FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Spain took measures on Friday aimed at reducing electricity bills which are among the highest in Europe and are often criticized for reducing business competitiveness and consumer’s purchasing power.The government will scrap a controversial levy on solar power affecting households and small businesses, Energy and Environment Minister Teresa Ribera said, making it easier for consumers to erect panels for their own use. “This country is finally freeing itself from the great absurdity, scorned by most international observers, that is the ‘sun tax’,” Ribera told a news conference.“A key figure showing Spain’s delay in this area is that a country so rich in sunlight has only 1,000 installations of this kind compared with more than one million in Germany,” she added.The toll applied to a system known as “auto-consumption”, using installations with more than 10 kilowatts of capacity that were connected to the national grid.Spanish consumers pay the sixth-highest electricity prices in the European Union, according to Eurostat.In the throes of an economic crisis in 2013, the previous conservative government cut subsidies for renewable energy in a bid to tackle a 28 billion euro ($32 billion) debt, known as a tariff deficit, built up by years of regulation which kept prices below costs. Included in the reform was the ‘sun tax’, which put consumers off taking advantage of a plunge in the price of solar panels that has made them an attractive energy source in other countries.More: Spain scraps ‘sun tax’ in measures to cool electricity prices Spain, looking to boost solar, scraps ‘sun tax’
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:The small Filipino town of Paluan on the island of Mindoro has been electrified with the installation of its own Tesla battery powered solar plus storage minigrid. The new minigrid provides power to local residents who had been living on just a few hours of unstable electricity that came and went as inconsistently as the weather. To solve the situation, a new solar plus storage plus diesel solution was installed that provides stable power to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for the first time ever.The system leverages a 2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar installation and a 1.8 MW / 1.5 MWh Tesla Powerpack installation. The solar installation provides the bulk of the electricity required to supply the needs of residents, and the Tesla Powerpack installation stores up excess daytime solar production which can be used through the night.Three diesel generators with a combined capacity of 1,260 kilowatts (kW) was added to provide supplemental power during peak usage over the evening hours and to offset the seasonality of the solar generating system.The installation highlights how relatively simple it is for those islanded from existing electricity supply networks to install a microgrid, minigrid, or full-blown grid of their own, built on a foundation of currently available solar and storage solutions. Importantly, the installation was justified and funded without subsidies, demonstrating how competitive and practical solar plus storage installations are, even in rural regions.The system was installed by a local solar company, Solar Para Sa Bayan (SPSB), which translates to ‘Solar for the country’. The company currently supplies power to nearly 3,000 customers on the island of Paluan, while delivering significant reductions in the cost of electricity at the same time.The market is ripe for disruption, with more than 30 million Filipinos who live without reliable access to electricity. The island nature of the nation and rugged mountainous terrain makes the prospect of local energy generation and storage installations more lucrative as the cost of tapping into centralized electrical grids puts them out of reach for most of the unserved or underserved in the country.More: Solar + storage minigrids are electrifying towns across the Philippines Solar-plus-storage systems bring cheaper, cleaner electricity to Philippines
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power:A California energy company is collaborating with its parent and the University of Texas on a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project to show that renewable hydrogen can be a cost-effective fuel with several applications, including for both the transportation and power generation sectors.Frontier Energy, headquartered in San Ramon, California, and a subsidiary of Illinois-based GTI Energy, on Sept. 15 announced the launch of the project, known as [email protected] in Texas and Beyond. The effort is supported by the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, along with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). [email protected] includes two initiatives, one at the University of Texas-Austin (UT-Austin), and the second at the Port of Houston. [email protected] is the latest of several hydrogen-related activities announced in recent months in support of research and development of the rapidly expanding hydrogen fuel sector.Energy analysts have said hydrogen will be a $130 billion business in the U.S. by 2030, and could develop into a trillion-dollar business globally. A recent industry study said hydrogen projects already have created more than 500,000 new jobs worldwide. China is reportedly investing $17 billion into hydrogen technology, including about $8 billion to develop hydrogen fuel cells for heavy-duty