Nature Dictates how Climbers approach Everest Summit

This climbing season much has been made about the lack of snow and ice on Mount Everest. With warmer temperatures, traditional routes that lead climbers up sheer walls of ice have been abandoned for new routes which take climbers up perilous rock pitches. A whole new set of dangers is awaiting would-be Everest climbers – as climbing on rock is more unforgiving than the often used ice routes.

With the ice melting faster and more extensively than in recent memory, climbers are being faced with new challenges.

An article in the New York Times takes the subject of the more problematic rock routes greeting climbers a step further and hints at a deeper question arising about an “increasingly estranged decision-making process” for Everest climbers. By force of nature, climbers are having their minds made up for them. Due to the cumulative effects of global warming – their actions are being controlled before they ever set foot on the mountain. An interesting read. Don’t Climb Every Mountain

Consider Durango Colorado for your Summer Trip

SOURCE: Durango Area Tourism Office

Source: GoDurango

Durango Colorado is one of the most beautiful Colorado towns. Nestled in the mountains of the Four Corners Region, Durango is situated in the perfect location between the expansive desert country of the Colorado Plateau and the ragged peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Outdoor activities around the town are plentiful as are fun activities right in downtown. You’ll find, camping, hiking, biking, climbing, rafting and much more within minutes of the town. Close by you’ll also find Mesa Verde National Park. In the middle of town you’ll find Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, some of the best dining to be found anywhere, art galleries, bars, microbreweries, cute shops with unique goods and so much more!

The name “Durango” translates to “water town” in Basque
and draws its name from the river that runs through town: El Rio de las Animas Perdidas (River of Lost Souls) or simply the “Animas River”. Rafters, kayakers, paddlers, fly fishermen, tubers, explorers, waders and kids of all ages, look no further. The Animas River offers the expert Class V rapids (Upper Animas) and a playful Class I-II (or higher during peak spring run-off) through town. Durango’s Whitewater Park is an Official Olympic Training Course and the site of competitive white water events.

The Animas also boasts a two-mile stretch of Gold-Medal fishing waters south of downtown. An alpine wonderland with fabled mountain waters, Vallecito Lake lies a leisurely 22 miles northeast of Durango in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. Vallecito is a remarkably beautiful area, not to be missed. Trimble Hot Springs is close to town as well and offers naturally-heated mineral pools at a reasonable price .

The area’s multitude of trails are shared by hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Animas River Trail is a paved 4.7 mile trail that runs along the Animas River, offering a relaxing venue for an inspired stroll, run or cruiser bike ride. The public lands surrounding Durango are ebbing with over 350 miles of trails, including the trail head of the Colorado Trail at Junction Creek! Trails 2000 is our local active trail advocacy group. Beginning sometime around June, the high country fields are a proverbial sea of wildflowers with breath-taking views.

If you’re into Horseback riding, the region’s ranching and “cowboy” heritage is still very evident. The Durango area has been said to possess the largest per capita domestic horse population in the country.

If you prefer to see country via your bike, Durango has (rightfully) earned the title of Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community and has a “Mountain Biking Mecca” with miles of single-track and dirt roads. Road biking is also very popular, with Durango gaining national recognition with its annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, where thousands of road bikers race the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton.

Durango Welcome Center at 802 Main Avenue will have everything you need to know about the Durango area! The Durango Area Tourism Office, Fort Lewis College and City of Durango have opened the Welcome Center in the heart of Downtown Durango.

For more information contact:

Anne Klein at the Durango Area Tourism Office - Phone:  (970) 749-0991       E-Mail: anne@durango.org

Amazing story about Child Climber

By Julie Bosman New York Times News Service |

Erich Schlegel for The New York Times

HUECO TANKS STATE PARK AND HISTORIC SITE, Texas – With a concentrated squint, Ashima Shiraishi silently sized up her first rock of the day, a menacing slab of jagged beige boulder 20 feet high, scuffed by white chalk left behind from bigger, older, more experienced climbers.

A black crash pad as thick as a mattress was placed on the ground, and without a rope or harness for protection, Ashima shrugged off her purple jacket, hoisted herself onto the boulder and began to scramble up, her calf muscles bulging gently as she grabbed one nearly invisible ledge of rock after another. With a final stretch, she reached the top, her glossy black ponytail disappearing first, then one limb at a time, until she was out of sight.

