I’ve spent a lot of time in my Granite Creek Shorts this month in the field with the dogs, as well as a great day in the dove field. One of my favorite things about the shorts is how fast they dry! I’m able to stay out in the field longer and get more out of a day of training without worrying about bringing extra clothes since the shorts are so functional. I can go from training my dogs to doing whatever I need to next. On a Saturday, I can wake up early, take the dogs out, then right after load them up and head to my son’s baseball game.
(Jackson Hole, WY – September 28, 2011) Mountain Khakis®, a leading mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand, has launched their new Campus Program to outfit campus-related groups.
It is a known fact to many that Mountain Khakis’ are the unofficial uniform of the college campus. With the debut of their Campus Program, MK is setting out to be the official uniform.
An addition to their College Ambassador Program – whereby individuals apply to represent MK at their school – the Campus Program is designed to outfit organized ‘herds’, such as outdoor programs, fraternities, sororities, club sports and the like.
As I slowly continue to stack this winter’s firewood in a cold fall rain, I already miss summer, even if there are long, warm days to come. It has been awhile since I have updated the Mountain Khakis world so here is recap of a great summer.
Summer in the mountains of Colorado took a long time to arrive this year. The backcountry skiing was epic well into May, and for diehard skiers even June. When the skis were hung up to dry, my wife and I pulled the raft out of storage and geared up to hit the high water. While the record high runoff kept us off some local favorites, we still were able to get on the Gunnison, Colorado, San Juan, and Blue rivers. Time spent on the river is just another way to give thanks to snow that falls all winter and to the cycle of life in the mountains.
With a weather forecast of blue skies and warm temps we decided it was time to climb a Canadian Rockies classic – “The Mitre” is a classic Alpine 5.5 route with over a 3800’+/- ascent day. With our 4am start and hiking by headlamp we quickly traversed the majestic Lake Louise, crossed a large Lefroy glacier and soon were climbing the 40 degree snow and ice ramp leading us to the rock climbing by first dawn. After last weeks’ snowstorm, we marvelled at our luck of having snow on the icy ramp – perfect for fast travel, as it turns out the snow would prove to be our friend.. and foe.
Team Mountain Khakis
Luke and Team Mountain Khakis p/b Smart Stop are crowned USA CRITS Champions for the third consecutive year!
Luke placed third in the USA CRITS Championship Series Finals at the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup in Boston to clinch the men’s title for 2011. Clayton Burrows (Stan’s NoTubes / Axa Equitable) placed fourth in Boston to finish second in the overall, while Christian Helmig finished third in the overall after a top 20 place.
From the very start of the race, it was USA CRITS Championship Series contenders that would take responsibility early and animate the racing, with Helmig, Clayton Barrows, and Clay Murfet (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com) each taking pulls at the front of the field. An early and dangerous attack by Cuban strong-man Luis Amaran (Jamis Sutter Home) had siren bells going off in the peloton as BikeReg.com’s Robin Carpenter was able to bridge the gap up to Amaran. The duo was chased down by Bobby Sweeting (Kenda/5 Hour Energy) and Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies/OptumHealth), and the four-man breakaway was able to get some daylight between themselves and the field, with the largest gap reaching 10 seconds.