trucks. Germany in June announced a $9 billion investment in hydrogen research as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package.The $10.8 million Texas project is expected to continue for three years. Half the funding has been committed to demonstrating how hydrogen production and use can enable power grid resiliency, and promote job creation, among other things.The UT-Austin campus will host a first-of-its-kind integration of commercial hydrogen production, distribution, storage, and use. The project partners said they will generate zero-carbon hydrogen onsite via electrolysis with solar and wind power, and reformation of renewable natural gas from a Texas landfill. It is the first time that both sources of renewable hydrogen will be used in the same project. The hydrogen will power a stationary fuel cell to provide power for the Texas Advanced Computing Center at UT-Austin. It also will supply a hydrogen station with fuel for a fleet of Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles.[Darrell Proctor]More: DOE-backed hydrogen project underway in Texas Frontier Energy launches three year, $10.8 million green hydrogen pilot project in Texas
Hunger for Adventure: Katniss reunited with Peeta in Dupont State Forest.Is it possible for a forest to be a movie star? If so, DuPont State Recreation Forest in Western North Carolina would have a string of Oscars to its name. Most recently, and most famously, DuPont was a prominent character in the mega-hit The Hunger Games, and the forest’s most famous waterfall was the setting for Daniel Day Lewis’s “I will find you” scene in The Last of the Mohicans. While the film industry has put DuPont on the map lately, the story of the forest is worthy of its own Hollywood script, complete with bad guys, last-minute heroes and a satisfyingly happy ending.Today, DuPont measures 10,300 acres, acquired over three major land purchases since 1995. The original 7,600 acres was purchased from the DuPont chemical company, which operated a large factory on the property. A small 500-acre parcel was acquired in 2000, but completing the park is where the story gets interesting.The initial DuPont land did not include three of the iconic waterfalls in the surrounding area: High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil. This tract was purchased under dubious terms by a real estate developer determined to build a gated residential community around the lure of the falls. What followed was a two-year grassroots effort to secure public access to the area that culminated with the governor stepping in to declare eminent domain on the parcel and purchase it back from the developer—in an election year no less!Last year, North Carolina declared DuPont State Forest the country’s first Recreational State Forest, thus completing the journey from industrial center to potential private vacation resort to pristine outdoor sanctuary. This new designation is what makes DuPont unique, according to Bev Parlier, president of Friends of DuPont Forest, a volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the public use and enjoyment of the forest.“This is the first recreational forest in the state and the country, so we’re kind of proud of that,” she said. “It changes the managing emphasis to recreation and preservation. There is some timber management, but it is now focused on just recreation, so we are excited about that.”The main draw of the forest now is its 80 miles of trail. While some trails existed when the land still belonged to the DuPont company, the system has evolved immensely. Working with SORBA, IMBA, professional trail companies, and the U.S. Forest Service, volunteer organizations like the Friends of DuPont Forest have created one of the best mountain biking areas in the country. The buffed trails now draw riders from across the country.“Years ago it was just locals, and now people are coming from all over the country,” Parlier said. “The trails tend to be groomed more than other places around here. It’s really getting popular now with biking.”From Pisgah to Tsali, there is no shortage of singletrack in Western North Carolina. What sets DuPont apart are the conditions and variety of trails.“The trails are great for biking, they are not rooty or rocky,” Parlier explains. “We can bring beginners here who have never been on a bike before and do easy stuff, or experts who want to do more technical trails.”The smoothness of the trails takes a lot of maintenance, but a steady stream of volunteers keep things in order and DuPont seems to be embracing its growing reputation. There are six parking areas to easily access every nook and cranny of the trail system, one of which features a bike skills park, kiddie mile trail, and pump track. Parlier recommends the popular figure eight of Burnt Mountain, Cedar Rock, and Big Rock Trails from the Corn Mill Shoals Access, which features technical sections, fast downhills and slick rock reminiscent of Moab.All those miles of trail are not just for two wheelers, however. Transylvania County is known as “The Land of Waterfalls,” and DuPont’s falls are some of its most famous. Casual hikers flock to the forest to catch a glimpse, and maybe relive some of that movie magic they’ve seen on the big screen.“The waterfalls are more of a hiker draw,” said Parlier. “First thing people say when they come to DuPont is, ‘Let’s check out the waterfalls.’ Then number two is, ‘Oh, there’s trails here too. Let’s check out the trails.’”The hike to the top of the highest point in the forest, Stone Mountain, is a quad-buster, climbing 1,100 feet over just a few miles, but it’s worth it. Granite slabs at the summit provide stunning vistas of the Pisgah Range.“One thing you see here that you don’t see in a lot of places is that all the user groups get along: the bikers, hikers, equestrians,” Parlier explains. “I think everybody understands this is a unique place. At one time a private developer was going to have it. We’re so thankful that didn’t happen and we know it’s a gem in the Pisgah area.”True ColorsThere are two unique color specific animals that roam DuPont State Recreation Forest, and if you are lucky, or time it right, you may see them during a visit.The first is the Blue Ghost Firefly, which comes out for mating season for a month each spring. Instead of blinking yellow like a typical firefly, the Blue Ghost’s light glows an eerie blue continuously for an extended period before going out to ‘recharge.’ These fireflies are only found in a few places in North America, so if you are in the area around the end of May, check them out.The other unique creature of the Brevard area is easier to spot, the white squirrel. Legend has it the original pair of white squirrels arrived on a carnival truck 60 years ago. They soon escaped and began breeding; now almost 30 percent of squirrels in Brevard are white. They are so prominent, and so beloved by locals, that a town ordinance made it illegal to harm them in 1986. Brevard holds a White Squirrel Festival every year to celebrate their town and its unique inhabitants.From the Field: DuPont State Forest from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.
Your Blue Ridge news update for April 16 — the day the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians became the first teams to wear uniform numbers, in 1929.ASU STUDENT INJURED IN RAPPELLING ACCIDENTYet another climber has fallen this season – this time a 70-foot rappelling accident near the Wilson Creek area on the Little Lost Cove cliffs in Avery County.The 21-year-old Appalachian State University student fell on Saturday, April 12, and dozens of volunteers from Avery and Burke County scrambled to reach the injured climber, who was reported by WSOCTV.com to have a shoulder and possible head injury.The victim was carried a half mile by rescuers through the woods before reaching an ATV, which took him another mile down a narrow trail, and eventually evacuated by helicopter.GSMA RECEIVES LARGEST CASH DONATION EVERThe Great Smoky Mountains Association announced last week that an anonymous donor has given the non-profit organization its largest cash donation ever, at $2.2 million.“I have unprecedented news to share with you,” Executive Director Terry Maddox wrote in an email to the GSMA board of directors. “I was approached recently by a long-time GSMA member who wished to make a designated gift to GSMA. The total amount of the donation is $2,185,000.”Last month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that GSMA would once again be collaberating with Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center to financially support construction of the new Collections Preservation Center in Townsend, Tenn., where the National Park Service will care for more than 144,000 artifacts, 220,000 archival records and 275 linear feet of library materials documenting the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and four other NPS areas in East Tennessee.“This donation not only speaks to the genuine care people have for their Smoky Mountains, but also the trust and confidence we all have in our partners at GSMA to continue a 60-year tradition of supporting the park in meaningful ways well into the future,” said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.DNR ACQUIRES NEW LAND FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENTThe Conservation Fund, in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy, has purchased a 7.5-mile stretch of Cheat Canyon in an agreement finalized last week. This land includes a 3,800-acre, rim-to-rim tract of canyon stretching north from the outskirts of Albright to a portion of Sandy Creek.The land will be transferred to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources over the next two years. It will become a wildlife management area focused primarily on rare species protection.Nature Conservancy Helps Preserve Lowcountry EcosystemJust an hour north of Charleston, S.C., The Nature Conservancy has just secured a conservation easement on 600 acres of cypress bottoms known as The Narrows downstream of the SC 41 bridge.It’s a critical area for biodiversity and includes about four miles of riverfront private land on both sides of the Black River. Almost 8,000 acres are now protected for the length of 10 riverfront miles.This ecosystem serves as a major filter for tidal waters, is widely considered the heart of the tidal reach, and acts as a nursery for many wildlife species.IOC CALLS SLOPESTYLE TOO DANGEROUSThe International Olympic Committee is questioning the safety of slopestyle competition. In an interview with the Associated Press last week, IOC representative Lars Engebretson said the sport caused too many unnecessary injuries at the Sochi Winter Games.Slopestyle, notable for sending skiiers and snowboarders jumping, flipping, twisting, and contorting their bodies over obstacles, has seen it’s fair share of criticism across the winter sports community. Shaun White withdrew from Olympic snowboard slopestyle just one day before the competition.
