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Skiing and Snowboarding : Oct 2012

Wild Things: Heritage Brand Adds Option to Customize Gear

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Wild Things was founded 31 years ago to provide alpine climbing apparel and hardware for the world’s most extreme expeditions. The co-founder, Chamonix-born Marie Meunier, wore Wild Things on the first ascent of the South Face of Chacraraju, Peru, in 1977 with John Bouchard. Mugs Stump used Wild Things gear on his first ascents of the east face of the Mooses Tooth, Alaska, in 1981 and the Moonflower Buttress, Mount Hunter, Alaska, in 1981.

Back then, it was one of the only games in town. But even last year, when there were a number of competitors athletes could choose from, Wild Things was at the summit when Mark Richey, Steve Swenson, and Freddie Wilkinson topped Saser Kangri in India, and it accompanied Will Steger on Arctic and Antarctic crossings, including the first international trans-Antarctica dog-sled crossing and the first dog-sled journey to the North Pole without resupply.

The brand is known for being dependable in the most extreme conditions—conditions where if your gear fails you could die. It’s made by extreme athletes for extreme athletes.

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Search Ends for Kayaker in B.C.

Officials have identified the young kayaker who disappeared on the Cheakamus River in British Columbia on Friday as 19-year-old Peter Thompson. Thompson, of Canmore, Alberta, was paddling with friends when he went over an 18-foot waterfall and never reappeared. “It’s a really straightforward waterfall and he had run it twice before the day before that,” friend Chris McTaggart said. “It was just a complete freak accident he hit a rock and missed the stroke to get his bow in the air and he basically just submerged parallel to the waterfall and disappeared.” His paddle and lifejacket emerged downstream, but neither Thompson nor his boat were found. Thompson was the head coach for the Bow Valley Kayak Club and Alberta Whitewater Association.

Via Vancouver Sun

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Mugs Stump Award Applications Now Being Accepted

Climbers looking for funding help on fast and light alpine expeditions can now apply for a Mugs Stump Award. This year's winners will receive a portion of $25,000 in total funding. The grants will go to "individuals and teams whose proposed climbs present an outstanding challenge—a first ascent, significant repeat or first alpine-style ascent—with special emphasis placed on climbers leaving no trace of their passage."

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Best of Interbike: 2013 Bike Accessories We're Excited About

Though the complete bikes are the lowest hanging fruit at Interbike, the show floor is full of parts and components bling. Here's a collection of small bits and pieces that we're most psyched to try out in the coming months.

StageOne

STAGES CYCLING STAGE ONE ($700)
Newcomers to the cycling market Stage One have unveiled a power meter poised to revolutionize the market. This direct-measure unit (as opposed to other similarly priced devices that extrapolate data based on an algorithm) is just 20 grams, comes installed in a slightly modified left crank arm (with more than a dozen models available), and will retail for just $700 (less than half of other similar meters). And given the in-crank placement of the device, gathering data in both training and racing should be as simple as flip-flopping left cranks between bikes.

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Zoo Director Jailed for Wallaby Drowning

Virginia zoo director Meghan Mogensen has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for animal cruelty after drowning an adult wallaby named Parmesan in January. Parmesan was being treated for a minor eye injury when another zoo employee found the animal’s body soaking in a plastic bag inside a dumpster.


Mogensen initially said that she had humanely euthanized the wounded animal on orders of a senior zoo official, a claim that was disproved when a necropsy of the animal showed clear signs of drowning. In addition to jail time, Mogensen will suffer a $1,250 fine and a six-month suspension of her driver’s license for the illegal possession of animal anesthetics.

Via Washington Post

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