Monday, December 14, 2015

Couch to Colorado 14er via Subscription?

Who wants me to bring this program back for the New Year 2016?

[originally posted 2014]

Now Opening a Second Cycle.

We have the first wave or participants well on their way to achieving their dreams. Enroll now and see if you can catch up!

Tested by Guinea Pigs!

I’ve been working on “Couch to Colorado 14er” for nearly two years under different titles and with slightly different concepts. I put it up a free rough draft on my Seven Summits Body Blog HERE and got over 100 downloads. I then polled those who downloaded, read, and tested the program for suggestions and other things the rough draft was missing.
Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy
Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

I searched for all the tools you need

Last Fall and Winter I spent several months working on updating it with all of the new changes from my Guinea Pigs. .I did an amazing amount of research into competitive programs on Google, Bing, and Amazon. I compared books, program manuals, videos and virtual training programs. I wanted this to beTHE ONE PROGRAM YOU NEED.
Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy
Couch to Colorado 14er Ad Copy

My biggest training manual yet!

It looks like it will easily be around 300 pages in the final print form. Based on the printing and distribution costs I would need to charge around $40 for the print edition and $12 for the Kindle version.
I would be happy to do that, but got to thinking that if I were to sell it myself I could offer even more than I could with the limited Kindle and paperback format and sell it as a subscription to a bi-weekly email with:
  • training programs
  • video instruction
  • photo illustration
  • question and answer guide
This is the best way to fully serve the needs of those who will be training this Summer 2014 to climb a mountain or take a big hike and fulfill their dreams.
What You Get for Subscribing:
  • 10+ Emails over a 20 week period
  • Chart with Training Goals for each 2 week period
  • Weight Training and Cardio Training Tasks Explained
  • Photo Illustration of Each Workout
  • Video Instruction for Hiking, Packing, and Training
  • I’ll answer the Questions You Send In
All of that for 20 weeks – nearly half a year – for only $40. The price of the paperback edition but with so much more than any paperback can give you.
UPDATE:
If you’re subscribing to the 2nd Wave you’ll get a few of the earlier emails combined into one.
Mount Rainier Crevasse
Face Your Fears – Crevasse on Mount Rainier

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  • I’m an Amazon Author with 6 5-star Books since February 2012.
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  • My remote training clients range from telecommuting moms to sports professionals
  • I’ve personally tested all of my training and nutrition programs
You can rest assured this is a quality product at a great price. My promise is to give you the training you need to achieve your hiking and trekking goals this year.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

PurifiCup Usage Recommendations

[originally posted Aug 2012]

Shortly after my last blog post, PurifiCup [website] sent a message to me with a couple of images and some further instruction regarding properly and safely storing the unit while backpacking.
One tip we like to share, when using PurfiCup from the Natural water sources to avoid any chances of contamination. Please see attached 2 images with notations, when using the Cup in between your trips, it should be pack this way to avoid untreated water to contaminate your “Sealed drinking Cup” . (see pictures) and below:
1. Design: Pease see attached Images (A & B), the smaller cup which collects the Filtered Clean water with a Seal cap to be carried. By design, the filter Housing does Not screw on the Drinking Cup; As you can see by-design the filter housing only screws into the Larger cup (the one you use to Scoop un-treated dirty water). Our engineers had already thought of such issue that’s why the design does not allow you to Screw the Filter housing to the Drinking Cup. PurifiCup is designed for user to obtain drinking water and Store water as you would as a Bottle.
2. Recommendations: For the users that may want to pack the PurifiCup back into single unit right after each use. Our suggestion is to Shake off the excess water, or rinse off the tip of the housing with clean water. Furthermore, if users are still worry about drops of water been in the cup, We recommend to Run the water thru again to be sure every drop is purified thru the Nano-Silver Membrane.
I messed with it for a bit, and it seems pretty logical and easy enough to do. I usually have a bandanna around, so wiping out the inside of the “dirty” container would be easy enough to do. I also think it makes as much sense to