A tiny voice floated over the top of the boulder. “How do you get down?” she said.

Ashima had just begun a two-week climbing expedition this spring at Hueco Tanks, a Texas state park that is a mecca for bouldering enthusiasts, 860 acres of rock masses surrounded by endless desert and sky 30 miles northeast of El Paso.

Three days after she arrived, she stunned the bouldering world by climbing Crown of Aragorn, a exceedingly difficult route that requires climbers to contort their bodies and hang practically upside down by their fingers as they navigate a rock that juts out from the ground at a 45-degree angle.

On the scale of V0 to V16 that governs bouldering, Crown of Aragorn is a V13, a level that only a few female climbers had reached before.

None was 10 years old, as she was.

Ashima, a petite girl with pale skin, a toothy smile and a thick fringe of bangs cut in a perfect line across her forehead, is not only the best climber her age in the United States, or maybe anywhere, but her accomplishments have already placed her among the elites in the sport.

In 2008, when she was only 7, she began sending problems – bouldering lingo for ascending routes – that some adult climbers could not handle.

On a trip to Hueco in 2010, she climbed a V10 called Power of Silence. The next year, she ascended a V11/12 called Chablanke.

At the American Bouldering Series Youth National Championship in Colorado Springs in March, she easily came in first place, all 4 feet 5 inches and 63 pounds of her.

Before finishing fifth grade, Ashima, who recently turned 11, is redefining what physical tools are required to be an elite climber and showing how a child can hold her own against professional climbers who are adults.

This summer, she will accompany a group of U.S. climbers for an expedition in South Africa, where she will be the only child climber in the bunch.

“She’s this adorable little girl who climbs hard and cries when she doesn’t send,” said Andrew Tower, the editor in chief of Urban Climber magazine. “Her climbing IQ is so high, you show her how to do something and she soaks it up really quickly. She understands innately how to move.”

Unlikely beginnings

It did not take a pro to see that there was something unusual going on at the time Ashima started climbing in 2007, when she was 6.

Her parents, Tsuya and Hisatoshi Shiraishi, had immigrated from Japan in 1978 and settled in a loft in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. When Ashima, their only child, was 2, they began taking her to Central Park in search of amusement.

One afternoon when Ashima was in kindergarten, they wandered over to Rat Rock, a boulder 15 feet high and 40 feet wide at the south end of the park that is a favorite spot for amateur climbers.

Ashima joined the other climbers and began to scurry up the rock without help, so focused on her climbing that she begged to stay at Rat Rock through the dinner hour. Finally, when it became so dark that Ashima could not see the rock anymore, they went home.

The Shiraishis were mystified. “We didn’t even know that climbing was a sport,” her father, Hisatoshi Shiraishi, said later.

But he knew that his little girl was good.

The Shiraishis went to Rat Rock almost daily, visits that stretched through the summer and into the fall. Ashima kept improving, climbing higher and faster, often attracting a crowd.

By November, it was becoming too cold to climb outside, and the Shiraishis started to worry. What were they going to do with her all winter?

Some bystanders in the park encouraged Hisatoshi Shiraishi, known as Poppo, to take Ashima to a proper climbing gym.

“They said, ‘You’re special,”’ Ashima recalled, her voice trailing off with a shade of embarrassment. “They told me that I should be climbing at a gym, all the time.”

Climbing tends to attract outdoors types from Western states like Colorado, Montana and California. But every once in a while, “someone pops out of some crazy part of the U.S. and shows us all that it doesn’t much matter where you live,” Tower said, adding that 19-year-old Sasha DiGiulian, one of the best female climbers in the world, is from the Washington suburbs.

Poppo had never heard of climbing gyms, and none of Ashima’s classmates were into climbing. But curious about the sport and happy to indulge Ashima, he took her to the Manhattan Plaza Health Club on the West Side.

“If it wasn’t for Rat Rock, I wouldn’t have found climbing,” Ashima said, smiling.

Soon, they fell into a rhythm: Ashima would climb nearly every day after school, with Poppo as her coach.

He did not know about rock climbing, but he knew how to move. He had been trained as a dancer, studying Butoh, a form developed in Japan a half-century ago that is influenced by German Expressionism. In New York, he performed in a group called Poppo and the Go-Go Boys, whose “strangely beautiful” routines sometimes ended with dances on and around toilet bowls, a finale that was “more than a prank,” an admiring review in The New York Times said in 1993.

