Men’s Journal Picks the 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years too!.

A few weeks back I shared a story from Men’s Journal that listed the 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years, giving us an impressive list of female explorers, climbers, skiers, and all-around bad-asses. But the magazine has also put together its picks for the 25 Most Adventurous Men as well, and as you would expect its filled with a lot of names that should be familiar to regular readers of The Adventure Blog.

Each entry onto the list provides a bit of context for why this person made the cut, including a look at some of his most impressive accomplishments. For instance, Conrad Anker is first up, and the article mentions his discovery of the body of George Mallory as well as his obsessive focus to climb the Shark Fin on Mt. Meru in India, which was documented in the amazing film Meru. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good indicator of what Conrad has accomplished over the course of his illustrious career.

Other names making MJ’s list include Mike Horn, Alex Honnold, Erik Weihenmayer, Doug Tompkins, and more. Each of the men on the list have left an indelible mark on the outdoor and adventure landscape over the past two-and-a-half decades, and each is very deserving of making the cut. Sadly, some of the men are no longer with us either.

Speaking of which, I did find it odd that Ueli Steck didn’t make the list. Of course, there has to be a cut-off, and someone is going to be left out of the mix, but considering Ueli’s accomplishments over the past decade or so, it is hard to understand why he didn’t earn a spot amongst these 25 men. His only mention comes with the fact that he discovered Alex Lowe’s (who is on the list!) body on Shishapangma last year. That’s a major oversight in my opinion.

Check out the entire list by clicking here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Men’s Journal Names the 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years.

Here’s another list for those of you who enjoy these articles. This time, it comes our way from the good folks over at Men’s Journal, and it names the 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years, giving us a look at a group of ladies who are tough, determined, and downright inspiring too.

Each profile of the ladies includes a few paragraphs about why they are deserving of a spot on the list, as well as a brief rundown of their noteworthy accomplishments. These women are explorers, pioneers, athletes, and activist, and in most cases they are all of those at once. I have written about the exploits of many of them right here on this very blog, with more than a few pulling off some of the most daring and impressive accomplishments we’ve seen in the outdoor world.

So who made the cut? As usual, I won’t spoil the list too much, but I will reveal a couple of the women who earned a place on MJ’s honor roll. That list includes the likes of polar explorer Sarah McNair-Landry, Nepali climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, and Appalachian Trail hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis. They’re joined on the round-up by filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and mountaineer Melissa Arnot Reid, just to hame a few.

To find out who else is part of this hall of fame, and to learn more about the ladies mentioned above, check out the full article by clicking here. Chances are, you’ll come away with a few new heroes to follow and a lot of respect for some of the most impressive women who are out their pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

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New Virtual Reality Experience Will Recreate First Ascent of Everest.

Autor : Kraig Becker

Do you ever wonder what it was like to climb those final few steps up to the summit of Mt. Everest with Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they made the first ascent of the mountain back in 1953? If so, then you may soon get the chance to witness that historical moment for yourself thanks to a new virtual reality project from a company called CGO Studios that is slated for release later this year.

The creative team at CGO specializes in making VR experiences that center around historical events. In the past, they’ve done projects that centered around the Wright Brothers’ first flight and they are currently putting the finishing touches on a digital visit to Anne Frank’s attic. But, the team is also knee deep in a project called “Everest ’53” that will take viewers high up the Himalayan peak, where they will join Hillary and Norgay as they approach the summit.

According to CGO, the team is creating its Everest project for use with the Oculus Rift VR goggles and its Touch controller. The virtual reality experience will immerse viewers in a 360º environment, and will equip them with historically accurate tools and gear to get them to the summit. The virtual environment will also replicate weather conditions on Everest on May 29, 1953 when Hillary and Norgay went to the summit for the first time, making the experience has real as possible. Both Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay – the sons of the two famous climbers – are assisting with the project, helping to deliver more realism.

The description for “Everest ’53” says that viewers will join Hillary and Norgay in the “final moments” of their ascent, but just where it will start is hard to say. Will it begin at the Hillary Step or closer to the top? Is it mostly going to just center around the view from the summit, or something else? We’ll have to wait to see for sure, but it is an intriguing premise to say the least.

I’ve had the chance to test a few VR experiences and can say that they are a lot of fun and offer some interesting tools to do unique things. For the most part, they’ll never replace actually going outside to take part in real-world activities, but I do think the technology holds a lot of promise for delivering very compelling content like this. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to check it out for myself at some point.

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Outdoor Retailer: Best of Show.

Author : Kraig Becker.

The Winter Outdoor Retailer show went down in Salt Lake City last week with gear manufacturers rolling out all kinds of new items to drool over. There were literally thousands of things to sift through and over the course of the coming months most of them will begin to find their way onto the shelves of our favorite gear stores and into our anxiously waiting hands. To get an idea of what we can expect, here are two list of the “best gear of the show.”

First, The Gear Junkie has Part 1 of his favorite gear from the show posted. He gives kudos to a new cold weather active jacket called the HyBridge Lite which comes to us courtesy of Canada Goose. This looks like a fantastic piece of gear that will arrive in time for next winter. GJ also liked the Speed Climbing knife, endorsed by none other than Ueli Steck himself, which will be making its way to stores from Wenger. GoLite’s new line of ultra-lightweight shoes alls gets a nod and looks like its going to be a real winner as well. Check out the article for the full list of gear items and stay tuned for Part 2 of the Gear Junkie’s picks a well.

