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.
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.
Hikers and backpackers are constantly outside and being active, even in the off season. The physical impact of carrying weight, working muscles repeatedly, and being exposed to uncontrolled conditions can take its toll both in the short and long term. Being able to hike, backpack, snowshoe and do whatever outdoor activities you choose is a special thing, and calls for attention to remain possible, comfortable, and enjoyable.
To stay healthy and protected from injuries, here are a few self-care tips to keep you doing what you love.
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
|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|
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|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"|