Archive for February, 2012
GORP.com, part of the Away Network, is a comprehensive resource for adventure travel, outdoor sports and gear, National Parks, and a place for outdoor enthusiasts to plan hiking, camping, and National Parks focused vacations in the US and worldwide. The fine folks over there have given a thumbs up to the ColdAvenger.
They tested the ColdAvenger in monster snowstorms; biting cold ski days; winter peak bagging at 13,000 feet.
Thoughts from the GORP crew:
“While skiing in 45-mile winds, zero degrees, and blizzard conditions, one tester in the ColdAvenger Pro reported that he was the last person left on the slopes; everyone else had headed for the lodge”
We are proud to once again be the title sponsor of ColdAvenger’s Extreme North Dakota Iceman Triathlon (END-IT) which is happening this weekend! This is the premier winter endurance adventure race in the Midwest and now is a three-part series of winter races on three consecutive February weekends anchored by ColdAvenger Iceman Triathlon.
ColdAvenger’s END-IT will consist of classic Nordic skiing, mountain biking, running and sledding along the Greenway Recreation Area near Grand Forks, ND. For an idea of what to expect about this premier winter event, check out this video of last year’s highlights:
“We are excited to once again support this group of winter athletes who clearly need ColdAvenger technology to stay warm and safe while competing,” says John Sullivan III, Talus CEO. “This race is only gaining in popularity and these groups of hard-core winter racers are our core demographic. We couldn’t be happier to support this great event!”
We’re giving registered athletes a 40% discount for a ColdAvenger face mask to protect their face, lungs and airway during competition in February in North Dakota. The ColdAvenger warms inhaled air by 40-60o F and insulates the face and neck with warm, wind-proof fleece. The mask also adds moisture to the air, helping to protect the lungs from the damaging effects of extreme cold.
Date: February, 25th 2012
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Disciplines: Classic Cross Country Ski (approx 3-3.5), Mountain biking (approx 8 miles), running (8 miles) and sledding
Categories: Yeti (solo male and female), Relay (teams of three—open and mixed divisions)
Through 2/24/2012: $45 for Yeti, $40/person for relay team
Online registration will close 2/24/2012
Onsite registration available the morning of the event 2/25/12: $50 for Yeti, $45/person for relay team
We share a lot of stories about adventurers exploring the far corners of the globe, trekking to the North Pole and South Pole and taking the ColdAvenger into the extreme cold. But of course, the ColdAvenger story is bigger than extreme adventures. A big part of our business is helping suit people up for safety in industrial situations.
We are proud to be featured in the latest Industrial Hygiene News magazine, highlighting the ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava – flame resistant and suitable for all sorts of extreme situations. It’s a good read, and we’re happy to be included. The Expedition is certainly a great choice for workers and work bosses who need people to show up for work rather than call in sick because of colds, flu and chronic respiratory illness. ColdAvenger to the rescue!
The Squaw Valley Institute held a special welcome home event for the South Pole Push Expedition on January 31st. The Tahoe-based team, led by adaptive athlete Grant Korgan made history on January 17th with the very first team of adaptive athletes trekking to the South Pole.
Talus was a proud sponsor of The Push, and Grant and team had ColdAvenger masks to help make the trip happen. The journey was also captured on film by Tom Day who is a Warren Miller Cinematographer. Day gave attendees a sneak peek at some of the footage taken during their time in the South Pole. The production team is currently editing the content together to produce “The Push; A South Pole Adventure. The documentary film and TV series will be presented on NBC Universal Sports, and is scheduled for release in the fall of 2012.
YES! Thanks, Keith for the great photos.
Keith had this to say about ColdAvenger:
“ColdAvenger -28C wow thats cold thanks ColdAvenger for keeping me warm.”
“Staying warm in extreme locations like the South Pole is made easy with the right gear. Thanks ColdAvenger for making it happen and allowing us to thrive. I am ColdAvenger. Are you?” – Keith H
Here’s the team:
Thank you, Polar Explorers. Your achievements are humbling! Glad to be a part.
We are thrilled to add Team Repulse to the ColdAvenger athlete roster. They are preparing for a race to the Magnetic North Pole, and they will have the added advantage of ColdAvenger masks to keep them warm and help them breath. We think it’s gonna be just the added boost to bring them to the lead of the pack!
Stay tuned for all the details from team members Jade Pierce, John-Paul Rafferty, and Simon Smith.
Our friends at Fresh Air Junkie have posted some great basic advice about protecting yourself in the cold.
We especially like #3:
“Don’t worry about how you look. Heavy insulating apparel such as goose down jackets, or layered systems consisting of a wicking shirt, fleece pull-over and breathable shell will appear bulky. It’s better to look like you belong on the slopes rather than freeze and risk injury.”
Of course, we’re really not the type to care about how we look wherever we go (what? when is flannel NOT appropriate?), but others might need some help on this front.
The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market just wrapped up in Salt Lake City. Since we pretty much put the “O” in “outdoor,” Talus was there in force. We had a big crew manning the ColdAvenger booth, doing everything from offering demos to offering free high fives (demonstration below by Red Dave)
We had a bunch o’ folk trying on the mask and enjoying the heck out of it. Here are a couple:
And it is also possible that there was a little music at the booth:
We will be participating in a series of events in the Whitefish, Montana area to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
The fun kicks off tonight (Feb 1st) at Cafe Kandahar on Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort, with a delicious reception feast prepared by chef Andy Blanton. There might be a seat or two left, so call 406 862 6247 to check. Cost is $40 per person.
On February 2nd we will meet up with the Warriors at 9am at the Mt. Jackson Room at Whitefish Mountain Resort to supply ColdAvenger face masks to them, and then we’ll spend a day enjoying some turns on The Big.
Thursday night we will gather at the Iron Horse Clubhouse for dinner and to hear from to Kimberly Dozier, who was severely injured in a 2006 car bombing in Iraq as a correspondent for CBS News, and who wrote the best seller “Breathing the Fire, Fighting to Report and Survive the War in Iraq.” Kim’s website tells more of the story.
The fun continues on Friday, Feb 3rd, with another great day of skiing with the WWP, followed by a dinner party at the Bierstube. On Saturday at noon, come watch the Penguin Plunge and Whitefish Winter Carnival, and join the Warriors for another great afternoon of skiing, wrapped up at the Bulldog Saloon on Central Ave.
The visit ends Sunday with one more morning of skiing, followed by lunch at the Summit House.
Please join Talus and friends to welcome the WWP and have a great time on the slopes!