Ian Hall finished second overall in the 6633 Ultra in March 2013. We want to say congrats on the amazing accomplishment! The 6633 Ultra is a 352-mile race from Eagle Plains in the Yukon to the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk which is through the Arctic Circle. This race is a non-stop, self-sufficient foot race. At the beginning of the 2013 race there were 20 starters and only four that finished. Hall’s race time was six days and 19 hours which earned him second place. Check out the pictures below of him at the Arctic Circle and during the race wearing his favorite cold weather face mask, the ColdAvenger!
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Hey all you ColdAvenger fans, did you know that May is Asthma Awareness Month? Since this is the month for everyone to learn a little bit more about this serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease, we have pulled a few websites together that can help.
Check out the USEPA’s website on “What is Asthma” here: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/about.html
Go here to identify asthma triggers in your home that you can help control.
Also check out Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website here: http://www.aafa.org/
Lastly, learn more about cold weather induced asthma and how the ColdAvenger helps prevent it here: http://www.talusoutdoor.com/coldavenger/uses/asthma
Recently, some of Google’s employees used up vacation days and traveled to the highest mountains in the world… for our enjoyment. While there, Google employees snapped photos and now you can explore some of the most famous mountains on Earth including, Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia) on Google Maps. See the photo gallery that Outside Magazine pulled together by clicking on the picture below. Thanks Google! But, it is still a goal of mine to get out there and experience it for myself–but while at the desk these images are a very nice distraction!
It’s spring time and here at Talus Outdoor Technologies we are doing some spring cleaning. Check out our store for great sale prices while supplies last. #StayOutLonger
Check out the segment that KPAX TV aired on our involvement with The Coldest Journey. As you may have heard, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is leading a team of explorers to conquer the last great polar challenge: crossing Antarctica in winter. Their remarkable attempt aims to raise $10m for Seeing is Believing, and we’re thrilled that ColdAvenger is involved. Dennis Bragg of KPAX News says when referring to the expedition, “Missoula-based Talus Outdoor Technologies’ popular ColdAvenger masks will be a key piece of the gear. The company’s Phil Stempin said Fiennes’ team researched the top gear in the world and chose Talus after testing out its products.” Watch the rest of the story by clicking on the image below.
We can all agree that Antarctica qualifies as plenty cold.
So, we’re pretty thrilled that Sebastian Copeland, extreme expedition entrepreneur, has packed a ColdAvenger Pro with him for his upcoming trek across that frozen pole. He is getting ready to head off into the snow for a 3000 mile journey over uncharted territory.
Sebastian is a photographer, extreme athlete, and an environmental advocate. This trip to Antarctica is a project to film a documentary celebrating the centennial of the original Scott and Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole in 1911. Oh yeah, he is also a world-record setting kite-skier!
ColdAvenger will be making Sebastian’s trek just a wee bit easier than that 100 year old venture! Good travels to you, adventurer!
We are fired up to partner with Outdoor Blogger Network to get a free ColdAvenger out to a lucky winner.
Rebecca at OBN wrote up a sweet little bit about our masks. Read it up and get yourself entered in the contest to win a freebie!
This is the year you are going to get Dad a great gift. A make-him-smile-and-give-you-a-noogie kind of gift. If you search the internet for Father’s Day gift suggestions, you don’t get very many good ideas. Tie? No. Briefcase? Ha! A #1 Dad mug? Darn it, you got him that when you were in 4th grade. A kegerator? Mom, will kill you.
You know your dad loves being outside year-round, so you want to get him something he can use for outdoor work and play. But gear is so expensive! How about a thermos? Nope, he’s had the same one for 20 years and isn’t giving his up. Warm socks? Bo-ring.
We’ve got the answer. You can get him something that will keep him warm for the rest of this endless chilly spring and all next fall and winter. No matter where he works or how extreme the conditions may be (Northern Minnesota anyone?) there is ColdAvenger mask designed to handle the job– including flame retardant versions. Depending on the conditions he endures, there is the ColdAvenger Pro or, for maximum protection, the ColdAvenger Expedition Balacalava.
Get ready for the noogie from dad and order today. Happy Father’s Day!
Here are some staggering facts about asthma from the World Asthma Foundation. With facts like these it’s great to know that ColdAvenger is here to help those with asthma in cold weather conditions. Read here how ColdAvenger benefits those suffering from asthma in cold weather.
Asthma Facts and Asthma Statistics
Every day in America Alone:
* 40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.
* 30,000 people have an asthma attack.
* 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
* 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
* 11 people die from asthma.
Worldwide the Number of Asthma Cases Reported Are Staggering
* An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from asthma (1 in 15 Americans), and 50% of asthma cases are “allergic-asthma.” The prevalence of asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups.
* Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children.
* Asthma is more common among adult women than adult men.
* Asthma is more common among male children than female children.
* Asthma is more common among children (7 to 10%) than adults (3 to 5%).
* Nearly 5 million asthma sufferers are under age 18. It is the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting more than one child in 20.
