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Spyder Shimmer Full Zip Velour Fleece T

Perfect for layering, the Spyder Shimmer Full Zip Velour Fleece T-Neck Top is a ski essential. The Polyester Velour Fleece will keep you cozy underneath your shell, and just warm enough on the apres outdoors. The custom Spyder rhinestone logo adds a subtle bling to a staple layer. Complete your ski ensemble with the Shimmer Full Zip Velour Fleece for Women. Spyder Womens Shimmer Bug Fleece T-Neck - Athletes benefit from the Shimmer Bug T-Neck's wicking properties that quickly move excess sweat away from your skin to the outer layer of the fabric where it quickly evaporates. The rhinestone design and soft velour fleece add a touch of glamour. The Spyder Women's Shimmer Bug T-Neck Fleece Pullover has no problem going from riding the lift to eating fondue. Made with cozy velour fleece fabric, this doll-of-a-pullover keeps you plenty warm whether you're carving turns or sipping champagne. A half front zip makes it easy to take the Shimmer on and off, while its stretchy performance fit gives you feminine look.

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Kuhl Flyr Jacket

The Flyer Jacket from Kuhl is a lightweight, down insulated jacket with a DWR finish. Night skiing has its benefits: short lines, no sunburns, after-work ease, but it can also get so cold that you feel like you might freeze to the chair lift and have to be left until the spring thaw. Kuhl designed the Flyr Jacket with insulating down to keep you warm in even the most frigid conditions, so you can enjoy cold-weather benefits without being too cold.
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Burton Mountain Logo Full

Burton gave the Mountain Logo Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt its classic Vermont-inspired logo that takes things so far back, you might swear you had been sucked into a time-traveling hot tub. Although we're thinking you might remember at least walking to the hot tub in this toasty-warm hoody. But then again, there are plenty of times when someone wouldn't remember getting into a hot tub.
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The North Face TKA 100 Glacier Pullover Hoodie

A super durable pullover hoodie ideal to bring along on camping trips, or sport on cool weather hikes. Made from a soft Polartec 100 fleece, this durable fabric is both easy to care for and dries quickly. A large kangaroo-style pocket at front provides plenty of room to stash hands and other petite items.
       Perfect for your end of summer camping trip or to pull on after a long day of skiing, The North Face Glacier Pullover Hoodie for Boys is supersoft, built with lightweight Polartec Classic. An attached hood, drawcord hem and a kangaroo pocket make the Glacier Pullover the ideal hoodie for holding off the chill as the cooler weather rolls in.
       This boys' fleece hoodie from The North Face features: Made of Polartec Classic 100 Micro-fleece, 100% polyester Soft, comfortable, easy care fabric Extremely durable, pill resistant surface The North Face logo embroidered on chest Quick-drying Relaxed fit Lightweight Kangaroo hand pockets Drawcord at hem
       The North Face Boy's TKA 100 Glacier Pullover Hooded Fleece Jacket will keep your kid warm, comfortable and looking good doing whatever he needs to do. From layering for a day on the slopes to flying solo on the practice field, this fleece hoody will give him an extra protective layer against the cold, cold world.
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Fishing Waders Trigger Deep Thoughts About Gear Manufacturing

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Oakley Seth Morrison Signature Crowbar Goggle

The Oakley Crowbar goggles are great! I have tested out most of the goggles on the market for this season and these Crowbars are one of my favorites.
When it comes to goggles, I look for high-quality optics, a large field of vision, helmet compatibility and comfort. These Crowbars are perfect in all of those ways, plus, this model features killer Mountain Reaper graphics chosen by my favorite skier of all time, Seth Morrison. You cant get much better than that.
I found the Crowbars to have very little glare, which is a huge pet peeve, they worked on every brand of helmet I wore them with, they didnt fog thanks to an F3 anti-fog treated ballistic lens, great venting and moisture wicking triple-layer fleece and were comfortable all day thanks to Oakleys dedication to a strap that distributes pressure evenly. The Flexible O Matter chassis is super tough and the Plutonite lens material protects you from all those harmful sun rays. These are definitely some of the best goggles out there and it doesnt hurt that they also have Seth Morrisons stamp of approval.
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Ski Gangs Of Aspen

