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Surfboard Sit-Start: Mallorca Memoirs
A part of me always wished I’d grown up surfing. Everything about the sport screamed hip people and hot bodies. I’d watch all the tanned surfer babes in bikinis at the beaches of Orange County; their blonde hair flowing in the wind as they rode crystal blue waves to shore, only to dry off on a towel under the warm sun. It seemed the perfect southern California hobby.
The sport I’d been born into was not quite as conducive to being a teenage girl. Instead of the beach, I’d go to Yosemite or Idyllwild armed with hat, harness and hiking boots. The summer sun never gained me a perfectly symmetrical bronze bikini tan… try rather an embarrassingly lop-sided, frumpy farmer tan. Unfortunately, a harness is unbearable in anything other than near knee-length cargos.
Since moving to Santa Barbara, I hadn't spent much time out of short shorts and flip-flops. The proximity of the ocean put me in constant beach mentality. I found myself on approach hikes for the numerous climbing areas flipping dirt up the back of my legs and nursing chafed inner thighs on the walk back. It was pretty clear I was in need of a sport that could satisfy my intrigue for the mellow surfing culture and my love for climbing rocks.
Dying of Shock April 5, 2013
There are three critical systems in the human body that support life: the circulatory, the respiratory and the nervous systems. Since each is dependent on the other, they are often analogized to a three-legged stool where all need to be functioning properly in order to stay upright. The respiratory system brings crucial oxygen into the body, the circulatory system distributes it throughout to vitalize tissue and organs and the nervous system controls… well, basically everything.
The Eclipse: A Celestial Gift March 6, 2013
Vapur has changed my life. There I said it. It has fundamentally altered and facilitated daily hydration in the outdoors in a way I would never think such a simplistic product would or even could.
I remember when I got my first bladder-like product and thought how incredibly it had revolutionized the sport of alpine climbing. The idea that you could hydrate through a gigantic hose-shaped straw whilst on the move and not spill all over yourself was relieving. The notion that there was no longer a need to expel time and energy taking off your heavy backpack or twisting and contorting your body to reach a bottle in the side pocket was almost titillating.
Canyoneering: An Element for the Elements October 8, 2012
This past weekend, with a little help from the Vapur Element Anti-Bottle, a team of adventurers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and I braved a few good canyons in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest.
Canyoneering is a sport particularly sensitive to hydration and energy management. Dehydration is cause for many ailments in the human body and we are especially at risk when in the harsh elements of the great outdoors. A typical canyon route imposes a series of slippery down climbs and steep rappels off waterfalls in a cold, wet environment. The coordination, physical fitness and knowledge required of executing such tasks assumes that even a completely healthy canyoneer could have trouble getting out safely. Read more...