Riding in My Sleep

first_imgMountain biking while on a lengthy sleep deficit turns out to be a bad idea.According to the Scientific American, “Sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep you should be getting and the amount you actually get. It’s a deficit that grows every time we skin extra minutes off our nightly slumber. Short-term sleep deprivation leads to a foggy brain, worsened vision, impaired driving, and trouble remembering. Long-term effects include obesity, insulin resistance, and heart disease. And most Americans suffer from chronic deprivation.”Well. Seeing as how I have a 3-year-old who doesn’t sleep, I’m pretty much stupid by now. As for the part about impaired driving, well I’m about to tell you what that does to a girl on a bicycle. I had finally gotten a good night’s sleep when I decided to try camping with the boys again. The 3-year-old slept during the last two camping trips, so I thought we were in the clear. I don’t know why I thought that when he hasn’t even been sleeping at home for the past month. He wakes at least twice a night to either scream or pee his bed. Maybe I thought the fresh air would let him sleep? Or the fact that he was running around like a banshee all day long with 16 little friends? No. He did not sleep. Although he slept fine up until the adults were ready to rack. That’s when he awoke, fussing about various problems with his diaper, the sleeping bag, the monsters, the dog, etc.But I was hell bent at meeting friends by 9:30 at the trailhead, because when it’s your day to ride, you ride. The sun rose, and my bladder woke me before the baby did, which is absolutely amazing in itself. I felt as though my bladder had grossly failed me. Not ten minutes after returning to a slight doze within my cocoon did Wyatt sit bolt up and announce his readiness to go fishing. His brother was up in the next breath. Now my choices were to try to sleep more or leave the madness and hit the trails.When it’s your day to ride, you ride.I stopped at a gas station for a cup of coffee and a quick freshening up in the bathroom. I scarfed down a banana and snagged a bag of pistachios to ensure a little protein and potassium in the system. Never mind the slight hangover I was battling. I made it to the trailhead first and took my time getting ready as the dog wore herself out running around the parking lot.Once we started riding my legs felt like lead, and my front wheel seemed to dive into every divet. I was having trouble even pulling my wheels up to hop roots. I shook it off to being off my bike for a while, but I could not get it together. I could not bear to use anything other than my granny gear on the climbs, and as I reached the technical rocky climb, I could not avoid being snatched off my bike by the rhododendron. When the climbing was done I reached for a tree and found my outside foot was stuck in the pedal. The outcome was me crashing to the ground, still clipped in. I wasn’t even riding.It was the first ten yards back on the bike that really screwed me up, causing a wreck very reminiscent of the early days of mountain biking. Ouch. Knowing it was my shoulder that would take the brunt, I thought of my massage clients and stuck my foot out instead. I snapped it so hard that the buckle snapped off of my shoe. I had to lie there suffering for a bit before making anybody wait too long. I was immediately angry at the thought of not being able to run or ride the rest of the week. I’m not even sure what caused me to wreck.The experts say that 8 hours of sleep is the most healthy. They also say that a sleep deficit can eventually be repaid. It’s not something that will recover after a weekend of sleep, but changing the sleep pattern over time, adding an hour or two each night. At first you are likely to need ten hours. However, if you go to bed when your body is tired and wake up without an alarm clock, after a few weeks your body will even out to however much nightly sleep it requires.Yeah. Explain this to Wyatt.last_img read more

HOW TO: Fix a Flat Tire on Your Mountain Bike

first_imgIf you’re into mountain biking, a day is going to come when you encounter the dreaded flat tire on the trail. Whether you’re five miles from the trail head or five minutes, this can be a frustrating experience. But those frustrations are easily mitigated with the a little know-how and the correct tools. This short how to video on changing a mountain bike tire while on the trail could keep your next ride from becoming a bust.last_img

