12 March 2017

Banff Mountain World Tour 2017

This must be the 5th Banff Mountain World Tour post that I have put on the blog. This was the second year that there was a 3 night showing at the venue I attended. They showed a total of 24 films two of which were special edits for the show.
One of the things I like about the films is that they are about as diverse as the great outdoors. Every heard of canicross, scooterjoring or skijoring? Nither had I and I am not going to tell you what it is. Go to a Banff World Tour and see for yourself.
I am going to leave you with three trailers of the films that I enjoyed the most.
Elk River


Danny MacAskill Wee Day Out
 
The out takes were great!

Doing it Scared

Personally I think this was the best film.
I hope you  are able to catch a showing of the Banff Mountain World Tour and enjoy and be inspired by outdoor films

04 March 2017

Don't Let The Weather Fool You

I don't know if it's a normal cycle or part climate change, but it seems like winter has left Virginia early this year. Well maybe... This week we had a record breaking high of 81 and then in 24 hours the high is 33 degrees cooler. When I got up this morning it was 24 degrees! That is a huge difference.

My point of this post is a reminder for all of us that pursue outdoor activities. Don't let Mother Nature fool you during the months of March and April! This is the time of year that the weather will be nice and then two days later it will be cold again.

I can remember being in the Field for training in the early 90's and it was the first week in April. It had been nice that week and that weekend the weather turned on us, Cold and windy and it had rained Friday night. The guys that stayed the the GP Large tent was up most of the night digging a trench to keep the water from flooding the tent. I had found the best place to set-up my pup tent and had no issues. Late Saturday afternoon the commands started pulling the troops back to the barracks. With the mind set train as you fight I stayed out in the field and woke to a dusting of snow the next morning. Three seasons in one weekend...

Don't get caught being under perpared. Check the weather for the time period that you are going to be gone even if its just a few hours for a day hike or bike ride. Pack that shell and gloves in your pack! Something tells me you might need it.

Be Safe out there!

17 January 2017

Watching the Santos Tour Down Under-Tour Tracker is your Answer

I don't know about you but I find trying to watch any cycling (in the USA) or non-mainstream sports a challenge.  I started to see what was online or to see if there was an app that I could used to follow the race.
I was able to find the Santos Tour Down app by Tour Tracker. This is a free app that you can download from Google Play or itunes (see link below). What do you get for free? You get live coverage such as stats, news (which is like a feed every few mins. You also get a profile map and a course map. The video is delayed and starts at 9:00 p.m. EST
You also get stage details and teams and riders.
I am pleased with that and feel that I get what I am looking for and can enjoy an evening of cycling to end a long day. Last night I was having an issue with the video freezing up. So i figured i would email the app support link. I figured in a day or two the app might get updated to fix the issue. That was not the case at all. I received an email back from Tour Tracker that they also had seen the problem and within 30-45 mins I was watching without issue. During the night the app was updated! I was very surpise with the quick response.
I hope to be able to provide some information in the future of how best to watch cycling. If you have had success with apps or online cycling coverage please leave a remark below
Following the Santos Tour Down Under on Tour Tracker! Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thetourtracker.tdu iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id930796407