINK

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: This isn't your father's EMS! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 11:25:00 AM ----- BODY: Catazine_banner EMS has recently shifted ownership and redirected their strategy. The idea is to market from the top down instead of the bottom up as previously was the case. They have gone as far as to drop Columbia Sportswear from the mix, a huge move considering the dollars being generated by that brand. Also, getting on board with more technical and more importantly authentic brands. Will it sink them or make them soar? Check out the Catazine, it will be pulished bi-annually. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: When you care enough to give the very best STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 12:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Humbug_1 Scrooge would be so proud. Can't find that gift for your special someone, don't get them anything at all and join the coalition. Download voucher.pdf Compliments of Adbusters ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 01:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Steal_your_face All Dead, All the time. Link to streaming Dead ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Weather Geek? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 02:20:00 PM ----- BODY: Snowdrift Looking for an in depth analysis of recent global weather patterns? Trying to get the forecast for your next hut trip? What are the tide surges at your super secret? Here are a few links to our favorite weather sites. Please add yours by clicking Comments below. NOAA- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Check out the Photo library, over 30,000 images Colorado Avalanche Information Center The National Weather Service Rocky Mountain National Park - Compliments of CMS ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Can we share that ice man? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 02:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Icecavelg Long controversial, ice farming is reaching critical mass at the Access Fund and close to approval by the Boulder City Council. If passed, this opens the door to more ice climbing by creating precedent for potential "Farmlands" paving the way to more routes. Can the AF get past the liability concern? Boulder Daily Camera article ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 03:36:00 PM ----- BODY: Stevenwright If you love Steven Wright... ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: They break out the dinette set, and Daniel loses it. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 03:47:26 PM ----- BODY: Nov29_price_right
One important element was overlooked in the Price is Right strategy discussion. When some guy spazzes out when he wins your product the video goes out on the net and you get exposure throughout the blog world........brilliant! You will have to sit through an ad before the video loads. Be sure to take note of the audience demographic. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Darth Chaos EMAIL: darthchaosofrspw@gmail.com IP: 63.157.167.232 URL: DATE: 05/03/2006 08:57:50 PM Daniel = flaming queen on crack........not that there's anything wrong with that ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: America's Roof Blog STATUS: Draft ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 04:14:52 PM ----- BODY: Images_9
America's Roof has launched a blog which covers news about highest points in the world and U.S.. We've surfed their website from time to time but this is the first we've seen their blog. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: What Will Save The Outdoor Industry? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 08:28:05 PM ----- BODY: Invamed_cadiz_shopper_thumb_1
Got your attention didn't I? There was a hilarious post, the name of the blog escapes me at the moment, where they googled questions but searched under the image category. Questions like, "What is the coolest thing in the world"? The results were pretty dam funny so naturally I ripped off the idea and googled, What will save the outdoor industry"? The image above was my favorite but here is a couple more. Bed_1 Patio_1
When I googled, "What will save outdoor retail" this one made me laugh out loud. Knee ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: With friends like this... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/09/2004 09:35:23 PM ----- BODY: I'm sure that this reader is simply an ex-climber working for a law firm who's jonesing to get back to the mountains. Yeah that's it... a climber. A really nice person. Yeah. Sure. With_friends_like_this ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: GoDogGo STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/10/2004 07:45:46 AM ----- BODY: Ballmouth GoDogGo has now been posted on just about every other blog on the planet. Our Sun Valley expatriate tipped us off over a week a go and we slacked on the post. When it showed up today on Growabrain it was time to jump on the bandwagon. With GoDogo, an automatic feeder and a computerized doggie door, your dog can now live without you! Add one to your pet department today, tennis balls included! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: A Hero's Tale: Charlie Houston NOW segment TONIGHT! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/10/2004 03:16:46 PM ----- BODY: Big_insnow
Attention to anyone interested in historical figures of American Alpinism: Be sure to watch NOW with Bill Moyers tonight at 8:00 p.m. on KCET Public Television. Bill Moyers will be doing a segment on Charlie Houston - mountaineer and author of K2's (the mountain) definitive history. The program will also focus upon Charlie's accomplishments in the field of medicine.
The life of 91-year-old Charles Houston has been packed with adventure and achievement. Houston has scaled some of the world's towering mountains. His studies of the altitude tolerance of bomber pilots during World War II were crucial in helping the Allies design strategies to defeat Japanese and German flyers. Later, Houston led the first Peace Corps project in India. As a physician, he helped invent a forerunner of the Jarvik artificial heart and is one of the world's foremost authorities on high altitude medicine. And Charles Houston is also an author, having written a number of books documenting his mountaineering adventures and mountaineering science.
LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Mr. Scherer in his element STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/11/2004 12:46:47 AM ----- BODY: Ipodmicro340233 The inventor of the reflective tent line, the world's heaviest pen, the Spectra pack, smell-marketing, and the photo-sensitive tent window, Mike Scherer is also a full fledged Mac geek who I know was one of the few who owned a Newton (purchased via his Apple credit card). LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Yugioh - Repeat.... YOU-GI-OH STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/11/2004 08:55:23 AM ----- BODY: Yugioh_1 I'm just a caveman. I fell into some ice and was later thawed out by some of your scientists...... A Yahoo piece on how Japanaese animation is, "Catching on in the US". A much better piece would have been how to withhold your kids Yugioh cards as a behavior modification tool. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Livestrong......... Be an Organ Donor! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/11/2004 09:11:51 AM ----- BODY: Livewrong Now maybe all you geeks who still think it's cool to be wearing a certain yellow rubber bracelet will realize it's officially OVER and will please take the dam thing off. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Piton EMAIL: IP: 68.101.183.185 URL: DATE: 12/11/2004 09:56:41 PM Ohhh... ouch.... talk about not very PC. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 12/12/2004 08:46:56 AM OVER! http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/overhaulin/episode/season2/episode209/episode209.html ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Under the Banner of Heaven? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/11/2004 10:38:51 AM ----- BODY: Godsbrothelcover
"If the 9,000 members of a polygamous Mormon sect in south-west Utah felt comfortable borrowing from their local bank like there was no tomorrow, it was because, in their minds, that was precisely the case. The world, they had been told, was coming to an end".
LINK If there ever was another reason to get the trade show out of SLC it is the state of Utah turning a blind eye over the years to ongoing statutory rape at the fundamentalist community featured in the above story. Required Reading: "God's Brothel"
"A chilling indictment of contemporary fundamentalist polygamy God’s Brothel reveals gruesome facts about bible-based polygamy through the voices of eighteen women who escaped from ten of the main eleven religious groups as well as independent families, who practicing polygamy. Their stories include rape, incest, orgies and violence making this form of polygamy more akin to sexual slavery than to any quaint religious or lifestyle choice".
LINK "Under the Banner of Heaven" LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Jack's New Ride STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/11/2004 09:10:54 PM ----- BODY: Jacks_ride ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Where do you get your Outdoor news? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/11/2004 10:13:58 PM ----- BODY: Please_read The Piton receives a fair number of emails with statements like, "You guys aren't telling us anything new, I read the same thing last week at www.xyz.com." Well, no shit. First, if you are interested in a thought provoking look at a possible future of journalism, you need to view the following LINK. Then, make your own damn news. To further the cause we've added a short list of possible sources to start you down the path. Check 'em out at the bottom of the column to the right. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: K2 Strategy for Growth STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/12/2004 09:40:14 AM ----- BODY: K2logo The Piton has aquired an internal K2 Powerpoint presentation, with sound, which gives an overview of their strategy for growth. Download K2.ppt ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Ladies Only STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/13/2004 03:05:42 PM ----- BODY: Babes_logo Babes in the Backcountry Chicks_picks Chicks with Picks Ladies, don't fret! It won't matter what condition your kids are in after you return from one of these weekends. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Arrive tired, leave inspired STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/13/2004 06:20:32 PM ----- BODY: Ca Conservation Alliance Membership Meeting When: Sunday, January 30, 8-9 AM Where: The Marriott, Salon F Guest Speaker: Deborah Williams, Alaska Conservation Foundation "The Future of Alaska's Wildlands" Home to ancient forests, vast mountain ranges, and healthy populations of bears, wolves, caribou, elk, moose and salmon, Alaska is among the last great wild landscapes in the world. But, Alaska's wildlands are increasingly the target of proposed oil drilling and logging. Come hear the latest about the future of Alaska's wildlands from Deborah Williams, Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF). ACF works to protect the integrity of Alaska's ecosystems, and promote sustainable livelihoods for Alaska's communities. Under Williams' leadership, ACF has led efforts to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, and the Tongass National Forest from logging. Alaska will likely be a major conservation battleground in 2005. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the threats to Alaska's wildlands and what you can do to help. Also learn about the latest Conservation Alliance victories, new members, and plans for 2005. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. BRING A FRIEND! Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed $4,140,059 to grassroots environmental groups across the nation, and its member companies are proud of the results: To date the groups funded have saved over 34 million acres of wild lands and 14 dams have been either prevented or removed-all through grassroots community efforts. The Conservation Alliance is a unique funding source for grassroots environmental groups. It is the only environmental grantmaker whose funds come from a potent yet largely untapped constituency for protection of ecosystems - the non-motorized outdoor recreation industry and its customers. This industry has great incentive to protect the places in which people use the clothing, hiking boots, tents and backpacks it sells. The industry is also uniquely positioned to educate outdoor enthusiasts about threats to wild places, and engage them to take action. Finally, when it comes to decision-makers - especially those in the Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management, this industry has clout - an important tool that small advocacy groups can wield. Ultimately, the Alliance believes that more than any other group, this industry should be giving back to the landscapes on which its customers recreate, and the Conservation Alliance is the ultimate venue by which to do so. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Mavericks Big Wave Contest or........ STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/13/2004 07:08:49 PM ----- BODY: Mavs_lurp
How do you walk with balls so big? This just in from "The Dude". The super bowl of big wave surfing is back after a three year hiatus. The event will take place sometime between 12/1/04 and 3/31/05 depending on Mother Nature. Photos from a Mavericks "Big Wave" session on 12/5 when it was "small" + or - 20 feet. Click on above image for a sample. LINK Nor-Cal surf forecast. They are calling for wave up to 30’ + feet, which means 50 + at Mavericks, contest could be a GO! LINK Maverick Surf LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: We may be small... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/13/2004 07:38:20 PM ----- BODY: Firefoxscreensnapz001 ...but The Piton is growing. Thanks to all the authors for driving the content that is driving theses kind of daily increases. We only started tracking our traffic on Nov 19, but we'll be posting updates if the information is deamed interesting. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Shift Exhibition STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 06:44:30 AM ----- BODY: Shift_bebike_exhib
"It is widely believed that a bike messenger, TAKI 183, was the founder of the modern graffiti movement. To this day, bicycles and contemporary street art-encompassing everything from graffiti tags and throws to vinyl stickers and wheatpaste posters-go hand-in-hand as two primary signifiers of the modern city. One a mode of transportation, the other a trace of everyday urban existence".
"Shift is an exhibition of eight custom-designed Be.BIKE bicycles by eight highly-acclaimed graffiti-influenced artists: FUTURA, HAZE, KAWS, KENJI HIRATA, MATZU MTP, MISK, SKWERM, and STASH. Each bike has been altered completely to represent the artist's vision".
Meanwhile the outdoor industry is trying to figure out how to appeal to fat people. Via Josh Rubin LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Indespensible Trade Show Materials STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 07:00:24 AM ----- BODY: Parekh20041208fightingback
Print these out for use during trade show when obnoxious cell phone users are annoying you.............it's time to fight back! Tip of the hat to our compadre in Metropolitan Wyoming. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Grando Zero Espace STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 08:14:33 AM ----- BODY: Iow A spin off of the R&D department of Italian Clothing manufacturer Corpo Nove, GZE is developing some wild wearable technology. They devlop everything from cooling garments for Moto GP, Formula One and Le Mans to unique fabrics and space age insulating materials. Be sure to check out Aero Gel under research and materials. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Judge EMAIL: IP: 208.139.204.27 URL: DATE: 12/14/2004 11:18:00 AM An especially useful material when taking those flights which get a little too close to the sun...Maybe Aerogel can be used as standard material for commercial space flight suits. The Italians are always thinking way ahead of the curve! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: On This Date in History STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 08:16:00 AM ----- BODY: Amundson
Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the South Pole, beating his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott.
Scott's expedition was less fortunate. Scott LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: New Trade Show Wear STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 08:38:22 AM ----- BODY: Smithbig Click on image for larger view. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: FITNESS POST OF THE WEEK! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 06:17:13 PM ----- BODY: Fatalbertgang
HEY HEY HEY! "Hey-ba man-ba,…Whys dis nordic walking dudesa dressed-da up-pa like-ka deye Funky Phantoma,….man-ba,.. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Shopping on the Toilet Since 1912 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 07:24:20 PM ----- BODY: Llb_p3_300x250_under30 Based on all the advertising they're doing this holiday season it looks like LL Bean has implemented the Old Navy, nothing costs more than 30 bucks, strategy. Click on image for a larger view. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 12/14/2004 09:14:08 PM Yeah, to the tune of $1.5 billion (ish). ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Update on Mavericks STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/14/2004 10:16:17 PM ----- BODY:

NorcalUpdate to previous post about Mavericks LINK. I think this Friday is the day...

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The Good News? Your brand is no longer at the top of a Backpacker Magazine reader survey category! The BAD News? You're still on the list. The freshest issue of Backpacker features a, "Readers' Choice Award" version of their bi-annual Readers Survey, an event that has been anxiously awaited by company Presidents, marketing departments and PR agencies since its inception 20 odd years ago. In the past this exercise was not put in print, was conducted as a reader survey and was used as an informational tool for advertisers. If the "Readers Choice Awards" are the new form of the "Reader Survey" lost in all the "news" about the Cat's Meow, Angelena Jolie and YNP is that Gregory has assumed the favorite pack company award from Kelty, a position they have held since the "Survey" started. Now before we all pig pile on The Piton for picking on Kelty again rest assured we think the further down that list you are the better off you are. The bad news for current Kelty President Casey Sheahan is his new employer Patagonia was voted the top apparel company. Backpacker.com now also features a monthly on-line readers choice poll. This months probing question, "what is your favorite trail breakfast"? Since there is no Bloody Mary option if you have a moment, and don't mind giving Rodale a bit of personal information, we urge you to stuff the ballot box and vote for Tsampa. Next time the Readers Choice awards come around the BLF is going to go into action. Vote here NOW! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 207.114.132.66 URL: DATE: 12/15/2004 09:04:31 AM Can somebody please explain the Angelena Jolie comment to me? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 24.16.191.218 URL: DATE: 12/15/2004 09:14:45 AM She was voted by Backpacker readers as the #1 dream hiking partner. Jesus came in at #37. Appears that the reader survey demographics are a shade of blue. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Lab Testing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/15/2004 07:52:25 AM ----- BODY: Mister_starbuck2 Have your products Lab Tested! LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More fun than a credit memo! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/15/2004 08:03:45 AM ----- BODY:

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Deliver your next quarterly co-op payment to REI Dick's in style.

Via Gizmodo
LINK

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"A Volkswagen Westfalia design concept, created by Montreal-based design firm Verdier et Collaborateurs, offers a vision of how the goals of both simplicity and flexibility can be met in an vehicle for active lifestyles. Aside from being a redesigned and updated VW microbus, the concept also provides an IKEA-like take on van camping, with a space-saving, Swiss-army knife sensibility. Either that, or it’s the perfect first home for ex-Phishheads".
Will be unveiled at the 2005 Detroit auto show. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Judge EMAIL: IP: 208.139.204.27 URL: DATE: 12/15/2004 01:53:26 PM In case you need a bong for the van, http://bong.com/. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Hail to the Chief STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/15/2004 08:56:03 AM ----- BODY: Bush_seal The jungle tom toms have been beating VERY LOUDLY this morning with word that Kenny Ballard will be named the new President at Kelty. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Pics! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 DATE: 12/15/2004 09:07:16 AM ----- BODY:

NalgeneHey, don't forget to check out our new picture listings in the right hand column. Submissions accepted!

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I'm choking from all the smoke signals sent my way on this one. It's irresponsible and not completely confirmed but what the hell...

"Sole Survivor Corp. filed Chapter 7 (no protection, just flat out bankruptcy).  The Buxbaum boys now own the Gramicci brand, and the new company is called Gramicci Inc."

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Ouch

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Ca_3
If so, do two things:

1. DURING THE OR SHOW: Come to the Conservation Alliance membership meeting and hear from Deborah Williams, Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF). Under Deborah’s leadership, ACF has led the effort to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and the Tongass National Forest from logging.

When: Sunday, January 30, 8-9 A.M.
Where: Salt Lake City, The Marriott, Salon F

2. TODAY: Take action: LINK

Thanks John!