Tequila Tuesday

first_imgIt’s important in the world of adventure sports to stay flexible. I’m not talking about downward dog and tight hamstrings (although, yeah, that’s important too), I’m talking about being easy going. Having the ability to “roll with it.” Bad weather comes in? Shift your plans. Backcountry route not working out the way you’d hoped? Move on to Plan B. Crappy winter? Keep mountain biking. Stay flexible, and you’ll stay happy, and you’ll probably stay safe. And so when my merry band of adventure brothers was faced recently with an insurmountable road block, we didn’t get obstinate. We got flexible. A bunch of us have a standing “date,” where we get together to ski and drink whiskey every Wednesday. We call it Whiskey Wednesday. It’s important. So important, that we try to carry it on into spring mountain biking season. Instead of skis, we have fat tires. But the whiskey remains. That’s the important thing. But this spring, a couple of us have parenting obligations on Wednesday nights. It’s a scheduling oversight that can’t be rectified. Specifically, I’m coaching pee-wee soccer, which apparently, takes precedent over drinking whiskey with my friends in the woods. So we did the only thing a bunch of grown men could possibly do in this situation. First, we bitched about it in a string of texts that used a lot of ALL CAPS to express our frustration with the cruelty of the universe. “Who the hell schedules soccer practice for Wednesday!” Then we remembered the golden rule of staying flexible and created Tequila Tuesday. Same concept, different night, different liquor. The important thing is we’re getting together to drink booze and do sporty things in the woods. The specific night of the week doesn’t matter. It’s the fellowship that matters. Also alliteration. Alliteration is important. So cheers to Tequila Tuesday.last_img read more

12 Unforgettable Christmas Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

first_imgPEARL iZUMI P.R.O. Pursuit Cycling Bib Tight$195Layering up for winter cycling feels like a lose-lose situation—add too many layers and you start to sweat and get cold, but without enough layers, you’ll be a literal ice cube in just a few miles. PEARL iZUMI’s PI DRY technology is the key to cold weather riding and winning. The softshell outer layer repels precipitation while the fleecey inside material is warm while still allowing for ventilation.Topeak PrepStand Pro $299The mountain biker, road cyclist or even the everyday commuter in your life will be forever grateful to receive this mother of all bike stands, the Topeak PrepStand Pro. This pro level work stand features an extremely stable tripod design that folds down for easy transportation to and from races or the local trailhead. Throw in the built-in digital weight scale, and you’ve got one of the best portable work stands on the market today. Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt$115.00The venerable Filson brand has been around since 1897, and during that long-running tenure they’ve come as close to perfecting the all-season shirt as anyone. The Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt is made with a 3.5-oz. cotton that’s pre-washed for a broken-in feel and vintage appearance. The pleated back and relaxed fit provide a full range of motion through the shoulders, and because it’s Filson quality it’s built to last through years of wear and tear.The Chechessee, Williams Knife Co. $350Looking for a unique and meaningful gift for the fishing enthusiast on your list? Williams Knife Co. fits the bill. These world-class knives are handmade with care and craftsmanship in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Chechessee is a standard trout fillet knife that is commonly used for cleaning small inshore species fish such as the speckled trout, redfish, flounder, etc. An excellent slicing and prepping blade, it’s equally at home in the kitchen as it is on the water. The knife also comes shipped with its own leather sheath at no additional cost.center_img Still scrambling to complete your long overdue list of Christmas shopping tasks? Stay calm. There’s still time to make this your best gift giving year yet. This list of 12 unforgettable gifts will keep any outdoorsy guy or gal on your list smiling well into Spring.DryGuy Force Dry$50Ski season is upon us, and if there’s one thing we hate, it’s putting on wet boots. Enter the DryGuy Force Dry, a portable device that quickly dries boots in an hour, so you can ski all morning, break for lunch, and hit the slopes again with toasty dry boots. The dryer also works well for gloves.Night Trek 270$64.95With shorter days and longer nights, it’s crucial to have good visibility and to be visible. These bright, rechargeable shoe lights illuminate 30 feet in front of and for 270 degrees around you, making hiking or running at night feel much safer, albeit a little disorienting at first. The lights are water-resistant and secure snuggly to your laces. Suerte TequilaNo Christmas list is complete without at least one bottle of high quality booze, and it’s hard to find better quality than Suerte Tequila. The single estate tequila brand, founded in Boulder, Colorado in 2012, uses traditional distilling process, and offers a fantastic taste at a competitive price point. The Extra Añejo ($109.99), Añejo ($49.99) and Reposado ($35.99) are aged in charred American White Oak whiskey barrels for seven years, two years and eight months, respectively. The Blanco ($29.99) is rested for a minimum of two months prior to bottling.Men’s Fire Tower Belay Down Parka $299.95If you’re shopping for a person that refuses to let extreme cold get in the way of their much needed outdoor adventure, this is the parka for you. This down hooded belay jacket is the warmest Big Agnes has offered. It features 700 fill DownTek water repellent down, Insotect Flow vertical baffles and ultralight random rip-stop nylon shell that protects from the elements and offers incredible durability.Walls Ditch Digger Pant 833 $44.99The 833s are made with 11-ounces of durable duck canvas and a bomber construction that can easily tackle the toughest of jobs. They are built with a comfort waistband, gusseted crotch and feature a relaxed cut that makes them ideal for kicking around camp.Chaco Frontier Waterproof Boot $170.00Chaco is about way more than just high quality sandals these days. This waterproof boot features full-grain leather upper, suede padded collar for added comfort, and is a perfect boot for a commute to the office or light hike on the trail.Tepui Baja Series Ayer 2-person Rooftop Tent$835Go big this year for the frequent camper in your life with Tepui’s new Baja Series. Rooftop tents are taking off as a category because they make setting up camp super easy—no more looking for flat dry ground—and are a lot more comfortable than sleeping in normal tents. The Baja series is new for 2017 and allows users to change canopies based on the conditions they’re camping in. There’s a mesh shade canopy for hot humid weather, a lightweight nylon rip-stop canopy for spring time, or an aluminized canopy for inclement weather. A detachable rainfly is also included.Midland T71VP3 Two-Way Radio Set $79.99 No cell phone service? No problem. Stay connected with your adventure partner even in the remotest of destinations with Midland’s T71VP3 two-way radio set. With a range that extends to 38-miles and Midland’s signature Weather Scan technology, a set of these radios could be essential to the success of your next backcountry excursion.last_img read more

