Monday, July 30, 2012
"Photochromic lenses adjust to changing light, making the Dust a good choice for ultras, when you will likely encounter varying weather and visibility."
The Julbo Booba and Piccolo in VCPN (Vision Care Product News) Magazine:
"Children aged 4 to 6 will keep their shades on when they get the Booba, which features a dual-injected frame with a strong fit and soft finish. Meanwhile, kids aged 8 to 12 will dig the curved shape of the Piccolo, which is sport and flexible."
The Julbo Tensing of the mountain line featured in Backpacker Magazine:
"With vented wrap-around sidewalls, dark lenses (5 percent VLT), and a face-hugging frame, the Tensing provided high-altitude sun protection rivaling heavier, spendier mountaineering models."
Wired Magazine features the Julbo Trek under "Stealthy Sunglasses":
"Not only are these multi-sport lenses made from Trivex, a ballistic polymer originally used for police riot shields, but they also come with photochromic filters that adjust their tint in response to available light."
The TrekTechBlog.com features the Julbo Contest sunglasses:
"So, structurally they're great, but how 'bout the optics? In a word, amazing."
Friday, July 27, 2012
Meet the person behind the helm of Julbo USA: athlete, family man, and all-around bad-ass Nick Yardley
Julbo USA CEO Nick Yardley came to the U.S. in December of 1986 from Yorkshire, England and never looked back, creating a new life for himself in the Northeast.
An avid and skilled climber, Yardley worked for the International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway, New Hampshire for 10 years, first as a guide, then as Head Guide and eventually as Co-owner. Nick was also on the Mountain Rescue Service A-team for 10 years and was MRS Director for seven.
Although Nick just turned 48, he´s not slowing down at all. It seems like he´s just getting started, actually. Read on to find out more about what drives the leader of Julbo USA to do extreme ultra marathons, act as ´belay slave´ for his kids, and get up at 5 a.m. on cold winter mornings to run.
How did you go from a climbing-focused career to running a performance optics company?
I loved guiding and it was great running the climbing school – but after 10 years I knew that if I ever wanted to do something else with my life now was the time to build on my success in the school. Climb High approached me to be their East Coast Sales Manager; I declined, but they came back with an offer of National Sales Manager and I accepted.
Julbo was distributed by Climb High at the time and this is when I first got aquatinted with them. Mammut purchased Climb High in 2000 and I stayed on as sales manager until 2002, but was lucky enough to have the opportunity to set up the USA Julbo distribution, which I have been doing ever since.
Which sport would you say is your primary passion?
Trail/ultra-running and fly fishing seem to dominate my non-work time these days, though in winter ice climbing jumps up the list; most of my rock these days I do as a belay slave to my kids – both are strong climbers.
Why is Julbo USA a good fit for you?
Julbo is focused on providing the best possible product for serious active users; they work hard to provide the best product for specific sports, be it mountaineering, skiing or running. I believe in the product and am proud of the company, what it does, and what stands for – it´s nice to go to work each day with that feeling.
The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc http://www.ultratrailmb.com/ is coming up – thoughts, fears, hopes?
Well, my hope is to finish in a reasonable time! It's a great race and a very tough race and weather conditions can cause some serious problems. So I'm cognitive of the serious nature and uncertainty of the race, but very much looking forward to it.
How did you do in the Western States 100 http://ws100.com/?
WS 100 was an amazing experience for me – truly a special weekend. I was very lucky and all went very well. I ran a conservative race and finished with gas left in the tank at 22:56. It was my first 100 and such a special one to have done – really great memories for sure.
Why do you like doing these crazy races?
Time gets special as you grow older, and I realized that an 8-hour day of climbing really meant 4 hours climbing and 4 hours belaying, but 8 hours running is 8 hours of exercise! I love moving swiftly through the mountains, be it in the Alps or Wind Rivers. Living in Vermont this is the best way to live those dreams and stay fit.
How do you balance family, work, and pursuing your passion(s)?
This was a great year for me to do WS 100: both kids are largely out of house and at college or traveling so I could really focus on my interests. I'm lucky to have very good running partners to help keep me motivated. Much of my running in the winter is done at 5 a.m. before work, so a good running partner is key to provide the motivation to get out of bed in a snow storm.
Running balances very well with work: I can do it on the road and on a workday, be in the office by 8, and have 10 to 15 miles under my belt for the day – if I need longer I can double head it and head out in the evening. Running is a simple sport and that simplicity is what I love. Work, family, etc. can get complicated and stressful at times, but pounding the trails deep in the woods is a very basic pleasure that requires no special equipment or skills.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Bonne chance, French sailors. Have a great Olympics!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
What is the Hardrock 100 all about? The short answer is: a 100-mile run with 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet – low point is 7,680 feet (Ouray) and the high point is 14,048 feet (Handies Peak). Athletes have 48 hours to complete the course, which winds through the rugged and majestic San Juan Mountains.
But Joe may have a different answer as to what it’s all about. Let’s here more from the 29-year-old athlete and trainer.
How did you do in last year’s HR 100?
I had a good overall first experience there. I wasn’t super familiar with the trails and got lost a few times for a couple hours. I suffered from some stomach issues mid-race due to the altitude. But, I got around the course and feel a lot more prepared for this year’s event.
What are you goals for this year?
Hardrock is a goal race for this year. I’m also looking to compete in the Skyrunning Ultra Series http://www.skyrunning.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103:sky-goes-ultra&catid=37:article-slider-content&Itemid=134. I recently raced Transvulcania in Spain as part of the series and will be looking to do Speedgoat 50K [in Utah] after Hardrock and Cavalls del Vent in September [in Spain]. I’m also considering La Diagonale des Fous on Reunion Island [a small French territory in the Indian Ocean] and attempting a few FKTs [fastest known times] on the Wonderland Trail [in Mount Rainer National Park, Washington] and Nolan’s 14 [a route that goes over 14 14ners in Colorado’s Sawatch Range].
How are you preparing?
Running up and down mountains across Colorado. My focus has been to get a lot of time up high, on steep terrain.
What is special about the Hardrock 100?
The Hardrock course takes a very aesthetic line through the San Juans, which is the primary appeal for me to do this race. I also like the tradition and history that surrounds the event. Despite being a very well-organized event, there are few rules on race day and runners are required to be self-reliant in the mountains. It gives the race a particular feel that embodies most of what I seek in mountain running.
Which Julbo glasses will you be wearing?
I’ll most likely wear the Julbo Dust http://www.julbousa.com/performance/dust/ or Trail http://www.julbousa.com/performance/trail/ glasses for the race. Either pair fit my needs perfectly for this race.
Follow Joe’s progress at the Hardrock at http://ultrarun.net/HR100/CourseRunRank/Live.
Learn more about Joe Grant at http://www.alpine-works.com/.