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"A survey of overseas backpackers in Sydney and Cairns has revealed Australia as the get lucky country, with more than half having sex with a new partner in the previous three days. 1 per cent of the backpackers surveyed admitted to be HIV positive and half to having sexual intercourse in Australia without a condom. The disturbingly high consumption of alcohol among backpackers lowered inhibitions and caused them to jettison many of the safeguards they automatically adopted when contemplating sex with new partners back home".
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"Imagine wearing a jacket or rucksack that charges up your mobile phone while you take a walk. Or a tent whose flysheet charges batteries all day so campers can have light all night. Or a roll-out plastic sheet you can place on a car's rear window shelf to power a child's DVD player. Such applications could soon become a reality thanks to a light, flexible solar panel that is a little thicker than photographic film and can easily be applied to everyday fabrics".
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All the focus on fighting obesity sure seems to be having an impact.
Carl's Jr. on Wednesday introduced the Breakfast Burger, a hamburger topped with a fried egg, hash browns, bacon and cheese, that weighs in at 830 calories and 46 grams of fat. Hardee's, meanwhile, last month added the Monster Thickburger to its menu. With two one-third-pound beef patties, four strips of bacon, and three slices of cheese, the burger has 1,417 calories and a whopping 107 grams of fat.
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Posted on Bicycle Retailer on 12/16; I had to rip Marie Cocco's column from the Washington Post for your reading pleasure. December 15, 2004 WASHINGTON — I haven't purchased my best holiday present yet, but I've already received it. My 10-year-old son has asked for a new bike. That is all I could ever want for Christmas. For he is a vid-kid who is called upon by his parents to rescue us from our ineptitude at operating the DVD player. He is owner of a Game Boy (his third) and a collection of computer games that is alarmingly heavy on science fiction. He is a connoisseur of movies and has developed a habit of watching them while displaying subtitles in different languages. He's especially fond of those bonus scenes about how the director and crew achieved the totally awesome special effects. He is, by every measure, a normal 10-year-old. That's what had me worried. Until he asked for the bike. The holiday shopping season is again shaping up as an American celebration of all things electronic. If your list does not include an iPod or a DVD player or a cell phone that can deliver a fully dressed turkey for the holiday feast (or at least display a glistening bird to be ordered at the touch of your keypad), then you are out of the consumer mainstream. The "hot" toys for kids as young as the Sesame Street set are electrified and digitized. There even are gadgets that toddlers can use to interact with their favorite television shows. Just place your TV-activated Batwave Batmobile near to the set during an episode of "The Batman" and watch it react to the plot with lights and sound. The couch-potato crowd, from preschoolers on up, is going to be snug and warm — and wired — this winter. ----- EXTENDED BODY: This is no lamentation for simpler times, for the days when marketers pushed their wares on adults and not kids. Baseball cards came with bubble gum, remember? Years ago, when my husband retrieved his card collection from his mother's attic, we found a few football "cards" he'd cut from cereal boxes. The marketers' nexus between kid food and fun was established even then. And technology? Toys have changed with it for as long as I can remember. My own favorite Christmas doll, Chatty Cathy, had a string you pulled to hear her electronic voice speak. "Let's play school!" she would say. "Will you brush my hair?" I don't remember anyone complaining about how my creativity would be stunted because Cathy — and not me — wrote the script. "The kid is still the kid," said Brian Weston, an account supervisor for the Geppetto Group, a Manhattan marketing company that aims at kids. "The basic motivation and the things they need are the same as they were 20 or 30 years ago. ... They're still looking to explore." Only now exploration is likely to come through clicking a mouse and gossiping with friends online. It's a sedentary, socially isolating and potentially dangerous activity that may or may not turn out to be the ruin of a generation. No one can say yet. But I take some comfort from knowing that the horrors imagined by earlier parents in their alarm at youth culture didn't bring on calamity. Elvis did not destroy civilization as we know it. So what accounts for my joy at a little boy's Christmas request for a bike? I know he is most unlikely to take off on his own after school, careening around the neighborhood like we used to. And I know why he asked for the new set of wheels. When he visited friends recently, he was the only kid still riding a bike with 20-inch wheels — and a hand-me-down at that. Peer pressure for a larger bike, not some fantasy about the wind racing through his hair, is at the heart of this desire. Part of my good feeling is just nostalgia. Perhaps this spring, Michael will indeed take off at a fast clip and feel that surge of freedom so many kids today don't experience. Part of it is pride. I am as uncomfortable as any parent with the media that saturates our kids' lives. I have restricted electronic play time as much as I can, monitored what comes into the house — and still don't know if I've succeeded at whatever it is my limits are meant to achieve. But Michael has asked for a bike, and this simple request is really quite grand. Because maybe, just maybe, it means he's doing just fine. ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: The Latest Outdoor News! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 12/17/2004 06:02:00 PM ----- BODY: Kill Kill it and Grill it weblog would be more appropriate. Given the stampede to hook and bullet distribution by many ot the traditional outdoor brands maybe these guys can call themselves an outdoor weblog. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Nike Outdoor? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 12/17/2004 06:47:28 PM ----- BODY: Tiger_1
Word on the street is that Nike is dropping the ACG program and renaming it, "Nike Outdoor". There is strong indication that they have pulled out of the upcoming OR show as well. Prime OR real estate if you can get it! Have at it "responsible" trade publications. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Piton TITLE: Message from "The Don" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 12/19/2004 03:43:03 PM ----- BODY:

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Don Banducci weighs in on all things Watermark in a piece which appeared recently in the Eureka paper. The former owner and man behind Yakima for 25 years takes the current owners to task for the decision to relocate the offices from Arcata to Portland. Watermark has also pulled Yakima out of both the upcoming SIA and OR shows.

Tip of the hat to Valentino Vellhung, one of our correspondents in Jackson Hole.

Don Banducci: The house that Yakima built

James Faulk The Times-Standard
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BAYSIDE -- In a palatial cabin-style, custom-built home nestled among
pine trees, Don Banducci seems to be doing well.

With long and graying hair, a healthy family and a pack of hound dogs
running around on hardwood floors, he is the perfect example of where
capitalism, and sound business sense, can get a man.

And he got it in Humboldt County through Yakima, a company he and
partners built around Humboldt County and its creative and isolated way
of life. When Watermark cited the area's infrastructural limitations as
a reason for its decision to relocate to Portland, Ore., Banducci wasn't
buying it. The airport's limitations and an inability to attract talent
to this area were high on the list of the company's reasons to move.

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"My main thing is to make it clear to the community at large that there
are other issues at play," he said. "Maybe Watermark is not being as
forthcoming as it might be. Do not blame it on the infrastructure issues
of Humboldt County. That's the wrong message to send to people."

In 1979, Banducci and his business partner at the time, Steve Cole,
bought a small manufacturing company out of Yakima, Wash. Over the
course of the next 25 years, they fashioned a business that took
Humboldt County's quirky quality of life, Arcata's artistic character
and their own love of the outdoors and made it into a $25 million dollar
a year business.

Yakima featured a culture that was unique and relaxed in the business
world. Upon entering their headquarters in Arcata, one was immediately
struck by the huge Duane Flatmo mural that adorns the wall. According to
Banducci, their decisions weren't entirely based on the bottom line, but
on making a good product and making a go of it in Arcata.

Yakima, by Humboldt County standards, was enormously successful, and
they did it despite the infrastructural limitations of the area. They
created good-paying jobs and brought a measure of wealth to a number of
community causes they supported, all while staying true to their
original vision.

"We wanted to give the product personality, give the company
personality, create a culture," Banducci said. "It was live in Arcata,
make a quality product, take what you do very seriously and try to take
yourself less so."

Ultimately, though, in 1994, he and his partners sold the business to
another company, Kransco.

"This house was in the middle of being built," Banducci said. "I thought
I was going to be president for life, and entertaining people from all
over the world as Mr. Yakima. Then all of a sudden, here we are
garnering the company to sell. It was kind of a shock."

A shock because Kransco met an asking price that at the time seemed too
good to pass up. That decision to sell, however, was followed by a
measure of guilt.

"I was seduced by the very thing I always believed wasn't important," he
said. "So there's remorse there."

Kransco has a penchant for making big money, and they turned Yakima from
a decent-sized local company into a well-oiled rack-making machine that
had doubled its profits and was ripe for purchase. Kransco shopped
Yakima around to many premier companies who made offers that approached
and sometimes surpassed $70 million. Finally, Watermark came in late in
the bidding process and paid what many close to the situation felt was
way too much -- $91 million.

In seven years, Kransco had almost quadrupled its money by lowering
costs and moving the company's manufacturing to Mexico, then selling it
to Watermark. Since then, Watermark has struggled and not because of
infrastructural issues, Banducci said.

Those can be a hurdle to business in Humboldt County, but they are not
prohibitive, he said.

Recruitment issues for Watermark, Banducci said, stem from knowledge in
the industry that the company isn't doing well, and from the way the
company treats the people it means to hire.

"There's a stink on the company," he said.

There's large gaps in the leadership structure, and what remains
essentially a strong brand in Yakima has been buried under the numerous
other brands that have since been attached.

There are dozens of examples of big businesses doing well in rural
areas, like Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream in Vermont, Yakima until the late
1990s, Sun Valley Floral Farms and others.

These companies made a commitment to stay in a place that was conducive
to their culture and did so, Banducci said.

"The major reason why Yakima as a brand was so successful was because of
its culture," Banducci said.

It appears now that Watermark is throwing that culture in the trash, he
said.

"Yakima was this amazing confluence of people and energy and market
timing, and I don't think anyone realized just how good we had it,"
Banducci said. "In our day it was a spiritual quest to make roof racks.
We were going to make the world a better place through the manufacture
and marketing and use of multi-sport roof racks and everybody kind of
believed in that. ... As soon as the guys at the top say that doesn't
count for anything, you're cutting the legs out from under people and
the only reason they're there is to collect a paycheck."

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MjawMoosejaw is now my favorite Outdoor web-store. Any business that quotes The Big Lebowski on their homepage immediately moves to the top of my list.

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Get people to start smoking.

Obesity is considered a major public-health problem, but many scientists are coming to see it as a comparative blessing, given the alternative. These public-heath experts believe, in effect, that America may have traded smoking — a truly lethal habit — for the lesser deadliness of eating too much.

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"Coming in late 2005: the world's first drive-in mega grocery store. Think Sam's Club/Costco meets McDonald's. One less reason for America to get up off of its increasingly fat ass"!

Via Boing Boing

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UPDATE:  "North American asses collectively growing in anticipation of Samsung's new 102 inch plasma TV"

Via Fark:

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The Outdoor Weblog picked up on our "Kill it and Grill It" post from last week. LINK  The intended meaning of our post was to highlight the number of core outdoor brands flocking to the previously black-balled hunting and fishing retailers in order to satisfy shareholder demands. 

The author of the Outdoor Weblog took this opportunity to express his views on the outdoor industry. LINK

"Those Kelty-packin', snowboardin', latte-drinkin' elite hipsters have every reason to look down their noses at those of us who might view outdoor recreation a little differently than they do."

Guilty as charged. The elitism we can portray makes me sick at times, and building the bridge to the hunting and fishing community seems to be a hot topic at the moment. Even Mr. Hodgson at www.snewsnet.com has a few points on it this week (paid subscription required).

To the author of the Outdoor Weblog, an apology. A sincere apology while I sip on my decaf soy capuccino (since I'm lactose intolerant).

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inspirational credit to p.c. vey LINK

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Mountain Stats is a web community designed specifically for you, the snow sports enthusiast.

You Can:

Collect and analyze your performance stats for each run:

Total Vertical
Distance Covered
Top/Average Speed
Degree of Slope
Rate of Descent
Compare your stats against your buddies'
See how you rank against other boarders or skiers

Compete in contests for prizes!

Get a free Mountain Stats "Gold" membership when you buy a GPS unit from Mountain Stats, including Garmin and some at prices, "to low to advertise".

In the fine print:

The software that you are using has been produced by and tested by Mountain Stats, Inc.  This software is neither written by nor approved by Garmin for use with their equipment and the use of Mountain Stats, Inc software may void your Garmin warranties.

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Today's apple.com piece about Aspen resident, mountain guide and President of the board of the American Mountain Guides Dick Jackson and his short documentary,“Between Earth and Sky/Over Khumbu”. In addition to high altitude paragliding Dick and his team filmed tandem flights with local Sherpas.

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A beautiful 2004 Tour de France photo exhibit by Caroline Yang. You can catch it at One on One Studio in Minneapolis through January 15th.

A link to 9 of the images, great stuff.

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Well not quite like Cippolini but on his bike at least.

Via Information Junk

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Cuomo ti ciamo?  Mario......Mario

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“I was waiting for my car to be washed, and this guy handed me a tip,” says filmmaker Sergio Arau. “I’d say to myself, ‘Do I look like I work here?’” His experiences sparked his ten-year journey to create his first feature film, a multi-layered pastiche that imagines a California in chaos without its Latino community

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Some more holiday diversity humor via boingboing

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So is this what happens when you suffer from Cat Scratch Fever?

The above image is from Ted Nugent's web site. I hope Santa does not plan on showing up at Ted's Kamp for Kids Wild Game Dinner.

Bet you latte drinkers out there did not know that in addition to being a rock and roll legend "The Nuge" is an accomplished outdoorsman.

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"He's a nut about collecting chemical elements, just like me. Recently the lucky bastard got his hands on something like like a kilo of Iridium from this guy in the form of painstakingly arc-melted buttons".

From Live Journal
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Visual Elements features a series of computer generated landscape views and models based on various patterns and relationships within the periodic table.
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The good doctor should like this one too.

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Happy Holidays Amigo!

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It is 3:45 on Christmas morning, I find myself in an incredible house halfway up Deer Valley, and I am awake.  I can’t sleep.  I am remembering Christmases from my younger years where I was unable to sleep, watching the minutes tick by, waiting to hear my folks stir, so that I could race down to tear open gifts.  Was it going to be a bike, a pair of skis, a new sleeping bag, a new ski jacket and pants, who knew, most likely, it would be all the above, I will admit I grew up spoiled.  What I do know is that I can safely say that my family single handedly helped fund many of your outdoor companies thru vast retail consumerism. My family believed in outdoor activities.  My parents wanted my brother and myself to stay off the couch, away from the TV.  Sometimes it killed me, I always wanted a “No-Friendo” or and X-Box, but they were very much against that.  I learned outdoor skills thru hunting and fishing, backcountry skiing, and camping that I take for granted, until I go and do activities with other friends, who no shit head up to the mountains to go camping with books like “Camping for Dummies” they wouldn’t be able to take care of themselves if they had to. Looking back thanks Mom and Dad.  Anyways, I digress…back to the Rant!

What keeps me awake this morning is not the dream of presents, but thoughts of the experience I had yesterday.  Christmas Eve day I found myself in need of starting my Christmas shopping, I had done…well, none!  So, I piled into the Land Rover belonging to the house I am staying at, with the owners’ daughter an old friend, and a new lesbian couple I had met only the evening before.  We drove down the valley and out to Highway 80 intersection where all the Factory outlets are.  Wow, the Park City area has boomed in the last few years.  This is my twentieth Christmas here in the Valley and it is sad to say, that at the young age of 28 I can already say those dreaded words, which all kids hate to hear!! “When I was a kid…” “ I can remember that there was nothing between the Yarrow, and Highway 80.”  Well that’s just not true today.  The development from the Olympics has changed this valley forever.   Anyways, I digress…back to the Rant!

So, after fighting our way thru traffic and then looking, waiting, jockeying for a parking space, we find ourselves in the center of Outlet World.  There is everything we have become used to seeing at Outlet Malls: Mikasa, Coach, Banana Republic, Nike, Gap, Big Dog, Oshkosh, the list goes on.  At this Outlet center, by looks of the layout, it seem as if they outgrew their original retail square layout, and since there are obviously no development regulations here, they just went ahead and blasted out a new even larger square, just above the original one.  This my fiends was a Christmas Eve War-Zone!  There were people everywhere and they weren’t just grazing, window-shopping, looking around…these people were doing some serious sport shopping.  Women were running into stores coming out with bags large enough to live in, running them to their Suburban, turning around and doing all over again.  I was very impressed.  Anyways, I digress…back to the Rant!

In our group we were going to divide and conquer!  My friend Sarah and I were going one direction and the lesbian couple, another.  We were to meet back at the truck at 1:00.  So, Sarah and I headed out.  She wanted to go the Pearl Izumi outlet.  We went in and after looking around for a second I had to check myself.  I walked over to the bike shorts and looked at the high-end model and the price was $219, I spoke with the sales person to clarify if the store was an outlet store, or an in-line retail store like the Bose Factory Store.  She let me know that it was a retail store until after Christmas and then it would “Slash prices”; however, if I wanted “cheap stuff now” there were some bins in the front.  I meandered up front and saw huge bins of neon head warmers, and more pink and blue kids-bike-gloves than I think there are kids who own bikes today.  Pretty much anything with a good price was…well Crap.  Having been in the outdoor industry for over 6 years now, I knew I had other means to obtain these products a bit more fair price.  The Pro-Deal is ALIVE!  It was thoughts like these, which started me on this Rant, and from there on out, I started to look at this retail experience a-wee-bit differently.  We left Pearl and moved on to Nike.  This time my friend found some items to buy, but not much and I found nothing to buy, however I found plenty to think about.  Boy is there a lot of Crap out there. Who buys this stuff??

Walking out of Nike it hit me like a ton of bricks. Just a few weeks ago, I was forwarded a letter about the state of the outdoor industry.  It had been written over 20 years ago by one of our industries founding fathers, Yvon Chouinard. YC had gone on about how back in the day there were true specialty stores and how when you used to go into a climbing store, the sales people actually were climbers and could sell something to you while at the same time provide you with some knowledge.  He compared it to how in the old days you would go to a cheese house to buy cheese and then do to a butcher shop to buy meat and a produce stand to get fresh produce.  He went on to admit it was a hassle and that demand created the SUPERMARKET.  The one stop-shop, a place to get everything you need and don’t NEED, while the food industry got Safeway and Von’s, the outdoor industry got REI and Galyan’s.  He goes on, and on but the thing that affected me the most was that he had mentioned that products used to be special.  They were well thought out and were things that lasted. 

Walking out of Nike, I didn’t feel like there was one special thing there.  Of course everything needs a designer and all product takes time to be developed, but what the hell are we doing??  We as an industry have totally changed how we do business.  We used to think about the sport and how that sport was performed; in turn we would all do our best to design what we thought was the best solution to a problem or what made an activity more enjoyable.  Now days, we load the shotgun and just blast out SKU’s.  It is complete “SKU-itus!”  Instead of thinking, and getting really creative we try to make everything, yet we really haven’t made things much better.  Now I know that we have come along ways in backpacks, I can’t tell you how much more I love my Gregory of today than my Kelty frame pack I had when I was 10, damn that thing hurt.  But look at kayaking dry tops.  We have re-invented that wheel 100 times over and still to date the best one ever was the Patagonia Nemo from 5 years ago.  The industry has made dry tops prettier, but we still have the dreaded Latex neck gasket, lets try to think out of the box and improve some technology!! 

So what is the ripple effect to how we are doing business today?  It is right where all this rant started.  Outlet Shops.  Among the three outdoor companies I have been with in my short time, there is one common thing, and that is that there isn’t a whole lot of communication between the design side and the sales side.  If there were, Outlet Malls would shrivel up.  People would be buying the right things not mulling thru bins of Crap you hope only to see at a costume party.  If we as design people stopped and checked ourselves and asked “who is really going to buy the hot pink mesh XYZ” or stopped listening to the athletes for fashion advice and started listening to them about how to improve the functionality of the product we would be much better off.  Right now we are making sunglasses for athletes, which are so outlandish that they will only wear them to stand out while being filmed.  Just once ask some pro skate kid if he would really drop $100 bucks out of his own pocket for them.  I know the numbers here, and it is a BIG NO-WAY!  Anyways, once again, I digress…back to the Rant!

Going back to another letter from YC, he talks about “use it up, re-use it, pass it on, and then recycle it”.  I am all for it.  But at the same time Patagonia is being hypocritical.  They make so much stuff that they have to have its own chain of OUTLET shops.  I have a suggestion, how about “Design it, RE-design it, Think if it is going to sell, then, Make it”, then move on to “use it up, re-use it, pass it on, then recycle it”. 