2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival, April 9-15

first_imgFarm-to-Table Restaurant WeekThroughout the duration of Tom Tom Festival, restaurants and chefs are challenged to bring dishes to the menu that introduce and utilize fresh, locally sourced produce and products, further highlighting the beauty and taste of Charlottesville. We’ll be unveiling the Cville Signature Dis, and a version of the dish will be on the menu at every participating restaurant.Look for participating vendors, food trucks, and restaurants – and follow Tom Tom for more updates and exclusive deals! Spring is upon us – and with Spring, so comes the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, in Charlottesville, VA, from April 9-15. Tom Tom Founders Festival is an inclusive, community-centric event that convenes business entrepreneurship with civic innovation with arts, music, culture, and food – and is the only U.S.-based festival to do so. With 20,000 attendees in 2017, Tom Tom Foundation is expecting larger audiences this year, flocking to see the headliners and participate in the group activities, non-profit nights, cheer on artists, and meander the open-air markets. Come for the party, leave inspired.Summits: National Conversations for Small CitiesThe Festival hosts two simultaneous conferences, The Founders Summit, which is oriented towards entrepreneurs, investors, and executives, and The Hometown Summit, which is aimed at government, foundations, and nonprofits. Both run from April 11-14. Some of the keynote and highlighted speakers at both Summits this year are:Legendary Broadcaster Dan Rather; Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein; Comedy Icon John Cleese; New York Times bestseller ElisabethRosenthal; Honest Tea Cofounder Seth Goldman; Obama White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes; Political Strategist and Powerhouse Pundit Bill Kristol; Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows ; Michael B. Moore, CEO of the $75 million International African American Museum in Charleston, SC; MacArthur Genius Greg Asbed ; Aspen Institute Vice President and 8-term Congressman Mickey Edwards ; Brent Leggs , who leads the National Trust’s $25M fund to preserve black history; IDEO’s Peter Jackson ; National League of Cities’ Brooks Rainwater ; civic innovator Lennon Flowers ; Civic Nation director Jenn Brown ; 2 White House Champions of Change; Buzzfeed Senior Editor Anne Helen Peterson; Ambassador Mark Brzezinski ; and many others from MIT, Harper’s Bazaar, CityLab, Governing Magazine , NPR, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Slate, Spotify, New York Times, and more. See all speakers and sessions at https://tomtomfest.com/summits/.City as Canvas Mural Project & Public Art Bike RideArtists will team up throughout the week to transform Charlottesville’s public places (and city art buses ) into community canvasses through live arts, murals , and competitions!Massive free block partiesThey’re back! One of the highlights of Tom Tom Festival are the FREE, central block parties in Charlottesville. Open to all, the weekend of April 13-15 is chock full of live music, vendors, food truck rallies, craft beer & wine gardens, and more. Concerts will be held at Emancipation Park, in participating restaurants and venues, and at Porchella – live, intimate, porch shows in the Belmont neighborhood.last_img read more

