Posts tagged: Mountain Gear
WINTER SPORTS — Gather your skis, skins and headlamp for and evening of food, climbing and downhilling under the stars at Mount Spokane on Jan. 24.
Mountain Gear is sponsoring Nachtspektakel (pronounced knocked-shpeck-tockle
Pre-registered skiers will:
Click “continue reading” for more details and link for pre-registration.
CLIMBING – Spokane is one of the first stops for the 2013 Reel Rock 8 Film Tour, a gripping collection of climbing films that will show Friday (Sept. 27) starting at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear’s retail store, 2002 N. Division St.
The films, which debuted in a Boulder, Colo., festival on Sept. 19, include “High Tension: Ueli Steck and the Clash on Everest.”
All proceeds go to the Access Fund, a national advocacy organization founded in 1991 to conserve and keep U.S. climbing areas open.
TRAILS — A humble thanks to the 200 people who packed into Mountain Gear tonight for my program about the great sport of Day Hiking.
I said to heck with the Camelbak and had a beer afterward!
I detailed many of the virtues of taking a hike in this Sunday Outdoors story.
I'll look forward to emails with questions and feedback about the presentation as well as questions you may have as after sampling the routes detailed in the book.
Even more, I'll look forward to seeing you on the trail.
TRAILS — Join me to discuss the pleasures of Day Hiking - and a few places to enjoy them - during a free slide program tonight (May 2), 7 p.m., at the Mountain Gear retail store in Spokane.
Be ready to take the Day Hiker's Quiz.
WINTER SPORTS — To heck with shopping: Saturday is prime time for a cheap snowshoeing date. Introduce somebody new to the sport.
Mountain Gear is offering $5 snowshoe rentals Saturday (Dec. 22) at the retail store, 2002 N. Division.
Rent a pair of new Atlas 10 Series snowshoes for 24 hours for less than it costs to buy a burger. First come first served starting at 10 a.m.
Jan. 20: $5 cross-country ski rentals for 24 hours.
Jan 26: $5 snowshoe rentals for 24 hours.
CLIMBING — See mind-boggling vertical rock climbing feats in a FREE presenation of the Reel Rock 7 film tour starting 7 p.m., Nov. 1, at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division St.
WINTER SPORTS — If you're in the mood — for skiing and snowboarding — check out the great flick, Powder Whores, to be screened tonight, 7 p.m., at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division. It's free!
Refreshments start at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Gifts will be offered to the first 100 women attending.
Glanc joined Patrick Ormond and Jeremiah Watt on the first American team to climb in the Balkans country bordered by Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and the Adratic Sea.
MOUNTAINEERING — Spokane's John Roskelley, perhaps America's premier mountaineer in the 1980s, will present a slide show and share climbing insights in a presentation Thursday (June 21), 7 p.m., at the Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division.
The photos and stories will relate to Roskelley's latest book, “The Roskelley Collection: Nanda Devi, Last Days and Stories off the Wall.“
The book compiles his previous works.
OUTPADDLE – Two new twists highlight the 2012 Spokane River Canoe Classic: a later date and a category for stand up paddle boards to go along with canoes and kayaks that run the river.
The annual event will launch a colorful flotilla in a mass start from Post Falls’ Corbin Park at 11 a.m. on June 30 – that’s two weeks later than normal to avoid high river flows that have forced Mountain Gear organizers to move the event to flatwater some years.
An added benefit: the weather and water will be warmer, said John Schwartz, Mountain Gear store manager.
Participants can enter the Citizens Division and paddle 7 miles to Harvard Road, or the Marathon Division to challenge Flora and Sullivan rapids on the 13-mile run to Plante’s Ferry Park.
Among the various categories for men and women in canoes or kayaks, is the slot for stand up paddle boards.
“SUP is the fastest growing part of paddle sports,” Schwartz said. “It needed to be included.”
Prize divisions include best costume, most swims, oldest boat, fastest and slowest participants.
Pre-register: Forms available at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division, or get details and download a registration form here.
CLIMBING — Learn the Nuts & Bolts of climbing gear from Eddie Whittemore, a highly regarded Black Diamond sales rep, TONIGHT, 7 p.m., in a free program at Mountain Gear Retail Store, 2002 N Division St.
The informal-informative presentation will cover how climbing gear is manufactured, how it is tested and the standards; then a bit about caring for gear to make it last, and when to retire it for safety.