In those days, Poppo the modern dancer and choreographer wore his hair in a triple Mohawk. Now he has toned it down a bit, but on a recent Saturday afternoon at the gym in New Rochelle, N.Y., where Ashima takes a private weekly lesson and participates in the occasional climbing competition, Poppo stood out among the suburban parents in khakis and J. Crew sweaters.

His hair, dyed canary yellow, was buzzed short on the sides and spiked on top. He wore designer eyeglasses and a light gray T-shirt decorated with neat rows of Japanese lettering. (They read, “Are you stupid?”)

Poppo, who has given up Butoh but still moves with the lithe ease of a dancer, watched Ashima intensely as she moved steadily up the wall.

When Ashima climbs, he said, he feels he is climbing with her.

“With dance, there is space all around you,” he said, spreading his arms wide and fluttering his fingers in a circle. “I teach her to think about the space around her when she is climbing.”

Child’s advantage

Modern bouldering is not much older than Ashima. It reached widespread recognition only in the 1990s as a discipline of rock climbing, one that requires participants to climb without ropes or harnesses, on rocks that generally do not reach higher than 15 or 20 feet.

The sport favors the small rocks over the big ones, so it lacks the drama and death-defying heights of climbing mountains like Everest and K2. But its fans are drawn to bouldering for its spare quality, powerful movements and the simplicity of being unburdened and unaided by heavy equipment.

Very little gear is used, beyond a pair of light climbing shoes, a pouch of white chalk to keep the hands dry and a thick mattress, known as a crash pad, that lies beneath the climber.

During local competitions, a point value is assigned to each boulder problem based on how difficult it is. Athletes climb in isolation, without any verbal help from the ground.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 3.65 million people participated in sport, indoor and boulder climbing in 2011.

And as climbing has gained popularity, more children have tried it. One of the top children in the sport, a frequent competitor of Ashima’s, is Brooke Raboutou, the daughter of the former climbing champions Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou.

Physically, children and teenagers may even have some advantages over adults: their small hands and feet allow them to use holds that adults cannot. Some experts have suggested that they bounce back more quickly from falls and injuries than adults do.

Ashima has not escaped injuries. Her knees are marked with scrapes and scabs. On her forehead is a faint yellow bruise, the size of a quarter, suffered during a climb at her gym in Brooklyn.

“I was trying to do a really big move and I hit my head,” she said.

Getting hurt does not seem to bother her.

“I don’t think about it,” she said. “I know how to fall.”

But the mental requirements of climbing are too much for many children to handle.

Up close, bouldering is slow, even ponderous, a sport that allows for long stretches of hanging out, talking with fellow climbers, sitting around and contemplating holds and pinches. A group of climbers might stay at one chunk of rock for hours, staring at it and plotting the smartest way up.

None of that seems to bore Ashima.

“When she’s climbing, she’s not a child,” Poppo said. “Her mentality is like a professional climber.” Obe Carrion, her private coach, calls it “the stone face” that she wears during competitions.

Kynan Waggoner, director of operations for USA Climbing, the national governing body for the sport of competition climbing, said Ashima competed as if she were five years older than she is, mentally and physically. The children who excel at climbing, he added, tend to have an ability to concentrate that is beyond their years.

“The best young climbers climb like shrunken adults – they don’t move like children,” Waggoner said. “Their coordination is like a fully formed adult. Their balance is better; their agility is better. They just look like little men or little women. Everything is precise; everything is calculated. That’s how Ashima climbs.”

Not everyone in the bouldering universe is convinced of Ashima’s precociousness. On the Web, her climbs have been questioned by anonymous commenters who have suggested – unfairly, according to the evidence – that she has cut corners.

Doubters have said Ashima could not possibly have climbed what she did, but other climbers have come to her defense.

“These anonymous trolls may have to eat their words,” a blog post on dpmclimbing.com read last year, noting that two days into a trip to Hueco in 2011, Ashima tackled two more difficult boulder problems, with plenty of witnesses around.

Commute to climbing

Climbing is pretty much the only thing that holds Ashima’s interest for long. Television, movies and computers are not a big part of her day, partly because the Waldorf school she attends has a philosophy that includes a general distaste for technology.

She collects handmade Japanese stickers, which she keeps in a scrapbook, and her favorite subjects are gym and woodworking, where she learned to make a cutting board and a salad spoon and fork.

