Hitting the Road Safely During Covid-19 Times – Best Practices and Resources

Written originally for JOOB Activewear Due to Covid-19, travel for the last few months has all but halted throughout the world.  As stay-at-home orders are lifting, many are starting to think about recreating farther from their hometowns. As you branch out, there are ways to show love to our favorite gateway communities by minimizing our health impact on the area. The first step is to look at the health and safety mandates at your destination and at the places you will drive through to get there. If you are traveling within the United States, you can get updated information about different states reopening phases from the New York Times here. Be aware that some states are requiring or requesting a 14-day quarantine for travelers that arrive from certain areas. Additionally, check any county or city regulations that may be different from the overall state.    Once you determine where you want to go and research current travel regulations, think about the group you are traveling with. If possible, travel only with your immediate family. Check on people’s health status before leaving; if anybody is feeling ill, has symptoms of Covid-19, or is in a high-risk category-they should stay home. A list of […]

Everyone Can Dry Tool

The Great Lakes Mixed Competition #4 By Lauren Loria The Great Lakes Mixed Competition #4, sponsored by Team Canada, took place at Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton, MI on November 2​ , 2019. Spearheaded by Team Canada members Rebecca Lewis and Nathan Kutcher, this competition was created to give climbers of all ability levels an opportunity to compete. The hope is that this event will open dry tooling to a greater population and grow the sport’s community in North America. The competition saw many participants, including Ice Climbing World Cup athletes from the USA and Canada. These athletes came to prepare for the upcoming season and sharpen their skills with World Cup style climbing. Nathan Kutcher, route setter for the competition, previously traveled to Russia to work with the UIAA (International Climbing & Mountaineering Federation) head setter. He brought this setting style to the Great Lakes Mixed Competition, helping the North American athletes practice skills needed for the World Cup tour. “You can kick in, just like World Cup climbing,” said Kevin Lindlau, USA Ice Climbing Team Member. In other events, rock shoes are used in lieu of crampons. In this competition, and on the World Cup circuit, athletes use mountaineering boots […]