Vapur Makes A Great Hiking Water Bottle

If you’re anything like the Vapur Team, you love hiking; it’s a great aerobic exercise that can improve cardio and respiratory fitness, muscle tone and weight control.

A hiking water bottle, like the Vapur Anti-Bottle, is an excellent way to stay hydrated without carrying around excess weight, or taking up valuable space in your pack. On top of getting great exercise, hiking lowers your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, different forms of cancer or other causes of early death.  Weight bearing exercise has also proven to increase bone density and slow down bone loss.  Regular hiking can also improve your mood and your quality of sleep.  A 155 lb person can burn up to 370 calories in just 30 minutes while hiking!  By utilizing your entire body to vigorously hike, you can greatly strengthen your legs, knees, ankles, arms, core, shoulders and neck.  Hiking can also be social and entertaining when done with friends or calming when you just some time for yourself to think and de-stress.  There are many health benefits to hiking.

Our team’s love of hiking and our love of the outdoors has made us here at Vapur adamant about protecting our planet. The Anti-Bottle, our flagship product, was founded with our obligation to be  globally responsible by helping provide an alternative to the 200 million disposable water bottles dumped in landfills and oceans.  So wholeheartedly, we ask you to use a reusable Anti-Bottle, enjoy the land and, of course, get out and hike!

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GET HYDRATED – Looking for a durable yet trendy bottle to use? The Element sports a brand new, proprietary and patented wide-mouth SuperCap, which offers ease of use and quicker drinkability.

The bottle is especially ideal of any urban, sport or outdoor active pursuits as it is durable, lightweight, collapsible and built for adventure. The new Element series is the first Vapur Anti-Bottle available in larger sizes (700ml and 1 litre) and designed to meet the greater hydration demands of athletes in mind.

Tipping an Anti-Bottle to the West Ridge

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Jake Norton.

When I was 12, my father and I climbed Mount Rainier in Washington. After our climb, we visited my great uncle, Roe Duke Watson, in Seattle. Sensing that I wanted to understand more about this “game” of climbing, Duke disappeared into his office and shortly emerged with a worn and tattered old book, its pages dog-eared and cover scuffed. On the cover was a simple, yet remarkably inspirational, photograph of two climbers silhouetted against a whale-backed ridge and about to disappear into the vast immensity of a Himalayan peak. The photo – and the climb it depicted – is one of the most iconic in all of climbing, showing Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld on the West Ridge of Everest.

Mount Everest is a magical place from a myriad of perspectives. While much aligned in the popular press today (and much of that being deserved), there still is a great deal to be impressed and inspired by on the mountain. From its sheer height and challenge to the wellspring of motivation it touches in its climbers, from the friendships forged on its slopes to the sunrises and sunsets viewed from its shoulders, Everest has a lot to offer to those willing to accept. For me, however, the greatest inspiration emanating from the highest point on earth comes from the past, from the ascents made decades ago and the people and personalities who made them.

In my brief time on Everest – seven expeditions since 1999 – I’ve been fortunate to brush with those historic climbs. I was a researcher and photographer on the Mallory and Irvine expeditions of 1999, 2001, and 2004. And, last spring, climbing for Eddie Bauer, I was able to follow some of the footsteps of Hornbein and Unsoeld.

Spring 2012 was a tough season on Everest, following a uniquely dry winter that left the upper mountain icy, scoured, and raining rock. My teammates – David Morton, Brent Bishop, and Charley Mace – and I worked hard, but were relentlessly pushed back by the route, the conditions, and our choice of climbing style. We didn’t make it too far on the mountain, but we were able to brush with history, to follow some of those inspirational footsteps of Hornbein and Unsoeld. While unsuccessful from a summit standpoint, Spring 2012 stands as one of my top expeditions of all time.

It was exactly fifty years ago today – May 22, 1963 – that Tom and Willi emerged from their tiny tent at 27,300 feet in the Hornbein Couloir on Everest’s North Face. From there, they climbed through difficult terrain – 5.6 crumbling rock, steep snow, and ice – and reached the summit at 6:15pm. They completed a new route on the mountain, and then descended the Southeast Ridge, making the first-ever traverse of Everest. Oh, and they spent the night out in an open bivouac at 28,000 feet to top it off.

To me, though, the most incredible part of their ascent was not the climb itself – although that was phenomenal. Instead, it was the perspective they climbed with and maintained after the climb was done. Tom and Willi were not after praise and pedestals (although they received plenty of both). Instead, they were after the pure essence of climbing: they chose the West Ridge because it presented deep uncertainty. No step was guaranteed on that route, the risk quotient was high, and that’s exactly how they wanted it. The climb to them was about far more than that little patch of snow on top of the world; it was about embracing the uncertainty which is, as Tom says, an “essential seasoning of life.”

