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|August 21-27, 2008
• Unlocking the gate
Culebra: Beyond the gate of the only private 14er in the country
by Dave Philipps
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Extreme Sports channel
by Sally Dadisman
Online Adventure site of the week: Extreme Sports Channel (extreme.com) This is the online counterpart to the televised Extreme Sports channel. Aside from news and videos, which the channel can offer you, the site features a “Homegrown” section. Here users like you can submit homemade videos, photos and music tracks from your own extreme lifestyle. Some of the videos are impressive, some are just dumb. If you have a child, or a man-child disguised as a husband, we’re sure you can understand.
Pump it up
What’s your bike pump preference?
by Chuck Myers
A bike pump is an important part of any cyclist’s gear, whether you’re on a mountain bike trail, tackling a long touring route or simply commuting via pedals from home to work.
Several important factors come into play when selecting a bike pump. You need to consider the type of riding you plan; pump compatibility with your bike; and pump performance. But the most basic issue is the type of pump you’ll require.
Here’s a brief overview of the different types of consumer bike pumps available:
—Floor pumps: Ideal for use in a garage and bike shop. High-capacity air filling, floor pumps can handle high-pressure pump jobs better than smaller portable pumps.
—Mini-pumps: Small and portable pump that provides quick inflation use on a road or trail. Lightweight mounting hardware allows this pump type to be stored on a bicycle frame.
—Frame-fit pumps: Snaps directly onto a bike frame without the extra mounting hardware that mini-pumps require. Although heavier than most mini-pumps, the frame-fit has larger pumping capacity, and provides quicker tire filling.
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Power up for fall with this stretch vest
by Chuck Myers
For outdoor enthusiasts, autumn weather brings a welcome chill. The temperature is still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities but the stinging scorch of summer has finally faded.
Autumn weather also brings questions about what to wear. Dress in summer gear and risk feeling cold. Put on winter apparel and risk feeling too warm. There is gear, however, that works well during the transition seasons.
The Marmot Power Stretch Vest is new for fall 2008 and is available in men’s and women’s designs. Both the men’s and women’s vests are made with Polartec Stretch fabric.
The vest has a snug fit and is meant to be worn over a base layer. There is a wind flap underneath the zipper and a chin guard to protect from cold. The women’s design has zip hand warmer pockets while the men’s version has a zip chest pocket.
The women’s vest is available in seven color options for sizes four to 16. The men’s vest is available in six color options for sizes XS to XXXL.
$75 each at MooseJaw.com
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Athletes on a plane
Tips for competitors packing for air travel
by Wina Sturgeon
Most athletes have to travel. Doing it by airplane is no longer as simple — or as fun — as it used to be. Packing expert Cinda Boomershine tells how athletes should pack to make each trip by air as easy and hassle-free as possible.
“Put your essentials in your carryon, like the shoes or boots you need for your competition. That way you’ve got it. Put the less important stuff in your checked bag,” says Boomershine, owner of Cinda B. Travel Bags.
She and her husband started the company when Cinda couldn’t find luggage that satisfied her needs as a runner, snowboarder, sky diver and adventurer. She explains that athletes especially need lightweight luggage, because if you start out with an eight-pound bag, you’re losing a lot of functional weight.
“Make sure all your bags are lightweight. Roll your clothes, that will save you space. Don’t pack anything that needs ironing. Think about mailing or Fed-Exing your non-essentials, like clothing,” Boomershine suggests. Load your pockets up with small, but heavy items.
Her best tip is to travel while wearing layers. “Put on a tank top, T-shirt, long sleeved shirt, sweater and jacket. It won’t count as weight if you’re wearing it. Wear your boots or heavy shoes because they weigh so much. Wear all your really heavy clothing,” she says.
Space saving is also another travel tip. Store small items in your water bottle, and remember that hotels always have shampoo and lotion, so don’t bother bringing them. Another tip: pack a lightweight duffle, so you can bring things back, even by mailing them home.
Wear loose-fitting clothing with few or no metal parts, no big belt buckles for example, so you can get through the line without setting off the metal detectors. Call the airport before you leave to find out what the latest weight and size restrictions are, they may have changed.
Boomershine tells of one experience that taught her a good lesson. She was under her weight allowance when leaving for a sailing trip, but overweight on the way home, though she had the same stuff in her luggage.
“But during the trip, my clothing had absorbed humidity, so it was heavier and I had to pay overage charges. Be sure to dry out your clothing before you pack to come home,” she says with a rueful laugh.
Her final tip for athletes on their way to a competition: drink a lot of water. Boomershine says, “Flying is dehydrating. As an athlete, you have to be conscious of that.”
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