And though she is as smiley and goofy as the next fifth-grader, Ashima shuns the typical pink-laden world of many of her schoolgirl friends. Carrion, 35, likes to tease her that her big reward for all this climbing is a trip to Disney World to check out the princesses, a suggestion that makes her wrinkle her nose in disgust.

“She’s never been a girlie girl,” said her aunt Kay Horikawa, who attends her competitions faithfully and watches her practice. “She’s never had a Barbie.”

What Ashima does have is a steely focus that is unusual for someone her age.

Competitions have been part of her climbing repertory since she was 7, and for the past three years, she has won the national youth bouldering championships, the biggest contest in the sport.

She insists on climbing nearly every day, in a rigorous schedule that takes her directly from school, the Rudolf Steiner school on the Upper East Side, to the gym in Brooklyn where she trains, Brooklyn Boulders.

From Monday through Friday, she and Poppo take a crosstown bus to the West Side, then a D train to Brooklyn Boulders in Gowanus, where she practices from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Another hour of travel, and they are back home in Chelsea for dinner, usually something Japanese like ramen noodles, and homework. (Wednesday afternoons are reserved for lessons at a Japanese school, where she is drilled in language and culture.)

On Saturdays, Ashima often goes back to Brooklyn Boulders, and on Sundays she rides Metro-North with Poppo to New Rochelle for her lesson with Carrion.

During a recent competition there in traditional climbing, which she mixes in with her training in bouldering, she scaled a wall almost 45 feet high with astonishing speed, causing other parents to glance away from their own children and watch Ashima.

“Beautiful climb!” one mother shouted from the ground as Ashima reached the top.

Taking a break afterward, she flopped down on a squishy blue mat next to two climbers, 18-year-old girls with muscular shoulders and biceps, who greeted her by name. Her peers among fellow 11-year-olds are few. “I hang out with older kids a lot,” Ashima said, stretching her legs in front of her.

Bouldering vacation

Indoor climbing is a necessity during much of the year in the chilly Northeast. But Ashima longs to be outside climbing on real rock, a more unstructured approach that allows climbers to navigate rock by identifying holds that occur naturally, rather than their artificial replicas bolted to an indoor climbing wall.

While some children her age might beg their parents to take them to a beach or an amusement park for spring break, Ashima asked her parents if she could fly to El Paso with Carrion, a former pro climber, for a two-week climbing expedition in Hueco.

They arrived for the trip together, along with her aunt, Horikawa, a music engineer whose flexible schedule allows her to travel with Ashima.

Hueco is most definitely a place that was designed for grown-ups. Many out-of-town climbers stay at the Hueco Rock Ranch, an inn and campground with a grungy hippie vibe where the best rooms go for $60 a night.

Climbing routes in the park have names that seem to have been dreamed up by macho 20-something men: So Damn Insane, Dirty Martini on the Rocks.

Gray foxes, bobcats and roadrunners roam the Chihuahuan Desert, which is a sunny paradise one moment and a swirl of choking dust the next.

But the bouldering in this part of the country is magnificent. Approaching the entrance of the park in a packed sport utility vehicle, Ashima was squirming with excitement.

“This is my favorite place to climb, the best place to climb,” she said. “I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Even outside El Paso, 2,000 miles from New York, Ashima is a celebrity.

On the trails, a 40-something man walked by with his son, who was about Ashima’s age, glanced at her. The two doubled back.

“Introduce yourself to her,” the father whispered to his son, who nervously approached, said hello and then ducked away in shyness.

After doing a few warm-up climbs, Ashima, Carrion and the group headed over to Crown of Aragorn, the V13 that Ashima was determined to tackle on this trip.

After she made a few failed attempts, and some clumsy falls off the boulder, frustration set in.

A dust storm had kicked up, sending sand in her eyes, mouth and ears. She walked over to a mat. Sitting on the ground eating string cheese and sipping a drink, she waited for a break in the wind. Carrion crouched down to give her a pep talk. “You don’t want to be a one-sided climber,” he said. “You’re not weak, you’re strong as hell.”

A few minutes later, she was back on the boulder but fell off again. Still, she refused to call it a day.

Her aunt whispered from the sidelines. “She doesn’t like to quit,” she said.

Three hours after she approached Crown of Aragorn, Ashima finally gave up, but Carrion sensed his pupil would be back. “She’ll send it,” he said.

