WildSnow Weekend — OR, SA and Water Witching


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 10, 2014      

This fall I’m going to experiment with doing a weekend post. The intention is to give you an update on what we’re doing at WildSnow HQ as well as provide a summary of the previous week’s posts in case you missed anything. It will be light and brief — something you can breeze through if you happen to be web surfing before the busy work week begins. Let us know what you think.

Water attempt number one -- Lou goes dowsing.

Lou goes water dowsing.

Like marching ants, we joined other highway travelers and headed back home from Summer Outdoor Retailer 2014. At the show we saw lots of innovative items for backcountry ski touring. I’ll post my take of cool mountaineering stuff soon. Then we’ll field test products over the next few months and post in-depth reviews as is our style — beautiful form is seductive but function has to follow in order to pass muster here at WildSnow.

This summer we’ve been spending our weekends working on WildSnow HQ, knowing, hoping, praying that our preparations will result in a long, deep winter of snowy bliss. One of Lou’s projects is upgrading our water delivery system.

Attempt number two -- Lou hooks up a pipe to the water tank.

Lou will continue to try to find water with a willow. In the meantime he hooked up a hose from the water tank. WildSnow HQ has running water! According to His Blogness, ‘PEX plumbing is amazing, so easy to create compared to soldering or threading pipe.’ It looked to me like an excuse to buy more tools, that is until the faucet appeared. (System is a 400 gallon tank up the hill a ways. In winter we access with a freeze-proof hose bib near the tank. In summer we have it run to the cabin.)

WildSnow Girl, Rachel Bellamy, helping the boys pack up for South America.

WildSnow Girl, Rachel Bellamy, helping the boys pack up for South America.

As a preview to my post next week, here’s one of the cool things I found at the OR Show — a cutting board for the cabin. The Epicurean booth caught my eye because the material they use looks like toxic Masonite press board. Come to find the boards are made of food grade, recycled materials. I liked their made-in-the-USA story:

Epicurean cutting boards and cooking utensils come in many shapes and forms.  They also produce custom-shaped boards with engraved logos or images. I like this one which features a food strainer.

Epicurean cutting boards and cooking utensils come in many shapes and forms. They also produce custom-shaped boards with engraved logos or images. I like this one which features a food strainer.

Back in 2004, Epicurean’s owners were riding success in the skate park industry. They had founded TrueRide, a designer and manufacturer of municipal skate parks and ramps in the late 1990s. They launched Epicurean to make cutting boards from the scrap as a way to reduce waste. The wood fiber composite used in skate park ramps was durable, non-porous, and dishwasher safe. Epicurean quickly became successful making cutting boards, kitchen tools, and utensils for both casual and gourmet cooks. Now they’re adding a line of products specifically designed for camping, backpacking and outdoor cooking enthusiasts. Dishwasher safe, heat resistant to 350F/176C, knife friendly, non-porous wood fiber, lifetime warranty, and tested and certified by NSF. Made in Duluth, MN.

For picnic at the cabin, I whipped up a quinoa salad.  When summer veggies are fresh and ripe sometimes we like to eat them with dressing, just mixing them up to fully enjoy their flavor.  I chopped up these veggies on our new board and they tasted great.

For a picnic at the cabin, I whipped up a quinoa salad. When summer veggies are fresh and ripe sometimes we like to eat them without dressing, just mixed together to enjoy the garden fresh flavor. I chopped up these veggies on our new board and they tasted goood.

Here’s a recap of last week’s posts:

Mysteries of Pomoca and Dynafit Climbing Skins — Review Pomoca ski climbing skins, different models can be confusing. Lou sorts it out.

Wear an Orange — Petzl Sirocco Helmet Review Louie’s review of Petzl Sirocco climbing helmet.

WildSnow South America 2014 — Soon Traveling in South America, visiting Chile for backcountry skiing in area of Chillan and Las Trancas.

Outdoor Retailer — Short Walk to the Mylar Lou’s view of Summer Outdoor Retailer 2014.

Boys Go Shopping — Summer Outdoor Retailer Joe Risi and Randy Young cruise through the show.

Comments

5 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — OR, SA and Water Witching”

  1. Tjaard August 11th, 2014 8:44 am

    Hi,

    Love your blog!
    Would it be possible to include the date in the header of the post( where it says”posted by X”)?
    If not there, then just staring it in the body of the text.

    This would make it much easier when reading post on a certain subject to understand what ‘new’ and such mean:-)

    Thanks.

  2. Lou Dawson 2 August 11th, 2014 9:30 am

    Tjard, funny you should bring that up as it’s been bothering me for a while! I’ll see what I can do. Remember the date is at the bottom but I understand why it should be at the top. I’ve actually been getting pretty annoyed lately doing Google searches and finding I’m reading technical advice from 6 years ago that’s totally out of date.

    Regarding our older blog posts, everyone should know that we do go back and curate all our content. Some posts we do quite a bit of work on, while other things are left as-is for historical context.

    Thanks, Lou

  3. Lou Dawson 2 August 11th, 2014 10:06 am

    Tjard, check it out now, I added time meta to top of post, will leave it at bottom as well for now. Thanks for asking, good mod! And yes, this is WildSnow.com so everything shall be modified, including our website. Lou

  4. Rachel Bellamy August 11th, 2014 12:37 pm

    Those veggies look yummy! Fun post guys. I’m stoked you struck water! Next, maybe you’ll find gold!

  5. Tjaard August 11th, 2014 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the the response, that’s very helpful of you.

    BTW I only just noticed this post was about the cutting board as well as the food. Epicurean is a super company that has been VERY supportive of our outdoor community here in Duluth. Among other things they participate in the 1% for the planet program.
    So thanks for featuring them, they really deserve it!

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