When space as well as weight matters, the collapsible, reusable Anti-Bottle by California-based Vapur might just do the trick. The Vapur Eclipse in matte olive holds 0.7L of hot or cold beverage and comes with a widemouth flip top SuperCap for one-handed access.
STAYING HYDRATED ON TRAIL – If you really want to go hassle-free, try the Vapur MicroFilter Anti-Bottle. With an integrated water filter, this 34-ounce bottle just needs to be filled from a lake or stream; then pop the top and drink up. The 3-ply construction makes this a very sturdy soft bottle, and another WT trail-tested favorite.
Encourages hydration in schools through a donation of Refill Stations and Anti-Bottles
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (March 18, 2014) – Vapur®, innovator of the flexible, reusable Anti-Bottle, is teaming up with the Orfalea Foundation in a sustainability effort to reduce waste and promote hydration in Santa Barbara County schools.
As a longstanding member of 1% for the Planet, Vapur donates 1% of their annual sales to sustainability-oriented nonprofit organizations. This year, Vapur is donating water stations and reusable water bottles to the Orfalea Foundation, which in turn is providing them to the Community Environmental Council’s (CEC) Rethink the Drink program – an effort to reduce single-use plastics and encourage students to choose water over other, less healthy beverages.
The donation of 12 Vapur Refill Stations (manufactured by Elkay – the world leader in stainless steel water stations) and 5,800 Vapur Anti-Bottles will go to four school districts in Santa Barbara County. The Refill Stations will be installed at schools selected by the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative, while the Anti-Bottles will be given to students or sold as a fundraiser for additional school projects. With an additional grant by the Orfalea Foundation, the CEC will oversee the installation of the stations and offer education to the participating schools.
“As a California based company that cares about its community, we are proud to be working with Orfalea, the CEC and 1% for the Planet on this initiative to make drinking water readily available and easily accessible to Santa Barbara students,” said Vapur co-founder, Brent Reinke. “Through this effort, students are reducing waste, learning the importance of reusable products and, most importantly, staying hydrated and healthy.” Vapur will also provide each participating school with a kit explaining the benefits of hydration and the Vapur Refill Stations on campus.
“This campaign has so many facets, from teaching children about the benefits of adequate hydration to lessons about the environmental effects of our food and beverage choices. Refill stations in public places make it easy to do the right thing,” said director of Orfalea’s School Food Initiative, Kathleen DeChadenedes.
“We’re delighted to see two leaders in the 1% for the Planet California network partnering in such a meaningful way,” said Rebecca Calahan-Klein, Director of California Network Development at 1% for the Planet. “Not only are they reducing reliance on single-use plastics, they’re also helping Californians form great habits from an early age.”
“CEC is proud of Rethink the Drink’s success and is excited to move forward with new partnerships. With over 500,000 uses on 31 refill stations since 2010, school communities are showing enthusiasm for this healthy, economical alternative to single-use plastic water bottles,” said Kathi King, Rethink the Drink manager, Community Environmental Council.
To learn more about the Vapur Refill Stations, visit www.vapur/refill. For more information on the Orfalea Foundation, visit http://www.orfaleafoundation.org.
About Vapur, Inc.
Founded in 2009, California based Vapur, Inc. is on a mission to make hydration incomparably portable. As the leading designer, marketer and distributor of reusable, handheld, flexible hydration products, Vapur’s Anti-Bottles® have been adopted by athletes, celebrities, activists and families alike. The ultra-durable Anti-Bottle is proudly manufactured in the USA, BPA free, freezable and dishwasher safe. Privately held, with products available worldwide, Vapur contributes a portion of all sales to water-related and environmental causes. For more information, visit www.vapur.us and as always, “Live Flexible.”
About Orfalea Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Orfalea Foundation supports high-quality non-profit programs that promote healthy development and build skills for success in learning and in life. Across its range of focus areas, including education, school food reform, youth development, and community enrichment, the foundation works through collaborative initiatives and entrepreneurial partnerships to strengthen communities by empowering individuals. More information on the Orfalea Foundation can be found at www.orfaleafoundation.org.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses that donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental and sustainability nonprofit organizations. More than 1200 member companies in 48 countries give back to this big blue planet through over 3300 nonprofit partners. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet helps people buy better products and protect the planet we play on. To date, our network has given over $100 million back to blue. To learn more go to: http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.
About the Community Environmental Council (CEC)
CEC’s mission is to identify, advocate, raise awareness and develop effective programs to solve the most pressing environmental issues that affect the Santa Barbara region. We currently focus all of our energy on building a community-based movement that transitions the region off of fossil fuels in one generation – Fossil Free by ’33. Learn more at www.cecsb.org.
