Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 27 2010

Exped’s Dreamwalker

Last fall Exped’s US marketing manager Kaj Bune sent me an email with a YouTube link. I’m a big fan of Exped’s down sleeping mats, but not a big fan of YouTube links and recommendations in emails, especially when there is a known marketing message involved. So I decided to call and harass him for …

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Nov 27 2010

Ortovox wins patent lawsuit against Mammut

Ortovox released a press release today announcing a favorable decision by a higher court in Dusseldorf, Germany that Barryvox had infringed on their patent of a compass function in an avalanche transceiver. The decision comes on appeal to an earlier decision against Ortovox and the rationale for the change in the courts position has yet …

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Nov 27 2010

Black Diamond’s Z-Poles

Despite the absence of winter product at the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City there were still some items worth a closer look. Black Diamond introduced a new line of trekking poles. When I heard the word trekking I tried to avoid them but my friends at BD insisted on showing them. As …

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Nov 27 2010

Ten-Eleven, Day 2, Thanksgiving 2010

Conditions in the Tahoe area are epic and the Ten-Eleven season is off to a rip roaring start. The last time I can remember such a strong start was 82/83, or maybe 97/98. One can only hope this season is as good as either. Here in Truckee we received a solid four feet of snow …

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Nov 16 2010

Ten-eleven begins, day 1

After teasing myself with a shot from last season I just had to get out and make some turns myself last weekend. It was great to get out on the snow and immerse myself in a climb. Pepper was ecstatic once we got on the snow, alternately dancing on her hind legs and sprinting in …

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Nov 12 2010

Teaser Shot

If you haven’t seen the evidence, you’ve heard about it. It’s happening out there. The ten-eleven season has begun. There’s bound to be a dry spell soon, with more snow on the way, but not just yet. Some of us haven’t gotten out yet, and probably won’t until there’s enough depth to protect our skis …

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Nov 08 2010

Mo' snomo' in Giant Sequoia Natl Monument?

Ran across a plea for help today that seem worthy of mention. Snowlands Network sent out a notice to protest a proposal by the US Forest Service to allow snowmobiling on nearly all roads in the Giant Sequoia National Monument (not the same as Sequoia National Park). Snowmobiles had been allowed in the monument area, …

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