This 8mm footage shows the Aspen scene in the 1970s. Drugs ran rampant and territorial rumbles were commonplace Aspen in the 1970s was a gangland. It was a tableau of the Wild West where an eight ball of cocaine could be bought from your server at a handful of popular restaurants and a few local crews were in charge. Just like today, there were two sides to the atmosphere in Aspen. Shrouded in opulence, the wealthy sipped wine in penthouse apartments and lived lavishly in their ski-in, ski-out condominiums. Meanwhile, at the ground floor (and even in underground locales), the original ski bum generation was migrating to Aspen in droves. In search of parties and powder, kindred spirits quickly started grouping together. Theyd look for untouched lines in the spruce groves on Ajax in the morning and rage in the subterranean bars late at night. Brought together by an affinity for powder, a desire to ski with the best in town, and never-ending nights of debauchery, ski gangs formed in Aspen during the 1970s.THE PREDECESSORSTwo different cliques paved the way for the post-war, post-college (or flunked out) ski bums. It all started with a duo of brothers from Southern California and a lone guy from Colorados front range. Jack and Don Crawford and Gene Reardon were at the epicenter of Aspens skiing and partying scenes in the late 1960s. In direct contrast to the ski bums that would soon follow these three guys up into the Rockies, the Crawfords and Reardon had endless bankrolls and they generously used their wealth to throw some of the best parties Aspen has ever seen. The Crawfords quite literally struck it rich in the 60s, finding oil along the coast of Huntington Beach and parlaying the crude into a multi-million dollar business. At the same time, Gene Reardon (known as Chief because of the long headdress he would sport late at night) was a Denver-based attorney. The Chief amassed a fortune as a trial attorney while garnering an appreciation for lifes finer things: powder days, long nights, Danish supermodels, and vintage wines. Long before rocking a one-z on the mountain was cool or the closing party at Aspen Highlands was canonized as one of the biggest on-snow shindigs in Colorado, the Crawfords and Chief Reardon were throwing raucous parties where people would dress up or dress down (clothing was optional), and get after it. With deep pockets and a pension for partying, Jack Crawford and Gene Reardon were the original godfathers of Aspens ski gangs. Groups of hangers-on and friends rode their coattails, and their entourages became the first ski gangs in Aspen. THE RISE OF THE SKI BUM An article in the January 1963 issue of Time magazine said, For boys, Aspen has some reputation as the place where the girls are. The basic thing here is the lack of supervision, says Student Steve Barinka of San Diego Junior College. A good ratio of girls to guys in a mountain town which is still an enigma combined with the epic nightlife made infamous by the likes of the brothers Crawford and Chief Reardon, plus the end to the Vietnam War and world-class skiing, brought about the influx of ski bums in the late 60s and early 70s to Aspen.

60s rock and roll Halloween costume ideas

Add a gaudy belt and an electric guitar to make your Jimi Hendrix costume complete. Beatles Sergeant Pepper 60s Rock and Roll Halloween Costume If you know how to sew well, you can improvise with a McCall 4745 Civil War uniform pattern to make a Beatles' Sergeant Pepper rock and roll costume. There are also websites that sell nineteenth century British army uniform patterns which resemble the Sergeant Pepper costume jacket. If you can't find anything that fits the bill, just look for a military frock coat sewing pattern to use as a basis for your costume. The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper costumes were made from shiny satin fabric in colors of pink, green, blue and salmon. They had a high band collar, decorative braid on the sleeves, epaulettes on the shoulder, stripe trim on the front and lanyards connecting the epaulettes to the front of the jacket. You can find a detailed costume analysis and lots of pictures of the Sergeant Pepper costume at the CostumersGuide website.
 Add a gaudy belt and an electric guitar to make your Jimi Hendrix costume complete. Beatles Sergeant Pepper 60s Rock and Roll Halloween Costume If you know how to sew well, you can improvise with a McCall 4745 Civil War uniform pattern to make a Beatles' Sergeant Pepper rock and roll costume. There are also websites that sell nineteenth century British army uniform patterns which resemble the Sergeant Pepper costume jacket. If you can't find anything that fits the bill, just look for a military frock coat sewing pattern to use as a basis for your costume. The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper costumes were made from shiny satin fabric in colors of pink, green, blue and salmon. They had a high band collar, decorative braid on the sleeves, epaulettes on the shoulder, stripe trim on the front and lanyards connecting the epaulettes to the front of the jacket. You can find a detailed costume analysis and lots of pictures of the Sergeant Pepper costume at the CostumersGuide website.
 