Two days later, she did, earning immediate accolades from pro climbers two or three times her age.

“The day she did that, I just wrote on Facebook, ‘Ashima is my hero,”’ said Angie Payne, 27, the first female pro to climb a V13, two years ago, the same level of difficulty that Ashima has just achieved.

“She’s pushing standards in the adult world,” Payne said. “She’s right at the edge of what adults have climbed and she’s on track to take it to a completely different level, assuming she still loves it in 10 years. I really hope she does because it would be really cool to see what she can do.”

Ashima says she has no doubt about that. After high school, she wants to be a pro climber. She already has a running start.

And weeks after sending Crown of Aragorn, Ashima said she had surprised even herself.

“It felt so good,” she said. “I didn’t think I could do it. Next year, I want to do something even harder.”

3 Fun Hikes near Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods

Any list of hikes near Colorado Springs should include at least one jaunt in or near the Garden of the Gods. The park is not to be missed. Viewing the rock formations within the boundaries and it’s easy to understand how the park was bestowed its namesake. There are several trails in and around the park. One of our favorite trails is the Palmer. You can take the trail nearly the entire length of the park. The Palmer also hooks into the Siamese Twins Trail which delivers excellent access to this crazy rock formation. After crossing the road the Palmer trail leads to the Buckskin Charlie Trail. Taking this series of trails will afford the best views of the entire park, you’ll essentially loop around the largest formations. It’s easy to follow the loop around, or down and back from the car.

To get there: Exit I-25 at the Garden of the Gods exit. Drive toward the mountains until 31st street. Take a left and you’ll come to the entrance. Once there take a quick right and park. The hike will be about 4 miles in length and could take you anywhere from 1.5-3.5 hours.

Red Rocks Canyon

Red Rocks Canyon is almost a mini-version of Garden of the Gods, with less crowds. You’ll also have great views of the Garden of the Gods while exploring this unique valley. The orginal owners of the canyon had planned on developing this 800 acre plot with hotels and homes. Lucky for us, their plans never really materialized and the remaining untouched property was sold to the city of Colorado Springs. The Intemann Trail is probably the best access point. This trail will connect you with several other smaller branch trails. To adequately explore this area allow for 2-3 hours.

To get there: Exit I-25 at Cimarron st, head toward the mountains. Right after 31st Street take a left onto Ridge Road and follow this road until the end and a large parking lot.

Devil’s Head Fire Lookout

As the last manned fire lookout used by the National Forest service, this is a must-see. This is a popular destination, so go early. If you begin this hike first thing in the morning, you’ll be on the way back down when the crowds develop. The lookout sits atop a beautiful granite ridge. You’ll start in a dense strand of trees and finish up with a 360 degree view of the surrounding Tarryall Mountains. Round-trip the trail will be about 3 miles, with last stretch before the lookout requiring a final push up 143 stairs.

To get there: Exit Castle Rock, take Hwy 85 to Sedalia and then Hwy 67 to Rampart Range Road. After 8-9 miles you’ll come upon Devil’s Head Campground. Park there and start hiking!

Age won’t stop this Backpacker

95 year old backpacker Keith Wright

Photo: Jono Searle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this story. Keith Wright is now 95 years old, and yet he’s ready to set off on another backpacking trip across Europe. Rather than sit at home watching T.V., Mr Wright a World War Two veteran, is spending his time staying in hostels and exploring the world!

He doesn’t stay on the beaten path either as he likes to “walk back streets and take trains”. He mentions that almost everyone he comes in contact with is pleasant, although pickpockets are a problem throughout Europe. I can only hope that if I manage to live as long, I’ll be continuing to enjoy the sport of backpacking as he is. Simply Amazing.

Rocky Mountain Beginnings

A new book is hitting the shelves, Rocky Mountain Beginnings. The book is a fictional novel that takes the reader on adventures with the heroine, Lucy Dakota. The book is the first in a series, all revoling around a central character’s mountain climbing exploits. Lucy, a teenager in the first book, encounters various adventures whilst hiking and experiencing the outdoor world. Lucy’s adventures help her learn about perseverance, focus, self-esteem and healthy relationships. The author, C.S. Shride is seeking to educate kids with a variety of skills such as concentration, self determination and a postive attitude, using Lucy as a model for young readers to learn by. As we’re raising two young daughters and using outdoor activities as a primary self esteem builder, we’re hopeful for the success of this book. Please have a look at the authors site.

