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.
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.
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:
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.
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.