Not too long ago there were very few Outlet centers, Freeport, Maine, and Vacaville, California, there were a few others, but they were destinations.  Hotels sprung up near these places because you would go there for a weekend. They were a place that you could go and find good stuff that maybe had a production issue, or it had been a top selling SKU for 5 years and the company thought it would last one more, and built too many.  Now, as I walk into the Banana Republic Outlet store, I look at a tag on the inside of a pair of jeans, and the tag says “Banana Republic, Outlet” So, at that point I had to walk over to the lady, because this meant that either the company was bringing in their jeans with issues and burning more margin in cutting out the old tag, and re-stitching in a new one to show it was from the outlet, or, they are making a new line, creating product especially for the Outlets.  I ask and find out it is the latter.  They are now making jeans, which they are selling for $65 at the Outlet.  I don’t know this for sure, but isn’t the “Cheaper” brand of Banana, called the Gap?  And from there it goes down to Old Navy, and then I think to… well, who cares.  Is there an end to the bottom feeding?  How are these companies making any margin?  At the American Eagle in-line store, you can buy jeans for $10, where do they sell their left over crap?  I have an idea that work with YC’s “use it, re-use it”, thing…why don’t the high end jean companies go buy the cheap ass American Eagle jeans, and rip off the labels, wash them a few times, cut some holes in them and make them look like they have seen better days, and sew in their fancy label and sell them for $150.  Cheaper than making them themselves.  Anyways, once again, I digress…

Sorry for the rant, but sometimes you just get this stuff in your head!!  There go the grooming machines for the night, yet there is no show?  Time to get ready for Christmas Morning. 

Oh, yeah and by the way, spent two hours in hell and didn’t even buy a thing, and the lesbian couple, they came home with bags and bags, happy as can be because they wear the same size and I guess they learned from Sesame Street and know how to share!!!

Now I have to go make some IOU Christmas cards!!   

Merry Christmas!!

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"As summer begins to sizzle in the Southern Hemisphere, Australians have found a new way to protect themselves from the fierce sunlight: laundry detergent with UV protection. With every wash, the sun protection provided by T-shirts and other clothing is increased until it's five to 10 times more effective".

From Wired

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Hairy_fishnutsThis story from Ski Press World has so many twists and turns I don't even where to start with a sarcastic comment. Maybe I could Photoshop a Hairy Fishnut, driving a GT40 with a trunk full of cash and ski racks?!

Ford Plans Ski Village in Indian Himalayas To Ultimately Host Olympics

Alfred Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford (founder of Ford Motors), is keen to find a spot in the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh to open a $250-million ski village according to Ford’s managing director, John Robert Sims, who said he expected a memorandum of understanding to be signed in Delhi with Indian government officials before the end of the month.

The ambitious plan, to build the ski area at around 8,000 to 9,000 feet, would put it amongst the world’s 50 highest. Ford say the resort would require around 100 hectares of land, be built in the local architectural style and not involve the removal of anyone already living in the chosen spot, which is yet to be finalised, although a location near the popular tourism town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh is favoured.

Alfred Ford is a major financial contributor to the Hare Krishna sect but Ford executives stressed that this was a, “purely commercial venture” and that they ultimately intended to stage a Winter Olympics there.

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Wired - Mappr
Tired - Geo-caching
Expired - Map and Compass

"Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take. By adding geographical information  to the wealth of photographs found online, it allows new ways of looking  at spaces and images.  Mappr adds place to pictures.

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When MNBC runs a story about Geo-Caching going mainstream and REI runs a two page catalog spread can you say, "old news"?

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"Malcolm Gladwell, says one fan, is "just a thinker." But what a thinker. His provocative ideas are taking the business world by storm. So who is this guy, and what can he teach you about business"?

For those of you who have read, "The TIpping Point" he has a new book out.

From Fast Company

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I say we set a tripod up at the Conservation Alliance Meeting.

"The Face of Tomorrow is an open source project. Anyone can send in 100 photos and Mike will composite the face for that city or place. All you need is a digital camera and a tripod. It takes a couple of hours and it’s a lot of fun".

"In each city I take 100 photos of people in one specific location. I then divide these into male and female and from these I make a composite face. I am not interested in whether a person was born in that place, whether they are a citizen or whether they are simply a tourist. Everyone who is in that place represents the future potential face of that place. In this way the Face of Tomorrow is like a census. A snapshot of a place at a moment in time. The present and the future".

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According to a recent industry press release KIVA designs has inked a licensing deal with noted travel guru Rick Steves. Debuting at the upcoming winter OR show the release states the new collection will, "incorporate a myriad of creative new ideas, reflecting the energy and spirit of Rick Steves' travel philosophy". 

If the current offering is any indication Rick must have had a personality transplant.

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Digital Globe provides high res satellite images of any place in the world.

There are a number of images that show before and after the Tsunami struck Sri Lanka that are amazing. Be sure to check out their other sample images.

Via Boing Boing

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Wikipedia coverage of earthquake and Tsunami

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Appears all the Viagra being used to combat altitude sickness is not going to waste.

A Victoria University professor wants randy mountaineers to stop having sex at Mount Everest's base camp.

He said having sex - known as "making sauce" to Sherpas - was as much a desecration of the sacred mountain as rubbish and pollution. "It's very much an issue of an ongoing problem which is really not recognised. Just because (these issues are) not material doesn't make them less important."

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Any (Money?) Mountain has filed for Chapter 11........again.

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For those of you that have yet to sell your soul.

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Don't accept imitations!

Insist on, "The Original" dog powered scooter.

Destined to go down in the annals of bad pet powered inventions right behind the gerbil powered enema.

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Some time age we did a spoof post about a new extreme sport involving sky diving without a parachute.

Well guess what?

Jeb Corliss will attempt to jump out of a perfectly good airplane without a parachute and attepmt to land wearing a winged suit.

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UPDATE!

Here are amazing and true stories of three people that plunged toward the Earth without a parachute and lived! These people are members of the Bonus Day Club.

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Mother_jones_and_greenstepsThe Captain is giving some strange orders these days. This ad was ripped from the January issue of Mother Jones (and forwarded to The Piton from our seaside offices). Can somebody explain to us what OR/VNU is trying to accomplish? The public cannot attend Winter Market, so why market to them? The majority of Mother Jones readers who see this ad have to be asking themselves, "What the hell is Outdoor Retailer?" I've got a headache.

UPDATE:
and since when is 3M a green company?

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In news reported by the folks at SGB was a release put out by the Prudential equity group about how the recent disaster could impact athletic footwear sourcing.

Excuse me?

Given the scope of this disaster does anyone really give a shit about whether we're going to have delivery issues on Nike and Reebok footwear?

According to the release,

"Risks include shipping delays, product destruction, factory damage and the obvious risk to the workforce."

Would that be in order of the potential risks?

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I'm sure these folks are really concerned about the sourcing delays.

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UPDATE: What does 135,000 look like?

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Daily digest of Kodak moments, from the silly to the somber.

Via SF Gate

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Editors choice with commentary

Via MSNBC

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Focus on the natural world

Via National Geo

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SurlyblogFrom the Surly Blog

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The temperature dropped and the wind picked up in the last few days here. Expecting windchills tonight around 20 to 30 below zero. Farenheit. That's like 50 degrees below the point at which water freezes. Not impossible to ride in (actually not all that bad if you have your vapor barrier on...who's got their vapor barrier on?!), but it certainly makes it even more tempting to sit inside making (read: eating) cookies and listening to music. LINK

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Duckie_on_denaliWhile it's nice to see that alienation and angst still have the power to move one to write, I gotta tell ya, you talk a helluva lot without much to say.  Droning on and on about how disgusting shopping is just pathetic. Let me call you a waaambulance. Some of us actually like buying our friends and family presents. So right off, on two counts: duuude, you're an idiot.

A sticky elitism oozes through your rant like an over-scratched rash: friends don't know how to take care of themselves but you do; outlet-land grew, boo-hoo (what, you wanted to go for a hike there or something? Ah, lost dreams.); specialty stores are being pushed out (since the late 70's, dude); everything you don't approve of is crap; outlet stores are a disappoint when they aren't cheap, yet they are damned for, um..offering cheap stuff (?); lack of functional expertness in products is bewailed but when you run into a real genuine difference like how different brands of jeans fit, you blow it off! At age 28, you've known exactly how everything in the world works for about half your life—or not. Duude, you're an idiot.

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Common myth: outlet stores are for overruns and excess. Clearly not, eh? Gee, what are they for? Hmmm. Maybe for reinforcing brand recognition? Maybe so they can give their stuff full exposure rather than counting on increasingly detached and mean-spirited retail buyers with their own agendas? Maybe it's just the fact that they can sell a TON of stuff at good margins. No matter how you slice it, outlet stores are obviously not the result of a disconnect between customers and designers. Why, oh why, dude, are you such an idiot?

(By the way to mention REI and Galyans as equivalent evils really shows you don't know what you're talking about. REI actually has some (some) GREAT salespeople. For better or for worse, they are the current standard that defines what a specialty shop is. Get used to it or change it.)

Hey! We agree on reduce, reuse, recycle!

But...your vision of how companies design and make product is a joke. Dude, SALES CONTROLS DESIGN in almost every company on the planet. They approve EVERYTHING that gets made. Second point of fact: most products do not require or use a designer. They're re-tweaks on existing product made by people with miles of spreadsheets to traverse before they sleep. They are told what's needed by people in the sales department who clairvoyantly divine what people's "perceptions" are. What you gripe about is not due to a screwed-up process, it's because of a process that most companies think is working just fine. And condemning SKU expansion is like cursing the sun for rising. Two things: 1) people choose to buy products based on a vast array of considerations (many not conscious). Most will not decide the same way you will. 2) As core functions are fulfilled, product can and will be made, sold and bought on the basis of non-core priorities. Why do supermarkets have about a hundred different toothbrushes? So products are being offered (all over, I checked) which you aren't even supposed to want. More will be offered tomorrow. The world will spin and the sun will rise. So sorry. Did I mention... Dude, you're an idiot.

Let me splain something to you. The outdoor industry has been in a post-functional phase for quite a few years now. It got there, like all industries that get there, by the improvement of product to the point where almost everything every brand offers, works pretty well. So companies feel they have to stand out from other brands by being new and different. And soon the original functional need becomes secondary to the need to be new and different. It happens everywhere and it isn't good and it isn't bad—it just is.

Now here's the thing, your rant could be characterized saying the glass is half empty; this counter-rant  as saying it's half full. But the objective fact of said glass is that it' s half full of water and half full of air and BOTH ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE ON THIS PLANET TO EXIST—an altogether larger view; one worth pondering.
This'll bake your noodle: does this mean that having idiots is essential too? Gotta admit that somewhere in there is a defense of your rant. *Tricky*
So next time you enter shopping hell, try to think a little outside your own skull. Start with the idea that other people worthy of your respect are doing things you wouldn't do. Ponder why. You'll like it. It will make you less like an idiot.

Happy New Year!!

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"Freewheeling bloggers can boost your product—or destroy it. Either way, they've become a force business can't afford to ignore".

The blog—short for weblog—can indeed be, as Scoble and Gates say, fabulous for relationships. But it can also be much more: a company's worst PR nightmare, its best chance to talk with new and old customers, an ideal way to send out information, and the hardest way to control it. Blogs are challenging the media and changing how people in advertising, marketing, and public relations do their jobs. A few companies like Microsoft are finding ways to work with the blogging world—even as they're getting hammered by it. So far, most others are simply ignoring it.

With a couple of notable exceptions, see our links, our industry falls into the simply ignoring it category.

Via Fortune

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Blogging for DUMMIES!

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Keynotescreensnapz002From the office with Grits and Sweet Tea at the local diner...

The PE firm behind Watermark, CCI, just finished the acquisition of Church's Chicken (release below), a fried chicken chain that puts KFC to shame. Looks like they're both feeding and fighting the obesity epidemic. 

Affiliates of Crescent Capital Investments, Inc. have completed the acquisition of the Church’s Chicken(TM) Brand from AFC Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFCE) for 390 million. The agreement to purchase Church’s Chicken was previously announced on November 1, 2004. Crescent Capital Investments, Inc. is an Atlanta-based private equity firm with several portfolio companies in the retail and consumer products industries, including Caribou Coffee Company and Loehmann’s Holdings Inc. Crescent Capital Director Stockton Croft said, “Closing on Church’s Chicken allows us to move forward as we deliver excellent value for our investors. This transaction builds on the success we’ve already had in growing other consumer brands. We are confident we’ll continue that success with the Church’s brand.” Crescent Capital has appointed Harsha V. Agadi as president and CEO of Church’s Chicken. Agadi has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry. He has held executive positions with Kraft Foods Inc., Pepsico Inc., Domino’s Pizza Inc. and GHS Holdings LLC and was president of Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. Agadi said, “We will continue to focus on franchise growth in the U.S. and international markets as we maintain our position as the Number One value provider in the chicken segment. Our goal is to be the most admired restaurant company in America.“ Agadi pointed out that American food is greatly admired in the international markets. “We’re going to be unabashed about being ’made in the USA.’ My experience with other restaurants has proved that this carries great value in other countries. I’m confident this approach will work again.” About Crescent Capital Investments Crescent Capital Investments, Inc. is an Atlanta-based private equity firm founded in 1997. Since 1998, Crescent has arranged the investment of more than 900 million in 15 completed or pending transactions with an aggregate enterprise value of 2 billion. Other companies in Crescent Capital’s current portfolio include Caribou Coffee Company, a specialty retailer of premium brewed and roasted whole bean coffee;  ... WaterMark Paddlesports, Inc., one of the premier outdoor sporting goods companies in the nation;

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Gary Fisher insists he found it first.

"Blind thrust faults are notorious because they are hard to find until an earthquake occurs on them."

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Mountain Biking: The history as witnessed by Joe Breeze

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More proof that Outdoor Retailer is morphing into one big giant circle jerk.

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Green Steps?

 

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The logo and the lack of a Glock pocket were a dead giveaway.

In some recent industry news it was hailed that some 12 million dollars of fake TNF and Timberland product was seized recently in NYC.

What was left out of the story was the fact that in addition to the outdoor brand counterfeits seized, some other notable specialty brand fakes were part of the bust. Core outdoor brands Sean John, Mitchell and Ness, Roca Wear, NBA, NFL and other brands were also netted in the raid.

There was a suggestion that the Internet has become a vehicle for moving counterfeit product. Have you been to a weekend flea market in New York City lately? My guess is that someone from Paragon or Puff Daddy's Outdoor Emporioum dropped a dime and complained to Mayor Bloomberg's office.

This bust was a follow up to another 1.3 million dollar counterfeit bust at the Aqueduct Raceway Flea Market where in addition to fake TNF and Timberland some Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Calvin Klein, Guess and Gucci were also seized.

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So are the dollar figures quoted the retail, wholesale or closeout value of the fake product?

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Complete_sa_kitOkay, this has nothing to do with the Outdoor Business, but I have to share. I'll start with some background:

I love my sister. We grew up in the most completely suburban environment, surrounded by miles of strip malls, monster trucks, boob jobs, tennis clubs, you get the picture. By some weird twist of fate we both became outdoor freaks. Me gravitating to whitewater boating, tele skiing, mind-expansion experimentation, and bluegrass shows. Her to climbing, long distance backpacking, working in the high-sierra camps, and Outward Bound instruction. Go figure.

Now we've both settled down. Still getting out when we can, but with me schlepping the equipment to folks living the life I used to live, and her teaching a class "challenging" kids at a school district in a very liberal part of Coastal California. Me with a traditional family, kid, dog, and fish (but never hair plugs, a gym membership, or a pair of Prada shoes). Her, a mortgage, a dog, and in a committed gay relationship. Which brings me to my story.

Last year she and her partner threw a great wedding. We had a blast, even my kid had a blast, and there aren't very many kids at a gay wedding! The topic of kids came up, which meant that I've been living with this nagging question that I may be asked to donate some genetic material if they decided that sister-in-law was going to carry the baby. So the call came last night, a decision has been made and my sister wants to carry the baby. A major philosophical conundrum for me avoided.  I could go back to being the supportive brother who only wants to help his sister in any way possible. Their chosen donor lives 600 miles away from my sister and she was telling me about the logistical challenges and high cost of getting everyone together at the right time to make the exchange. So I, being one gene shy of being a Silicon Valley programmer, turn to Google for advise. Wow, I typed "ship sperm" into Google and got all the info we ever needed. LINK

 

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Hello?
Dude........... where are you?
I met this shred muffin last night, we're over at the half pipe, come over and meet us.
I'll be there in a few I just have to make way through this group of....... oooooooooooffffffff.
Dude? Dude?

Motorola Inc. said it will unveil plans this week for a line of outerwear that uses interactive cell phone and portable music technology in snowboarding jackets, in a bid to win over twentysomethings.

Motorola and privately held apparel maker Burton of Burlington, Vermont, will jointly develop jackets, helmets and caps aimed at the snowboarding set, to be released in the latter half of 2005.

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Quicktime_playerscreensnapz001Just another reason why The Piton feels that a marketing plan built around "fighting obesity" is a complete and utter waste of time. Download worldrecord_line.mov

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For our friends at Wicked Outdoorsey

Via McSweeney's

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The breaking news coming out of ISPO and Friedrichshafen is that they are struggling to implement smoking bans at their respective trade shows. ISPO has taken some baby steps by removing ashtrays and encouraging attendees not to smoke in the halls. Vee haf vays to make you stop smoking! Shit even I lit up after 5 or 6 of the high test brews being served at the party in Friedrichshafen.

Funny but that Mediterranean bastion of smoking Italy does not seem to have any problems banning smoking.
86% of Italians who smoke support the new ban which just took effect.

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Promised Legal Review on Creationist Book Is Shelved

Washington, DC — The Bush Administration has decided that it will stand by its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, according to internal documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

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Link to Home

Link to Records

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Firefoxscreensnapz002_3OIWC is in need of a few great volunteers to staff the OIWC booth, check people in at the Backcountry Betty Clinic or work the reception area at the Winter Gathering. Let's us know what area you can help out with:

OIWC Booth Staffing: Sat 1/29 thru Tu 2/1  (2 hour commitment)
This invloves helping staff the OIWC booth, spreading the word about the OIWC mission and activities and signing up new members. A great way to meet new people. Help out in the booth and we will get you a show pass.

Backcountry Betty Clinic: Friday, Jan 28

Have some fun, spend the day outdoors. We need people to help check women in for the clinics we are offering on a multitude of activities. And if any of you are experinced equipment people we need help getting the participants gear set up for the day. This would be a 1/2 to full day commitment and guaranteed to be a blast. Read about it on the link below.

http://www.oiwc.org/asp/OIWCmain.asp?Option=EventDetail&ID=70

Winter Gathering: Monday Jan 31 6:00 PM

An industry favorite. On Monday evening we host the popular Winter Gathering. Meet new friends, cheer for the women nominated for the Pioneering Women Award. We need a few folks to help at the reception area from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. See more info on the link below.

http://www.oiwc.org/asp/OIWCmain.asp?Option=EventDetail&ID=71
 
We would love your help and energy. If you are interested in helping out please contact Kitty Bradley at kbradley1@yahoo.com. And let her know what area you are interested in helping out in and what hours you may be available.

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Fox Sports actually dedicated an hour of broadcasting time to this, and 650 people actually showed up to compete!

Maybe this is how reps should settle for retail floor space!

Link to RPS 2004 Tournament

Link to R.P.S. Rules

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Welcome to Bob Barker Online!
America's Leading Detention Supplier


Have you ever worn this brand??  How many of us have had time to sit and ponder, "Was the price wrong and are these shoes really made by the same Bob Barker??"

