15 August 2014
14 August 2014
Here at the Granite Chief we get a lot of through Pacific Crest Trail hikers stopping by the shop. They stop by to replace their worn out shoes, pick up a new water filter, or purchase a new cooking stove or other essentials they need for the rest of the time on the trail. Speaking with these individuals we get to hear a lot about their experiences they have had so far. Many of the hikers are out on the trail taking their time and making sure to enjoy the beautiful isolated peaks and experiencing desolation wilderness. These individuals pack light, but are well prepared, and normally spend four to five months on their boarder to boarder expedition while making occasional rest stops in the towns they pass through. Such as places like Hiker Haven, where the hikers take a break from the trail, get in touch with their loved ones back home, do some laundry, and gorge on a full meal while meeting up with others and exchanging stories about their experiences about the first month or so on the trail. However, not everyone takes their time along the trail. Some people skip the supply breaks and the lengthy rests and power through from boarder to boarder, cutting months on their journey, and breaking record times.
So what does it take for an individual to shatter a time record on the Pacific Crest Trail? Well, in 2013, the record for men was set by Josh Garret, who finished the trail, boarder to boarder, in 59 days, 8 hours, and 14 minutes. The 2013 women’s record was set by Heather Anderson who hiked the trail in 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes. These two individuals both had previously hiked the PCT, and in order to achieve their record breaking times, she hiked nearly 45 miles a day and he hiked nearly 44 miles per day. Now that is impressive considering the rugged terrain and unpredictable weather you can encounter on your way. These two record breakers managed to hike the 2,660 miles in under half of the time it takes the average individual to complete the Pacific Crest Trail.
On Sunday, August 10th, the time record was broken once again, when a 23-year old man from Seattle , Joe McConaughy, crossed the border into Canada just 53 days, 6 hours, and 37 minutes after leaving the Mexican border breaking the past time record by 5 days.
“I immediately broke down. I was switching between laughing and crying – thinking of all these incredible tales and trips we’d had day in, day out and all the pain,” said Joe McConaughy a few hours after finishing his journey. For tracking his 2,660 mile expedition, Joe had a support team and a satellite tacking beacon to verify his record time. In order to beat the speed record, Joe averaged 50 miles a day which he ran the downhill and flat sections, and hike the hills to achieve this distance daily (nwpr.org). McConaughy however had a different motive than the previous record breakers. After losing his second cousin who was only two years old to a rare neuroblastoma cancer, Joe dedicated his trek in his memory, and called it the “Run for Colin”. McConaughy fundraised $27,000 by the time he crossed the finish line, which he then donated the money to cancer support services.
So, if you want to be the next record breaker for the fastest journey across the 2,660 miles and three states, come by the shop and pick up some ultra light hiking and camping gear. We carry gear that will keep you moving quickly and feeling light on your feet so you can cut down on the breaks you take and keep pushing forward until the end.
Read the article about McConaughy’s Record Breaking Time on the Trail at nwpr.org
For more information on the Pacific Crest Trail visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s website.
14 August 2014
When it comes to sunglasses, Smith Optics is an undisputed leader in the industry, producing quality products for nearly 50 years. Recently, Smith rolled out a new feature in its already banger sunglass line, ChromaPop technology. ChromaPop filters out confusion, and makes colors pop, creating a unique sunglass experience that makes a world of difference.
According to Smith, “ChromaPop lenses employ a unique combination of patented polarization, and color management technologies. The result is a lens that delivers exceptional clarity, high contrast, and dynamic color optimization.” As Smith explains it, the eye perceives light as 3 colors, red, green and blue. These colors behave like a wave that is easily distinguished by the eye. When color wavelengths cross over one another the eye has trouble distinguishing color. With ChromaPop, light is filtered at two specific points, creating greater definition and vivid color.
By filtering out light at two specific points where the color waves intersect, Smiths ChromaPop lenses create some pretty vivid and clear colors. Often times it appears that you’re not even wearing sunglasses as the colors are so vivid, and don’t seem to have that dark tint as with other sunglasses. The colors really pop while wearing Smiths ChromaPop sunglasses, and make a world of difference.
Recently I acquired a pair of Smiths ChromaPop Polarized sunglasses and have been blown away by the sharpness and vividness of the colors. As a raft guide in the summer I need sunglasses that cut down on glare coming off the water, and still let colors pop to see obstacles ahead, and the Smith ChromaPop sunglasses do just that. Everyone who tries them on is amazed at the color vividness and clarity of the lenses, and immediately wants a pair. ChromaPop has made a world of difference, and makes everything from rafting to hiking more enjoyable. As Smith says, ‘The grass really is greener.’
11 August 2014
Every year Salomon’s Research and Development department spends a week with Salomon’s Running Athletes to test their products, do biomechanics tests, and brainstorm the next big change for upcoming generations of products. This year Salomon’s athletes traveled to Italy in the late spring where they were able to talk with Salomon’s Research and Development Team and test out their gear while running in the beautiful, Limone Mountains, that deliver breathtaking views.