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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At the beginning of 2013, Outside Magazine wrote the ultimate North American winter bucket list. Here are a few that made the list:
Tackle a Winter Triathlon
Learn to Mush
Snowshoe Bryce Canyon
See the Northern Lights
Ski, Shoot, Repeat
Go Winter Water Rafting
Surf in the Snow
There were so many to choose from but these were the ones that made our list. What would be on your list? Read the entire article here.
December 2012 was a great month for us here at Talus Outdoor Technologies and one highlight would be readying about ourselves in our Sunday paper, the Missoulian. We got a chance to sit down and and talk with reporter Jenna Cederberg. This article focused on the ColdAvenger being used by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as he sets off to lead the first winter expedition across the Antarctic. Read the full article here.
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!
We just returned from a great sales trip to North Dakota. It’s lovely this time of year. But…many times of year it can be down right brutal as far as weather is concerned. That’s why we will have a major presence in that state this season. The NoDaks need us!
We’ve got a lot of heads turning toward us from the oil fields in North Dakota. The times are booming there, but it ain’t easy living. Here’s a peek into the conditions for the workers who have flocked to the jobs extracting that black gold from the ground.
And that is BEFORE the winter hits!
Naturally, we were concerned. We have a number of friends, family members and acquaintances who have ventured there for jobs. So, went to the Bakken oil fields to bring the ColdAvenger solution to the men and women busting their frozen butts (and faces.)
The Billings Gazette did a nice little story about it.
So, we’re pretty excited that we have signed a deal with premier buying group Snowsports Merchandising Corporation, offering its retail members immediate sell-in and delivery in 2011/2012.
We needed a boost in retail outlets in the northeast, so I’m excited by this partnership with Snowsports Merchandising Corporation. It’s great to be offering a unique buying proposition and value-add to these retailers who already utilize and trust Snowsports buying group.
SMC has a broad reach, and really helps us hit those Northeast markets, so we’re looking forward to keeping faces warm in all them cold spots. Nordic skiing in Tilson Creek Park, International Falls, MN? No prob, ColdAvenger’s got you covered. Heck, how about some of those Vikings games, peeps?
This guy needs a ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava, no?
Hunting the big bucks in Grand Forks? We can help.
Hooking for the walleye in the frozen lakes around Cheboygan? Put on the ColdAvenger!
AND, we’re talking Winter 2011 delivery, peeps.
BE COLD NO MORE!!!
There have been some extremely intense, dangerous and exciting moments for ColdAvenger athlete, Blair Falahey, in the Himalayas. He is traveling with an expedition led by Mingma Sherpa up the south face of Kanchenjunga.
Here’s a goosebump-inducing update from Falahey on 5/9/11: “Back at Base Camp and waiting for a Summit Window.”
Quite a few of the team were planning on heading up the mountain for a few days to build camps and acclimatise higher on the mountain. I went to bed the night before still unsure of my actions. But seeing as I wake up around 5.30am everyday anyway I had plenty of chance to access the weather conditions in the morning and then decide what I wanted to do. In the end I decided to go up the mountain. And it almost turned out to be a really bad decision….
No sooner had I climbed 5-10m but I heard “AVALANCHE”. This time much louder. Again I was unroped, except this time I could hear the panic in the other climbers voices. There was nothing I could do. And I could hear it thundering down to me from the rock cliffs above. I dove into the snow in front of me and started digging myself as far down as I could. Then once I hit hard terrain I tried to anchor myself as best as I could to the side of the mountain and wait for the inevitable approaching wall of snow.
It seemed to take forever before it hit me. And fortunately with it coming from high above me and off a rocky cliff, it hit me more from on top than above. This was probably the one thing that saved me. Instead of sweeping me down the mountain. Instead I was pushed into the mountain face.
Fortunately I had not been buried deep at all. I dug myself out and pulled myself up. Shook my head and all the snow off myself. I then saw my friends anxiously looking on. I flapped my arms up and down and gave them the “crow crow” sounds that has become a running joke in our base camp. I had survived and was unscathed. But it was no time to count my blessings. I was out of there…
The weather is improving as we move into May. We need probably 3-4 days of decent weather to try make it to the summit and back safely. Right now a team of Sherpas are up on the mountain establishing camp 3 and the route to camp 4. Once they come down and rest a few days, and mother nature cooperates with some nice weather, we can give it our best shot. Until then our days are filled with eating,reading,sleeping,making fun of each other and basically killing time.