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If you are travelling by air in the United States and wear a Casio, you might just have your brand loyalty tested - The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI has issued a warning that Casio watches with built-in altimeters can be used to detonate bombs:

“Recent intelligence suggests al-Qaida has expressed interest in obtaining wristwatches with a hidden butane-lighter function and Casio watches with an altimeter function. Casio watches have been extensively used by al-Qaida and associated organizations as timers for improvised explosive devices. The Casio brand is likely chosen due to its worldwide availability and inexpensive price.”

However, the watches will not be banned from planes. Instead, screeners will probably make you go through additional screening if they find your Casio a bit suspicious, so leave it behind if you’re going to be late for a flight.

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Morality a great family fun game

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Bikini Cuts a great family place for a haircut

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Guess the photo!

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The notion of bringing the (BLAM!) country's largest hunting groups to Utah (KA-BLOOWIE!) for a huge national convention (KA-POW!) in 2006 got a boost Tuesday when the state (KA-BOOOOM!) wildlife board approved the concept of reallocating 188 prime (BANG!) hunting permits to be used as an incentive to draw the public (KA-BLAM!) to the Salt Palace Convention Center next May. (KA-CHING!!!!!)

Maybe "THE NUGE" will play the industry party!

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For our shadowy east coast editor, not sure he even reads The Piton anymore.

In theory, the Vendée Globe is an utterly simple affair. Its fundamental principles come down to a few sentences, compared to which even the roughest logbook would seem sophisticated. A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover. That’s it. In theory at least, because beyond these words start great stories.

Some great photos and streaming video from all the boats in the race which started back in November. The three leaders are separated by 100 miles, have rounded Cape Horn and are passing east of the Falklands.

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OverboxedCheck it out LINK

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More ammunition for the wristband program is over argument.

Pupils who have taken to wearing a blue wristband to pledge their support for a government sponsored anti-bullying campaign are becoming the target of bullies.

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"Heroes from Telemark" not "Heroes of Telemark"

In cooperation with ACG Crash & Learn we urge everyone to send in pictures of crazy crashes, face plants or cool scars acquired during skiing, snowboarding, bicycling, etc. We believe that you learn from your mistakes, and if those mistakes really hurt, the chance is small that you will do it again.

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Hmmmmmm, yeah that's it, an infusion of a pint or two of Andretti or Fittipaldi blood will make me faster, yeah that's the ticket.

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Safariscreensnapz001I forgot how I came across this Spanish video gaming website's posting of a future Wired interview (Feb issue) with Hiroshi Yamauchi, retired CEO of Nintendo. It is an amazing piece of straight talk that still has me in stitches... Here's  a couple of quotes to get you interested.

"Japanese businessmen are tigers, whereas Western businessmen are like Yogi Bear, fat and complacent. They are happy stealing picnic baskets (laughs).

"They thought this was a joke. They were probably saying, look at the old tiny yellow man, he's angry now. Well, that did it. I stood on my chair and put my hands around my mouth to amplify my voice, see, and said, in English, slowly and forming the words very carefully - HEY, BALLMER -  WHY DON"T YOU SUCK MY TINY YELLOW BALLS?"

I've never considered myself an expert at how to run a business, but I've worked for enough people who did. One thing I have learned is that it is a very different person who can build a brand, than the one who can best maximize the profits. Our industry used to be filled with personalities like Mr. Yamauchi, and  I can barely think of 3 who are left. So here's to Don Banducci, Eric Reynolds, Bill Masters, Yvon Chouinard, Fred Williams, Dana Gleason. You were all incredibly difficult people to work for, but god damn was it a lot of fun.

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.......and escapes the Nazis.

Friday post from the Godfather.

We're all familiar with this classic installment of the Curious George chronicles, what I did not know was the Rey's escaped Paris on their bikes just before the Nazi's arrived with just their clothes and some manuscripts.

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Follow up to our earlier, "Dude your coat is ringing" post about Burton and Motorola co-developing some Bluetooth enabled snowboard apparel and accessories.

Via Gizmodo
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Piton_logo_1_1With these storms rolling in, I've had the time to take a look at the engine behind The Piton. We're using a web-enabled blogging software called TypePad LINK. From what we could find, it was the most powerful of the available options, and the only one that supported multiple authors. It cost $135 for the year and included all hosting services.  In addition to TypePad, we added a web enabled reporting package call Sitemeter LINK to help us better gauge how many unique users we have, when they are accessing, what ISP they are accessing from, what time zone they are in, and what OS they are using. It works, but I'd chose something different if I was to start over. This service is about $6 a month.

So here is some data to show you what's happening behind the scenes at The Piton. Well start with our 30-day moving average of visits, which is growing very nicely.

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At the rate our traffic is increasing, TypePad is forecasting that we're going to go beyond our allocated bandwidth within the next month.

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Which is something we don't have to worry about until TypePad figures out how to charge their higher traffic blogs.
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So we want to take this time to say thanks for reading, and thanks again to the authors for making The Piton a seemingly interesting and valuable place to visit (excluding that tasteless Anna Kornikova shot somebody posted today).

(If your interesting in more data behind The Piton I've posted more reports to the continuation)

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Keynotescreensnapz002_1Since I'm posting this from my cell phone, I can't get into the details, but our Nintendo post is a fake!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/07/ballmer_nintendo_ceo/

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Some of us here at The Piton would like to put The Price is Right thing to rest but it's become so easy to poke fun at that sometimes we just can't help ourselves. So in the spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood, even though we posted the guy freaking out over the dinette set 2 or 3 weeks ago, here's a piece ripped from the White board which sums it up quite nicely. Rest assured there will still be the occasional poke at the game show topic.

The Price is Right, has everything that is right about the United States of America. Each show has a variety of contests who come from all corners of the country, (almost) all ages, all walks of life, all races, creeds and colors. The Price is Right is the least discriminatory of all game shows. Jeopardy! is seriously elitist. Wheel of Fortune is nearly impossible for the handicapped. How could a person in a wheel chair spin the wheel? How could a blind (excuse me, seeing impaired) person see the letters in the puzzle? How often do we see an elderly middle-American housewife playing against a California frat boy on Hollywood Squares? Not often...but on the Price is Right, anything is possible. Anything, I say...

Finally, the Price is Right is transparently commercial. Bob Barker and his beauties make no attempt to hide the fact that they are just an hour long commercial, au contraire, they do everything they can to sell, sell, sell. And what is more American than that?

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Always trust Japanese mail-order magazines to bring solutions to life's most crucial problems. The Arukeru Nebukuro ("sleeping bag you can walk in") has legs so that, according to the manufacturer, "you can get up and run away should you be attacked by a bear in the middle of the night".

Via popgadget

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I need some TP for my bungholio!  Download crnholio.wav

Someone in the Census Bureau may be watching a little too much MTV. Bevis Lake, a 5.7-acre body of water in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, is now appearing in Bureau records with a different name: Butthead Lake.

In a David James Duncan short story which appears in, "My Story as Told by Water" DJD changes the name of a VERY special, SELDOM fished river to the Beavis and the Butthead.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OXNARD HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR..
WESTERN VENTURA COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA
INCLUDING LA CONCHITA...VENTURA AND OXNARD

* UNTIL 730 AM PST

* AT 615 AM PST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WITH A WATERSPOUT...LOCATED 15 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF VENTURA. THE STORM IS MOVING TO THE EAST NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* THE TORNADO IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR..
LA CONCHITA AND VENTURA BY 645 AM PST

WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR...IT MEANS
THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A WATERSPOUT MAY
ALREADY BE ON THE WATER SURFACE...OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY.
THIS WOULD BECOME A TORNADO WHEN THE THUNDERSTORM MOVES ONSHORE. IF
YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM...MOVE INDOORS AND TO
THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. IF
DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE...SEEK SHELTER IN A NEARBY REINFORCED
BUILDING. AS A LAST RESORT...SEEK SHELTER IN A CULVERT...DITCH OR LOW
SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

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Looking for a new sales manager?
Trying to cut SG and A expenses?
Need a new rep force?

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Celebrity sale management solutions!

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Today's quote from Bicycle Retailer News On-Line

"What's with these recumbent bicycles? Listen, buddy, if you wanna take a nap, lie down. If you wanna ride a bike, buy a f#*%in' bicycle."

–-George Carlin, "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?"

Also just happened to receive my print copy of BRAIN today and on page 15 there is a story about Gardner Martin, founder of Easy Racers recumbents and America's recumbent monarch, passing away at age 60.

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China and India both know about underground UFO base in the Himalayan border area deep into the tectonic plates.

From India Daily

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Outdoor companies putting their badge on SUV's would certainly qualify.

Maybe stupid is too strong a word.

Maybe it's more like willful ignorance. More like intentional blindness. More like a calm and conscious denial in the face of a staggering stack of overwhelming facts that if you looked at for even one minute would prove that land tanks are some of the most overrated and silly and harmful and utterly pointless vehicles on the planet.

OK, maybe stupid is the right word.

An opinion piece from SF Gate that we picked up via our friends at Tree Hugger

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Going for the anti-marketing dollar.

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As the OR show approaches the green volume will certainly be going up as the industry establishment celebrates it's new found love affair with all things green.  A "Green Step" in the right direction? Perhaps? A long term commitment to implementing strategies and programs to expand sustainable programs beyond the walls of the trade show? We'll see. The latest announcement that the show will be powered by wind energy is another positive step that is long overdue.

Here are two related articles from Brand Channel regarding the corporate responsibility trend.

A change in attitude or just marketing spin, are caring and green just the latest must have brand value buzz words?

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There is much to be said for the companies that deploy sound strategies based on "sustainable business development" principles. Yet courage should not be among them. Management courage, for a corporation, would be to bear additional costs for being cleaner than the competition.

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This has to be a joke.

Welcome to Eastern Active Technologies where your last mile is your lightest mile. EAT has been North America's leading manufacturer of consumable outdoor gear and equipment since 1999.

Our consumable backpacks, sleeping bags and tarps have been carried over thousands of miles and over countless mountains by our happy (and well fed) customers.

Our products are made possible by our proprietary sugar, starch, rice and meat based materials and your appetite.

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The best and brightest flashlight money can buy will only set you back $2900. ACT NOW! Only 85 are being made availabe for civilian purchase.

Via J-Walk

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Mortified gaming grown-ups wrote in to call it blasphemy--and call these outspoken scamps a name that rhymes with "brittle truckers."

Get this kids....... the people that originally played these games also liked to hike into the wilderness with heavy packs on their backs, sleep outside in tents and eat freeze dried food.

LINK to feel a little older.

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Einstein year is being launched today at the Science Museum in London with the first performance of a BMX stunt dubbed the "Einstein flip".

The stunt was created by Cambridge physicist Helen Czerski in collaboration with professional BMX rider Ben Wallace. Ms Czerski claims the stunt is "pushing the boundaries of what it is humanly possible to do on a bike".

Rumor has it that Einstein came up with the theory of relativity while riding his bike.

Via Boing Boing

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One more independent voice, just became dependent.

January 5, 2005 (Jackson, Wyo.) – Cloudveil, producers of innovative technical outdoor and mountaineering apparel and Sport Brands International (SBI), today announced the formation of a new company, Cloudveil Mountain Works, Inc. Financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed. Cloudveil Mountain Works, Inc. President, Brian Cousins, explains: “We are extremely excited about this opportunity for Cloudveil to continue its development in the outdoor specialty market and to extend our reach globally. With SBI, we gain added financial strength and sourcing resources, which will allow our outstanding team in Jackson Hole and Denver to accelerate the growth of the Cloudveil brand.”  In his new title of Global Brand Director, Stephen Sullivan added, “This is a super positive move for Cloudveil as the brand platform remains in place and, at the same time, we benefit from being able to tap into the global resources of a larger strategic partner. This will allow us to increase our product development focus and expand much more rapidly.” Jim Reilly, the Managing Director of the newly formed company and a Senior Vice President of Sport Brands International commented, “Cloudveil is an authentic brand with a management team that understands the specialty business. We believe an entrepreneurial approach to building a strong sustainable business should be at the heart of everything we do. Cloudveil is a perfect example of this.” Cloudveil offices remain in Jackson, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado and the entire in-house team and independent sales force remains intact and forms a foundation for future, near-term expansion. Sport Brands International (SBI) creates, develops, produces and distributes sports apparel and footwear under the Fila and Ciesse brands. SBI is a privately held entity with global operations in New York, Sparks, Maryland, Milan, Italy and Seoul, Korea. Cloudveil, founded in 1997, is an outdoor apparel manufacturer based in Jackson, Wyoming, that has received critical acclaim for their ground-breaking use of fabric combinations and design, including pioneering efforts in the "Soft Shell" category of outerwear. www.cloudveil.com.

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News was dropped today that Sports Brands International (SBI), a mini me version of VF and ARP, had aquired Cloudveil. Who is SBI?

Sport Brands International (SBI) controls directly or indirectly around 20 international companies which create, develop, produce and distribute sports apparel and footwear under the Fila,Ciesse and Enyce brands. They sold Enyce off to Liz Claiborn, press release below.

Download ps_enyce_03-1.pdf

The usual bullshit coming out about how the influx of cash will help drive the brand forward, accelerate short and long term growth, tap into global resources etc.

What will the pundits have to say?

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For those of you who were a tad slow on the Blog uptake here is another phenom you will soon be hearing a lot more about.

FYI Apple sold 4 million iPods in the three months leading up to X-mas.

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Remember all our posts about urban climbing, Le Parkour and the like?

Well check out this Street Climb video featuring David Belle one of the co-founders of the free running/parkour movement

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Le Parkour website

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Immediately announces the Lowe Alpine memorial, "We Survived the 4th Quarter" campaign and 1st annual warehouse blowout sale.

Now we're only guessing that they took over the Lowe facility but the location certainly fits the profile.

Ripped from the Boulder Daily Camera.

Lafuma, Europe's best-selling manufacturer of outdoor gear and apparel, relocated its U.S. offices from Boulder to Broomfield last week. The French company hopes the relocation of its offices, in conjunction with the transfer of its U.S. warehouse and opening of its first retail store, will help increase the brand's national exposure, in particular in the Denver-Boulder area.

Last Thursday, the company completed the transfer of its Midwestern warehouse, along with its Boulder offices, to a site in Broomfield, near the intersection of U.S. 36 and U.S. 287. The company's new 15,000-square-foot space will also house Lafuma's inaugural retail store, scheduled to open next month.

Broomfield has such cache!

Read the whole story Daily Camera Reg Req

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Since 1966, The North Face has been providing high-technology and high-fashion sportswear for everyone from extreme sportswomen to the urban fashionista.

Dr. Jays, where you can get ALL the counterfeited brands.

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MobileTracker is reporting that Motorola is teaming up with Oakley to create Bluetooth headset eyewear.

Via Gizmodo

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Unicycling picture gallery.

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Making the world better for all Freds.

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From the High Sierra office:

Thank you very much for your time this morning.  I really appreciate your
help with our search to find the new Bachelor.   

As we discussed, this next season begins taping around the second week of
February.  It's not as far away as I'd like...which means that we'd like to
have someone amazing in the mix by the end of next week.  Even if someone
comes through after that, we'll still be able to consider them up until we
actually start taping.   

My telephone number in the office is 818/977-2684.  My fax just in case is
818/972-0989.  I'm attaching a brief synopsis of the show.  Please have a
look at that and let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks again for your help.   

More later...

Johnnie Raines
CASTING PRODUCER
The Bachelor
15301 Ventura Boulevard, Bld. D
Suite 100
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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TELEPICTURES PRODUCTIONS & NEXT ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCE “THE BACHELOR VII” FOR ABC NETWORK TELEVISION

“The Bachelor” is casting for their next season.  We are looking for the ideal man between the ages of 26 and 36 years old.   He should be the ultimate “catch”; handsome, charming, educated, adventurous, interesting, funny and in search of his life’s partner. 

If you know someone who fits this description or if you’d like additional information, please give Johnnie Raines a call at 818/977-2684.  You can also check out The Bachelor website at http://abc.abcnews.go.com/primetime/specials/bachelor/index.html.

Brief Show Synopsis:

The next season of “The Bachelor” will give one of America’s most eligible single men a one-of-a-kind opportunity to find his true love and perhaps his bride-to-be.  Over the course of six one hour episodes this lucky man will take a romantic journey through the world of courtship today as he chooses a potential mate from among 25 women, each of whom have been hand selected with his personal tastes in mind. 

Entertaining in the most stylish of locales, the bachelor will have the world as his playground.  Each episode will feature jetting off to chic hot spots, elite dining, living in a luxurious mansion and embracing exotic, high-action adventures as he discovers which woman holds the key to his heart.  Getting to know one another on glamorous dates is only the beginning…parents, friends, trips to both his and her hometowns and expert advice will all factor into the process of finding the lasting real relationship he is looking for.

Airing on ABC Television, the series airs every Wednesday night and is watched by twenty million viewers each week.

Thank you.

Johnnie Raines

CASTING PRODUCER

818/977-2684

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Many of you are aware that The Piton's seaside office was based in La Conchita, location of the infamous landslide that happened last Monday around 1:30pm. This is to let all of you know that everyone involved with The Piton and our close fiends are all okay and starting to put our lives back together.

Before the big slide we posted the following pics of the early morning mudslide that covered 101 HERE. Moments after hitting the button to post the pics, the slide hit. Here are a few pictures taken immediately after the slide and on Tuesday when we were delivering food to the rescue workers.

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A heartfelt thank you to everyone that sent their concern and support. WE ARE FINE and are looking forward to putting our lives together again. We are also looking forward to warm weather and reconnecting with our neighbors for another awesome La Conchita day at the beach.

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Honey load up the RV they just set off a dirty bomb at Disneyworld!

Two private U.S. companies have designs on building the first luxury recreational vehicle that could withstand nuclear radiation.

Not one but two companies?

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All right! We're so pumped up on androgens and carbonated drinks that we want to do something  really dumb and exhausting! We want to buy expensive sports equipment and subscribe to magazines with nearly illegible typesetting! We want to spend long weekends accumulating broken limbs! We want to brag about it, using the phrases like "what a rush," "it was a major rush" and "it was a total rush" in every other sentence! Yeah!

The Extreme Sports Generator

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Our regular readers know that we have some fun from time to time with posts that come from the World Weekly News. This one is not outdoor related but to ironic not to post.

A story that originally appeared in the World Weekly News on 8/10/04

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A story from MSNBC...... today!

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Yes we've had a monster first part of the year, with a monster increase in readership. We expect to have a monster month next month with a new monster line up of witty posts. If we had the time we might even start the Monster blog.

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Tarps can be effective lightweight shelters.......or weapons of mass destruction.

From Pre-surfer I think.

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You may remember our post some time ago about messenger bags made from Russian Soyuz spacecraft parachutes?