Quick Hits: Al Gore meets with VA residents trying to stop compressor station

first_imgThe community is fighting against a plan to build an Atlantic Coast Pipeline natural gas compressor station in their neighborhood. Compressor stations are used to power pipelines, moving gas through the system. Opponents of the 54,000 horsepower Union Hill compressor station worry that exhaust from the station will hurt low-income and elderly residents. Former Vice President Al Gore and social justice advocate the Rev. William Barber II met with residents of Union Hill, VA, a rural community about 70 miles west of Richmond that was founded by emancipated slaves after the Civil War. Proponents say it will boost development in the area. Gore told the 700 people gathered at the meeting that building the compressor station in Union Hill is a “vivid example of environmental racism.”center_img Former Vice President Al Gore meets with Union Hill, VA residents trying to stop compressor stationlast_img read more

Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. VII

first_img 3:49 Scattered Pieces The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers Yonder Mountain String Band, who recently appeared on our weekly Trail Mix Live series, return to the mix with their take on the John Hartford classic “Holding,” a long time staple in their live show and their contribution to the recent tribute to Hartford, On The Road: A Tribute To John Hartford. Embed Any Kind Of Angel Jenny Reynolds 2:59 2:56 Audio PlayerAndrew Scotchie & The River RatsFear MongersUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:59 4:53 2:59 90 Seconds Of Your Time Corb Lund Tsunami Andy Baker 5:19 Returning to Trail Mix this month are some long time friends. Samantha Crain, John Craigie, Corb Lund, Grayson Capps, Chris Stamey, Seth Walker, Peter Himmelman, The Greyboy Allstars, and Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats are all back with brand new tunes. Knoxville County Jail The Cassell Brothers 5:02 An Echo Samantha Crain Hailing from Atlanta but now calling Nashville home, the Lovell sisters pen songs steeped in Southern musical tradition, from pulling from acoustic folk to gospel and rocking blues. Trail Mix is happy to feature “Keep Diggin’” from Larkin Poe’s new release. May We Love Grayson Capps 3:14 DOWNLOAD TRAILMIX HERE 5:03 4:51 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Hung The Moon Grace Joyner Fear Mongers Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats Bone Deep John Fusco Press On Peter Himmelman 3:03 3:13 5:59center_img 2:31 2:59 Holding Yonder Mountian String Band Wandering Boy Cinder Well We Got This Seth Walker Keep the River On Your Right Kristen Grainger & True North A Brand-New Shade Of Blue (feat. Brett Harris) Chris Stamey & The Fellow Travelers 2:32 Remember to be safe out there, folks. Get outside and play and takes these tunes along with you. And, during your adventures, swing by a record store and pick up an album or two from these incredible artists. Seek them out online, take in their live from home concerts, and send them a tip. Keep supporting them so that, when we make it through this, they will still be around and we can all catch them live and in person again. Also featured this month are tunes from jamband legends moe., acoustic icon Doc Watson, and eclectic roots upstarts The Texas Gentlemen. Como De Allstars The Greyboy Allstars Know What She Said Les Nuby Ain’t Nothin’ New Texas Gentlemen Don’t Ask John Craigie 3:15 3:39 3:31 Keep Diggin’ Larkin Poe Larkin Poe – sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell – have been on a slow burn towards stardom for the last decade. With a slew of EPs and long players behind them, the bluesy sisters picked up a Grammy nod for their 2018 release, Venom & Faith, and have toured the world over. The duo has returned with a new record, Self Made Man, which they self-produced and released on their own Tricki-Woo label. Trail Mix is also excited to feature tunes from The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, John Fusco, Distant Cousins, The Cassell Brothers, Les Nuby, Cinder Well, Grace Joyner, Andy Baker, Jenny Reynolds, Kristen Grainger & True North, and The Collect Pond. Who You Calling Scared moe. 4:12 My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton 4:59 2:30 4:01 Here and Now Distant Cousins 5:00 2:41 Washing Dishes The Collect Pondlast_img read more