All These Things

Today, I’m proud to present a new voice. Becca Cahall brings us All These Things – a story about getting older and skiing faster. We’re headed for British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains – an incredible range of open alpine faces, perfect tree skiing and tight chutes that every backcountry skier dreams of visiting. When life’s pressing questions mount, the only antidote is the inner calm found in cold wind, burning lungs and the hiss of skis sliding across snow. Listen to The Dirtbag Diaries:Episode 16 – All These Things (mp3) Like what you heard? The RSS feed, subscription link to iTunes, and contact information for future story ideas are all available at dirtbagdiaries. The music from Episode 16 is performed by Ken Christianson.

Run Phatty Patty, Run!

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we'll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn't mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs, our Customer Service staff gets busy ground-truthing the latest offerings. They know the questions our customers will be asking, and turn that attention to our gear. __ Product Report - The outfit: Serenity Shorts, R1 Flash PO, Capilene 1 Tee, Houdini, Mystery PantsActivity: Reno/Tahoe Odyssey - 178-mile runTested by: Hannah White, Patagonia Mail Order Customer Service In an effort to branch out and force myself to do something I'd never normally do, I volunteered to fill a vacancy on Patagonia's team 'Phatty Patty,' for the Reno Tahoe Odyssey race, a 178 mile relay race divided up into thirty-six separate legs, or sections. Each leg is three to as much as eight miles in length. The course heads west out of Reno, through Truckee, around Lake Tahoe via Highway 89, down Kingsbury grade through Carson City, finally making its way up through Virginia City and back down Comstock Highway into Reno. The race ends along the beautiful Truckee river at Idlewild Park. We split our team of twelve into two vans of six. Although I was not prepared physically to run such an intense race, I felt confident that my selection of Patagonia attire would magically enhance my performance.I arrived with the team at Wingfield Park, clad in a Capilene 1 (aka. Silkweight) top, and since I couldn't find the shorts I initially wanted to wear, I decided to wear the Women's Serenity shorts. Because of the cotton content, and the fact that I counted on a hot midday run, I was nervous about how the shorts would perform. They did surprisingly well! At the start line I felt light on my toes, and I knew I'd be able to run for miles in what I was wearing. I was ready and confident.

Kate Rutherford

Kate Rutherford  pants dirty, my hand planted in the sewing needles of some patagonian flora. Id just landed there after my tired muscles failed to correct a small foot slip on the steep gravel. We were headed down from Fitz Roy on this 5th day. I stood and wiped the pinprick of blood from my throbbing finger. There must be poison in those stupid needles. I was listening to a song about a threadbare Gypsy soul,” the singer had a wild streak in his heart. He had a cowboy hat . . . I had those too; different hat.Later, on a bus, Im still thinking about threads and whether my gypsy soul is threadbare. Im that jittery kind of exhausted; excited and tired to the bone. But I relished it, the fatigue makes me know it is real; the only souvenir I had of our new route. It makes me smile how bare those threads feel. Cerro Fitz Roy was pink in dawn light as I climbed aboard this ride. Our new route was the left sky line, it looked so far away.- Ed note: Were pleased to share this update from Patagonia Climbing Ambassadors Kate Rutherford and Mikey Schaefer. The two just returned from Patagonia, where they established a new line on Fitz Roy that theyre calling the Washington Route. This is fresh news - apologies for the lack of photo captions. Check Kates personal website and Mikeys blog for more details, and hit the jump to hear the rest of the story and see more photos from the climb.

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

Building an environmentally conscious hiking boot that’s also a top performer is no easy task. Design and construction are plex; so is the supply chain. As Backpacker magazine put it: “Boots are the most plex gear in our kit, with numerous ponents – fabrics, leathers, soles, shanks, glues, padding, laces, hardware – plus myriad sewing processes, fit intricacies and the hurdle of translating sophisticated blueprints to assembly lines a world away.” This plexity is reflected by the fact that only five footwear panies responded to Backpacker’s 2010 Zero Impact Challenge, which invited 60 panies to build a hiking boot with the least environmental impact and the highest quality. Only three panies have actually gone to market with a mercial product. Patagonia Footwear is one of those panies. We used our experience building environmentally conscious, high-quality products, and the experience of our footwear partner Wolverine World Wide in manufacturing top-performing shoes, to build the P26 Mid, featured in the latest round of The Footprint Chronicles.

Mountaineer Conrad Anker to Lead Spring 2012 Expedition to Mount Everest With Support of National Geographic and The North Face?