Well Soyuz has expanded their product line to include bags made from pieces of tents used at Camp 2 on Mt. Everest and key holders made from rope used on South Col ascents and certified authentic by Lakpa Sherpa, 6-time Mt Everest summiter and 7-summit climber.

What's next bongs made from used oxygen bottles?

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When SGB announced they were launching a new free on-line outdoor newsletter (OB on-line) their positioning statement was pretty straight forward...... You Snooze You Lose, No Opinions, No Hidden Agendas, No Subscription Fee.  As part of the launch campaign for the newsletter SGB planned an ad for the upcoming OIA Directory. Smart marketing decision you might say?

One slight problem.

OIA, the non-partisan voice of the outdoor industry, had contracted SNEWS/Gear Trends, the independent voice of the outdoor and fitness industries, to produce the OIA directory and sell the accompanying ad space. (Click on info graphic) When SGB submitted their ad to SNEWS/Gear Trends the ad was rejected. Given that Gear Trends is part of SNEWS it would not be surprising if they rejected an ad for a competing newsletter in one of their own publications but allegedly the OIA Directory is an independent publication.

That's exactly what the folks at SGB felt and they registered their complaint in writing to OIA and their Board of Directors about Gear Trends not accepting the ad but OIA backed the decision not to run the ad.

The letter from SGB to OIA regarding the whole affair.

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3775 Iris Ave. /Suite 5
Boulder, CO 80301

Dear Frank,

I'm writing to reiterate how disappointed I was that the Outdoor Business ad we submitted for the OIA 2004 Directory was rejected by your publishing team.

As you and I have discussed previously, Outdoor Business would like to strengthen its ties to OIA. You have my word that we'll get our Outlook Specialty Store conference scheduled in a different window that OIA's Rendezvous event, and we're like to review sponsorship and magazine distribution opportunities at next year's Rendezvous.
The ad we submitted (see enclosed copy) announced our new Outdoor Business Online newsletter, which will debut in January 2005. We saw the directory as a good opportunity to reach some people that our own magazine may not and support OIA.

The directory publishing team told us that our ad was unacceptable. By that I guess they meant that it promoted a product that will be competitive to their SNEWS newsletter. Frank, I can appreciate that SNEWS feels some competitive pressure from our new product, but turning down the ad was ludicrous. It also flies in the face of OIA's stated purpose of working with as many different facets of the industry as possible.

As you know, the Outdoor Business team now publishes the show directory and daily newspaper for The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. We produce these publications, but we consider them open to the entire industry. We'd never turn down an ad from SNEWS in those publications as long as they passed credit inspection, nor would we turn down an ad from any other media company as long as they exhibited at the show.

Frank, I know you said your publishing agreement with the SNEWS/Gear Trends group gives them all approval on advertising and content for the OIA Directory and that you did not want to intercede on our behalf. I appreciate that point of view. However, as OIA considers other publishing ventures, I hope those agreements will line up more directly with the lofty mission statement and goals of OIA.

I appreciate your hearing our point of view and look forward to hearing from you about how Outdoor Business can participate in the 2005 Rendezvous.

Sincerely yours,

Mark J. Sullivan
Group Editor & Publisher

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A special report on inaugural balloons.

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The Fixed Gear Gallery is an amazing collection of photos, 1482 to be exact, of fixed gear bikes from around the world.

Un fixing believable!

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There are a whole slew of discussion forums on E-bay related to just about every conceivable category. Here's a link to a topic that is getting quite a bit scrutiny and hazing lately, counterfeit TNF goods.

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This thread goes all the way back to 2002 and the most recent post was just a couple of days ago. Here you can peer into the minds of the E-bay shopper. As you will see there is a bunch of of counterfeit TNF goods available via the E-bay channel, what you will also realize is that some of these people are idiots! What ever happened to the buyer beware theory that if something is to good to be true it probably is? Let E-bay have these customers and their fake goods, they're the ones that would be shopping at Campmor STP, or one of the other numerous discount outlet retail options. E-bay is not just the world's largest sanctioned fencing operation, it is another new channel of distribution that is here to stay.

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An update to the prior post.

Protecting the world, and unsuspecting dumb ass consumers, from the scourge of fake outdoor product!

Let me start out by saying I am extremely mad because of all these fake North Face jackets are being sold on E-Bay. I was a victim of purchasing a fake jacket myself. So I would like the educate consumers to shop smart.

Should I post a thread to the E-bay forum and to The North Face Guru with the above image and ask if I bought a fake?

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How many of you out there have heard of the New Zealand outdoor brand Fairydown? LINK

Been around for generations, Hillary used their stuff when he conquered Everest, despite renting his name to ARP and the brand that bears his name available at Sears. LINK

They also have been making wool bedding since 1877.......Yummmm. LINK

Well Fairydown changed their name to Zone in Australia because the name was a bit to fem for the men down under. Can't wear Fairydown when you're eating a Vegemite sandwich.

Comedian Margaret Cho's take on the name change from her blog back in September of 2003. While you're at it you should check out the rest of her blog, she is a VERY funny lady.

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You know things are just about over when these guys write a book about it.

Note to self, read this chapter.

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How this for an oxymoron, 2nd edition no less?

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The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. Our Idiotarod is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it's people, instead of sleds, it's shopping carts, and instead of Alaska it's New York City.

Via Metafilter
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Alaska, where women win the Iditarod and the men mush poodles.
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Play the Jamaican Triathlon game.

Via Ain't Got No Spit

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Friday, January 21, 2005 -

ARCATA -- Several months ago, Watermark Chief Executive Officer Jim Clark said that his company was committed to keeping portions of its business in Arcata, the birthplace of its top-selling line Yakima, after it announced it was moving half the company to Portland, Ore.

Sales, marketing, land sports product management, product development, demand planning and finance were to be headed north while the 65 employees in customer service, information technology, credit and collections, and accounts receivable were to remain in Arcata. Water sports business team positions were to be moved to South Carolina.

Now, in an abrupt about-face, word comes down from corporate officials that in fact all of the operation will leave Arcata by Sept. 30 and a sale of portions of the business is under discussion, although details were not available due to confidentiality agreements.

According to a written statement, a "select few" out of the 65 Arcata employees will be offered positions in Oregon, while the rest will lose their jobs. This attrition is in addition to the dozens who were losing their jobs in the original move or have their jobs taken from under them because they wouldn't make the trek to Portland.

The stated reason for the move was airport limitations and an inability to recruit people to Humboldt County. But some say it's the company, and not the area, that can't attract good talent.

"This is one of the reasons why they are having trouble recruiting people, because they aren't forthcoming and they aren't straight with people," said Don Banducci, a former co-owner and president of Yakima. "Why do this? Why lie? Why say one thing and do another in a small town?"

Watermark, owned by the First Islamic Investment Bank out of Bahrain -- a company that runs itself according to strict Islamic principles -- has been struggling since it took over the successful Yakima line in 2002. Sources close to the situation suggest Watermark paid too high a price for Yakima and has been playing catch-up ever since. It paid $91 million for a company that industry officials say wasn't worth much more than $70 million.

"Our initial plan was to keep various departments here in Arcata for the foreseeable future," said Jim Clark, chief executive officer of Watermark, in a written statement. "Since we announced the move of our headquarters and some of our departments to Portland, the difficult realities of such a transition have become more evident. In addition, our rent at the Arcata facility has risen dramatically. As a result, It is clear that the sooner we have all of the departments operating together as a single team, in a single facility, the better it will be for our business and our customers."

In November, Clark told the Times-Standard he was committed to keeping a portion of his business in Arcata.

"We look forward to a continued relationship with the community and supporting community activities as we have in the past -- this is going to remain an important part of our business," he said then.

Employees, many of whom are enraged at what they perceive as a lack of candor from their management team, were alarmed to find a for-lease sign out in front of Watermark headquarters earlier this week.

Soon after that sign was placed, a meeting was called with employees to announce a change in plans. According to multiple sources, Clark told employees that the company is in the midst of a non-disclosure agreement with another company over a possible sale of some of its assets.

Clark, in a phone interview Thursday, said he can understand why some of his employees could feel misled.

"People are entitled to come to their own conclusions," he said. "We are operating in a very dynamic environment today, a competitive environment, and we have to be prepared to adjust our plans and strategies."

Rumors have been flying that portions of the business may be sold to Confluence, a company out of North Carolina. A Confluence representative said only that talks between the two companies have been ongoing for as long as two years, and that there is no deal. Clark said he is bound by a confidentiality agreement and couldn't speak of any pending sales.

"Watermark is a portfolio company in a larger investment firm and as such they are in the business of investing and divesting businesses," he said.

He also wouldn't say how much rent in Arcata has increased, but he did indicate that rent here is slightly cheaper than rent in Oregon.

"Our rent in Arcata is very close to what we're paying in Oregon for a very ... for a much different facility," Clark said.

Watermark's brands include kayak lines Dagger, Perception and Mainstream, as well as Harmony paddle sports accessories, AT Paddles, Rhode Gear vehicle racks and Yakima.

Banducci said the management of Watermark has never been dedicated to Arcata and the lifestyle here.

"These are not lifestyle people," said Banducci. "These are just business people looking to make a lot of money. If they were lifestyle people they'd be making their stand in Arcata."

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Cliff2

Yodel lay he hooo!

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Exo_therm

EMS getting some blog action via Tree Hugger.

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Lancearmstrong
Greg Lemond seen wearing a T-shirt that says, "I won the Tour de France too and all I got was a lousy line of
bikes!

Later this summer 24 Hour Fitness will open a 24 Hour Fitness Lance Armstrong Sport Club in Austin. The health club may open other Armstrong gyms in other cities down the road. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The full-service fitness clubs will have indoor "Lance Armstrong cycling rooms"

VIA BRAIN
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Vader
Please help us Obi-Won!

Increasing neutrino activity indicates K2 building Death Star, specialty outdoor industry core collapse imminent!

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De_3986

Well, I don't care if it rains or freezes,
Long as I have my plastic Jesus
Riding on the tails of my skis

I could shred a hundred miles an hour
Long as I got the Almighty Power
Glued back there on the tails of my skis
{Refrain - repeat between every verse}
Plastic Jesus, plastic Jesus
Riding on the tails of my skis

Via Bacon and Eh's
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Jesus of the week

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We sell 1 item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced.

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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Once hope, now depression STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 01/25/2005 01:34:17 PM ----- BODY: Jk_sticker I know the election has been conceded, the inauguration festivities including all the pomp and circumstance complete, but it is still so damn depressing to see a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker. Once a sign of hope, now a slow death by a million cuts every time one is sighted. Not having the privilege of a bike commute in the liberal Front Range of Colorado it seems as if you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a car with one of these stickers. I guess there is always music.... LINK In all seriousness, it is certainly time for action and Kerry is still at it. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: Blogging Farfignugen STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 01/25/2005 02:29:49 PM ----- BODY:

Vwbadge

  1. Filmmaker produces politically incorrect fake VW ad.
  2. Ad is leaked to the blog world.
  3. Ad becomes the 5th most talked about item on weblogs.
  4. VW publicly outraged by ad.
  5. VW Marketing department doing cartwheels.

Link to the story which also has a link to the offending ad.
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Bend_1 

REI has "officially" announced it has a signed deal for real estate in Bend confirming the long time rumor that they were working the deal. Opportunity for some, challenge for others, just look what happened in Boulder when they came to town. We could be posting a gravestone or two as things sort themselves out

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Area

Perfect analogy for arrival in SLC for Outdoor Retailer! Reports of heavy neutrino activity in the area.

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Ava_1 

Book and movie deal in the works.

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CheneyDick Cheney, Dressing Down
Parka, Ski Cap at Odds With Solemnity of Auschwitz Ceremony

From a Piton reader, thanks W! Body of Washington Post article below.

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By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 28, 2005; Page C01

At yesterday's gathering of world leaders in southern Poland to mark the
60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the United States was
represented by Vice President Cheney. The ceremony at the Nazi death camp
was outdoors, so those in attendance, such as French President Jacques
Chirac and Russian President Vladimir Putin, were wearing dark, formal
overcoats and dress shoes or boots. Because it was cold and snowing, they
were also wearing gentlemen's hats. In short, they were dressed for the
inclement weather as well as the sobriety and dignity of the event.

The vice president, however, was dressed in the kind of attire one typically
wears to operate a snow blower.

Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was
wearing an olive drab parka with a fur-trimmed hood. It is embroidered with
his name. It reminded one of the way in which children's clothes are
inscribed with their names before they are sent away to camp. And indeed,
the vice president looked like an awkward boy amid the well-dressed adults.

Like other attendees, the vice president was wearing a hat. But it was not a
fedora or a Stetson or a fur hat or any kind of hat that one might wear to a
memorial service as the representative of one's country. Instead, it was a
knit ski cap, embroidered with the words "Staff 2001." It was the kind of
hat a conventioneer might find in a goodie bag.

It is also worth mentioning that Cheney was wearing hiking boots -- thick,
brown, lace-up ones. Did he think he was going to have to hike the 44 miles
from Krakow -- where he had made remarks earlier in the day -- to Auschwitz?

His wife, Lynne, was seated next to him. Her coat has a hood, too, and it is
essentially a parka. But it is black and did not appear to be functioning as
either a name tag or a billboard. One wonders if at some point the vice
president turned to his wife, took in her attire and asked himself why they
seemed to be dressed for two entirely different events.

Some might argue that Cheney was the only attendee with the smarts to dress
for the cold and snowy weather. But sometimes, out of respect for the
occasion, one must endure a little discomfort.

Just last week, in a frigid, snow-dusted Washington, Cheney sat outside
through the entire inauguration without so much as a hat and without
suffering frostbite. And clearly, Cheney owns a proper overcoat. The world
saw it during his swearing-in as vice president. Cheney treated that
ceremony with the dignity it deserved -- not simply through his demeanor,
but also through his attire. Would he have dared to take the oath of office
with a ski cap on? People would have justifiably considered that an insult
to the office, the day, the country.

There is little doubt that intellectually Cheney approached the Auschwitz
ceremony with thoughtfulness and respect. But symbolism is powerful. That's
why the piercing cry of a train whistle marked the beginning of the ceremony
and the glare of searchlights signaled its end. The vice president might
have been warm in his parka, ski cap and hiking boots. But they had the
unfortunate effect of suggesting that he was more concerned with his own
comfort than the reason for braving the cold at all.

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Fris

Big frisbees.

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The law firm of Schatz & Nobel, P.C., which has significant experience representing investors in prosecuting claims of securities fraud, announces that a lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of all persons who purchased the common stock of Gander Mountain Company (Nachrichten) (NasdaqNM: GMTN) ("Gander Mountain") between April 20, 2004 and January 13, 2005 (the "Class Period"). Also included are those who purchased pursuant to the Company's Initial Public Offering ("IPO").

The Complaint alleges that Gander Mountain violated federal securities laws by issuing false and misleading statements. Specifically, defendants failed to disclose that: (i) the Company's co-branded credit card program was faltering; (ii) the value of the Company's inventory was overstated, causing the Company's future margins to be negatively impacted; (iii) the Company's debt capacity was jeopardized and was inconsistent with defendants' growth plans; (iv) the Company was experiencing average trends with respect to its sales; and (v) defendants' projections of positive comparable sales growth of 3%-5% and pretax income of $13 million were materially misleading.

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While we work the aisles on day two in Salt Lake City, celebrate at our industry parties and vendor dinners, the people of Iraq are holding elections and young men and women continue to die fighting the war.

For months on end, these seven independent photographers and filmmakers have worked exclusively in Iraq documenting US troops and Iraqi civilians, resistance fighters and child laborers, imprisoned women and incarcerated youths. Using varied media and narrative styles ranging from photojournalism to first person narratives, cinema verite and found photography, Iraq Uncensored photographers present insights and subtleties beyond what daily news reporting can provide.

Via Grow A Brain

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Digiwall_04_1 

Digiwall is an interactive climbing wall with sensor-equipped grips that register hands and feet. These grips also light up or act as keys on a keyboard and music is played according to your climbing.

Via: we make money not art

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Cold_fusion_mens_soft_shell_jacket_thumb Hem and Haw, watch out!!  First it was Timbuk2.com with custom bags, then NikeID.com with custom kicks!  Here, Sniff and Scurry are busting out custom jackets, with (they claim) as little as 2 day turn around!!!

Who knows whats next??

"Beyond Fleece offers the most advanced Soft Shells and Fleece available. Rated consistantly as one of the top 5 makers of technical outdoor clothing, Beyond Fleece is the only company that customizes every garment for you."

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Sundance

Experience Sundance on-line through June 20th, you can view all the short films that premiered in Park City including this one. LINK

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Thurston

Flush with success, and glowing OR show coverage, Mountain Khakis is launching a major product line extension called Mountain Blue Blazers. The new line will launch with three models, the Hale Henning Orviston the Thurston Howell and the Captain Steuben. Each model has special features such as unique crests and custom gold or silver filigree buttons. Although details are not quite final, the launch will include a special discount for alumni of Andover, Exeter and Beaver Country Day. According to a company spokesman there are even further line extensions being considered such as Mountain Argyles, Mountain Penny Loafers and Mountain Captain Yacht Caps.

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Fly

Remember that one time, at band camp, when we talked about things that were
ironic?  Like that one OR show when ...

... a company that specializes in keeping people warm, seemed to have a
particularly "chilly" booth, at least based on the goosebumps and other
visible temperature gauges easily seen on their in-booth model?


... or when a "new environmental conscience" of the outdoor industry did a
great job filling the hall with giant paper feet and a couple thousand
quickly tossed newsletters?

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Thepiton_1 

Small yet satisfying!

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Industry wonks click on image to enlarge

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Loadedcar

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Snoop

I started yo shit and i'll end yo' shit. Outdoor Industry Executizzles Urge President Bizzy ta F-U-Double-Lizzy Fund Key Outdoor Recreation Programs January 27th, 2005 . Keep'n it gangsta dogg. ... outdoor industry association. ...

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The Wi-Fi computer link that became a hit last summer at the top RV parks in California will be established at 85 state parks for this year's camping season.

LINK

A climbing gym in Boulder, Colo., has taken rock simulation further afield. The Spot replicates the geology of famed climbing areas from Hueco to Yosemite to France's Fontainebleau.

LINK  LA TImes Reg Req

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Snews 

Blowing smoke up the ass of the North American chimney professional since 1979.

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
When you're with a sweep
You're in glad company

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Boom

Take that PowerPoint or that Keynote presentation to the next level with the Boom Bag.

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Psycho PowerPoint

Qu’est que c’est
Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better
Run run run run run run run away

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Rack_dog Rack Dog

Clyde Over Cole despondent, trunk mount fax machine in development.

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UPDATE! Remember the Heavily Armed Recreational Vehicle Contest (H.A.R.V.)?

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Take the names of some of your favorite outdoor industry personalities and plug them into the horror movie script generator.