Considering taking on a new diet, buying the latest style of running shoe, or saving up for an at-home juicer? Check out what our experts had to say on the five most common health and fitness myths before you do.1. IF IT AIN’T HURTIN’, IT AIN’T WORKIN’Expert says: Try, if it ain’t workin, it’s probably because you’re hurtin’ too often and too much.High-intensity interval training is all the rage in crossfit gyms throughout the country. With claims to help you get fitter, leaner, faster, it’s no wonder the sweat-till-you-drop regimen has soared in popularity in the past few years. But is intensity really the key to improving performance?“One of the things that people do far too often is hard intense workouts,” says ZAP Fitness Coach Ryan Warrenburg.Warrenburg is a distance runner, not a crossfit buff, but he knows what it takes to get to the top. At ZAP, Warrenburg coaches post-collegiate, Olympic-hopeful distance runners in the mountains of Blowing Rock, N.C., and says that even his elite runners keep high-intensity workouts to a minimum, no more than a few days a week. Why?“Anytime you work hard, whether it’s running or otherwise, you have to make sure you take adequate recovery time so your body doesn’t just break down,” he says. “Oddly enough, that’s how you get better.”By “recovery time,” Warrenburg’s not suggesting you veg out on the couch with a complete series box set and a bag of potato chips for weeks on end. In fact, he says, “you’re going to recover faster if you actually move your legs a little bit,” like going for a walk or swim or even hopping on the elliptical for 20 minutes. But after a serious training cycle or race, Warrenburg says that if you don’t take the proper time to rest, your cortisol levels will go up, your muscle tissue will break down, and your bones will become more prone to stress fractures and injuries.“Everything we’ve ever learned in life kinda says if you’re not getting results, you need to work harder,” he says. “It becomes this cycle of banging your head against the wall and you’ll see it time and time again when [athletes are] not improving and consequently they get frustrated with their performance.”Bottom line: “Think of intensity and volume as two sides of a scale,” Warrenburg says.Decrease the intensity, and up the volume. For example, if you’re running 30 miles a week, no more than 10 of those should be high-intensity. How do you measure what qualifies as “high-intensity?”“You wanna be doing a workout at an intensity where you end and you feel like you could have done a little more. Work pretty hard, but leave a little in the tank.”2. THE JUICE IS WORTH THE SQUEEZEExpert says: Sure, if you’re squeezing for type two diabetes.In an era of juicing detoxes, at-home juicers, small-batch juice companies, and cold press juice bibles, it seems logical to think that crushing an eight-ounce glass of fruit medley would suffice for the five a day quota. But recent research shows that juice, specifically fruit juice, is not the elixir of life it’s squeezed out to be.“Fruit juice, once it’s squeezed, is essentially sugar water,” says Dr. Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina and author of The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products that are Fattening the Human Race. “It has a few vitamins, but they get lost and make no impact on us. It’s like drinking a coke or Pepsi.”That’s right. Juice is no better than coke. So the next time you reach in your wallet to pay $12 for some apple-orange-spinach concoction, consider this: in one eight-ounce can of coke, there are 21 grams of sugar. In one eight-ounce glass of apple juice? 22 grams.For the past 25 years, Popkin has dedicated his work to addressing this beverage crisis that has everyone from doctors to politicians concerned about the future of America’s obese. He says that overconsumption of fruit juice, specifically, can lead not only to weight gain but also to an increased risk in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. What’s more, the vitamins and fibers you normally absorb by eating a piece of fruit disappear almost instantly the moment you cut into it.“It’s all juice, whether it’s from a juice bar or a home juicer or a bottle or can bought in a grocery store,” Popkin adds.He says that a regular glass of orange juice, which is the equivalent of about five oranges, doesn’t fill you up like eating five oranges would. Because of this, Americans aren’t only ingesting more calories and sugar when they drink juice, they’re also not cutting back on their food intake.Bottom line: Eat fruit, don’t juice it. And for all you kale freaks out there, don’t sweat. Popkin and his colleagues’ studies have nothing to say about taking a pound of kale and juicing the heck out of it. So what is Popkin’s advice on how to get your daily dose of veggies?“It would be better to eat them than to juice them.”3. YOGA IS FOR WANNA-BE HIPPIES AND GRANOLA-LOVING MILLENNIALSExpert says: Please. When was the last time you flipped on the television or scrolled through your newsfeed? Everybody does yoga. Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell. NBA all-star LeBron James. Even actor Robert Downey, Jr. gets down on some power-flow yoga.“I think people hear ‘yoga’ and they associate it with somebody meditating with incense,” says Girls At Play founder and former World Freestyle Championship bronze medalist Anna Levesque.Levesque has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years, and kayaking for just as long. She says were it not for yoga, she feels confident that now, at age 41, her body would be feeling it.“I once had a yoga teacher say, ‘if I had to build a contraption that would ruin hips and hip flexors, I’d build it in a way that would make you sit externally rotated where you have to grab something with your inner thighs.’ That’s essentially how you sit in a kayak,” she says.Over the years, yoga has helped Levesque regain strength in overused muscles, and build strength in underused ones. It has also improved her balance, core strength, and recovery times. But the most important thing she’s found in her yoga practice is, quite simply, routine.“It helps to create a routine and routine is really important in consistency in performance,” Levesque says, citing her best freestyle results as examples of times when yoga was regularly incorporated into her daily regimen.By nature, athletes are drawn to movement, but Levesque warns against vinyasa and ashtanga classes, saying that the power flow characteristic to these styles might afford a workout, sure, but may not be as beneficial as methodical, alignment-based practices. Still, Levesque says that any yoga is better than no yoga.Bottom line: “There’s no right or wrong,” Levesque says. “I think it’s important to not be so rigid with [your practice]. If all you can do is one or two poses before you go to bed, that’s great.”4. CUT THE CARBS, PUMP UP THE PROTEINExpert says: What kind of a life is one without bread? Or pasta? In the wake of pro-protein, pro-fat diets like Paleo and Atkins, people are now, more than ever, apt to cut the carbs to shed the pounds. But according to Asheville-based dietician and nutritionist Kendra Gaffney of Nutritious Thoughts, forgoing, or substantially increasing, any one of your three basic macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) can lead to serious health implications down the road.“The recommended percentage of protein intake is 10-20 percent,” Gaffney says. “Paleo pushes that recommended boundary, averaging 25-35 percent, which could eventually cause kidney disease or kidney failure just based on the amount of protein your body is being forced to digest.”Gaffney says carbohydrates earned a bad rep after the low-fat diet craze of the ‘70s, when sugar was added to low-to-no-fat, carb-heavy foods. The resulting studies showed the diet had an adverse effect on health, which was good news for fat, bad for carbs.“Elimination of carbohydrates is pretty detrimental to the body,” Gaffney says, citing the recommended 45-65 percent range for daily carb-based caloric intake. “If we eliminate them completely, our body is going to have a huge deficit and have a hard time functioning. It’s like not putting gas in your car.”Instead, Gaffney advises individuals to be mindful of maintaining a balance across the board between carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. No one diet, she argues, is a cure-all and the diet industry certainly doesn’t have your best interests in mind.“The issue with dieting is it’s a great platform to make a lot of money because people are really into appearance and weight,” she says, “but the fact is that it’s a $65 billion industry with a 98 percent failure rate.”Which means new trends and new diets aren’t going away any time soon. Up next? Intermittent fasting, a diet that requires spells (sometimes more than 14 hours at a time) without eating anything at all. Gaffney, who specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, and eating disorders, fears that intermittent fasting may cause troubling side effects.“Creating that long space of not nourishing the body can really play with the mind,” she says. “Blood sugars are low, your mind is cloudy, and when that happens, we make poor decisions. I worry about people sliding through that fasting day and then eating everything they lay eyes on the next.”Bottom line: Most diets aren’t sustainable. What works for one person may not work for you. The key to fueling your body is finding balance, eating whole foods, and drinking water.“Nourishment is individualized and a lot of times, we like to blame food,” Gaffney says. “Keep a food log that has physical feelings also. Replenish with protein and carbohydrates.”5. I CAN ONLY RUN IN CUSHIONED SHOESExperts say: Hold up. Let’s get something straight. Who does the running? You? Or your shoe?