Category: Places

Griffin Whiteside’s First Hand Experience from the 2013 Psicobloc Comp

This past week I got real scared. Local Salt Lake climber Mike Beck and Chris Sharma resurrected the famed Summer Outdoor Retailer Show competition but added a twist, water. The Psicobloc Comp gathered an impressive crowd to the Olympic Park in Park City, Utah to witness the first deep water soloing competition in The United… Read more »

Mount Deborah Recap: “sometimes, surviving is enough”

Dawn arrives: a perverse, grey tingle.  Dog tracks mix with blood in the snow.  A distinct smell of fire.  We must be back in Alaska. Waiting is a game I’ve become good at in Talkeetna.  From here all the planes fly, usually to Denali.  We’re going somewhere new though.  A map, a compass, pounds of… Read more »

3 Climbers Attempt the Unclimbed South Face of Mount Deborah

Photo Credit: Erik Eisele Photo Credit: Bayard Russell Michael Wejchert (top) and his New England partners, Elliot Gaddy (right) and OR Athlete Bayard Russell (left) are off to attempt the unclimbed South Face of Mount Deborah in Alaska.  Early in the season we sent Michael and Elliot some ibex products to test during their training,… Read more »

Five Questions With the Man Behind Our Finest Wool Raising sheep tends to be a family business. We’re not sure if it’s an innate heritage of stewardship, a need for all hands on deck or if the kids simply grow up to appreciate the beauty of the family land. For Johnny Anderson, not even a… Read more »

Nine Questions With Jason Self from Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Last year, the Buzz profiled one of our sponsored athlete/advocate teams: the crew from Out of Sight, Out of Mind (OSOM). They are three kayakers living in the Pacific Northwest who began to see the world differently after the BP oil spill in 2010. Instead of sitting idly with their outrage, they decided to make… Read more »

YogaSlackers Just SLAYED the Patagonia Expedition Race Weather, massive gastro-intestinal distress and Vietnamese cravings could not slow down the YogaSlackers as they crossed the finish line of arguably the toughest adventure race on the planet. Less than a week ago (at this writing), the Patagonia Expedition Race wrapped up 10 days of trekking, paddling and riding… Read more »

Not much can compete with the striking beauty of New Zealand farm country. But when Dave ‘Gundy’ Anderson talks about his life and philosophy of living with the land, his words strike like a modern-day Aldo Leopold. Gundy is the owner and manager of Bog Roy Station, located nearly smack in the middle of the… Read more »

Yogaslackers compete in 3rd Patagonian Expedition Race

The Yogaslackers are back in Patagonia to race in their 3rd Patagonian Expedition Race. Last year the Yogaslackers took 3rd place and the year before (2011) they took 2nd.  Hopefully this year the Yogaslackers can pull off a 1st place finish for the US.  In a harsh environment like Patagonia, ibex shins…just ask the Yogaslackers. … Read more »

Cold Weather Layering: Wool Stacked High Enough to Make a Sheep Jealous

Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-language:JA;} Apparently the Arctic doesn’t want to hog all the fun of mind-numbingly low temps. For most of the country (we’re not talking to… Read more »

Piece of Fabric, Peace of Mind

Fugee Speaks. We respect the sheep (of course), the craft (without a doubt), the customer (duh!), and our shared natural and living environment.  “Fugee Speaks” is a regular column with notes on what Ibex does behind the scenes to keep Vermont and Mother Nature happy. Something that doesn’t get mentioned much, but is deserved of… Read more »