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A story of Climbing For Change by Landon Faulkner

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Will Reynolds Young | 0 comments
Landon Faulkner walking in snowshoesThe crunch of the snow was muted by the ripping wind that bit at our faces. The final push to the summit of Brokeoff Mountain seemed overly laborious due to the wind and snow that seemed to encircle us with each step. I stopped to catch my breath and check our altitude, "400 vertical feet to the summit" I yelled to Andrew who was about 30 feet behind me. He gave me a thumbs up letting me know the message had not gotten lost in the wind. Looking around me everything was white; Lassen Volcanic National Park was living up to the winter wonderland that I had read about.

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to use Petroleum Jelly, Menthol or Camphor....or not....?

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Polly Glasse | 0 comments

There are tons of "hand repair" products coming out on the market. How do YOU decide which you use.

There are many ingredients from which to choose when creating a moisturizer/skin repair product. We suggest you use truly natural ingredients that actually add something beneficial to the formulation. Beeswax, unrefined, slightly filtered, NOT bleached and processed, adds minerals to the formulation. It's a humectant (draws moisture to the skin). It acts as a barrier from the outside world so it's water resistant. Add natural, unrefined butters such as shea, aloe, mango, coconut, etc for their nutritional value. Use only therapeutic grade essential oils for their healing value. If it's not organic, therapeutic grade, it can easily be adulterated. Did you know only 5% of a product calling itself an essential oil actually has to be an essential oil in order for it to be called "100% pure essential oil?" As an example, you can have a 2 oz bottle of Eucalyptus essential oil according to the label. However, if the label doesn't say therapeutic grade or organic, it can contain a base oil, additives to make it go further and many other things. Organic extracts can be helpful as well. Just be sure to check the quality of product before purchasing. 

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Food for Climbers By Michael Restivo

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Will Reynolds Young | 0 comments

Climbing is an intensive and all-committing sport where the body has to be able to support itself with continual movement and energy while ascending the wall. Good training and increased flexibility support climbers but on truly committing routes, it’s essential to keep the body well fed and well hydrated to be able to perform at the maximum capacity, especially on the longest routes.

My favorite style of climbing is in the alpine realm. Alpine climbing involves long routes, usually in a moderate grade, all day continuous climbing, and being able to perform and survive in harsh temperatures, whether on an exposed sunny face, or a cold, snow swept, and windy summit. The food that we carry with us on big peaks or tall rock pillars reflects the changing conditions and the task at hand.

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Rock Climbing Tips for Beginners by Gif Zafred

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Will Reynolds Young | 2 comments

Rock Climbing Tips for Beginners by Guest Contributor Gif Zafred

Are you interested in trying rock climbing?  Have you already been to the climbing gym once or twice and were amazed at how hard it felt the first time while the more experienced climbers seemed to float up the wall?  Here are three tips aimed at beginner rock climbers that will help you build confidence, have more fun, be able to climb longer due to reduced fatigue, and help you succeed with your first few climbs.

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Is your moisturizer, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste tested on animals before you get it?

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Polly Glasse | 1 comment
It's a crazy world out there. The cosmetics industry is a 31+ billion dollar industry. While I like to take a shower and smell good, the industry aggressively targets our ego to convince us we aren't good enough if we have a wrinkle, dark spot on our body, a hair out of place, etc. I ask, "At what cost?" The link below is from a Huffington Post article telling how the EU (European Union) has banned even ingredients tested on animals, as well as the anticipated effect on the multibillion dollar cosmetic industry in the US and world wide. 

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