FARC’s Pipeline Attacks Disrupt Colombian Economy, Drive Away Foreign Investment

first_imgBy Dialogo February 06, 2012 Guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) carried out 40 attacks on oil pipelines last year, causing oil spills and significant environmental damage, says Colombia’s Ministry of Mining and Energy. FARC already has picked up this year where it left off with a series of attacks, including the coordinated bombing of two different sections of the 770-kilometer Caño Limon, the country’s second-largest oil pipeline. The sabotage — carried out in Norte de Santander on the border with Venezuela — triggered a large oil spill, the ministry said. Another pipeline attack in the municipality of El Tarra caused a spill in the Catatumbo River. Renzo Zoronado, a representative of Petronorte, which owns the pipeline, told RCN Radio that “we have activated contingency plans in order to control the oil that spilled into the river, but it’s almost impossible. Every time there is an attack, there will always be spilling.” Repairs to the fractured pipeline were delayed until army reinforcements could be moved into the area to protect oil workers. FARC attacks cause millions in losses Of the 40 attacks in 2011 mounted by FARC, 13 involved explosives that were used to blow up pipelines, causing millions of dollars in losses. Government officials say none of the attacks resulted in production being halted. Affected oil companies continued production while their pipelines were being repaired, though they were forced to store crude or transport it by truck. A resurgence of attacks on Colombia’s energy sector by FARC and another rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) occurred last year. Kidnappings of oil-company workers increased by 25 percent, according to private security consultants. According to government figures, 38 oilfield personnel were seized. The oil industry wasn’t alone in being targeted by FARC. The country’s power supply also came under attack with bombings of 36 electrical towers — double the number of attacks in 2010, according to government figures. FARC attacks hurting Colombians Such acts of sabotage are frustrating both industry and government, and preventing the country’s oil sector from reaching its full potential. At present, Colombia is the third-largest oil producer in Latin America. Armando Zamora, general director of the National Hydrocarbon Agency, said all Colombians are being made to suffer as a result. On the organization’s website he asserts: “The terrorist acts are causing high costs to the state, to Colombians and to the environment.” More than 100 domestic and foreign companies are involved in Colombian oil exploration and production; last year, the sector attracted more than $4 billion in foreign investment — a 25 percent jump from 2010 — with 2011 production averaging around 965,000 barrels a day. With help from oil exports, the Andean nation has become a darling of international investors looking for good returns. Last year, sales of Colombian corporate bonds rose 149 percent to $4.3 billion — the second-biggest jump among major emerging-market countries after the Czech Republic, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The considerable security gains in recent years have done much to help lure foreign investors to Colombia. Government officials from President Juan Manuel Santos on down have warned that the targeting of a crucial sector like oil threatens to jeopardize those gains. At a recent press conference, Santos said the FARC attacks prove the guerrilla movement isn’t serious about negotiations. “Their actions show that all they want to do is damage the Colombian environment and affect the oil industry,” he said. Santos also criticized FARC for its involvement in illegal mining, which he said is “an important and growing source of financing” for the guerrillas. It also causes environmental damage, say officials at the Ministry of Mining and Energy, while depriving the government of tax revenue. Last summer, Santos announced new measures to improve highway security in Caqueta state, the location of several FARC attacks against oil company personnel. Yet Zamora said the increase in pipeline attacks is a sign of weakness on the part of FARC. “They want to create pressure and show they are still alive,” he told Bloomberg in an interview. “What else can they do but attack something essential?” The Ministry of Defense reports about 80,000 soldiers are deployed nationwide defend mining and energy infrastructure nationwide. Improvement in recent years Certainly the security situation has improved dramatically in recent years, thanks to initiatives begun by President Alvaro Uribe and continued by his successor. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw hundreds of pipeline attacks; in 2002, one pipeline alone was hit 171 times. Back in the 1990s, FARC claimed it was highly concerned about the environment and boasted that it laid down strict environmental rules on farmers, fishermen, hunters and loggers in territory it controlled. International journalists were invited to observe FARC environmentalism first-hand. This included the enforcement of hunting and fishing seasons, the imposition of fines and banishing at the point of a gun those who broke the guerrillas’ rules. “All units are told to protect watersheds, fauna and especially the fish population,” FARC spokesman Camilo López told the Miami Herald in a 1999 interview. “Go to the riverbank and you will see that the turtles are returning, that other animals are coming back. In some areas of the mountains, deer are coming back.” But the FARC’s pipeline attacks have caused long-lasting damage to the environment. “FARC is one of the groups who contribute the most to polluting our country,” Santos said at a news conference. “Their acts against the oil industry just add to the long list of irreparable offenses.” Environmentalist Gustavo Wilches Chaux, recently told local newspapers it’ll take decades for polluted rivers to recover, and that oil spills had forced affected farmers to abandon their land or bring in fresh, pure water and fertilizers at a very high cost. To help improve law-enforcement surveillance in the north, where many of the pipeline attacks are being launched, Colombia purchased last year an Israeli unmanned air vehicle, and is considering acquiring at least one more, defense industry officials said. Israel’s Elbit Systems publicly confirmed this month that it had sold a UAV for $50 million to the Colombian national police, and AviationWeek magazine reported that the Colombian army is also interested in procuring a similar drone.last_img read more

