on your feet is more tiring than weight on your back by a factor of five. So
lighter boots means you’re less tired when you reach the summit, you get more
runs in on a day when you’re hiking for turns, and you get back to base with
enough energy for après.
Sportiva has a new secret weapon for backcountry skiers: the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. The company will show the boot for the first time at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the end of January.
Spectre (men) and Sparkle (women) weigh in at 1,395 grams—just 3.075 pounds—per
boot in size 27. That’s nearly half a pound lighter than anything else
it’s not just the weight that will make you want to ski this boot—it’s the
range of motion. In "walk" mode the Spectre and Sparkle have 30-degree front
and 30-degree back rotation and a full 60-degree range of motion to reduce resistance in steep
terrain. In the Spectre and Sparkle, your skinning strides will be limited only
by your ankle flexibility, not by your boot.
In addition to the 50 sunsets and sunrises that ultrarunner Jez Bragg plans to take in while trying to run 2,000 miles across New Zealand's newest cross-country trail in the fastest time ever, there are less dramatic sites that require more of his attention. For example, there are seven sheep for every person in New Zealand, which means a lot of herding dogs. On day 18, at 3:30 p.m., Bragg was in the middle of a long run when he ran into a cowboy with five such dogs. The chance meeting led him to refocus his attention on the trail beneath him. "Five dogs means high statistical probability of dog poo," read a post on his blog, written from the perspective of his shoes, which had already trudged over more than 600 miles of terrain. "I am running almost 100km today, having my back pressed into dog poo would be the last straw."
Here's a bit more on Bragg's 50-day planned journey, in case you'd like to follow along.
“We are all going to make mistakes. It’s truly learning from them that
makes life really sweet,” says skier, climber, and parent Roger Strong in the video embedded above.
On April 6, 2011, Strong took off on his favorite backcountry run in Snowqualmie Pass, Washington, and was picked up by an avalanche and thrown into a tree. His tibias were ripped from his femurs and his ligaments were shredded. "His knees
were literally hanging by just skin," says filmmaker Fitz Cahall. "The connective tissue and bone
connections were gone."
Cahall joined Strong a year after the accident as the pair returned to the tree where Strong almost died. The resulting film, Strong, chronicles how the skier's life has changed since the incident.
Extending its already formidable lead in the category, Garmin has launched two new powerful GPS cycling computers that will eventually replace the Edge 500 and Edge 800 units. The new Garmin Edge 810 and Edge 510 look to be about as slick as this highly-produced video made to promote the computers. The 810 keeps the same dimensions and form as its predecessor, while the 510 gets even smaller and more compact than the 500, and adds a touchscreen display that's readable in sunlight.
Yes, this video of climber Dean Potter walking a highline at Cathedral Peak as the sun sets and the moon rises is old. It originally appeared as part of "The Man Who Can Fly," a National Geographic special. But the full clip was just released on Vimeo two weeks ago, a teaser for the re-airing of the special on Friday, January 11, at 5 p.m. EST. Filmmaker Michael Schaefer shot the scene from more than a mile away using an 800mm lens with a 2x lens converter.