Skip the clean bottle …

and just use the bottles you already have. The bottom of the filter cartridge will fit over just about anything I tried (except Blender Bottles) and as an added bonus, there is a threaded tube that fits over just about any regular screw-top narrow-necked bottle.
Here’s a little video I put together quick demonstrating how this works for me.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Flexline Backpack Test

I got the box of goodies from Flexline Hydration and already had Dallin test out his Mountain Bike model. There is a backpack model available to fit common hydration systems. I prefer Platypus, so I got that size.
I pulled it out of the box, twisted the quick release end off my current hose, and put it on the end of the Flexline hose. I tested the joint for leaks in the sink with hot water, then fit it into my Columbia Treadlite 16 Backpack, the one I plan on using for my speed attempt on Elbrus if the weather is good.
I wiggled the flexible hose into a good position and tried drinking and blowing through the hose. Blowing because in my usage I’ll be at altitude in cold weather, so I have to be able to purge the hose of liquid to prevent it from freezing. So far so good. Also, since I normally have a couple extra bottles of miscellaneous sports drinks to support my endurance (climbing 6000′ in just a matter of a few hours is pretty intense) I tested to make sure I could still drink with the tube in position.
I got on the treadmill at 27% and 2.5 mph and managed to drink pretty easily. I also got on the Stairmaster Step Mill and that was pretty good too. It’s tough to drink on it without falling off – there’s no place to stand and it’s easier to trip while looking up with a bottle. Unlike a treadmill where you can just step to the side rails for a few seconds. I got the brilliant idea that maybe I could use it while ice and snow climbing, but I’d have to experiment with putting the tube more to the side, since it’s normal on steeper terrain to be right up against the surface.
To test that I re-positioned the tube to the side a bit, then got on the Jacob’s Ladder and got up to about 65 ft per minute, then drank, and blew. It took me a few tries to get the position right, but it worked good.
In another workout then I ran on the treadmill at a fairly slow 5.0 mph pace – about what I’d do on a ten mile trail run. The tube bounced a little bit until I got the position dialed in – about 2 minutes overall of messing around, but after that it worked out fine. The pics below are a bit blurry because I took my pics on a timer and the focus was set on the treadmill rails, but you get the idea I’m sure.
I like it so far, and might have the chance to train on Mount Rainier in the ice and snow, or on a Colorado Fourteener in the next couple weeks before my Elbrus trip. I will also do a few trail runs to test this on. Especially for steep hiking with trekking poles, especially if you use a Nordic Grip, it’s a lot easier to drink from this than to pull out a bottle with the pole in tight to your palms.
I’ll keep you in the loop with more pics and video.
Flexline Backpack Test

PurifiCup Preparation Before Use

I received my PurifiCup Portable Water Filter and actually read the instructions. First step after unpacking is to wash the parts in soap and water and rinse thoroughly. While that’s going on, soak the filter cartridge in water.
After letting the parts drip dry on a paper towel, I reassembled it for use, and as per the instructions ran two containers of water through, presumably to flush any manufacturing dust etc. out of the filter. A quick note about the assembly for using it – you fill the “dirty” water top cup to the fill line, then line it up and stick it down over the top tube of the filter somewhat quickly and strongly and it runs a lot smoother and better.


I dumped the first two containers and then tasted the third. It was pretty good, clean tasting, a lot like distilled water. Here we have some minerals in the water that leave a white stain, and I could taste the absence immediately. I made the video below for this PurifiCup Review, showing one of the first cleaning runs. It took about 1:50 for the water to run through based on watching the video. I then showed packing it back into itself, which took about :20 – I’m sure with practice that could be brought down a bit.
I’ll be taking this PurifiCup to Elbrus, one of the Seven Summits to filter the water there, as I had contracted water-borne illness that stopped me from completing my climb the last time I was there in 2010.