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Eric Larsen.
It’s hard to blend in when you’re wearing a harness strapped to two huge 50-pound truck tires and pulling them around the rough trails near the outskirts of Boulder Colorado. Lurching forward and clawing against the weight with our trekking poles and sheer will, my expedition partner and I are perplexing figures to the numerous trail runners and dog walkers, and few, if any, are able to resist commentary.
“You know they roll better the other way.”
“Are you guys grooming the trails?”
“What are you training for?”
I smile and nod, having heard the jokes many times before. After all, I’ve been training for our unsupported North Pole speed record expedition for several months now and as much as I want to engage each passerby with the finer details of our preparation and mission, I need to keep moving. Besides, I’m… to continue the puns… tired
In my mind, the journey from land to the Geographic North Pole is one of the most difficult expeditions on the planet. While there have been over 6,000 Everest summits, fewer than 300 people have completed a full expedition from land to the North Pole. Sure Everest has avalanches and altitude but the traverse across the Arctic Ocean has polar bears, bitter cold (55 below zero temperatures at the start), moving ice, open sections of water and ice so thin that it bends underneath your skis. There are no sherpas to carry your gear or huge basecamp tents, either. Each day we pull all of our gear (350 pounds
at the start) some of the worst surface conditions every designed by mother nature and then set up our small tent on a (hopefully) stable piece of ice.
Hence the tires.
I have a simple philosophy when it comes to training and preparing for my expeditions: Train hard, travel easy. Every step that I take with these stupid tires strapped to my waist prepares me for my actual time on the ice. The drag caused by the tires mimics the weight we’ll be pulling in our sleds on our way to the pole. Of course, we will also need to lift, pry, wedge and shove the sleds too, so I’ve designed a weird, but effective ‘truck tire crossfit’ workout to build our upper body, core strength and endurance as well.
Of course, the physical training is only one small part of our preparation. There is also gear research and testing, gear modification, fundraising, social media updates, website development, arranging logistics, media out reach, logistics planning and much
more. Every day brings more items on the ‘to do’ list than get crossed off. Still, it is exciting. The decisions we make now will have a direct consequence on our ability to succeed.
As does how we take care of ourselves. Being able to train hard AND manage the million other expedition details means taking care of our bodies as well. Staying hydrated not only on the trails but also throughout the day improves our ability to train, recover, type sponsorship emails and even sleep.
For those curious about what a typical ‘North Pole tire pulling training session’ might look like. We filmed this short while jamming to some pretty rad 80’s tunes!
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Anna Levesque.
This week my theme for my yoga classes is ‘Cleansing and Replenishment.’ This theme is easy for a paddler to appreciate. When it rains the rivers are replenished with water and anything that was stagnant or stuck on the river is washed away downstream. Our bodies also replenish and cleanse themselves without us even thinking about it. Every inhalation oxygenates our blood and our heart pumps that blood out to the rest of our body where it nourishes every cell. With every exhalation we expel the waste product of oxygen – carbon dioxide. In this way, every full breath we take replenishes and cleanses the body and the blood. If you pause right now and bring awareness to your breath you’ll tap into this natural cycle.
During this busy Holiday season turning to your breath can also be very useful for reducing stress and taking a little time out for yourself. Breathing is the best stress reduction because it’s always available and it’s free! At the top of challenging rapids that I’m nervous about running, I pause and take at least one full, slow breath. Breathing mindfully creates space in between my thoughts which allows me to relax, focus and tap into the flow of paddling well. It helps me to ‘cleanse’ my mind of negativity and see the perfection of the moment. In this way, the breath not only cleanses and replenishes the body, but also the mind. You don’t have to be paddling a river, or SUPing in the ocean or climbing a mountain to use your breath in this way. You could be at a family gathering or out last minute gift shopping – anytime you feel nervous, anxious or overwhelmed.
Another replenishing cycle that is good for the body and mind is proper hydration. De-hydration can lead to your muscles getting fatigued and not performing at optimum level. And, considering that fluids make up 60% of your body and assist with proper digestion, circulation, and transportation of nutrients, getting dehydrated can affect how you feel physically and mentally. That’s why the Vapur Anti-Bottles are a key piece of gear for me whether I’m on the river, in the yoga studio or heading out for a family Holiday gathering. Having filtered, fresh water with me at all times is key to feeling replenished and energized in any situation.