Couple Backpacking across America

Clark and Bowerman backpackingWhat an amazing story! Retired couple Karen Clark and Jerry Bowerman like to backpack. So much so that they have decided to backpack across the United States. So far they have trekked nearly 2900 miles, from the Atlantic coast to the the Continental Divide in Colorado. Their transcontinental journey started two years ago in early 2010. Their route is along the American Discovery Trail, a trail created in 2000 and it is being called the first “non-motorized” route across the United States. So far around twenty individuals have made the trek. While Karen and Jerry are determined to finish, they’re taking their time and enjoying the sites and sounds of America. To read about the couple’s cross-country backpack please visit their daily blog.

Five Great Hikes near Boulder Colorado

Fun hikes around boulder

City Of Boulder

Meyers Homestead (Gulch) Trail

This beautiful trail located nine miles southwest of Boulder is a great hiking destination for families. The trail is part of the Walker Ranch Open Space trail system. If you’re looking for more difficult hikes, those can be found in the vicinity as well. The Meyers trail is a total of 5 miles round trip and could be described as “moderate” in difficulty. If you take the kids you’re likely looking at a three hour trip. Depending on the time of year you visit you may see wildflowers, Elk or fall colors. This is a popular trail, you won’t be alone.

Devil’s Thumb Pass Trail

If you’re looking for a Wilderness hike close to Boulder, this might be it. If you take the trail all the way to Devil’s pass you’re be in for a 14 mile round-trip. However a shorter trip of 8 miles can be taken if you turn around at Jasper Lake. The trail takes you through wet meadows and Spruce/Fir forests. It’s also a popular trail (as most trails around Boulder are), so plan on getting there early to beat the mid-day crowds. If you’re planning to make it all the way to the pass and return the same day, you’ll need to start early! You can also take your time on this trail and turn it into a nice weekend backpack.

South Boulder Peak

The highest peak in the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks – it’s worth the hike! The mountain is also less traveled as there aren’t as many trails crisscrossing the peak. It’s a strenuous hike, probably not the one you want to take the kids on. The distance isn’t too bad at 5 miles round trip but you’ll be gaining and dropping 3,000 feet of elevation. The best start to this hike is via the South Mesa Trailhead. Enjoy the 360 degree view from the top!

Mt. Sanitas Loop

This is a great hike for residents of Boulder as it starts at the base of Sunshine Canyon. It’s a short and sweet hike. Round trip distance is around 3.5 miles. If you take your time you’re probably be finished in just under 3 hours. It’s a moderately strenuous hike with nice views from the top. It’s very popular! Get there early or go late.

Bear Peak

Probably the best way to access Bear Peak is via NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). You’ll take a series of trails from Dakota Trail to Mesa and then to Bear Canyon to reach the top. The length from this access point is 7 miles and it can be considered “difficult”. Parts of the trail are quite steep and fun! This hike is best done in the early fall. It can be quite hot to do as a mid-summer trip. Plan for the round trip to take 5-7 hours.

Biolite Stove will soon hit the Market

biolite campstove

Bio Lite

We’ve used a lot of stoves over the years on backpacking trips. To date our favorite has likely been the Jetboil. However, there is a new stove soon to be released that looks really cool. It’s called the Biolite and it has some unique offerings:

  • Fuel source is twigs, small wood shavings
  • You can charge all your gadgets via a converter in the stove!
  • It uses a renewable resource to reduce your carbon footprint

This unique stove uses a built in fan to blow air into the fire, which greatly improves combustion. The stove produces so much energy that the excess is converted and turned into electricity which can be used to power mobile phones, LED lights, GPS and more.

They will have two versions available, the Homestove and the Campstove. Biolite hopes to spread the Homestove to many 3rd world countries where cooking on a fire is a daily occurrence. As massive amount of energy savings and reduction of emissions could be achieved by substituting the Homestove for a traditional fire. The Campstove will be a smaller version to use for camping trips and backpacking.

Please have a look at this creative new spin on fire-powered cooking!

New Article on Camping with Kids

I recently wrote a new article that focuses on camping with kids. Quite often we’ve been asked our thoughts on when families should start camping, hiking and backpacking with their kids. My article focuses on this topic. Please have a look if you get the chance:

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