“Runners run,” says Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Professor of Family Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and owner of Two Rivers Treads, the first minimalist footwear store in the country. “Shoes don’t run, so our focus is on the real equipment of a runner. Their body.”Cucuzzella’s philosophy is simple—get rid of the cushion and learn how to land. According to Cucuzzella, as children, we were all well versed in the ways of what he calls “impact moderating behavior,” in other words, landing. Over time, we ran barefoot less, bought fancy shoes with heels and cushion, and largely allowed the mainstream footwear industry to dictate what we think our feet need.The problem? The footwear industry was, and still is, wrong.“In 2000, I had bad arthritis in my feet,” Cucuzzella says. “I had operations on both of my feet, and the medical opinion at that time was, don’t run. But I was a doctor, and knew off the bat that most of what we learned in medical school was wrong.”Cucuzzella started studying runners in East Africa and decided to swap his squishy shoe for a minimalist design. He began jogging again, lightly at first, slowly building on more miles but with significantly less pain. Now, at 50 years old, Cucuzzella is still running, and not just leisurely. He can crank out a marathon in the 2:40 range, and doesn’t have any plans of quitting any time soon.Cucuzzella’s story proves what Harvard graduate and OESH shoe founder Dr. Casey Kerrigan has been saying all along—more cushion doesn’t mean less pain. Kerrigan began studying the physiology of walking and running in the late ‘90s during a time when research in the field was practically non-existent. Her findings?“The more you alter the traditional shoe design and try to cushion impact, you actually do the opposite of what shoe companies are advertising,” she says. “When you are giving the biggest injurious forces to your joints is when your weight is fully planted over your foot mid-stance,” which, according to Kerrigan’s research, can’t be solved with more cushion.Cushioning, cradling, and arch support are the three biggest and most common problems with modern-day shoe design, never mind heels, which, according to Kerrigan, increase knee arthritis by 26 percent.Bottom line: Look for lifestyle and active shoes that are flat front-to-back, and side-to-side. While barefoot-style shoes are a step in the right direction, Kerrigan suggests finding shoes with a sole made from responsive, springy material that will help support and strengthen your feet.[divider]more from blueridgeoutdoors.com[/divider]
Demanding ultimate performance from their ski socks, winter sports enthusiasts will experience the difference with Bridgedale® Wintersports collection. Bridgedale, a global market leader in the manufacture of technical socks, announced a new ski sock for winter 2017, the Retro Fit. Ideally suited for rippers who demand a precision fit in their ski boots.The Retro Fit offers a snug fit that won’t budge even when putting on tight ski boots.The Retro Fit offers a snug fit that won’t budge even when putting on tight ski boots. This unique new sock offers a friction-free “slide zone” at the heel and over the top of the ankle. There is also a strip with added Lycra over the top of the ankle to keep the sock in place when sliding the foot into a tight ski boot. Additionally, Bridgedale’s MerinoFusion™ technology combines the warmth of high quality merino wool with the wicking abilities of synthetic fibers for versatile temperature control in all winter conditions.Bridgedale’s Vertige Light is the most popular style in the Wintersport range.Finally, even though the sock is considered lightweight, targeted padding in the heel and shin pad areas ensure all day comfort. The Retro Fit will be available online and in specialty ski shops in North America starting in August 2017.Bridgedale’s Vertige Light is the most popular style in the Wintersport range. Name: Vertige Pronunciation: [Ver teege] Meaning: Close to the edgeFor technical piste or powder skiing the Vertige Light is the ideal sock choice. A lightweight construction with targeted padding in key areas ensures comfort all day without compromising the performance fit of modern ski and board footwear. Endorsed by the National Ski Patrol and the Professional Ski Instructors of America – American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Bridgedale’s Ski range are technically designed for skiers, snowboarders and snow enthusiasts.Photo Credit: Michael Overbeck – Momentum Ski CampAbout Bridgedale:Bridgedale, owned and distributed by Outdoor & Sports Company Inc. designs and manufactures technical socks for walking, hiking, mountaineering, running, and skiing. Using the latest hosiery machinery, the most progressive designs and the most advanced yarn technology, Bridgedale combines natural fibres with technical fibres ensuring their socks are comfortable, durable and perform in a variety of climates and conditions. Bridgedale socks are currently sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.To learn more about Bridgedale’s Wintersport collection, visit www.bridgedale.com/usa.
