Since this is a brand new blog, it is not yet entirely clear which direction it will go or what shape it will take. We want to create relevant, useful, and interesting content for members of our community to enjoy. Finding that direction will take some work and exploration. In that spirit, here is our 3rd blog post, and first movie review. Please let us know what you think in the comments.
I watched Meru at the Landmark Guild Theatre in Seattle with my wife and 2 friends. The film is, in a word, incredible. Afterward, while eating fantastic Afghani food at nearby restaurant Kabul, my friend Ben asked the rest of us, "So, what's your Meru?". What he meant was, "What's the epic challenge in your life that you will stop at nothing to complete?". The question stumped me, and I have been thinking about it ever since.
Conrand Anker's obsession with Meru confuses me. It is hard to describe his quest as anything short of insane. The peak climbed by the trio in the movie is actually the middle of 3 peaks that comprise the mountain named "Meru". It isn't the tallest of the 3, it doesn't even break into top 100 tallest peaks in the world, and it has been summited multiple times in the past. What made Anker's climb uniquely dangerous was the route they took along what is known as the Shark's Fin. This route is little known outside the climber community, but is considered one of the most difficult ascents in the world, and maybe impossible. This means that what Anker stood to gain was nothing more than glory among a very small group of people, and in order to obtain it he had to risk his life, the life of his 2 friends and protégés, as well as the possibility of leaving his wife and adopted children widowed for a 2nd time. It was a little depressing to think at the time of our dinner that there is nothing in my life that approaches that level of passion and determination.
After a week of contemplation I realize that the creation of CloudLine is a piece of my Meru. Building a company that makes a great product, promotes activity and health, and delights its customers is what drives me. The film "Meru" has inspired me to push harder, go further, and risk more in that endeavor. And I'll keep climbing to make sure I reach that goal.
Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|