Splash to the Past – Jacques Cousteau

This blog is primarily dedicated to outdoor athletics and the various places in the world that one can trek to discover natural beauty. However, we also like to take the time to appreciate those men and women who have adventured in said natural beauty and forged their own path for others to admire and glean inspiration. Today, we would like to focus on the works of Jacques Cousteau.

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Jacques Cousteau. Digital image. Jacques Cousteau – Filmmaker, Military Leader, Scientist, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer. Biography.com, n.d. Web. 8 July 2017. <https://www.biography.com/people/jacques-cousteau-9259496&gt;.

Jacques Cousteau has had a myriad of accomplishments, including co-inventing the Aqua-Lung, earning the Legion of Honor from the French government after World War II, and producing many movies on the mysteries of the expansive ocean depth.

Personally, I remember him from the documentaries I used to watch when I was young and bored. I recall being mesmerized by the intricate waves of green strung through the deep blue of the ocean, and the strange scales, textures, body shapes, and eyes of the fish that Cousteau would point out. Cousteau had an infinite curiosity for what the ocean kept hidden underneath the innocuous waves that twinkled in the sunlight, and he had an impressive dedication to discovery and understanding.

Jacques Cousteau presented us with a fresh look into an aspect of the great wide natural beauty that the world owns. I recommend taking a peek at one of his documentaries sometime. Or even better, grabbing a pair of goggles and taking a trip this summer to an ocean. In between sunbathing and splashing your friends, check out the fish and the ocean floor, and just how impossibly blue the water can be!

As you consider this trip, be sure to grab an Adayak shirt to put over your swimsuit as you head to the beach!

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Have a great day, guys, and get out there and satiate your own curiosity of the outdoors! Jacques Cousteau’s was of the ocean – what’s yours?

 

 

It’s Officially Spring

It is officially spring – but don’t hang up your ice axe just yet. March 21st marks the first day of spring on our calendars, but around here you would hardly notice. I associate spring time with blooming flowers, green grass, melting snow and warm weather. However, here in Michigan we aren’t experiencing any of those yet and I’m sure those of you further up north and out west aren’t either.

Just because the calendar hits March 21 doesn’t mean we have to abandon our love for outdoor winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice climbing. You will definitely have to be more careful as you enter warmer days and the snow begins to loosen up, but there is still plenty of time to have fun and enjoy the cold outdoors. I’m seeing ski resorts out west running at 100% and some mountains on the east coast extending their operating days to accommodate everyone.

If you love outdoor winter sports, definitely take advantage of these last few days. Don’t let anyone scare you off about it being spring already. Spring just means cheaper deals and less people on the slopes! While at it, check out Adayak’s snow sports t-shirts.

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Outdoor Enthusiast’s Heaven – Smoky Mountains National Park

smoky-mountainsThe Smoky Mountains offers an incredible range of diverse activities for visitors to take advantage of. Hiking, cycling, fishing, and the exploration of wildlife and historical sites are available for all people; whether you are brand-new to the tangled wildlife of a national park or an expert, there are opportunities for everyone. Shorter trails are available for those who are more inexperienced, and there are even specially designated child-friendly trails are offered.

A basic understanding of what to do in a dangerous situation involving black bears should be maintained before a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Black bears are often unpredictable and violent animals, and one should not approach them or allow them to approach. In order to not encourage problems between humans and bears, do not throw away food into the wilderness, and certainly do not offer food to the bears.

However, black bears and other forms of wildlife is always a pleasure to view from a distance with a camera or telescope, and should definitely be done. Just remember that safety is first!

Breaks State Park open now for climbing

Breaks State Park in Virginia has always been choice for hikers, campers, fishers from all around the states. The Access Fund working with local authorities has made a professionally managed area accessible to climbing enthusiasts. As you head there do not forget to grab one of our awesome organic climbing tees!
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The Season 2 – Episode 1

Fitz Cahall – of the Dirtbag Diaries – and extraordinary filmmaker Bryan Smith just rolled out the first episode of The Season 2 on their Vimeo page. We posted a trailer for The Season 2 back in the middle of August. I’ve been pumped for this series to come out ever since last year’s version ended.

Here’s a description of the video from their Vimeo page – I’m sure it will do more justice than my words:

This year we picked five new athletes each with their own unique storyline. An amputee climber sets his sights on becoming whole again by returning to Yosemite to realize a lifelong dream. A conservationist and angler searches for a fabled ghost run of wild steelhead on one of California’s most troubled rivers. One of the world’s best boulderers struggles to balance her career as a boulderer with raising her daughter. From a burned forest, a vision of an incredible mountain bike trail emerges from the ashes into reality. In the wake of achieving an unthinkable goal, a ski mountaineer returns to the peak where he first met failure.

If you’re a fan of the show, please check out the new The Season T-shirt we have for sale. It’s printed on organic cotton and costs only $20.