* Asthma is slightly more prevalent among African Americans than Caucasians.
* Ethnic differences in asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality are highly correlated with poverty, urban air quality, indoor allergens, and lack of patient education and inadequate medical care.
* Asthma accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the U.S. each year, with 2 million emergency room visits.
* Each year, asthma accounts for more than 10 million outpatient visits and 500,000 hospitalizations.
* The average length of stay (LOS) for asthma hospitalizations is 3 days.
* Nearly half (44%) of all asthma hospitalizations are for children.
* Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization children.
* Asthma is the #1 cause of school absenteeism among children accounting for more than 14 million total missed days of school.
* African Americans are three times more likely to be hospitalized from asthma. Mortality
* Each day 11 Americans die from asthma. There are more than 4,000 deaths due to asthma each year, many of which are avoidable with proper treatment and care. In addition, asthma is indicated as “contributing factor” for nearly 7,000 other deaths each year. *
Since 1980 asthma death rates overall have increased more than 50% among all genders, age groups and ethnic groups. The death rate for children under 19 years old has increased by nearly 80% percent since 1980.
* More females die of asthma than males, and women account for nearly 65% of asthma deaths overall.
* African Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma. African American Women have the highest asthma mortality rate of all groups, more than 2.5 times higher than Caucasian women.
Social and Economic Costs
* The annual cost of asthma is estimated to be nearly $18 billion.
* Direct costs accounted for nearly $10 billion (hospitalizations the single largest portion of direct cost) and indirect costs of $8 billion (lost earnings due to illness or death).
* For adults, asthma is the fourth leading cause of work absenteeism and “presenteeism,” resulting in nearly 15 million missed or lost (“less productive”) workdays each year (this accounts for nearly $3 billion of the “indirect costs” shown above).
* Among children ages 5 to 17, asthma is the leading cause of school absences from a chronic illness. It accounts for an annual loss of more than 14 million school days per year (approximately 8 days for each student with asthma) and more hospitalizations than any other childhood disease. It is estimated that children with asthma spend an nearly 8 million days per year restricted to bed.
Asthma ranks among the mostcommon chronic conditions in the United States, affecting an estimated 14.9 million persons in 1995 and causing over 1.5 million emergency department visits, about 500,000 hospitalizations, and over 5,500 deaths. The estimated direct and indirect monetary costs for this disease totaled $11.3 billion in 1998. Asthma disproportionately affects children and blacks.
Within the general population, asthma affects females more than males; however, among children, it affects males more. The burden of asthma has been increasing over the past 20 years, especially among children.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) initiated the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) to educate asthma patients, health care professionals, and the public about asthma and its treatment.
To assist in planning and evaluation, and to encourage program planners, health administrators, and others to become more involved in asthma education, the NAEPP has developed this Data Fact Sheet on Asthma Statistics to indicate the magnitude of the problem.
In 1995, the prevalence of selfreported asthma was 56.8 per 1,000 persons. The prevalence was higher among children than adults and higher among blacks than whites. Among the general population, the prevalence of asthma was higher among females than males (Figure 1); however, among children, the prevalence was higher among males. The prevalence of asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s for all age, sex, and racial groups. The overall age-adjusted prevalence of asthma rose from 30.7 per 1,000 population in 1980 to a 2-year average of 53.8 per 1,000 in 1993- 94. This represents an increase of 75 percent. The prevalence among children ages 5 to 14 increased 74percent, from 42.8 per 1,000 in1980 to an average of 74.4 per 1,000 in 1993-94. Among children up to 4 years of age, asthma prevalence increased 160 percent, from 22.2 per 1,000, the lowest prevalence among any age group, to a 2-year average of 57.8 per 1,000 in 1993-94, the second highest prevalence behind children ages 5 to 14 (Figure 2).
Emergency Department Visits
The overall age-adjusted rate of emergency room visits for asthma increased between 1992 (58.8 per10,000) and 1995 (70.7 per 10,000) with a slight drop between 1993m and 1994. The age-adjusted rate among males increased from 55.5 per 10,000 in 1992 to 57.8 per 10,000 in 1995; among females, the rate increased from 61.4 to 82.3 per 10,000. Differences in the rates between males and females have been increasing in more recent years (Figure 3).
In 1995, the overall hospitalization rate for asthma was 19.5 discharges per 10,000 population, with an average length of stay of 3.7 days. Females had a higher hospitalization rate than didmales (22.4 versus 16.5 per 10,000, respectively) and a longer length of stay (4.1 versus 3.2 days). The rate among blacks was three and a half times that among whites (42.7 versus 11.8 per 10,000, respectively) (Figure 4), but the lengths of staywere about the same (6.4 and 6.5 per 10,000, respectively).
Costs of Asthma
The cost of asthma in 1998 was estimated to be $11.3 billion. Direct costs accounted for $7.5 billion and indirect costs were $3.8 billion. Hospitalizations accounted for the single largest portion of the cost (Figure 6). Male Female
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