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(Frank Huglemeyer), (Gale Norton) and (Benjamin Nighthorse Campbell) star in a ecological extravaganza! It all starts in a dark and forbidding forest. The animals of the forest understand one thing and one thing only, humans have gone too far! The attacks begin with hiker maulings and forest ranger decapitations. Soon all of humanity is in danger as the animals venture out, Hell-bent on destroying humanity! Can we be saved? The battle for the planet begins in Revenge of OIA! Nature ain't taking it anymore!

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Free_ballard

The Industry Speak Liberation Front seized numerous hostages in Salt Lake City after reading an interview in the OR Show Daily with new Kelty President Kenny Ballard.

Warning: Not safe for children

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Artist image of Locutus of EMS President Will Manzer which appears on the inside cover of the EMS Catazine.

Manzer_3

Click on image to enlarge

Ferengi rules of aquisition planned for next issue.

Feren

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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 216.157.235.21 URL: DATE: 02/14/2005 10:55:57 AM you will be assimilated...... ----- -------- AUTHOR: The Judge TITLE: Call to Action: All Specialty Retailers STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 02/07/2005 04:42:00 PM ----- BODY: A blatant slap in the face to all specialty retailers. A banner ad on the homepage of the largest US specialty outdoor retail trade show, EBAY, not to mention a sponsor of the show. How many "Outdoor Retailers" sponsored ORWM? You guessed it, zilch! Man, I don't know about you but this doesn't sit well. Would a retailer please inform the Executive Staff of Outdoor Retailer to kindly remove the knife from your back, because you are more valuable alive then dead. Please do you part to keep "Special" in specialty. LINK ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 68.5.2.103 URL: DATE: 02/22/2005 05:19:18 PM Hey, at least they have finally taken down the two pictures from the WM 2004 on-snow demo that they clipped from my site w/out asking! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: EMAIL: IP: 216.157.235.21 URL: DATE: 02/25/2005 11:55:06 AM This Will guy talks up the book "Good to Great" First two rules of turning a company good to great (according to the book) 1. don't bring a CEO in from outside the company 2.Don't let your people know your shaking things up. (it should be an invisible process). He's a runner. Not a skier, climber, backpacker... Why didn't he buy the sporting foot? Why didn't he just start a new company instead of fucking EMS up? ----- -------- AUTHOR: Bomber TITLE: More Annoying Outdoor Retailer Moves STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 02/07/2005 06:30:56 PM ----- BODY:

Slc_front_door_1

If the E-bay banner ad on the OR web site was not bad enough how about the practice of selling any usable flat surface at OR as ad space? See the pic above of the main entrance doors to the hall as an example of intrusive and insulting trade marketing. Takes a real marketing Einstein to come up with the, "let's pay OR to paste our logo on all the door windows of all the trade show entrances strategy". The narrow space between the escalators was even plastered with a Gore -Tex ad. It's gone to far, hello Billboard Liberation Front.

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Smoking_monkey

Just a week removed from the heady days of Outdoor Retailer, the Smoking Monkey finally unpacked the pile of publications harvested from the forest of magazine bins at the Salt Palace. In addition to the Show Daily and the Green Steps "sustainability" journal, the following pubs were actually read cover to cover by our puffing primate and reviewed below.

Men's Journal / Hooked On the Outdoors / EMS Catazine / Backpacker / Dandelion / OIA Directory / Inside Outdoor / Mountain Gazette / Canoe and Kayak / What's New What's Hot/ SGB / National Geo Adventurer

Mountain Gazette - The Gear issue from back in October of 04 is priceless. Obituary of Backpacker magazine and some classic reader gear stories are must reads. The freshest rag of the bunch.

The Backpacker obituary

But I’ll miss having a magazine devoted almost exclusively to the sport that has defined my life to the degree that we are one in the same. And I’ll miss the social impact of the sport that, if Backpacker’s editorial change of directions is any indication (and I believe it is) is comatose, if not actually dead.

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The Gear Stories

What we did was ask our readers to send in 100-word blurbs about their favorite gear — most of which, in typical Gazette fashion, ran longer than 100 words. We also asked readers to send in feature-length articles wherein gear played a role in the evolution of the story. (You will observe that we did not ask readers to send in features about gear.) We chose five features, none of which are the kinds of blow job stories you’d see on the subject of gear in Outside or Backpacker.

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Inside Outdoor - Excellent article about the practice and ethics of spiff payments to retail clerks. Stuart Craig also writes eloquently about resolutions for the industry for 2005.

Selected Archives

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What's New / What's Hot With apologies to our friends at the Boss Report, this is 15 pages of analysis and 80 odd pages of industry self hype and press releases.

Here's one interesting tidbit hidden in the analysis.

The North Face has carefully selected three department store chains to carry the brand.

Hooked - Some funny stuff in the Style File on how not to be an outdoor geek. Think Nordic Walking!

Men's Journal - Good advice on how to win an argument with your wife.

Backpacker - See the obituary.

National Geo Adventurer - Nice

Canoe and Kayak - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

EMS Catazine - A Dogs Breakfast! Since when does a retailer mail order catalog disguised as a magazine get dropped in the show publication rack? Maybe we can get the L.L. Bean catalog in the rack for the next show?

Dandelion -  To bad all the hype about the growth of women's specific gear does not seem to translate to growth in this women's specific outdoor lifestyle mag. Pretty skinny considering the "trend".

OIA Directory - A colossal waste of paper, put it on-line or give to me on disc. How long before we have OIA magazine?

SGB - Cover shot about mass customization trend customized by Timbuk2.

Green Steps Journal - Currently lining the Smoking Monkey cage.

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Yesterday, L3 skis announced name changes to all of it's tele skis. The announcement was made by the new VP of marketing, Edward "Smoke 'Em" Gotnerve, formerly of Proktor and  Gahmble. "I came to L3 and saw the tele ski line was all about undirected pubescent anger. The whole Stinx thing, hello, using an X  isn't cool, it's dumb--and Piste, hey, we got the joke last century. The new names bring a refreshingly honest edginess and new relevance to the line."

The Work Stinx becomes the It Blows
World Piste becomes Everything Sucks
Super Stinx becomes Just Blow
Instinx becomes Blow
She's Piste becomes the You Suck
Hippy Stinx becomes Foreigners Blow
Piste Pipe becomes Suck Blow Blow

"It's as if we were on a ski tour and were just urinating all over," said one wag, "The new names bring focus to the ski line so we can drill down to find our customer." The wag went on, "Originally our team thought that maybe changing StinX to StinkZ and Piste to PssT would be enough to accomplish our goals but the new names are much better, much more satisfying."

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Just in case there are any remaining outdoor brands not selling copious amounts of product to the military or federal government.

The U.S. government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world.

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Hah! Am I a good mother or what? I just gave my daughter NINE pairs of brand new dansko shoes. I figure that's a gift worth close to $900.

There is one little bitty snag. None of them match. Not one single pair.

My guess is that the previous tenant who left the shoes had to be a Dansko rep?

LINK  Via J-Walk

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Any of you, "watch out for Under Armour" pundits seen the new Nike Pro "For Warriors" ad? I wonder what those outdoor retailers and trend gurus who jumped on the UA band wagon will say now that Nike has decided to deliver a firm kick in the nuts to their global domination plans. I'm sure those UA guys are going to have some additional resources to dedicate to the outdoor category now that Nike is throwing mega million dollar ad campigns right down their throat. According to The Dude the next generation of Nike Pro gear that was being shown at the Swoosh Super Bowl party in La La Land raises the bar even further.

Heres a link to a University of Michigan B School analysis of the Nike play

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ESPN.com story with images

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The Lance man appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday along with his mom and main squeeze Sheryl Crow.  Lance did announce he would pursue a 7th Tour title but there was no actual indication that it would be this year. Winfrey fired up her audience to break the one day sales record of 366,000 Livestrong bracelets, Crow debuted a new song and Lance's mom shared her guacamole recipe. There were also some very touching moments surrounding Lance's battle with cancer and his inspiration to one of Oprah's viewers.

Lance's appearance on Oprah will have the angry purists and the Lance naysayers foaming at the mouth while pedaling down to the local market to stock up on avocados. But this appearance is likely the sports greatest moment in promoting cycling to mainstream America.

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Another great moment in promoting cycling!

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Did you see Fast Companies article on W.L. Gore? The one claiming they are the most innovative company in America?” What a crock of shit. Working with them for the last 20 years I’d call W.L. Gore many things, but from the prospective of the outdoor industry, innovative is not one of them. Their one innovation happened when Bill Gore hit upon the idea that expanded PTFE could be waterproof, and provide a larger degree of comfort than the coated alternatives. Since that time they have done nothing but create minor tweaks to Bill’s original concept, done a brilliant job marketing the GORE-TEX® name, and been ruthless thugs in protecting their position in our marketplace.

Innovation
W.L. Gore reminds me of my Grandmother’s cooking after yet another bumper crop of zucchini hit the cellar. Steamed zucchini, stir-fried zucchini, zucchini muffins, zucchini pancakes, zucchini and pasta, zucchini with potato’s, zucchini, zucchini, zucchini… While the folks in Elkton have done a great job innovating every possible use of a Teflon film, the world has moved on. Alpinist’s now have a choice in finding garments that provide greater performance than what any GORE-TEX® product can currently provide. Functional improvements like dramatically improved DWR treatments, fabrics with greater stretch, wicking, a wide range of improved construction methods, and the Holy Grail, fabrics that are functionally waterproof and provide a higher degree of perceived breathability. While each of these improvements may not all be available on a single alternative, they do exist (and almost always at a lower price!). Alternatives to the Gore hegemony are out there, if you can find them.

Brand Strength
There is no doubt that GORE-TEX® provided a framework on which the outdoor industry could build its business on. “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” is brilliant. Their original intent in helping companies design garments that were waterproof, and the testing to prove it, was awesome (too bad it became a process that insured everyone’s designs looked the same). I’ve seen study after study that show the GORE-TEX® brand is far and away the most recognized brand in the industry, far greater recognition than that of The North Face, REI, Patagonia, or Polartec. Elkton’s trump card is that consumers know and trust the GORE-TEX® label and walk into our stores asking for it by name. 

Thug Culture
If you’ve been around as long as I have, you may remember the OR Show that W.L. Gore was doing presentations to the industry on how DEET melts urethane based WP/B’s and how GORE-TEX® survived the test intact? Fly Fishing friends of mine have told me that W.L. Gore dusted off this gem of a strategy at Fly Fishing Retailer a few years back. When your brand is built on the one-legged stool of PTFE you HAVE to be a thug in protecting your positioning. Isn’t it nice to know that, god forbid, a better alternative may have been created and that W.L. Gore did everything in its power to kill it?  Is that what it takes to be recognized as innovative?

I was at the Friedrichshafen Show when Lowe and Vasque launched their eVent lines of jackets and boots. I read the glowing product reviews in the UK outdoor magazines that said the jackets tested were a noticeable improvement over XCR®. I talked with insiders at Vasque who said that testers who wore boots with eVent bladders had something like 1/2 the moisture pick up as the same boots with Gore bladders. I also remember seeing a very pale manager at Vasque after an entourage of people from Gore left their booth and that Vasque never shipped a single eVent product.

Finally
It is the view of The Piton that what our industry needs is strong move back toward building the best product. It’s time to tell the market analysts, the investment bankers, and the Big Box stores to fuck off. Remember, it’s our uniqueness that made those blood-suckers like us in the first place. When Cabela's is selling an XCR jacket for $160 that performs as well as a $450 Arcteryx jacket, we have a problem. Our customers need to know that when they step into a Specialty Outdoor store they are seeing products that work the best and are available nowhere else. Have a heart to heart conversation with any industry designer. Ask them about why they spec W.L. Gore fabrics in their line. I’ll bet that product performance is not even mentioned. If you can get a beer into them first, I’ll bet you hear things like “it’s what sells,” or that “W.L. Gore funds our entire marketing campaign,” or “it’s what our customer is asking for.” All legitimate reasons to sell a product, but just don’t try to tell me that it works the best or that W.L. Gore is the most innovative company in America.

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Now comes the Banana Bunker.

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Interbike Porn post from 10/15/04

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The Alaskan Alpine Club's Ice Wall project documents the process of building man made ice walls in Fairbanks as well as photos of some other man made ice walls

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The Red Bull Silo Summit.

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Swag

Did you see the Lesley Suppes blurb in the OR Show Daily bemoaning a LA Times op- ed rant that claimed "outdoor writers" were the world's biggest swag whores? Well leave it to our intrepid tipster in metropolitan Wyoming to forward us the offending article. The "outdoor writers" referenced in the article are actually the ones getting $50K bass boats. The "journalists" from Powder and Surfer are called out for exotic junkets with super models at 5 star resorts. Compared to the rest of the world we're rank amateurs when it comes to QUALITY swag!

Still amazing what some people will do for a T-Shirt!

Swagland

Where the writers are gluttons, the editors practice ethical relativism and
the flacks just want to get their clients some ink
By David Weddle

January 16, 2005

Swagland. It's not a mythical over-the-rainbow realm, an Eastern European
country, a theme park. You might call it a state of mind, a wondrous
alternate universe concocted by publicists, funded by corporations eager for
media coverage of their wares and frequented by journalists who have cast
off concerns about conflicts of interest and embraced a new creed of
conspicuous consumption.

In Swagland, the streets are paved with freebies, from promotional T-shirts,
CDs and DVDs, to designer clothing, jewelry and perfume, to spa treatments,
Broadway show tickets and suites in five-star hotels, to cellphones, laptops
and luxury sports cars on loan. Travel writers accept free trips to exotic
foreign lands. Automotive reviewers take junkets to Switzerland or the
sun-dappled hills of Italy to drive the latest high-end roadsters.
Entertainment hacks hobnob with stars and directors at the Four Seasons in
Los  Angeles. High-tech audio and video reviewers max out their
home-entertainment centers with LCD HDTV screens, surround-sound systems and
five-digit turntables, which they keep for months at a time‹for research
purposes. Surfing journalists travel to remote South Pacific atolls and stay
with supermodels on "floating Four Seasons" luxury cruisers where the
champagne never stops flowing.

Fashionistas have long been infamous for raking in the loot‹the currency of
Swagland. Designers lavish magazine editors with the latest styles because
they're "celebrities in their own right," explains an editor at a major
fashion daily. "They're gifted quite a bit because they are friends with
these designers and they have a lot of access. They may get photographed
with those items, and that influences what people buy. All the top editors
take free clothes."

In recent years, Los Angeles has become the R&D capital of swag culture. The
now-ubiquitous promotional gift bag grew out of Hollywood's plethora of
award ceremonies and premiere parties. A gift bag may contain a T-shirt or
coffee mug, or it might be crammed with thousands of dollars worth of goods.
Whatever it may hold, the gift bag has an uncanny power to bring out the
greedy 2-year-old in some members of the media. Many have come to view it
not as a perk but a birthright. "When I'm holding an event," says Susie
Dobson of the Los Angeles firm Susie Dobson Global PR, "the magazine editors
call and ask if there's going to be a gift bag. 'Will there be gift bags?'
Yes. 'Will they be good?' Yes. 'Oh, great! I'll be there.' "

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At some events, journalists are allowed to pack their own gift bags. If the
"merch" runs low, things can get ugly. "At the 2003 Environmental Media
Awards," says freelance journalist Kyle Roderick, "there was a frenzy at the
booth for Under the Canopy, which is this organic fiber fashion line. There
was a jostling fightŠ.People were yelling, 'I want my T-shirt!' There were
some shoulder blows. The sign was up that said 'Please take one.' People
were grabbing three or four or five."

The abundance of swag fuels a thriving underground economy. Writers fence
their T-shirts, designer duds and movie and automotive promotional
memorabilia to a loose network of used-clothing stores (such as Decades in
L.A.), entrepreneurs and Internet vendors. "I have editors calling me all
the time and bringing me bags of stuff‹designer shoes, jewelry, dresses,
everything from Chanel to Gucci," says Keni Valenti, owner of Keni Valenti
Retro-Couture, a vintage designer clothing store in New York's Garment
Center.

Some journalists steal swag outright from photo shoot sets or magazine
fashion closets. "I've had editors call me up and say, 'I have two fur coats
here in a bag. I'm at 38th and 7th  Avenue, right on the corner. If you can
bring me X amount of dollars in cash, they're yours,' " Valenti says. "I
said to one editor, 'What exactly are you going to say to the company?' She
said, 'I'll just send back the bag empty and blame it on the messenger.' "

Others shake down merchants. Mary Norton, designer of Moo Roo handbags, was
flabbergasted when an anchor for a prominent Los Angeles newscast walked
into her showroom during the 2003 Oscar season and pointed to three of her
creations. He told her that Moo Roo would never be mentioned on his
show‹ever‹if she didn't give them to him.

Anne Rainey Rokahr, director of Red PR in New York, had a similar
experience. A magazine writer offered to promote her clients' products on a
TV morning show if Rokahr would pay her. "I was shocked and insulted,"
Rokahr says.

She's not alone. The guardians of journalistic ethics are horrified and
dismayed by this subversion of all the values they hold dear. "There are no
ifs, ands or buts about it, you put yourself in a compromising position if
you accept any gift or free trip or anything from somebody you're writing
about," says Edwin Guthman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former
editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and national editor of the Los Angeles
Times, who is now a senior lecturer at USC's Annenberg School. "It's
something that a self-respecting journalist shouldn't do. There isn't any
question about it, it's wrong. I'm sorry to hear that it's fairly
prevalent."

Ethicists argue that the proliferation of swag has undercut the integrity of
the press, blurred the lines between advertising and editorial and
encouraged some publications to mislead their readership. "Very few readers
have any idea how editorial staffs decide what gets reported on," says
Jeffrey Seglin, an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston who
writes a weekly column on ethics for the New York Times. "They don't know
what the policies are at the magazines about accepting freebies. Readers
need to be aware of this issue, especially when they're reading travel
pieces and product reviews. There should be a clear distinction between
what's advertising and what's editorial. Because when you purchase a
magazine, you presume you are buying objective editorial. But that's not
always the reality."

The perception that journalists can be bought contributes to an overall
distrust of the media. A recent Gallup poll found that only 21% of those
surveyed rated newspaper reporters' ethical standards as high or very high.
Journalists ranked lower than bankers, auto mechanics, elected officials and
nursing home operators. Kelly McBride, the ethics group leader at the
Poynter Institute, a training school for professional journalists in St.
Petersburg, Fla., laments that the press is "losing ground" in the battle
for the public's respect, and believes that swag is a factor. "For people
who are concerned about media bias, it is one more straw on the camel's
back."

For publicists who practice giveaway marketing, however, such hand-wringing
is futile, even a little comical. As far as they're concerned, the battle's
already been won. The glittering utopia of Swagland is governed by one
supreme precept, and Kelly Cutrone, founder of the firm People's Revolution,
sums it up: "Here's the deal: Everything's a commercial."