Redneck Friend Jesse Dayton I have to imagine that every songwriter yearns to pen a song that becomes a part of the American songbook. Still Gushing Nocturnal Blonde 2:59 And stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog. Chats with Che Apache and Davina & The Vagabonds are headed your way. 4:11 Recipe for Love Bobby Rush Too Emotional Paul Jacks August also sees Trail Mix welcoming back some old friends. Check out new tunes from blues great Bobby Rush, Eilen Jewell, and Matthew Squires. Trail Mix newcomers include Jason Hawk Harris, Chris & Adam Carroll, Ben Davis Jr., Bill Bloomer, L.A. Edwards, Jesse Dayton, James Steinle, Ian Ferguson, Humbird, Frank Turner, Frog, Nocturnal Blonde, and Paul Jacks. Dig into the new tunes each of these great artists has to offer. Each month, twenty or so tunes are all yours for the listening. As always, I implore you to get out and buy some records or some concert tickets. Spread the word. Go see these great musicians live. Give back to them and appreciate them for giving their music to Trail Mix. 3:09 3:59 Work To Do Marc Cohn & Blind Boys of Alabama 3:21 3:43 4:45 Audio PlayerMarc Cohn & Blind Boys of AlabamaWork To DoUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:42 Devil Horns Davina and The Vagabonds 3:28 Earthly Sensations Bill Bloomer 3:18 3:42 I’m Afraid Jason Hawk Harris Sister Rosetta Frank Turner Embed 3:05 Reign Over Me L.A. Edwards 3:03 2:29 Line Boat Blues (featuring David Childers) Ben Davis Jr. Sea Shells Humbird Rearrange My Heart Che Apalache It’s Something I Do Frog 4:16 4:47 Hi-Fi Love Chris & Adam Carroll Strange Day Matthew Squires The August mix showcases a new song that developed from a collaboration between the soulful Cohn and gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama. These collection of musical icons set out to record a few songs for an EP that quickly evolved into a long player. Check out “Work To Do” on this month’s mix. 3:52 4:01 3:49 That song that, some twenty or thirty or fifty years later, still resonates with listeners old and new. Marc Cohn did just that in 1991 with his monster hit “Walking in Memphis.” Nearly thirty years later, I don’t know many fans of contemporary American music who don’t belt out that seminal line – “Ma’am, I am tonight!” – with gusto. 5:07 Good Life On The Plains James Steinle Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 79 Cents (The Meow Song) Eilen Jewell State of Gold Ian Ferguson
The Verus team is also currently working on a carbon inventory of their emissions as a company, which covers the carbon cost of production and shipping. From there, they plan to invest in local offset projects on a per-boat basis to cover the net carbon output for each kayak. Their future goal is to make carbon neutral kayaks and be able to invest in local river conservation. Josh Pecaric falls with style off Wonder Falls on the Lower section of the Big Sandy River. Photo: Andrew Hawkins The Wizard Lizard is one of their mascots for promoting the fun and unique lifestyle of kayaking and the positive impact it can have on mental health. They want to design merchandise to help raise money for mental health awareness. “This is our life,” Hawkins said. “We want to support people to carry this wonderful sport with them through life, not just get pushed too hard too fast and get scared out of it, like you see so often today. It’s so much more than the gunning for the big stuff.” “We mostly make small batch boats and more aggressive designs that other manufacturers aren’t willing to take the risk on,” said Josh Pecaric, president of Verus Kayaks. “We love it here,” Hawkins said. “You can travel all over the country and paddle everywhere but coming back to Virginia and your home rivers will always feel good. Virginia always feels like home.” “The Hellbender, our slicey kayak, will be a really aggressive downriver boat that’ll be reminiscent of all the boats that came out in the early 2000s, when the sport was really exploding,” Pecaric said. “The Gladiator 2.0 is taking the original gladiator style and morphing it into a complete half slice boat, allowing you to actually play the eddy lines of the river a lot better. There is all new outfitting in