For the past year, David Morton and I have been working with our co-director and editor, Jim Aikman, on a film telling the story of Everest in 1963 and the groundbreaking ascent of the West Ridge. We put the final touches on it last week, and High And Hallowed: Everest 1963 will make its world premiere at MountainFilm in Telluride this Friday.

In his book “Another Roadside Attraction”, Tom Robbins wrote that “history is a discipline of aggregate bias.” That may well be true – and I know where my bias stands: the West Ridge in 1963 was perhaps the greatest climb in Himalayan history, and one to inspire for decades to come.

So, on this day, let’s fill our Vapur bottles and tip them back in honor of Tom and Willi and all those who made their ascent possible.

Go to Moab!

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Eric Larsen.

Attention visitors: If you are coming to my country and are looking for a place to visit (cities and other cultural attractions aside), you can skip over the Grand Canyon, Redwoods, Smokey Mountains and pretty much every other natural area in lieu of one place – Moab, Utah.

Now, this wasn’t always my core belief.

I grew up in the midwest and for roughly 20 years of my life it is the only world that I knew. Sure, I’d been a few places: Florida, Seattle, northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters but only briefly – so by the time I graduated college, terra cognita was limited to cheese and the Green Bay Packers.

Being an outdoor lover from a very young age and majoring in natural science in college, I possessed an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of my homeland as well. Glacial moraines, limestone bluffs and hardwoods to the South, the beginning of the boreal forest (the world’s largest land ecosystem) and the hard ingenuous and metamorphic rocks of the Lake Superior basin to the North. This is what I knew. This is what I loved.

But despite all that I knew about my homeland, there were many more things that I didn’t know about the rest of the world and it was this draw that first led me to Alaska and then to Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, California, Arkansas, the Arctic, Antarctica, the top of Mt. Everest and eventually, Moab, Utah.

Little known fact that will most likely ruin my reputation as the polar/cold guy: As much as I LOVE cold (and I really love cold) I actually like all extreme environments, and especially, deserts.

The arid climate makes for a tough life and most of the vegetation is in close proximity to rivers and washes. That means the rest is rock. Magnificent rock. Within a hundred mile radius you can see gravity defying arches, delicate spires, sheer cliffs, massive canyons all forming a labyrinth of twists and turns so convoluted getting lost is more the rule than the exception.

And the mountain biking is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Sure my ‘thing’ is polar travel, but I’m a huge fan of all kinds of adventures and when the opportunity arose to bike the White Rim trail with some friends, I didn’t hesitate.

Now, I don’t want to bore you with the details of riding a bike through Canyonlands National Park on a rough double track trail. I mean, how many times can I describe one breath-taking view after another. The red desert sand. The slot canyon we scrambled through. A million stars.  Flip flops. While we had vehicle support for this small adventure, it felt good to cut the ties from the civilized world and travel with the rhythms of the planet.

There were a few big climbs but for the most part the riding was leisurely and fun. The only real stress came from a constant awareness of and desire for water. As in, because we’re in a desert, there isn’t any water around so monitoring our water usage became of utmost importance. In an area where being thirsty is only a few short steps away from a survival situation, staying hydrated is critical.

For our White Rim trip, we relied heavily on our Vapur Anti-Bottles. Lightweight and packable, whenever we weren’t riding, our Vapurs were close by. During one long day of riding, I carried an extra Vapur with me while riding. They were especially nice during afternoon hikes.

It’s now two weeks since our trip and I am still trying to clean up all the red desert dirt. I accidentally deleted most of my pictures so all I have is a fading desert tan and memories. But it’s Moab and you never really leave a place like this.


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Vapur MicroFilter $69

Essentially a foldable water bottle with  removable straw that kills 99.9 percent of disease-causing bacteria and protozoa, the MicroFilter is one of the lightest and simplest water filters around. You simply fill up and drink. (Note: you have to draw pretty hard to get a good gulp.) Great as a just-in-case filter when traveling or backpacking.

The Vapur Team (climbs) Rocks!

Photo provided by Earthworks Climbing School

“Amanda, you’ve got the Elvis Shakes,” said Laura Bylund, Vapur Pro Team member.

Smiling with knees knocking, Vapur’s Sales Manager made her way up the steep rockface stopping only to reply, “Just call me the King of ROCK!”

This past Friday, professional climber, Laura Bylund and Matthew Fienup, founder of Earthworks Climbing School, took the Vapur Team out to free climb in Montecito, CA.

The Vapur Team is a unique breed of foodies, designers, innovators, musicians and adventurers, but even these renaissance men and women were a little hesitant to climb higher than a nine-story building. The day was filled with instruction, friendly banter, great food and encouraging words as the group cheered on each Vapur employee as they conquered the mountain.

Needless to say, by the end of the day, everyone reached their goal and made it to the top!

Thank you, Laura and Matthew, for an unforgettable day!

See more photos of the Vapur Team climbing here.