The age of ethical relativism

The rise of swag culture is no accident, according to mcbride. "Corporations
are spending a higher percentage of their annual budgets on marketing, and
larger portions of those budgets are directed specifically at journalists,
because marketing executives realize that ink on any given product is better
than advertising," she says. "We've always known that, but they realize now,
particularly in this age of an inundation of advertising, that advertising
is limited in its ability to reach an audience. It's much more effective to
create the elusive buzz about a product that everyone's after."

And the schizophrenic ethics policies of American publications make them an
easy target. Many magazines and tabloids either turn a blind eye or
encourage their writers to score freebies as a method of cutting expenses.
The Robb Report, Motor Trend and Powder routinely send their contributors on
junkets. Many others have strict rules against it. Travel + Leisure posts
its policy in each issue, stating that its writers do not accept free trips.
Most major newspapers and news magazines forbid employees and freelancers to
accept merchandise or services from potential subjects, and some high-end
glossies‹Playboy, Harper's Magazine, Forbes, Fortune‹have similar policies.

But even publications that enforce strict ethics policies do not have
entirely clean hands. Most, including the Los Angeles Times, commission
stories from freelance writers who operate as independent contractors.
Freelancers are the migrant farmworkers of journalism‹cheap labor that fills
the gaps left by editorial downsizing and dwindling advertising revenue. As
they scramble from publication to publication to make a living, some
practice ethical relativism. If they're writing a story for a newspaper
where accepting giveaways is forbidden, they adhere to that policy. But when
they're on assignment for a lifestyle magazine that encourages them to
accept free hotel rooms and airfare to cut expenses, they shift into high
freebie mode. Thus, even the most scrupulous publications end up employing
freelancers who may have accepted copious swag on other assignments.

"There is an entire set of problems that comes with freelancers that does
not come with staff writers, because there's a limited amount of control you
can have over them," observes Stephen Randall, deputy editor of Playboy and
an adjunct faculty member at USC's Annenberg School. "You don't know what
freelancers are doing on other assignments. You don't know what hidden
agendas they might have."

Some editors worry about ethics creep. Rick Holter, arts editor for the
Dallas Morning News, points out that if an automaker decides to debut a new
model in Germany, "there's no way my paper is going to pay for me to go to
Germany." But what happens if five freelancers take the junket and come back
with terrific stories, which they then submit to the paper? "If you're the
car reviewer at Dallas Morning News, you look bad. Here's a freelancer
coming in with a great story that you didn't get. Editors get tempted not to
ask the tough questions of the freelancers they're buying something from."

Even more problematic are the pseudo-ethics policies of some publications.
"One of the worst things that happens is when there is a policy and the
publications don't enforce it," says Seglin. "On paper it may say, 'We will
not do this.' But the staff and the freelancers see that everybody takes
freebies and no one enforces the ethics code. It sends a message that the
code is worthless."

Last month the editorial staffs of Jane, Details, Women's Wear Daily and W
were banned from receiving gifts "of value" from advertisers. The New York
Daily News reported that rebellious employees of Fairchild Publications
planned to circumvent the ban by having publicists mail swag to their home
addresses. Fairchild spokeswoman Andrea Kaplan averred that this would be
against company policy and was quoted as saying, "We are not aware that this
is happening."

Truth in labeling

Many lifestyle scribes shrug off traditional ethics with the
ra-tionalization that they aren't really journalists. Julie Logan, a former
editor for Glamour who has written for Self and InStyle, refers to fashion
and beauty magazines as "service books." "I don't consider service books to
be journalism," Logan says. "I consider it copy writing with a narrative.
The function of a service book is to deliver readers to the advertisers. If
the advertisers could find a way to put the magazine out without writers,
they would. We're there because of their largess, not the other way around."

Yet the mastheads of service books list editors and correspondents and look
identical to those of hard news publications. "They have all the trappings
of regular journalism," McBride says. "They're doing what passes for
consumer journalism‹writing about products, places and things that people
spend money on." And when consumers purchase a magazine, Seglin argues,
"they expect objectivity. They don't expect the magazine to show favoritism.
As readers, we want consumer journalists to do the legwork and review all of
the available products, not just the ones they got for free."

Logan thinks service book readers could care less about the intricacies of
objectivity. "These are people who look at advertorial the same way as they
would editorial. These are not rocket scientists."

McBride counters that readers would care if they knew that not all magazines
adhere to the same ethical standards. "If you're about to spend a lot of
money on a vacation in a foreign country and are trying to decide what
hotels to stay at, you would certainly want to know if a reviewer is raving
about a place because he got a free room, or because he really did his
homework on all the hotels in that area."

Seglin believes the solution is truth in labeling. Magazines should disclose
their policies on freebies on the table of contents or masthead. "If editors
argue that it's not a big deal to accept gifts and it doesn't affect the
integrity of their reporters, then why not tell the reader exactly what your
policy is? Then the readers can make an informed decision about how to
interpret the magazine's content."

But publications that allow acceptance of gifts have little or no incentive
to do any such thing. McBride thinks there will always be a spectrum of
publications and writers who take swag, and she sees this as an inevitable
byproduct of a free market society. "Part of the beauty of American
journalism is it's not licensed. Standards are voluntarily applied. There is
no regulation," she says. "So I think the only thing we can do is put as
much peer pressure as we can on our brethren and, in the spirit of a free
market, give the readers the information they need to make intelligent
choices."

The history of swag

One of the most brilliant tactical breakthroughs in swag culture was
developed in Los Angeles. In the late 1990s, publicists realized that the
Academy Awards‹a fashion vortex that draws the world's finest designers and
jewelers and the international press together for one dizzying
media-saturated weekend‹presented an unprecedented opportunity to raise
awareness for their clients' products. Thus the "swag suite" was born.
Consortiums of designers rented out entire floors of such chic hotels as the
Chateau Marmont, Raffles L' Ermitage and Le Meridien, and filled the suites
with samples of their wares. They enticed celebrities and their stylists‹and
the media‹with free champagne, facials, massages, makeup and hair styling,
yoga classes and, of course, gift bags. The concept proved fantastically
successful.

"Have you ever gone to a 99-Cents store on a welfare payday?" asks Kelly
Cutrone. "It's basically like that. [Writers] will try to get four extra
gift bags‹one for their nanny, one for their sister in Oklahoma and one just
in case they need to give it away for a Christmas present."

Cutrone's company, People's Revolution, has organized swag suites during the
Oscars and the Golden Globes, and she's seen media greed escalate with each
passing year. "It's gotten to the point where the vendors have to nail the
stuff down. We've had to create a color-coded gift band system. The
different editors and writers won't really know they're a part of it until
they arrive. There will be different color codes: a silver bracelet, a gold
bracelet and a white bracelet. The gold bracelet would be the highest rank.
That means: This person is very, very credible and has a lot of power and
you should gift accordingly. The silver one might mean: Give them a T-shirt.
The white one is: Don't give them anything. They just need to be in here to
feel important and we need their body to fill the space."

The swag suites proved so successful that they soon popped up at the Grammys
and New York and L.A.'s fashion weeks. At the Sundance Film Festival the
swag suites have exploded into swag lodges, lounges and houses sponsored by
Michelob, Skyy Vodka, Mystic Tan, Gap, Chrysler, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger,
Reebok, Ray-Ban and Black & Decker. Last year Volkswagen offered morning
yoga classes, treated celebs and select members of the press to free rides
around town in its luxury Phaeton sedan and handed out $1,000 gift bags. The
once sleepy main street of Park City, Utah, which used to host a quiet
counterculture film festival, has become a gaudy carnival midway where New
York fashionistas such as publicist Lara Shriftman hawk their clients' wares
and writers for Women's Wear Daily, Us Weekly and the New York Post's Page
Six hammer out exultant prose about the swagathon.

Juicy Couture is a textbook example of how swag suite marketing can propel a
fledgling company into the limelight almost overnight. Founded in L.A. in
1994 by Gela Nash-Taylor‹wife of John Taylor, bass player for Duran
Duran‹and Pam Skaist-Levy, it started as a T-shirt line and soon became
known for low-cut, hip-hugging sweatpants with the words "Juicy" emblazoned
across the butt. The product was hip, if no hipper than dozens of other
start-up clothing lines that debuted and quickly vanished at around the same
time. But Juicy had the marketing savvy of Nash-Taylor and Skaist-Levy.

"They really know how to work it in terms of getting free product into the
hands of people," says Rose Apodaca, West Coast bureau chief for Women's
Wear Daily. "Early on [in 2001], Juicy did a suite at the Chateau Marmont.
It lasted all day. It was crazy chaos. Celebrities, media editors and all
kinds of It Girls were there. Most people were given one free outfit. Others
got more than that, I'm sure. Their track suits retail for about $175. The
cashmere ones go for $500. Advertising Age wrote about the event as a case
study. It put their name out there in a big way. They also sent a lot of
swag to editors and celebrities and got the Juicy name out there on the
people who mattered."

It cost Juicy anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 to stage swag fests from
L.A. to New York, but they proved to be extremely cost-effective. "In the
fashion world it is much more impactful to see editorial than to see an
advertisement," Nash-Taylor explains. "If you see an advertisement in Vogue,
our customer will riffle past that. If the editor says 'Editor's Pick,'
you're going to pay attention to that." Juicy's giveaway events generated
articles in People, Women's Wear Daily, Us Weekly, the New York Post's Page
Six, New York Daily News, Angeleno, OK!, Brntwd, New York magazine, Allure,
Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire, Vogue, W, the Los
Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and the Boston Globe. In 2002 the
advertising value equivalency of these articles was estimated to be
$41,966,494.

In 2003 Nash-Taylor and Skaist-Levy sold the company to Liz Claiborne for an
initial cash payment of $39 million, which may climb to $98 million after a
required earn-out payment. And late last year they launched their first
Juicy boutique, at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas‹chartering
three planes to fly celebs and press to the opening night party.

"I don't know if they gave outfits to people," says Los Angeles Times
fashion critic Booth Moore, who covered the opening. "Obviously, I didn't
take the plane." (Los Angeles Times staffers and freelancers are not allowed
to accept gifts of any kind, including travel, so she drove.) "But a lot of
people at the opening were dressed in Juicy, and I don't imagine that they
paid for it."

The prehistory of swag

Before the swag suite and the gift bag, there was the travel junket. Like
D.W. Griffith's perfection of the close-up, the junket was a revolutionary
breakthrough in its field. Developed by resorts and travel bureaus after
World War II, it has become a surefire way of generating reams of ink.

The junket gives travel bureaus, resorts and hotels the biggest bang for
their buck, far more than they could get by taking out ads in major
magazines or newspapers. Full-page ads in national magazines run into the
hundreds of thousands of dollars. In contrast, it might cost a grand to fly
a writer to a hotel or resort for a weekend junket, and the results are far
more effective. Kim Marshall, a former freelance writer who now runs a PR
firm, the Marshall Plan, that organizes "press trips" for luxury resorts
such as the Bora Bora Nui and Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, explains that
"objective" copy in the form of an article is "seven times more believable.
Because an ad is what you say about yourself. A third-party endorsement is
far more credible in the mind of the reader."

Publicists refuse to admit that junkets compromise the integrity of
participating journalists. "I'm a professional and I work with
professionals, and they can't be bought," Marshall says. She claims the
correspondents on her junkets adhere to back-breaking schedules to take in
all of the sights and activities of the locales she promotes. Nevertheless,
she expects at least half of them to get stories into print‹"a minimum 50%
return rate." Those who don't won't be invited on her next trip.

The spectacular success of travel junkets has led to the "junketization" of
a wide spectrum of industries. Movie studios were the first to realize the
potential, and they began flying journalists to exotic locations to schmooze
with movie stars. In 1969, more than 500 members of the press congregated on
Grand Bahama Island for Warner Bros.' International Film Festival, which was
in reality a giant junket to promote the studio's most prestigious summer
films, among them "The Wild Bunch" and "The Rain People." The same approach
was later applied to the music business.

Today, when auto companies debut their latest models, they invariably fly
journalists in for the event. When Acura showed off its 2004 Acura TL in
Seattle, dozens attended the junket at the W Hotel, where they were put up
for two nights, treated to two dinners and cocktails, attended technical
briefings on the car and test drove it. According to Mike Spencer, Acura's
public relations manager, only a handful paid their own way. "Hopefully,
we'll get at least 100 stories out of it," he says.

Jaguar held a junket in Scottsdale,  Ariz., where the freebies included
rounds of golf. Rolls-Royce offered reporters a drive up the coast from
Santa Barbara to a private winery, where the vino flowed freely. Land Rover
has held junkets on a ranch in Colorado and other rural settings where
writers could practice skeet shooting, fly-fishing and falconry. According
to a PR rep for the automaker‹who asked not to be identified for fear that
this article would reflect negatively on the industry‹this isn't bribery but
merely a way of contextualizing the product: "It's not just about what the
vehicle physically does, it's also about the culture of the vehicle. The
optional activities . . . are everything that you picture someone who
ultimately would purchase a Land Rover would do."

Many auto magazines allow or even encourage their writers to take free
junkets because, they claim, they can't afford to pay the costs themselves.
"An airline ticket or hotel room is not, in this parlance, in our space, in
any way a gift," says Matt Stone, executive editor of Motor Trend magazine.
"Business travel is a tool necessary for us to do our job."

A veteran freelancer now employed by a major daily newspaper agrees. "To
take the high road and accept no freebies is very, very expensive," he says.
But, he adds, "the argument that this doesn't affect journalists' judgment
is crap. Of course it does. And I'm an old hand at this. I've been to Europe
maybe 50 times on product launches. They'll fly us into Frankfurt or Rome,
the south of France. It'll be spectacular, right? Then they'll say, 'OK,
drive this car. What do you think?' 'Gee, I don't know. Here I am bathed in
the warm light of the Riviera. The car looks pretty good to me.' It really
takes some doing to resist that tendency to be favorable."

How to talk swag

The gift bag, swag suite and junket paradigms have been adopted by almost
every conceivable industry. Cosmetic companies fly beauty editors to Paris
to present their new product lines. At the 2004 Republican National
Convention, journalists received booklets full of discount tickets for New
York retailers and were treated to martinis by Time Warner. Chris Mauro,
editor of Surfer magazine, and Tom Bie, editor of Powder, say that their
contributors accept free travel and product from manufacturers and promoters
in the surf and ski industries, but without any guarantee of giving them
ink.

"Outdoor writers are the biggest whores in the business," says the veteran
freelancer. "I've seen outdoor writers who've had boats delivered to their
house from manufacturers. Theoretically they're testing them, but the boat
sits in the guy's yard‹they just keep it, a 25- to 30-foot boat. There are
$50,000 bass boats."

The freebie culture has engendered a sense of entitlement. Publicists love
to do imitations of journalists who have tried to scam them. "Our company
represents the Tribeca and SoHo Grand hotels," Cutrone says. "I get 10
e-mails a day from journalists who are coming to New York from all over the
world. I'm talking about everyone from the Daily Telegraph to the Shanghai
Times. They call and say, 'Hi, we're going to do this big, huge blowout
story. We can only pick one hotel in New York City. Can you offer a press
rate?' As a publicist, this is how I would translate that: 'We're sending
this e-mail to every cool hotel in New York. This is a huge [tourist] market
for you. We're not going to come out and say that we want a free hotel
room.' So what I'm going to say to my client is: 'Can we offer these people
a comped room? I think it could turn out to be a great story for us.' "

When fashion writers come to town, they don't stop at the free hotel room.
"You ask them to come to an event," Cutrone explains, "and they say, 'Can
you send me a car?' Or, 'I don't have anything to wear. I'd really love to
wear your designer to the show.' You can smell a fashion editor who's
looking for a free ride. They'll come to your showroom and they light up,
saying, 'Ohhhh, loooovvvveee!!! Oh my God, I've got to get one of these. I
just love it, love it! You knoooow, we're actually working on this amazing
issue, which I think that this would be perfect for. But you know what, I'm
going away with my boyfriend for the weekend. We're going to St. Bart's. Do
you think there's any way I can get a deal on one of these?' That's
classic."

Of course, publicists have no one to blame for this but themselves. They're
the ones who addicted journalists to freebies in the first place. Many
fashion publicists offer a "media discount" on their clients' products,
which can range from 20% to 70%, depending on the client and the writer's
clout. (A writer for a national glossy might get a larger discount than a
reporter for a regional publication.) And then there's the "gifting" of
designer clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, sunglasses, watches and so on.
Again, the status of the byline and the circulation of the publication
calibrate the value of the gift. A junior editor at a regional publication
might receive a $500 starter purse, while an editorial superstar could
receive a $5,000 status bag.

Product is sometimes dispersed as part of a wider campaign to raise public
awareness. Cutrone explains: "We'll go to the designer and say, 'Listen, we
think that the green leather bag is a very cute must-have item for this
season. What I'd like to do is order an extra 35 bags and do a gifting
program to the editors.' Then the costs are rolled into production. Then the
editors show up at fashion shows wearing it." And a trend is born.

No wonder Juicy Couture's Nash-Taylor proselytizes the virtues of swag. When
I interviewed her for this story, I asked if she rewards journalists who
write favorable articles with follow-up gifts. "You'd better believe it,
David!" she exclaimed. "At the end of the conversation, we always say, 'Do
you have Juicy? Do you want something for your wife?' We'll put you on with
Kate and say, 'Kate, send David a great box.' Some journalists are not
allowed to accept anything." And I was one of them, I informed her. "Oh, you
are?" Nash-Taylor groaned. I admitted that my wife and daughter would be
angry that I turned her down. She emitted a throaty laugh. "They're bumming.
As a journalist, if you were allowed to do that, you'd understand our
product better. So why not? That's how I look at it. Why not? I'm sorry I
can't send you something for your wife and your daughter. They're going to
be saying, 'You should have done it, Dad!' You too, David. We've got great
men's stuff."

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Background

Cycling meets Fight Club courtesy of the Black Label Bicycle Club.

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One way to pump up the outdoor participant numbers......infiltrate the bike industry.

From BRAINS

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Ipod

In case you missed the last post about Podcasting, here's two USA Today stories about this emerging trend.

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This link has a sidebar on Podcasting basics.

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In case you still think that it's just a few fringe folks driving the trend, here's a link to a Podcast by the President of GM North America introducing two new car models at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Keep em coming!

- A certain unnamed mass market bicycle company, who also dabbled in some snowboard brands, has been investigating "dubious accounting practices." Rumor has it these practices include shipping goods to a parking lot across the street, waiting a few weeks, and then bringing the same goods back as returned merchandise. These goods were then filtered through the company's close-out subsidiary. The words "bloody crook" were used multiple times surrounding this affair...

- Crisafulli is stepping back from his involvement in both Marmot and K2's new apparel division. Word has it that he is working on "Special Projects" at K2 Inc.

-Marmot Sleeping bags were spotted for $89 at Dick's Sporting Goods in SLC.

- VF is finally realizing synergies between TNF and its jeanswear division with a "Denim" waterproof breathable snowboard outfit.

- The crew manning the Adidas booth was wearing jackets that looked remarkably similar to Arc'teryx designs, only with "three stripes" sewn onto them. 