Colombian Frigates out of Nicaraguan Waters

first_imgBy Dialogo November 29, 2012 Nicaraguan Army Chief, General Julio César Avilés, confirmed on November 27 that Nicaraguan Coast Guards remain in the maritime areas awarded to Nicaragua by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), without any presence of Colombian frigates. “We are within the boundaries assigned by the ICJ. We have sailed towards the east of meridian 82 and the keys of Quitasueño and Serrana, as well as southern San Andrés,” Avilés told the press after a ceremony to honor the National Soldier. “There is no presence of Colombian frigates” in the Caribbean region demarcated by the Court, since the South American country has understood the situation in a “serious and responsible manner,” the Military chief added. “We will remain there; that’s our duty, our obligation. We will be present in every part of the territory” and there has been no tension whatsoever in all the navigation carried out by Nicaraguan boats and Coast Guards,” said Avilés. The Military officer stated that “sooner or later,” Nicaragua and Colombia, which rejects the ruling – will agree on the “necessary coordination regarding peace and security in the Caribbean.” On November 19, the ICJ resolved a dispute between Bogotá and Managua over the Archipelago of San Andrés, by ruling that all isles, islets, and keys belonged to Colombia, while extending Nicaraguan maritime sovereignty over 90,000 km2 in the Caribbean, with an unappealable ruling. Colombia rejected the decision and created an expert commission on November 26, that will be in charge of possible legal action, including a tentative withdrawal of the 1948 Pact of Bogotá, by which the country acknowledges ICJ authority. On the evening of November 26, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced by radio and television that Nicaragua started to “exert sovereignty” in the territories assigned, as well as carrying out actions to abide by the ruling, such as surveillance tasks and granting fishing licenses to national fishermen to work in the area. “Nicaragua has reacted calmly, waiting for the Colombian government to decide once and for all to abide by the ruling passed by the Court,” he declared. Ortega also confirmed that Nicaragua will authorize independent and industrial fishermen from San Andrés, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Jamaica to continue working in the areas where they have been doing it so far. “The permission is now granted by Nicaragua. We shall not deny fishing rights to anyone,” he expressed in view of the fears manifested by San Andrés inhabitants after the Court ruling.last_img read more