Over at the Outside Blog, the Gear Girl, Stephanie Pearson,  weighed in with her favorite items as well. She was especially fond of a new performance winter jacket from Patagonia, as well as tiny, but bright, new headlamp from Light and Motion. She also dug the new lightweight footwear offerings from Salomon and a great looking new women’s vest from Klymit.

Finally, check out this great new bike tool, which Gizmodo found interesting. It is super small and lightweight and comes our way from Pocket Tool. Looks like a great addition to the tool kit on my bike.

Remember, most of this stuff won’t be available for some time yet, so you can start saving now. Looks like even more refined gear in the works.

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Hanesbrands Reveals Super Suit Performance.

Author : Kraig Becker.

Back in the middle of July I posted some information on the preliminary reports of how the Champion Super Suit performed on Everest this past spring. Now, the company has posted its own update with more information on the suit’s performance, as well as the other new products that have been in development for some time.

The Super Suit garnered a lot of attention last fall when it was first announced, as it gave us a glimpse of the possible future for outdoor gear. Made with aerogel, the suit promised to be incredibly thin and light, while remaining as warm as a traditional down suit, and according to this report, it seems that it lived up to those expectations.

The suit was used up to 24,000 feet, just below Camp 3, and in temperatures as low as -40ºF. Expedition leader Jamie Clarke described it as the warmest coat he’d ever worn, although the suit didn’t breathe as well as other products, which is not surprising considering the properties of aerogel. Hansebrand concludes that while the design shows promise, they still have more work to do to before this can become a commercially viable piece of gear.

The rest of the report looks at how the new line of socks, base layers, and shells performed on the mountain as well. This gear is much closer to being a reality, with some of it hitting store shelves as early as this year.  You can read the entire report by clicking here.

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The Great Himalaya Trail Set To Open Next Year!

Author : Kraig Becker.

The Great Himalaya Trail is the subject of my post over at travel blog Gadling.com this morning as well, but wanted to share the details here too. The GHT is a new long distance trekking route that will officially open next February, and will run the entire length of the Himalaya mountain range, connecting up a number of smaller individual trails, to form one giant epic adventure that will challenge even the most experienced trekkers.

All told, the Great Himalaya Trail will run roughly 2800 miles in length, crossing through five countries in the process. Thru-hikers can expect the entire route to require approximately 150 days to complete, as they march through Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Pakistan. And if you don’t have 5 months to dedicate to walking the longest high altitude trail in the world, fear not. The GHT will be broken down into seven smaller segments, each taking between 18-35 day to finish, allowing travelers on a time constraint to still have a chance to experience its wonders.

The inaugural trek of the GHT is set to get underway on Feb. 15th, 2011. Adventure travel company World Expeditions is organizing the trip, and you can book the entire 150-day journey, or any one of the seven smaller routes with them now. Due to the logistics of the trail, the permits required, and the visas necessary to hike it, it is not recommended for independent trekkers at this time.

As of this writing, the Nepali section of the GHT is the only one that is complete, but the other countries are all scrambling to finish up their routes as well. When it is finished, the route will extend from Namche Barwa in Tibet all the way to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, crossing through some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet along the way.

Seems like adventure travelers and backpackers just gained another addition to their “Bucket Lists”.

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Yet More On The Haines Everest Supersuit.

Author : Kraig Becker.

It seems that the Haines Supersuit is all the buzz these days. Since it was unveiled at last months Outdoor Retailer show, it has appeared on a number of outdoor and adventure related websites, with healthy doses of skepticism and optimism running throughout the community.

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For those who haven’t seen it, the Supersuit was designed by Haines and is eventually going to be brought to market under the Champion brand. It will be tested on Everest this spring by the Climb With Us Team, and promises to offer the same level of warmth as a traditional down suit, at a fraction of the size and bulk. The Supersuit is just 3mm thick, where as down suits tend to be as much as 40mm in thickness, so it’s easy to see what this brings to the table in terms of mobility and comfort.

There is another good article online today explaining just how the Supersuit delivers on its promise of exceptional warmth, while remaining so thin. This time Fast Company takes a look at the suit, and explains the technology that has gone into developing it.

As Fast Company explains it, there are five thing layers in the jacket and pants that make up the Supersuit, including an outer fabric coating, a base layer, an inner sock made of yarn, radiant foil, and the Aerogel, the high tech product that makes it all possible. FC says that Aerogel, which is made of “puffed glass”, is the lightest solid on the planet, but remains wind resistant and is waterproof. It also protects against a wide range of temperatures, starting at -450ºF and going as high as 1000ºF. The down side? It’s extremely expensive, with pervious jackets that use Aerogel running as much as $2000. Haines hopes to change that, making it an affordable product for everyone, and they are looking to release commercially viable products in 2011.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see how the prototypes perform on Everest this year, but if it lives up to the hype, we may very well see a major change in our outdoor gear in the next few years. Thinner, lighter clothing, or other gear, that still performs at a high level, is what everyone is after. Make it affordable, and the market will boom.

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