Two Ascents, Both Seek Summit — Southeast Ridge Team to Focus on Education and Science; West Ridge Team of Anker and Cory Richards to Retrace Route of First American Ascent on West Ridge Mountaineer and The North Face athleteConrad Anker with Everest highlighted by the sun in the distance on the left. (Photo: Cory Richards) Continuing his legacy of renowned ascents, famed mountaineer and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker is aiming once again for the top of the world as he leads a team of climbers setting out to reach the summit of Mount Everest this spring. Steeped with a history unlike any other, Everest has been perhaps the most sought-after summit for climbers in the world. Anker, along with fellow The North Face athlete and National Geographic photographer Cory Richards, will revisit Everest’s storied past as they attempt to repeat the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition (AMEE) almost 50 years after the first American ascent to the summit via the West Ridge. Anker and Richards will climb Everest’s West Ridge, a route seldom visited. Their alpine-style climb will be documented by Richards for a feature in National Geographic magazine to be published in early 2013 and covered in real time on the magazine’s May issue iPad app starting April 16. It can also be followed online at the partners’ websites and on Twitter via #oneverest. Anker and Richards’ efforts will be complemented by a second team of climbers from The North Face global athlete team, including Kris Erickson, Hilaree O’Neill, Emily Harrington and Sam Elias. This team will attempt the summit simultaneously on the Southeast Ridge of the mountain. They will focus on mentorship within the climbing and mountaineering communities. Erickson and O’Neill, who have climbed some of the world’s most challenging mountains, will provide insight and education to the younger Elias and Harrington, who have traditionally been focused on rock and ice climbing. The scientific portion of the expedition involves geologists from Montana State University on the Southeast Ridge team and medical specialists from Mayo Clinic at base Camp. On the Southeast Ridge team will be Montana State University professor and structural geologist, Dr. David Lageson. He will focus on research and education in partnership with Philip Henderson of the National Outdoor Leadership School and Travis Corthouts, a geology graduate student who will conduct research from Everest base Camp. Also part of the Southeast Ridge team will be National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins. Some members of this team will contribute to an online science curriculum developed for fifth graders by Montana State University. “The West Ridge of Everest is a demanding and challenging route. Sharing the science of Mount Everest is a goal of our team, and combining our two objectives in one expedition is a fitting tribute to the 1963 AMEE team,” Anker said. “Everest remains a beacon of exploration. The ability to share the experience of Mount Everest with school children while conducting science is the foundation of our expedition.” Continuing the scientific theme, at base Camp a team of five Mayo Clinic researchers will study climbers from both teams, recording real-time data for a comprehensive look at the impacts of high altitude on human physiology. The expedition is sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face, with support from Montana State University. “National Geographic is thrilled to support this exciting project, which takes a historic achievement we funded — the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition — and uses it to frame a modern-day attempt at the summit. New technology allows us to do something that was impossible in 1963 — bring National Geographic magazine readers along in real time, with video, photographs and blogs from the expedition in the magazine’s May issue app for iPad,” said Rebecca Martin, director of National Geographic’s Expeditions Council. “Supporting this expedition is particularly meaningful to us because Conrad and the teams seek to not only replicate what has to date been a singular achievement but also to expand scientific understanding of Everest and instill a deeper appreciation of the Himalayas through educational outreach.” “At The North Face, we are excited to work in partnership with National Geographic on this momentous expedition. We are proud to see our athletes Conrad, Cory, Kris, Hilaree, Sam, and Emily embarking on a journey that truly exhibits the evolution of high-altitude mountaineering and honors its rich past,” said Todd Spaletto, The North Face president. : "Seek and Be A Role Model"

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Previous Posts
Spyder Shimmer Full Zip Velour Fleece T, posted November 2nd, 2012
Kuhl Flyr Jacket, posted November 2nd, 2012
Burton Mountain Logo Full, posted October 28th, 2012
The North Face TKA 100 Glacier Pullover Hoodie, posted October 28th, 2012
Fishing Waders Trigger Deep Thoughts About Gear Manufacturing, posted October 26th, 2012
Oakley Seth Morrison Signature Crowbar Goggle, posted October 26th, 2012
Ski Gangs Of Aspen, posted October 25th, 2012
60s rock and roll Halloween costume ideas, posted October 24th, 2012
All These Things, posted October 23rd, 2012
Run Phatty Patty, Run!, posted October 22nd, 2012
Kate Rutherford, posted October 18th, 2012
Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint, posted October 18th, 2012
Mountaineer Conrad Anker to Lead Spring 2012 Expedition to Mount Everest With Support of National Geographic and The North Face?, posted October 14th, 2012

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