all these boats.” Pecaric, originally from Roanoke, started dreaming up the idea of Verus kayaks as he studied at Virginia Commonwealth University with Hawkins and guided canoe trips in Canada during the summer with Fiske. They all shared a love for paddling and hopes of making it the center of their lives. So when Pecaric started the company in 2017, he went to Fiske and Hawkins to form a team of paddlers who felt as connected to the Blue Ridge as he did. Josh Pecaric puts the finishing touches on the foam mold of theHellbender, shaping a foam plug is one of the first steps in the kayak manufacturingprocess. Photo: George Fiske The name of the company comes from the Roman era of Verus, the last gladiator to have ever been recorded fighting in the Roman Coliseum. The Verus team is motivated by displays of strength and agility to create high-quality kayaks meant for all levels of boaters. Verus Kayaks gives personality to their boats with these uniquecharacters. The Gladiator represents the flagship river runner, which is ready foranything the river throws at it. The Hellbender is a mischievous creature ready toexplore and bring new life to class III and IV rivers. Shredgnar the alien representsthe Intergalactic Outfitting System installed in each kayak and the otherworldlyideas that Verus is offering the whitewater industry. Illustrations: George Fiske Giving Back to the Blue Ridge Cover Photo: Josh Pecaric drops with style off Wonder Falls on the Lower section of the Big Sandy River. Photo by Andrew Hawkins While a small operation, the company is growing quickly, offering a variety of whitewater and fishing kayaks. Their newest creations, the Hellbender and the Gladiator 2.0, are new whitewater boats set to come out this summer. Pecaric, Hawkins, and Fiske dream up all of Verus’s boats and bring them to life with the help of Adam Bagget, another passionate and experienced boater who helps design the boats as the company’s official CAD Engineer. Josh Pecaric and Andrew Hawkins apply layer after layer of fiberglass to complete the first ever Hellbender kayak. Photo: George Fiske “Kayaking has a huge impact on us as people in terms of our mental health and how we feel after we get off the water,” Fiske said. “That’s something we can bring to everyone else and push it to the masses. I think the more people that go kayaking, the happier the world is.” Andrew Hawkins runs Tunnel Rapid on Gore Canyon during the 2019Colorado Tour. Photo: Josh Pecaric Along with Pecaric, Andrew Hawkins and George Fiske are dreaming up and manufacturing two different kinds of high quality boats: composite fiberglass and high-density polyethylene (HDP) roto-molded. While the HDP roto-molding process is the standard of kayak making, composite boats are a rarity. Josh Pecaric shares the stoke of running Bottoms Creek Gorge withfellow paddler Michael Felts. Photo: Andrew Hawkins Past the open trails, through the rushing rivers, and over the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a barn—a barn filled with big dreams, high stoke, and a whole lot of kayaks. It’s the home of Verus Kayaks. “If you contact Verus Kayaks, you’re talking to one of us, one of the three people that literally has a large hand in the whole operation,” said Hawkins, director of operations. “We can make changes on the fly.” Naming one of their newest boats the Hellbender was no accident. It was inspired by their home rivers in Virginia where the endangered species is found. “You find Hellbenders in local creek beds, but only in extremely freshwater streams around Virginia,“ said Fiske, creative director. “They are these cool, super big salamanders that are local to our roots and are in need of awareness. Hellbender is also such a cool name that has this sort of wizardry connotation to it. So that’s also where the Wizard Lizard came from.” Meet the Small Team Running a Virginia-based Grassroots Kayaking Company Founded in 2017, Verus is the only Virginia-based grassroots kayaking company, run by three guys in Roanoke who have a serious passion for paddling. The owners design their specialized boats based on the waters they want to be paddling and pride themselves on creating kayaks by kayakers, for kayakers.