Best of the Backcountry Gear

first_imgThere’s no time where gear means more than when you are out on your own in the wild. To that end, here’s the stuff that not only made the backcountry safer but also more enjoyable this winter.1. DPS Wailer 112RPIn the early ’00s, DPS’s Peter Turner worked with Shane McConkey to develop the legendary Volant Spatula, the original reverse-camber, rockered deep powder ski. The quick-turning Wailer 112 is the evolution of that now-ubiquitous aesthetic. It’s rockered, but unlike those prototypes it features lots of sidecut and a touch of camber. And we know we say this about every ski these days, but it really can do it all—on an early-season trip to Whistler it was  shockingly stable at speed and effortless in pow. But the deal-breaker is the weight—the carbon and nano verison ponies up at just 4.19 pounds each in a 190 cm ski, making it simple to schuss up the skin trail. $1,249 (Pure construction), $799 (Hybrid construction); dpsskis.com2. Black Diamond Carbon MegawattThis fat boy—125 mm underfoot—does not move like a Clydesdale. The carbon construction keeps the latest iteration of the popular Meg down to 9 pounds, 5 ounces in a 188-cm pair. The rockered tip and slightly rockered tail give it floatation. You just won’t find another ski this wide that tours this well. $829; blackdiamondequipment.com3. Liberty VariantAvon-Colorado-based Liberty skis added titanal along the edges of its new Variant (145/113/132). Pair that strength with the brand’s bamboo constructon and you get a big, stable touring ski that serves day-to-day duty in the wildly varying snow conditions of the Front Range backcountry. $839; libertyskis.com4. Jones Hovercraft SplitDon’t be fooled by the shorter length of the oddly shaped Hovercraft. This baby can lope thorugh deep powder fields just as easily as it can rip off freestyle moves on natural backcountry terrain features. The spilt capability makes it an effective mountaineering tool, too. $699; jonessnowboards.com5. Drift Innovation HD GhostThe HD POV cam has become required gear these days and the easy-to-operate Ghost will record video and snap off still photos on the go, thanks in part to a two-way LED remote control that makes it easy to focus on the riding at hand rather than futzing with camera controls. $399; driftinnovation.com 6. La Sportiva SpitfireTipping the scales at just 44 ounces per boot, the Spitfire wants to be the first up the trail. That makes it ideal for rando racing but a low profile Grilamid shell and a Carbon Reinforced Polymer cuff gives the boot enough downhill oomph for local exploration. Best of all, they switch from tour to ski mode with one easy flip of the top buckle. $899; sportiva.com7. Dynafit One PXDynafit took its wildly popular (but insanely minimalist) TLT5 and gave it a touch more downhill guts to create a light touring boot for the mainstream. Weighing in at just 27.5 ounces per boot, it features a similar one flip buckle for walk or tour mode, but it’s warmer, roomier and more confident on the downs. $640; dynafit.com8. Ortovox Zoom PlusHere’s an affordable beacon that’s basic and effecive. It uses just two buttons and a simple display screen but still takes advantage of Ortovox’s smart, three antenna system to locate victims buried at odd angles. $299; ortovox.com9. S.O.G. PowerlockMelding ski patrol and special ops, this is one multitool you will want in your pack when things go wrong. The clippers will cut through a quarter and the small saw is damn sharp. $114; sogknives.comlast_img read more

How to get moving after a long weekend

first_imgWe all can admit we love holidays, vacations and long weekends. But, the hardest part about these treats is the reality facing us around the corner, returning to the office. It can be incredibly difficult to get back into the groove, but we’re here to help! Consider these tips for bouncing back from time away from work.Take it slowWe all move a little slower the morning we have to jump back into our routine, and that’s understandable. The key to getting back on track is accepting it will take a little time to get yourself back in a structured mindset. It’s hard for your mind and body to go from sleeping in and relaxing to office hours and a hectic workflow. So be patient with yourself, and others, and concentrate on getting organized and readjusted.PrioritizeWe’ve talked about prioritizing top priorities and there’s no better time to focus on this than after a break from work. Remember things will have undoubtedly piled up while you were away so don’t expect to tackle every task in front of you. Instead focus on what’s timely and most important and cross those off the list first. Get what you can done on your first day back but also plan out the rest of the week and how you want to accomplish the rest of what’s on the docket.Resume your routineSome of us are better than others at staying structured. Generally, sticking to a routine helps us to be more productive and more focused. Therefore, even though you’ve been off work, been sleeping in, staying up late, and avoiding exercise, it’s time to snap back into what we’re more used to. So, resume your healthy habits and you’ll be on your way to getting back on track at work. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Ikoyi Club Swimming Team Rules at Swimfest in Germany  Â

first_imgThe travelling contingent from Ikoyi Club 1938 to the just concluded Swimfest in Germany returned to the country with a superlative result, by emerging top at the annual international swimming competition in Neheim-Husten, Germany.The journey to the top actually began two years ago when the club made its maiden appearance at the annual event.With 23 young swimmers to the maiden edition, the contingent, mainly school children put up a remarkable performance and it was not a surprise that last year with 35 athletes, the team notched in 25 gold, 31 silver and 27 bronze to finish runner up at the fiesta attended by 37 other clubs from different parts of the world.The geometric progression of the team’s performance has now manifested following the first position of the team in the last edition. The team made up of 42 swimmers with a combined average age of 11 years returned home with a total of 75 gold, 59 silver and 38 bronze medals including several certificates and trophies won for outstanding performances in various categories of play.Among the top medallists are Abduljabar Adama (eight gold, one silver), Chukwudi Kanu (six gold, five silver), Maria Perner (five gold, four silver, one bronze), Kayo Adeniji (five gold, three silver), Iman Adama (three gold, four silver, one bronze), Chiamaka Kanu (two gold, one silver, two bronze), Kika Ebie (two gold, one sliver, one bronze) and Theo Okolo (one gold, two silver and four bronze medals).In his post event comment, the Vice Chairman/Games Captain of the club, Oloyede  Obatoyinbo, said he was especially proud of the girls and boys relay teams whose combined average age is 11 years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more