- Still no Royal Robbins footwear line.

- Merrell has climbing shoes in production again.

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Land

Threaten to hold breath until they turn blue.

Release lifted from Sport Source

Outdoor Industry Association expressed extreme disappointment today in the President’s recommendation to eliminate funding for the stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in his proposed 2006 budget. LWCF was created by Congress in 1964. The program matches state and federal dollars to protect natural resources while providing close to home recreation for Americans.

“One of the primary themes of the President’s budget is making government more effective through cooperative partnerships,” says Frank Hugelmeyer, President of Outdoor Industry Association. “Since 1964, LWCF has developed 40,000 parks throughout the nation through a highly effective federal state partnership, with states providing at least 50% of the funds. By zeroing out LWCF, the President is taking away one of the most effective cooperative partnerships we have to combat the obesity and inactivity crises.” A recent survey by the Department of the Interior found that the combined demand of the 50 states to develop recreation parks and facilities was $836,229,911.

Chalk up yet another victory for non-partisanship!

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Lance_1

At this rate he'll have to take off his shoes.

PARIS - Lance Armstrong will be back in the saddle at this year’s Tour de France, chasing title No. 7.

The Tour’s only six-time winner finally put an end to questions about his plans for 2005, announcing Wednesday on his Discovery Channel team’s Web site that he’ll try to extend his record streak of consecutive victories in cycling’s most prestigious event.

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Discovery Channel

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Map

Gizmodo has a post today about the world's first 3-Dimensional topographical ski map.

Ski areas are massive spaces and it's hard to visualise all that's on offer using the existing ski maps. Many people get lost and some places look harder to get to than they really are.

Mountain Maps

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Gang

Follow up to Bike Kill.

NY photographer Cheryl Dunn is having an opening for a book based on her short film "Bicycle Gangs of New York."

Opening is in Santa Monica this Saturday.

VIA Josh Rubin

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Mystery

The man certainly has seen first hand what's behind the curtain at corporate outdoor.

Just saw a copy of Geartrends for the Winter OR show... gotta love the unintended (I think) pun on the cover. Ready to R.I.P is how I read it for the "industry". I then paged to the intro...Oh, yess indeed, we should ALL be special. After all, we're the SPECIALTY INDUSTRY!

   I remember when this was the OUTDOOR industry...but that doesn't seem to describe the Kool-Aid currently being served. The current level of hype has become an absolute self parody. This is a good thing overall...but it is a shame that people who actually use the gear are becoming ever more detached from the bulk of the people who wear the look. This wave has crested...and it's gonna be a while as the tide heads out.

  I've managed to build what matters to me, and even brought my production back to Bozeman....but only at the cost of seeking out people who actually use the gear hard on a regular basis, whatever their background. There’s plenty of them out there...but they're not where the "specialty"industry" is, or will be, anytime soon. Many of my friends in the specialty zone may like it that way...and I find that I may as well.

        Dana

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Nepal

There is a serious crisis going on in Nepal involving the suspension of democracy and free speech by the monarchy. There should be a moratorium organized on any expeditions or adventure travel which put dollars in the coffers of the current regime.

Blogs are now the only source of independent news coming out of that country after the recent government crackdown.

Radio Free Nepal

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P6260019
One description reads, "The device gives the rappeller an impressive 360° view for every few meters of the rappel. Unfortunately, the whirling scenery can not be enjoyed because of the attention required to ensure that the rope and the device remain in contact with each other."

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green*wash: (n) Disinformation disseminated by an organisation so as to present an environmentally responsible public image. Derivatives greenwashing (n). Origin from green on the pattern of whitewash. The Tenth Edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary

green*wash: (gr~en-wosh) -washers, -washing, -washed 1.) The phenomenon of socially and environmentally destructive corporations attempting to preserve and expand their markets by posing as friends of the environment and leaders in the struggle to eradicate poverty. 2) Environmental whitewash. 3) Any attempt to brainwash consumers or policy makers into believing polluting mega-corporations are the key to environmentally sound sustainable development 4) Hogwash. LINK

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We were going to do a post sometime ago about woot.com and how long it would take someone in the outdoor industry to copy the concept of putting up just one killer deal per day.

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Welcome to steepandcheap.com brought to you courtesy of backcountry.com.

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Can the steepandcheap blog be far behind?

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Dump the 20 by 80, the hotel rooms, the rental cars, the air fare, the uncomfortable account dinners and still have your brand DOMINATE the OR show.

Buy every OR sponsorship opportunity!

Here's the itemized list and the pricing.

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Sport bottle $2500

Badge Holder $2500

"Official" show shirt $2500

Badge lanyard $2500

Catalog Bins $ $1,125

Coffee mugs $3200

Swag product $1,000

Swag bag  $5,500

Entrance banners $2,750

Escalator canopy $7,500

Inflatables $3,000

Product display case $2500

Entry carpet logos $2,000

Vehicle placement $2,500

Enhanced listing placement $300

Badge mailer insert $2000

Column banners $2,700

Exterior banner $2,500

Badge holder insert $2,000

Aisle banner $750

Carpet logos $500

Water bottles $2,500

Floor plan map $8,000

Floor plan stations $4,500

Concession cups $1,800

Water stations $4,000

Recycle bins $2,000

OR Daily bins $2,500

Napkins $1,800

Food sample station $1,000

Hotel key cards $3,400

Educational seminars $2,500

Press room $2,500

First aid station $750

Beverage cart $8,000

Industry party $4,000

On-line lounge $4,000

GRAND TOTAL: $104,075

I did not see the cheesy logo placement on the entrance door windows price?

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Firefoxscreensnapz001_2Another rainy Sunday. Our new place is still off the grid so here I sit in a local cafe catching up on bills, personal email and The Piton. I'm surprised to realize we're is headed toward 800+ posts and 200 unique readers a day. Reading the posts since the show has me in stitches. A huge thanks to the authors of these Hall of Fame posts:

The Yakima Management Team Picture LINK
An impassioned opinion about VNU embracing e-Bay LINK
The Smoking Monkey LINK
Threaten to hold breath until they turn blue LINK


As I click through the ISP's of our readers I notice that we're still getting a fair amount of interest from law firms. The Piton's small group of media advisers tell me this the daily reality for people who work in the press. As sit here contemplating how my involvement in The Piton could effect my family, my career, my relationships within my industry, the web delivers up an article that speaks directly to the questions I'm asking:

"Depending on whom you ask, bloggers are either "citizen journalists" who are democratizing media, or bloviating loudmouths posting ill-formed opinions on personal websites between trips to the fridge. They are victimizers when they assault the news organizations they love to hate, and victims when they are treated as "real media" by litigious companies out for blood. "Salivating morons," members of a "lynch mob," the "sons of Joseph McCarthy" hellbent on destroying careers, or simply "citizens who want to know the truth." From Wired LINK

Mr. Penenberg ends his opinion by relating the following concern,"The judge seems concerned that bloggers (in pajamas, no less) might be used by their sources." So as The Piton continues down its path, I need to ask all our authors to keep it personal. As the emails pour in asking us to post this or that, make sure it's your opinion first and that you're willing to back it up.

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Bullshiit

Amen brother!

Ryan Jordan at backpackinglight.com calls bullshit on the new generation waterproof softshell fabrics.

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Brianjustout

We were sent this video from Channel 2 in Denver of Brian Brawdy simulating an avalanche burial victim. Under the watchful eye of the Eldora Ski Patrol, and wearing an Avalung, Brawdy was buried for 15-20 minutes under a few feet of snow. The usually unflappable Brawdy was clearly humbled by the experience.

Download avalancheprojectburi10e2.mp4

For those of you who don't know Brawdy, he is the undisputed master of getting TV news exposure for his partners.

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"Learn from the wisdom of 35 of the world's most talented sportsmen and performers as they teach you to master over 250 of their coolest tricks, skills and moves".

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Search this site to download free GPS Maps for hiking, fishing boating, snowmobiling, on- and off road sightseeing. GPS Maps are map images, waypoint coordinates, route and/or track data that lead you through unique travel adventure.  Use GPS for safer, more enjoyable active vacations.

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Snowshoe

A Boston Globe article reprinted in the News Observer about K2 shutting down the Vermont Tubbs factory and moving production to China.

It was a perfect day for snowshoes. A deluge of fluffy flakes had added nearly a foot to the snowpack. All over this mountain village, vacationers were strapping on Tubbs snowshoes, the iconic New England brand that revived a once-dying industry and has most recently been manufactured within the shadow of Mount Mansfield.

But the Tubbs factory was as quiet as a forest trail.

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Dogbowl Splash-n-Go, a leader in developing Space Age products for the discerning few, introduces the revolutionary CarBone carbon fiber pet food bowl.

This revolutionary device will change the way you deliver food to your pet. Never again will you have to serve your pet his/her bottled drinking water or dinner in an out-dated twentieth-century vessel.

Inferior plastic, metal or ceramic bowls are a thing of the past. Our woven carbon fiber material is the same matrix as used by rocket science engineers on that last space probe.

Many years and many millions of dollars were spent on research and development before Splash-n-Go could bring you this outstanding product.

Prototypes were made and exhaustingly tested by Bucky and Steve, our in-house Canine Test Team. Production started only after they...and we...were completely satisfied. And now, you and your pet can enjoy the same excitement and prestiege of owning and using a genuine carbon fiber pet bowl.

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Amy Buckalter who has been leading the sales effort at WaterMark in a consulting role is now officially the new VP of global sales and marketing.

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Google and VNU in targeted ad deal.

"Advertisements that are part of Google's AdWords program can now be seen on the Web sites of VNU-owned publications in the United States and Europe, the two companies said Tuesday".

From C/Net News

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VNU launches Wal-Mart news site.

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LA Weekly profile of Jared Diamond, his new book, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" is making it's way up the best seller list. Good stuff which also includes some references to Chouinard, Patagonia and Nike

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One way to make some money is to turn some of your old factory into mixed use retail and residential space.

LAWRENCE -- With a new senior management team in place, Malden Mills Industries Inc. has been active on several fronts, trying to mount a major comeback as the manufacturer of Polartec synthetic fleece for military and consumer apparel.

Recent story which ran in the Boston Globe on 2/17.

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An organized gang was cruising around Washington D.C. stealing TNF coats at gunpoint from people on the street. There were more than 25 cases reported before the thieves were apprehended.

Here's a link to the story, you can also check out the video news broadcast.

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Gay Outdoors climbers Rob Jagnow, Jonny Rosenfield, and Bruce successfully stood on top of Aconcagua in the Argentina/Chile border on January 24, and became the first all-gay team to successfully ascend the enormous 22,840-foot peak in the Argentinean Andes.

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"Maculated gets jiggy with gear, folks, and beer. She returns to Salt Lake City to cover the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Show for 2005. It's a gear orgy and you're invited"

From RockClimbing.com

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Fabulous Muffy! Now we won't have to drive all the way to the city for next years Retro-X.

Westport, Connecticut

Patagonia, a designer of outdoor clothing and gear, will open a Westport branch in the former Westport Bank & Trust Co. (more recently Hudson United Bank) bank building in Westport's center.

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St Paul , MN

Ole and Lena got married. On their honeymoon trip they were nearing Minneapolis when Ole put his hand on Lena's knee. Giggling, Lena Said, "Ole, you can go farther if ya vant to"... so Ole drove to Duluth.

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press

The building that housed the former Ruminator Books store in St. Paul is entering a new chapter: It will become home to the first Patagonia shop in Minnesota.

The California-based designer, distributor and retailer of outdoor gear and apparel expects to open an 8,500-square-foot store this spring at 1648 Grand Ave.

Officials from Patagonia and the High Winds Fund of Macalester College, which owns the building, announced the decision Friday.

"The fact the company is not a 'big box' retailer and will have only one location in Minnesota, selling high-quality clothing and outdoor wear, was very important in our decision-making," said Tom Welna, director of the High Winds Fund, an endowment that supports off-campus beautification and renovation projects in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood.

After more than 30 years on Grand Avenue, Ruminator Books shut its doors last summer partly because of a lease dispute with Macalester. In seeking a new tenant, the High Winds Fund said it wanted a business that would be a regional draw to the neighborhood and not compete with existing retailers near the college.

Surf Minnesota

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The roster of 2005 Everest expedtions from MtEverest.net

I counted 36, many which are commercial guiding operations and include these various themes.

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Scientists are re-measuring Everest amid concerns that it may be shrinking. LINK

Someone's been sniffing a little more than just the oxygen bottle. LINK

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Og As usual, he's on to something.  From his VeloNews.com column:

True, C-SPAN is a tad dull at times, on a par with televised golf, but we could pump it up by requiring, as a friend and occasional Senate candidate has proposed, that all congresspersons wear jumpsuits festooned with their sponsors' logos. This would help the audience understand why the senator for Shell Oil-Hummer-Halliburton is arguing in favor of drilling for oil in Arlington National Cemetery, the Grand Canyon and your front yard. He has been paid, and now he's taking care of business. LINK

This is the first time The Piton has received two post suggestions on the same topic! One from the land of sweet tea and the other from a reader in a town that feels it's best to go to the local hockey game wearing head-to-toe Carhart. 

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Boing Boing has a linking policy
After years of making fun of "linking policies" that set out the terms under which a website can be linked to, Boing Boing has decided to create a linking policy of our own. Here it is -- now, abide by it!

Boing Boing doesn't believe in linking policies. They're dangerous, have no basis in law, and they break the norms that make the Web possible. They're a wicked, stupid idea.

That said, if you believe in linking policies -- that is, if you believe that people who make websites should be able to control who links to those sites and how -- then have we got a policy for you:

No site with a linking policy (other than a policy such as this one, created to deride and undermine the idea of linking policies) may link to Boing Boing. Ever.

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Don't get me wrong, I have every reason to slag TNF. A tale of multiple bankruptcies, profound arogance, Columbian flake lunches, and marginal product innovation... I could easily, and have in the past, had nothing positive to say about this stalwart outdoor brand. But now that we have big business taking over, TNF has once again rising from the ashes and this time I think they're doing it right.

We are in an era of many of our finest brands are completely preocupied with managing thier new owners. TNF seems to be on the other side of the challenge. As other brands are sanctimoniously saying how committted they are to specialty outdoor, while selling to every big box that will talk to them, TNF makes pull no punches. They talk straight, and clear, publishing press releases about how they plan to open three new Department Stores. A clear message to their customers. 1. They build great stuff. 2. They effectively market the shit out of it. 3. and that you should buy it becasue it sells. 4. If you have a problem, they will gladly make a wad of cash off your competitor.

More power to you TNF. To call you a pheonix does do you credit.

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2005_0220_003256From The SurlyBlog   

On February 19 two unicyclists, George Barnes and Brian Schuster, competed in the Alaskan race covering parts of the historic Iditarod trail.  Run in conjunction with it's older brother, the Susitna 100, the Little Su 50k travels the same course but turns around at the famous "Nome" sign just a couple of miles from the Little Susitna River and the Little Su Checkpoint. It finishes where it begins at the Big Lake Lodge for a total distance of 50 kilometers. LINK

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Eulogy for a Jansport

Before long, I noticed something amiss. The new bag looked, functioned and felt just like the old one, minus the battle scars -- but something was missing.

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Ode to Underwear

Maybe I could have eaten more Beano and a few less refried beans. I supposed I could have hand washed you more than I did. And those hours spent staring at my butt, they must have been living hell. But, for what it’s worth, you are the most steadfast friend I’ve ever known. You really covered my ass. And for that, I will never forget you.

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Online retailers wrestle with the issue of how much to pay affiliates—and for how long. With the idea that they don’t want to keep paying the affiliate to acquire the same customer, many have set cookies that credit the affiliate only if the customers they deliver to the marketer`s site make a purchase within 48 hours of initial click-through, or in some cases, a week. That’s short-sighted thinking, contends BackCountry.com vice president of business development John Bresee, who will speak at a session on affiliate marketing at next week`s eTail 2005.

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A $27-million online retailer of camping and hiking gear, backcountry.com is among the nearly 20 percent of WebSideStory's on-demand analytics customers that were already using Atomz on-demand search, on-demand content management or both.

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Unlimited Capacity Proved Instrumental to the Success of REI’s Online Holiday Shopping Season

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"One intriguing product is the “Buck bomb.” This is an aerosol can, similar to a flea bomb, filled with deer attractant scent or doe urine. Upon reaching his stand, the hunter locks down the cap and the area immediately is blanketed with a fog of vaporized deer wee-wee. The inventors claim it works wonderfully for attracting deer from long distances and it indeed might. I will let you know after I test my free sample in a friend’s garage during an upcoming party".

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JosephfieHugh Fennyman: Uh, one moment, sir.
Ned Alleyn: Who are you?
Hugh Fennyman: I'm, uh... I'm the money.
Ned Alleyn: Then you may remain so long as you remain silent.

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Coming up this weekend, expecting 25,000 travel enthusiasts.

Lots of workshops and seminars including the ever important Reggae Dance Lessons and Travel for the Pampered Pooch.

Still looking for the, "How to avoid losing it at both ends" seminar from Carnival Cruise Lines.

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The Part Where
No one Lives

Think: barren wasteland
Populated by: several lunatics

Some bad news floating aboot lately aboot poor 4th quarter financial results from one of the two viable Canadian outdoor retailers.

Bienvenue au Canada, Eh?

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Press release which floated to the surface in Elkton back in December.

More leading outdoor, ski, and snowboard apparel manufacturers in North America announced plans to adopt GORE-TEX® Soft Shell laminates from W.L. Gore & Associates for the 2005-06 season. Manufacturers now adopting the fabric include the following: Burton, LL Bean, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Mountain Hardwear and Scott. They join Arc’Teryx, blurr, Bonfire, Cloudveil, Eider, LaFuma, Mammut, Millet, Nike, Peak Performance, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Section, Solomon, Sessions, The North Face, and Vaurnet in their use of GORE-TEX® Soft Shell fabric, according to John Reaney, Gore’s snowsports product specialist.

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Wonder how it stacks up to the $99 soft shell that's in the pipeline from some of those vendors or their parent companies?

Here's a tech gem from the Gore UK website.

Soft shouldn't be a compromise....Just a bit more cuddly

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The Soft Shell concept has now officially become the outdoor industry's version of the hybrid bicycle.

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Cover Fashionista version of a custom bag program.

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An inside source at a major outdoor brand has forwarded a confidential internal email to The Piton about the future growth strategy of this industry stalwart. Due to the sensitive nature of the information we have decided to keep both the source and the company confidential. The memo reads,

"Dear XXX,

We are in a world of hurt. First we convinced our new owners that our last 10 years of growth would lead to another 10. Then we partied like it was 1999 when we scored 10X EBITDA during the sale transaction. Thank god they were blinded by the landgrab that's been going on for the last two years. Then we learned that our new parent company expects us to EARN BACK their purchase price and then to PROFIT from our brand. Man, we are fucked. We built this brand on the good faith and relationships we have with the Specialty Outdoor Retailer, an