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AblePilot’s First Camp

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Able Pilot put on a camp for Veterans that MK was honored to support. Check out the video!

Amputee Climbing: A Weekend in Hueco Tanks
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Amputee Climbing: A Weekend in Hueco Tanks

Hey guys, things have been really exciting lately. Looking forward for the heat of summer in the South to fade away and bring the cooler temperatures of October and November. Until then I have just been training a whole lot starting to get prepped for the fall season. I hope to send my first V8, Harvest Moon at Zahnd, this fall. I am also looking forward to getting back to Hueco Tanks and sending my first V9, Ministry of Truth, in the Spring.

Recap: A Two-Week Expedition to Ski with Sweetgrass Productions
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Recap: A Two-Week Expedition to Ski with Sweetgrass Productions

The wind drives waves rather than snow. Instead of huddling around a small expedition stove, I stoke a wood stove. Down booties have been replaced by flip-flops; puffy pants replaced by my favorite organic cotton Mountain Khakis. The sea and the sky melt to together, no longer is the horizon jagged with unexplored peaks.

I am back at the cabaña on the coast that serves as base camp for my southern winter in Chile. I’m never here for long, but the change creates a balance in my life that is necessary when work has me in winter about ten months a year. While here, my day is a flurry of catching up on correspondence, sorting photos and video, preparing for the next trip, writing stories, and trying to squeeze in some play in the ocean or on some singletrack. I am able to work in perfect comfort – clean clothes, hot coffee, etc. – still, not a moment passes that I am not reflecting on the trip in some way.

I have just returned from a two-week expedition to ski with the Sweetgrass Productions (www.sweetgrass-productions.com) crew for the upcoming film Solitaire. While the eight days we spent high in the Andes, skiing untouched snow, in a rarely visited place, will certainly capture the attention of audiences around the world this fall, it is the journey there, and the feelings that come after, that will resonate in my mind. The skiing is the easy part. It’s getting there, and returning home that make it all interesting.

Push America: The Journey of Hope South Team Update
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Push America: The Journey of Hope South Team Update

Greetings from North Carolina! The Journey of Hope South Route is on the final leg of its summer-long adventure to Washington D.C. At this point, we are no longer heading east, just north. We have one week left, but I don’t think anyone is quite ready for the trip to end. Day 1 seems like it was a year ago, but at the same time, we feel like we should have a lot left on the journey. But, the summer has flown by! As we begin Day 60, we look back at all the things we’ve done and accomplished. We are a proud group of young men, yet humbled by our experiences. We are left feeling that we have done a lot for people with disabilities, but know that there is so much more that needs to be done. Our hope is that we’ve made a lasting impact along the way.

Push America | Journey of Hope

The past three weeks have flown by – they are literally a blur. The last you heard from us, we were in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Now, we are on our last days in North Carolina, before entering Virginia. The rides have been smoother and smoother. The cyclists are like robots! They are in a rhythm that allows them to cycle pretty much any distance in any reasonable time restrictions they are given. As we’ve moved east, we’ve only spent a few days in each state, between two and four days. This is a big change considering the total days we spent in the first four states (17 in California and 11 in Texas) and definitely plays into the apparent speed of the trip.

Recap: 26th Coosa River Whitewater Festival 2011
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Recap: 26th Coosa River Whitewater Festival 2011

(Coosa River, Alabama June 3-5) 3 days, 18 television interviews, 1 NPR interview, 7 Newspaper interviews, 2 Magazine interviews, thousands of spectators and contestants, a Neilson Audience of almost 400,000 and the 2011 Coosa River Whitewater Festival has come and gone. Thanks to Mountain Khakis , and 38 other sponsors the Festival on June 3-5, 2011 was a huge success with competitors and spectators alike. With over $15,000.00 of merchandise from MK pants to hang gliding lessons and free 3 day motor home rentals and much more given away and won in raffles, everyone went home happy. The swag bags for everybody who registered were valued from $50.00 – $100.00 depending on when you registered. The Festival which is held every year on the Coosa River in Wetumpka, Alabama, had competitions for youth to pros in:

Play Boating
Boat Race
King of the Wave
Big Air Ramp
SOT Kayak
SUP
Riverboards

Classic Ender Competitions for the Old School boats

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