A Q & A session will conclude the evening.
Whittemore invites you to bring your gear and your questions.
CONSERVATION — Backpacker magazine and SNEWS named Spokane-based Mountain Gear the Sustainable Retailer of the Year at the recent 2012 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.
The annual award honors outdoor retailers that stand out as leaders for the industry and the communities they serve.
“This award recognizes the efforts of our entire team to be a sustainable organization and to continually learn and try new ways to reduce our footprint,” said Paul Fish, company president.
The S-R has reported for years on Mountain Gear's environmental activities. Among the stories:
The award givers at the recent Outdoor Retailer show also were impressed with Mountain Gear’s corporate headquarters (see map), an old warehouse renovated with skylights, energy management systems and drought-tolerant landscaping irrigated with collected rainwater.
Recycled materials, low-flow plumbing, waterless urinals and energy-efficient lighting were added. Incentives for employees to commute efficiently or bike to work top it all off.
The events are in the downhill ski area as well as on the nordic ski trail system.
From the endurance test of the hill climb and ski down, telemark lessons and gear demos to the night-time nordic ski tours and snowshoe walks and even a paintball biathlon race, this is one ambitious ageda, sponsored by the resort and Mountain Gear.
Note FREE nordic trail ski passes on Saturday and $5 passes on Sunday.
Read on for the entire list of events:
This is a screaming deal: Free demos, free mini lessons and free trail passes.
Plus, tons of fun from ski races to paintball biathlon.
Enjoy the moonlight ski and snowshoe tours, and then say overnight on the mountain — bring a sleeping bag and stay for just $15 at the Learning Center.
“It’s fun and cheap,” said 49 Degrees Nordic guru Doug Elledge, in a classic bit of understatement.
SKIING — This street-skiing video clip from the ski film All.I.Can. is one of my favorite moments from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour that ran three nights at The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane.
It required skill and a sense of humor. It makes fun of all the virgin powder films people die to make.
It features J.P. Auclair making a wild trip down through the dirty urban snow lining the steep streets in Trail, British Columbia. It's way more imaginative than screaming off cliffs. Very cool.
ADVENTURE FILMS — Adventure lovers have been feasting at a very full plate of films in Spokane during the three-day run of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Bing Crosby Theater. The lineup of films was selected Friday morning by Mountain Gear staffers. A series of 21 films — seven a night — is being shown in a different lineup each day starting tonight.
Friday night was a real crowd pleaser with full range of emotion and stunning photography. Saturday featured something new for the World Tour: A filmmaker introducing his film, and he was a local — Jordan Halland of Coeur d'Alene, who helped film the Ice Climbing crowd pleaser Blue Obsession.
The film fest is a virtual sellout, but a few tickets may still be available for tonight. Call Mountain Gear for possible leftovers, 325-9000.
Click on the popular intro footage (above) of short clips from all the festival films to get a taste for what's to come.
Mountain Gear staffers (left) met with World Tour hostess Michelle de Camp of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Friday afternoon to choose the lineup of films. Expect a heavy and sometimes powerful mix of drama, action and stunning photography this year.
Their goal was to offer variety every night from the movies licensed for the show. Following is the lineup in order:
All.I.Can — A visually stunning film featuring time-lapse sequences, creative visuals, great skiers and deep powder and environmental messages. Voted Best Feature-length Mountain Film,
Treeverse — Five days will people who never set their feet on the ground.
Trail Collector — Vignettes of riding various mountain biking trails — the only fat-tire flick in the World Tour this year.
Kadoma — A movie about kayaking in the Congo, with a dramatic ending that could not have been scripted. Voted Best Film on Expedition and Adventure.
Reel Rock: Ice Revolution — Takes ice climbing to a new level.
C.A.R.C.A. — One man's quest to revolutionize the world of animal avalanche rescue.
The Freedom Chair — A great competitive skier finds a new way to win out of necessity. Voted Best Film on Mountain Sports.
On Assignment Jimmy Chin — A look behind the scenes of a passionate Yosemite climber.
Solitaire — A different kind of ski movie rising from the desert of South Africa.
Seasons: Fall — A 4-minute moody kayaking flick made on Washington's White Salmon River, part of a four-season series.
Spoil — An environmental film that avoids preachiness and relies on visuals to make its point about development and its potential impact on a special line of bears. Voted Best Film on Mountain Environment and Ranked #2 in People’s Choice voting at the Festival in Banff.