And earlier in his expedition,back on April 28th, here’s what Blair writes about the toughest climb to Camp 1 ever:
Back down in Base Camp right now after climbing to Camp 1 (6200m) yesterday. It is without a doubt the toughest climb to any Camp 1 I have ever had to do.
The problem yesterday was the wind. My god!! It blew all night. Then all morning. And then all day too. Foolishly I thought it would be a good idea to go lightweight. This would mean climbing with smaller, lighter, but less warm boots. Which would have been OK had there been no wind.
For the first two hours of the climb I had to constantly stop and shake warmth into my numb toes. Constantly I had to keep wiggling and moving my toes to keep them warm.It was a really stupid thing to do on my part. Several times I thought about turning around and calling it a day, but still I continued on. And in hindsight had I got frostbite my expedition could have been over before it even begun.
The problem was the wind. It was ferocious. It just blew and blew and blew. Sometimes when it would drop a little bit so it was actually quite warm and comfortable. But the rest of the time it was really quite unpleasant.The climbing for the first half of the climb it was moderately easy. Good snow at an angle of 30-45 degree max. The second half of the climb was a different story. Mixed rock traverses then on to loose and soft snow. Finally for the last hour or so it was blue ice.
An hour or so later I was back in Base Camp. Changed into warm dry clothes and was eating a late lunch. I am always a little nervous when I take my boots after days like yesterday. I worry about discolored toes. The first sign of frostbite. This day I was lucky.
Another awesome note: If expedition sirdar, Mingma Sherpa, successfully summits Kanchenjunga, he will be the first Sherpa to summit 14 8,000 meter peaks.
The team includes team leader Cleo Weidlich from the US and other experienced climbers from across the globe, including Falahey. Falahey climbs with his ColdAvenger mask to protect his face from frostbite and warm the air he breathes. A few years back he suffered severe frost bite to his face and now only climbs with his ColdAvenger at these altitudes to protect his sensitive skin and lungs.
Good luck team! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story….
You know it is cold when the local ski resort is telling its twitter followers to wear a ColdAvenger. Whitefish Mountain Resort yesterday reported a temperature, without windchill, at -10.9 degrees, and yesterday was even colder–with the howling winds plummeting temperatures to 50 below. This is perfect for a ColdAvenger. The mountain reported yesterday that 375 brave souls were on the slopes; some of them more equipped for cold than others. Dr. John Sullivan Jr., creator of the ColdAvenger, was one of those well-prepared skiers yesterday, and is back up on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort today! He even had time to get the snow reporters a few masks so they could safely brave the wintery conditions and protect their faces, airways and lungs from the damaging impacts of the cold.
Cold weather can have some serious impacts on our health. That’s where ColdAvenger face masks come in. They allow air flow while maintaining a temperature of 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the air outside. Why is that important? Here are six “Did you Knows” to help us make our point.
1. Did you know…? Scientific studies indicate that up to 50% of athletes who exercise in cold weather have some respiratory symptoms with a decline in lung function compatible with exercise-induced asthma (Stroms W. Reiew of Exercise-Induced Asthma, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2003;)
2. Did you know…? Cold weather exposure of the airway and face is a form of chronic trauma that can cause cough, asthma, and other adverse health effects such as “walking pneumonia.” A counter measure for decreasing the occurrence of these health problems in cold weather is to increase warmth and moisture of the airway without increasing resistance when working breathing rates are high (Prevention of Cold Injuries During Exercise, Position Stand, American College of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2006; 38:2012-2029)
3. Did you know…? Cold weather combined with long periods of work outside can alter the immune system, increasing the risk of viral infection of the respiratory tract that negatively affects performance while increasing sick days.
4. Did you know…? In addition to cold air affecting the airways, stimulation of the facial skin by cold air has an affect on airway responsiveness (Heindl S.et al. “Effect on Facial Cooling and Cold Air Inhalation On Sympathetic Nerve Activity in Men,” Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 2004; 142: 59-8)
5. Did you know?… The American College of Sports Medicine’s position on prevention of cold airway injury during exercise states that breathing dry air combined with skin and facial cooling act in synergy to trigger exercise-induced bronchospasm (Prevention of Cold Injuries During Exercise, Position Stand, American College of Sports Medicine, Medicine and science in Sports and Exercise, 2006; 38: 2012-2039
6. Did you know?… Chronic cold air exposure following exercise can predispose athletes to immunological vulnerability and viral infections that can negatively affect their performance.
And now you know. Cold plus exercise equals bad. Cold plus exercise plus ColdAverngers equals staying out longer.