So this Holiday season if you find yourself feeling stressed or fatigued take a moment to breath deeply and have your Vapur Anti-Bottle filled with fresh water close by to give yourself a little gift of replenishment.
Vapur is key when I’m kayaking, when I’m paddle boarding and during the busy Holiday season!
Well, I’m finally back in Aspen and have been up skiing some amazing powder on Ajax the last two days. But on my skins up the hill in the dawn hours, I can’t help but reflect on our recent journey to one of my favorite places in the world to ski, the Antarctic Peninsula. If I was to pick one word to describe all of the majesty of this place I would choose “stunning”. It’s magical in so many ways and continues to inspire me just like it did the first time I visited back to 2008. The experience is incredible, with long, mellow glacier runs, super-steep pucker faces, wild glaciers demanding total concentration, every snow condition you can imagine, insane amounts of wildlife, wild weather, and of course the feared but totally awesome crossing of the Drake Passage. Where else in the world can you find all of that in one packaged trip? Nowhere that I’m aware of.
Another thing that makes this trip so special are the people. I have to first thank the brains and brawn behind the Ice Axe Expeditions team, Doug Stoup and Karyn Stanley. Without their leadership, logistics management, and positive attitudes the trip would never happen. Then there are the guides… a world-class team of individuals with incredible mountain and people skills. Getting to work with these folks is an honor and I always find myself learning a ton from all of them. So my hats off to: Doug Workman, Gregory Mintsev, Andrew Eisenstark, Jason Mack, Rich Meyer, Andrew McLean, Kim Havell, Angela Hawse, Todd Offenbacher, Forrest McCarthy, Howie Schwartz, Jorge Kozulj, Marco Gaiani, Stefan Palm, Per As, Jim Delzer, Kris Erickson, Alain Ledoux, Ben Mitchell, Nicolay from Kamchatka, and Glen Poulson. You guys are the BEST!
And then of course there are the clients, 100 inspired individuals who committed themselves to this epic journey and discovered a new place and new things about themselves and their abilities. They allow us as guides to lead them into some incredible locations and ski lines unlike any they have skied before. My group consisted of Joe Campbell, Abdur Chowdhury, Bruce Cummins, and Keoki Flagg. Keoki shot like a million images during the trip, many of which you can see below. Thanks to all of you for trusting in me and way to be solid out there in the mountains.
All right, since I have so many incredible images to share I’m going to annotate them and let them in part tell the story.
Every day starts with a 6 am guide meeting on the top deck of the Sea Adventurer. Here Doug Stoup discusses the days objectives.
Leading my group up to the summit on Nansen Island. Wilhelmina Bay behind. Photo Keoki Flagg.
Me, Keoki, and Abdur take a break and transition to skins for another run above Andvord Bay. Obviously we love our Vapur Anti-Bottles!
On approach to some of the trips coolest objectives. A number of teams skied the first descent of Mt. Narwhal (I made that up) on lookers right.
Two rope teams approach the steep and intimidating face. Everyone spent time discussing and evaluating the HUGE hanging cornice and agreed it was far enough from the climbing route to allow safe passage.
Joe Campbell, Doug Stoup, and Keoki Flagg follow up a very steep face on Bluff Island.
Doug and Joe get ready to transition into ski mode after the steep climb to the ridge. The face behind Doug was one of the craziest, double-corniced nightmares I’ve ever seen.
You can just barely make out guide Doug Workman on top of the Narwhal. The spines were probably unskiable, unless your name is Jeremy Jones!
Myself and Rich Meyer on Half Moon Island getting ready for a short, steep couloir I called the “Delzaster Couloir” after guide Jim Delzer’s first descent. There is our good ship the Sea Adventurer in the distance. Photo Joe Campbell.
Steep turns on perfect snow into the “Delzaster Couloir” on my Kastle TX 97’s with Scarpa Freedom Sl boots.
So what does a guide on the “Ski Cruise” carry in his pack? Well this is mine. Left to right: Smith I/Ox Goggles, Backcountry.com
Buff, Clif Bar thermos, two GoPro Hero 3+ with clamp mount, snow picket and wands, Beal 8.2mm 60M glacier rope, BD cobra axe, BD shovel and probe, BD Alias Avalung Pack, Vapur water bottle, tool kit with all sorts of items including bivy sack, cord, tape, clamps, and ski tuning gear, med kit, guide book, Clif Bars and Shot Bloks, UHF/VHF radio, Smith Overdrives and Frontmans, Spyder Bernese down jacket (in stuff sack), Kastle Hotmelt skins, a Red Bull, BD crampons, BD harness with glacier setup.
