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Archive for November, 2011

Post Tryptophan Haze

Posted by leighann | November 26th, 2011 | Filed under Personal Reflection, Who We Are

Beach, mountains, Veuve: A montage of our holiday….wishing you all the best.

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Made by Hand

Posted by leighann | November 22nd, 2011 | Filed under Sustainability, Who We Are

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We recently stumbled upon Etsy’s provocative, short film about H.G. “Skip” Brack and his 42-year quest to single-handedly recycle and restore every tool in Maine.  His goal? To help artisans, craftsmen, welders, mechanics—and anyone else who works with their hands—create beautiful things.

Of course, this got us thinking: what was the last thing we built, not for money or merit, but for the simple satisfaction of knowing we handcrafted something beautiful?

Well, it didn’t take us long to discover that, when we’re not working, we’re busy sewing, spinning and soldering whatever we can get our hands on. Here’s a few of our more recent creations:

An entertainment center constructed from a 12 ft. salvaged Douglas Fir log that Tyson impressively milled himself.
An outdoor sofa, table and modern tool shed. Leave it up to Peter, our Design Director, to fume his own fir and weld stock metal to build an outdoor living space.
A sockadile. The name says it all. Jenny, our tech designer, fashioned it out of, what looked like, a rainbow- stripped thigh high.
Wool pants and vest. It’s not surprising that Jamie, our textile guru, spun her own washable wool and hand-knit this toddler get-up.
A galley. Yes, you read that correctly. Mark outfitted his Land Rover Defender with a sink, two-burner stove, fridge and cabinets. Next stop: the desert.
A wedding veil made from Russiun tulle.
Pork tenderloin with pickled kale and cashews.
A snow globe.
A human being.

But we’re curious: what have you put your hands on lately?

Winter Stoke, Last Chance

Posted by leighann | November 15th, 2011 | Filed under Nau Events, Outdoor Sport

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17 inches and counting. La Nina is back, my friends. In fact, word on street says Mount Hood Meadows might even open some lifts this weekend. With that kind of a forecast, it’s a good thing we’re giving away two ten passes to Meadows, as well as a weekend getaway to Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont (includes lodging, lift tickets, rentals and dinner) and full Nau winter kits for all in our Winter Stoke Giveaway. It’s your last chance to enter, so sign up today.

‘Cross Dispatch: Halloween on Speed

Posted by leighann | November 11th, 2011 | Filed under Bikes, Outdoor Sport
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RadBot gives Seth a go fast blessing. It was awesome and it worked - just like RadBot 3000

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This is what Seth looks like naked. Thanks Castelli for a flattering control top panel in the team clothes!

Yeah, we know, Halloween has come and gone. But some of us like to think that feather boas and vampire capes should be an accepted clothing option every day of the week. Our friends at River City Bicycles think so too. In the second of our series of dispatches from the River City/Gates Center Track Cyclocross team, John Walrod and his crew show the cycling world that fat suits and pumpkins are nothing to mess with.

A road trip to Bend, more costumes than we needed, a few trench coats and our hotshot Carbon Drive Raleighs: Cross Crusade is all about the Halloween bash. Some would even say that the early races in the series are meant to build up enough fitness to be able to race in a costume on Halloween. And the post Halloween races are nothing more than victory laps meant for dominating crappy, store-bought costumed racers.

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Don't get passed by this guy in front of your girlfriend.

But Alex, Ryan and Seth think that every race is meant for racing.  I —aka RadBot 3000—am of the costumed school of thought. Luckily we balance out quite well. They get results; I get the hot media: (yep, that’s the front page of the Bend Bulletin, the local newspaper).

Long story short – too much dust, too much booze, too many flats, too many costumes, and not enough rain for trench coats.  Seth, Ryan and Alex posted actual results against dudes who get paid to race.  I grabbed a ton of facial lacerations from my huge pumpkin head and sheet metal cuts on my thighs from the RadBot 3000 legs, but I also distracted the competition while the boys stole the glory.  Teamwork.

-John Walrod

The Invisible Man

Posted by Alex | November 7th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized

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Chinese artists have been attracting more attention recently; both from the international art community and—more troublingly—the Chinese government. With the detention, release and subsequent $2.2 Million dollar fine “back taxes” imposed on dissident artist Ai Weiwie, China is proving itself to be both a dangerous place for artistic expression, and—ironically—one where such expression matters most.

Check out the awesome bike sculpture Ai Weiwie welded up from hundreds of frames made by the Chinese state-run bike company over at Adventure Journal.

LIUBOLINIt’s that context which makes the impressive trompe l’oeil photographs of Liu Bolin more than simply grand optical illusions. And it is a great illusion: one doesn’t need to understand the politics of political repression in China to appreciate Liu’s clever trademark of painting himself into the Chinese landscape. In each of the massive prints—up to 5′ wide in a recent exhibit titled “Hiding in the City” at Stockholm’s Fotografiska Museet—he is literally painted into the landscape.

Ostensibly, the purpose of the project is to “explore the relationship between people and their environment.” But given the history of censorship under the Chinese regime, enforced by a chilling ability to make artists literally disappear, it’s also a powerfully revealing work of camouflage. And, as the exhibit draws crowds to art galleries around the world (including New York—check out the film below), it’s proof of the power of art to make change.

See more of Liu Bolin’s photographs from The Invisible Man project, visit the website of the Eli Klein Gallery.

Undammed: The End of the Condit

Posted by leighann | November 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Environmental Change, Positive Change, Sustainability

We love a good explosion every now and then, especially if it means creating a few dozen of miles of new habitat for spawning salmon and steelhead. That’s exactly what happened last week when a team of engineers blasted a giant hole in the century-old Condit Dam, sending a massive wall of water and sediment tumbling toward the Columbia River and carving out new life for the White Salmon River.

It was the third largest dam removal in the country, and our good friend and filmmaker Andy Maser was there doing what he does best— capturing a historic moment on film. He shot over eight hours of footage from multiple viewpoints and distilled it into two minutes of video and time-lapse photography.

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For Andy and anyone who loves to see nature triumph, the dam removal marked the end of an old way of thinking and the ushering in of something far better—a respect for the natural order of things (not to mention, a few dozen miles of new whitewater).

As Andy so aptly said, “We’ve reached a turning point. More dams are coming out in the US than going in. Dam removal is no longer a mark of failure, it is a mark of success. As a country, we were founded on new ideas and innovation, and we should feel proud that we have had the foresight and courage to set these rivers free.”

To see more of Andy’s work, head to Andymaser.com.