23 Feet — Three young women head out on a prolonged road trip to find the meaning of a simple life.
Blue Obsession — Jordan Halland — a heart throb in crampons — sets out on an unusual and artistic ice climbing adventure in Alaska glaciers near Juneau.
Cold — Follows mountaineers as they learn why 16 other expeditions had failed to climb an 8,000 meter Pakistan peak during winter. Grand Prize Winner at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and likely to make you hesitate to ever complain about the cold.
Ski Bums Never Die— A light, inspiring short movie about characters you might see this year when you travel north to hit the slopes at Whitewater Ski Area near Nelson, B.C.
Chasing Water — An honest look at the length of the Colorado River. Voted Best Short Mountain Film.
Seasons: Winter — Perhaps the best of the four seasons series, a 4-minute flick of winter kayaking with some nifty toboggan entries and a cheerful cameo appearance by river otters.
On the Trail of Genghis Khan: The Last Frontier — Australian Tim Cope get's more than he expected as he follows the conqueror's epic 10,000-kilometer route. The 1 1/2-year expedition took 3 1/2 years. Banff film viewers reportedly fall in love with the main character. Winner of the People's Choice Award at Banff.
Sketchy Andy — Hang on to your seats as a dirtbag climber takes the discipline of slacklining into the future.
Towers of Ennedi — Veteran climber Mark Synnott – known more for his far-flung adventures than his technical accomplishments – brings young climbing stars Alex Honnold and James Pearson to the Ennedi and its unclimbed rock towers in Chad, Africa.
Reel Rock: Origins - Obe and Ashima — A climbing gym innovator works with a 9-year-old child climbing prodigy.
Read more about the Banff Mountani Film Festival World tour.
ADVENTURE FILMS — Adventure, humor, awareness and awe, plus a good dose of pucker factor, are coming to Spokane this weekend in a road show of top outdoor adventure films.
And if you don't already have tickets, you may be out of luck.
The cream of the crop from the 31st annual Banff Mountain Film Festival will be traveling from Alberta to The Bing Crosby Theater tonight through Sunday.
But tickets are sold out through TicketsWest. Call the Mountain Gear Retail Store, 325-9000, to see if any tickets are left for this popular annual event.
The World Tour shows will take the audience to extremes, from ascending to one of the coldest places on earth to rappelling into the hottest place – to take a sample of molten lava from the bowels of a volcano.
The films feature all sorts of outdoor pursuits, including climbing, wildlife, pedaling and paddling.
See above for the always popular festival film clips compiled into the exciting World Tour into segment.
Then click here for details about this year's festival as well as links for clips on many of the top films.
CLIMBING — Some of the year's top climbing short-films are coming to Spokane in a film tour — REEL ROCK VI.
The show is a screaming deal — it's free! But you must think ahead or get left out.
The films will be shown starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division.
“The show is free but space is limited to about 150, so attendees need to stop into the store and pick up their FREE ticket in advance,” said Phil Bridgers, Mountain Gear events coordinator.
Among the films are epic cold shots of mountaineering Gasherbrum II, big-wall ascents at Yosemite, ice climbs and the skill of an inspiring elementary school-age rock prodigy.
Read on for the film list and details.
PADDLING — A boat-load of fun is awaiting youngsters during a new free event that will let them paddle canoes, whiewater kayaks, sea kayaks, invlatable kayaks — as well as the latest rage: stand-up paddle boards.
Paddle, Splash and Play is set for on July 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Nine Mile Recreation Area in Riverside State Park downstream from Nine Mile Dam.
The equipment and assistance in using the boats will be provided by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club, Mountain Gear and Spokane Parks and Recreation.
Visitors who have their own life jackets are encouraged to bring them, as there could be a shortage at times on site.
CURIOUS about Stand Up Paddling?
The photo above shows Rob Casey, author of “ Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and Rivers,” recently published by Mountaineers Books.
ROCK CLIMBING – A fun-oriented, low-key weekend event to introduce people to the sport of rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls.
The group will camp out at the park picnic shelter, where Saturday’s barbecue dinner will be served followed by Sunday’s pancake breakfast.
“It’s a friendly setting where people can learn a lot and become comfortable with the sport,” said Phil Bridgers, Mountain Gear spokesman, noting that UClimb events also are scheduled in Western Washington, Nevada and Kentucky.
Cost for the full weekend:
Local info: (509) 340-1165. Preregister online.