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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Talus athlete, Hari Mix, and his crew headed to Everest Basecamp #3 for the final climatization climb. Hari and team are searching how everyday activities are affected in extreme environments. Hari left a phonecast on his last blog dated April 24th, 2013 saying that he was looking forward to the climb and would be back in five to seven days. To listen to the entire phonecast click here. We would like to say good luck to Hari and his team on his climbs and research on Everest!
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
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.
100 years ago Roald Amundsen and a team of four determined men planted the Norwegian flag at the South Pole, the first people to ever make that journey.Their expedition was careful, extremely precise, and perfectly executed. While they made the journey and back with little incident, their rivals in the race to the pole, the British team, paid the ultimate price and died in the effort.
Today, several brave explorers are following the path that Amundsen forged in 1911, recreating that historic trek across the bottom of the planet. And many are learning the travails of such a difficult adventure. Many of the teams have been forced to abandon their attempt. Here’s an excerpt from a piece in the Washington Post about the effort:
“Fierce, icy winds have delayed some of the teams skiing across Antarctica with the aim of reaching the geographic South Pole for the anniversary celebration on Wednesday. Some explorers gave up and were picked up by airplane so they could make it in time for the ceremony, according to their blogs and the Norwegian Polar Institute.”
We are proud to say that ColdAvenger Team member Felicity Aston continues her battle to the pole. She won’t make the ceremony, but she is determined to finish the challenge, despite the tough conditions. The Expedition Balaclava is helping her on her way.
“It’s a bit of a shame because originally I was hoping to arrive by the 14th … and I hear there’s going to be a bit of a party, but unfortunately I’ll still be out here skiing, so I’m going to miss the party,” Aston told the Associated Press.
And if you want an in-depth look at the historic 1911 expedition, the New York Times did a great story about it today.
Craig Moore, a ColdAvenger skier, is a hardcore Montanan ski bum. Combining his love of snow with a skill for photography, Craig has made a name for himself in Power Magazine, Backcountry, Outside Magazine, Snowboarder, and other industry publications.
You can watch a video of Craig on the You Tube – Craig is competing for the 2012 Ultimate Ski Bum Contest on the Powder Highway in British Columbia.Watch his video and send it on to your friends – the more views he gets, the better his chances of winning the honor!
You can look forward to posts about Craig from the top of the Big (Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain) and everywhere he seeks the powder.
Marek Klanowski is a badass. Among many things, he bicycled his way through the Russian Caucuses, culminating in a climb of Mt Elbrus (by number of deaths, Elbrus is one of the World’s deadliest mountains.) Marek Klonowski is a man of action and of many talents. Traveling, taking still images and shooting films is his passion, and climbing mountains, hitchhiking, cycling long distances and sailing is his way of traveling. Marek climbed in the Tatra Mountains, in the Dolomites in Italy, in the Kackar Mountains in Turkey, in the Caucasus Mountains, and in Alaska (first solo Denali traverse in history – from Wonder Lade to Base Camp). He traveled solo by bicycle from Poland to the Adriatic Sea (3000 km), around the Black Sea by bicycle (6700 km), and around the Baltic Sea with a 45 kg dog on his trailer (5600 km). He raced in the Olympic class 470, sailed to Svalbard twice, and has worked on the biggest sailing ship in the world. Last year he spent in Ireland working as an engineer…
So, yeah, Marek is ColdAvenger material. This year Talus is sponsoring Marek on his attempt at a winter ascent of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. ColdAvenger will give him the edge as he attempts this never before completed feat. Check out the video from his attempt last year.
You can visit his website. It’s in Polish, but the amazing films require no translation…
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!
ColdAvenger athlete Felicity Aston is making the final preparations for her solo journey across Antartica. This is a return trip for Felicity, but this time she will be going alone. Felicity will be making a 1700km, 70-day ski journey to become the first woman in the world to cross Antarctica alone.
However, this journey is about more than records. The expedition, part of the Kaspersky One Transantarctic Expedition 2011, is about building a spirit of adventure, aspiration and innovation, as well as a chance to improve understanding about what motivates individuals to achieve.
Felicity has raced in the Canadian Arctic, led a team of women across the inland ice of Greenland, led a record-making International team to the South Pole, searched for meteorite craters in Quebec, skied along a frozen river in Siberia, traversed the winter ice of Lake Baikal, completed the infamous Marathon Des Sables across the Moroccan Sahara and spent three years living and working in the Antarctic.
Color us impressed.
What will Felicity will be packing in her essential gear bag? A ColdAvenger Pro, natch!
Follow Felicity’s journey on Facebook and Twitter to share every step of the adventure.