Every trip we have a themed party on the ship. This year it was the “White Party” and Jim Delver and I dressed up as the ships pastry chefs. We show off our delicious creations to 9 year old passenger Alexis Chowdhury.
And this post just wouldn’t be complete without the requisite penguin shot. This is an Adelie penguin on King George Island in the South Shetlands.
Guides and clients gather on a rocky point after a visit to the Arctowsky Station, a Polish research base on King George Island.
Some amazing terrain the begs another trip. We are returning in 2014 and these peaks are on my hit list! Photo Keoki Flagg
Crevasses are one of the major hazards we deal with every day. Keoki found this one and I grabbed him by the back of his jacket before he could visit the bottom. Photo Keoki Flagg.
One of my favorite things to do on the Peninsula is pick up a gleaming block of many thousand year old glacier ice on the way back to the ship. It goes very well with Glenlivit, brings out the flavors. I picked it up after we visited the now famous “Blue Hole”, a deep and incredible crevasse that you can safely enter and enjoy.
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Jake Norton.
After almost 30 trips to the Indian subcontinent over the years, I’ve developed a good tolerance for the local gut flora and fauna. I rarely get sick anymore, and am fairly adventurous with my intake, eating street foods and enjoying local drinks. But, my rule of thumb – backed up by simple visual investigations – is to never drink the water.
“Don’t drink the water.” I was reminded of this saying as I filled my Vapur MicroFilter bottle from the tap in Agra. Those four words have become a trite sendoff for people traveling to the world’s lesser developed spots, an off the cuff warning that the destination doesn’t have the basic facilities we in the West have come to take for granted. For 764 million people globally, “don’t drink the water” is exactly what they wish they could do… but have no choice, for they lack access to safe water in their daily lives.
Such was the case for me and my teammates – Pete McBride and David Morton – as we traveled the length of the Ganges River for six weeks this autumn. Our expedition – generously funded by Microsoft Surface, Eddie Bauer, National Geographic, and Ambuja Cement, and supported by Vapur – was solely focused on telling the story of this most iconic, most revered, and often most reviled of rivers. From the very top of the Gangotri Glacier at the river’s source, we studied the river, conducted in-depth ecology tests of its waters, met with experts trying to save this troubled artery, spoke with the devout who revere her waters as the mother of all water, and saw firsthand its beauty and its challenges for 1500 miles all the way to the Bay of Bengal.
And, we were reminded daily of exactly why we didn’t want to drink the water. Chromium. Lead. Arsenic. Petroleum. Raw sewage. We saw those things, and much more, going into the Ganges nearly from start to finish. An estimated 1 billion liters of untreated sewage enters the river daily from the nearly 400 million people who live along its banks. In the delta on the Bay of Bengal, tens of thousands suffer from arsenic poisoning, resulting in skin lesions and damage to internal organs. The tanneries of Kanpur dump a slurry of chromium and other chemicals into the river, most of it unchecked by the government water treatments facilities.
But, yet, people drink. They bathe. They live on and around and in this holiest of rivers, tapping its nourishing waters for all facets of daily life. And, many get sick. Many suffer a life of disease thanks to the pollution, or a life of servitude trying to bring water to their homes and villages and then treat it before consumption. Having seen it firsthand, and documented the river’s beauty and challenges, the spots where it’s pristine and those where it’s horrifically polluted, we’re now working on bringing the story and the river to life in film and photograph and the written word. We hope that this story can help awaken many to the plight of the river…and all those who depend on it.
As for the water? Thanks to the MicroFilter, I drank it and drank it, fresh from the source, for 1500 miles – source to sea. And I was one of the lucky ones and had the means to clean my water and not get sick.
IN WITH THE CHILL AND OUT WITH THE GROSS – Students at Newbury Park High School have a fellow student to thank for two new fixtures that offer chilled, filtered water. Senior Kathryn Reinke said she was inspired to bring the water stations to her school because the old fountains on the 47-year-old campus were “gross” and dirty and the water that came out of them was warm. “No one really wanted to use them, but people need to hydrate and stay healthy,” said Reinke, 17. Her father, Brent Reinke, co-founded Vapur, a company that makes and sells flexible, reusable water bottles. Vapur also offers stainless-steel hydration stations where people refill water bottles.
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund.
As of last week, roughly seventy outdoor leaders in training at the University of California became proud new owners of the Vapur Anti-Bottle.
The Leadership Training Course at UCSB is an annual five-month intensive that prepares aspiring individuals with the hard and soft skills necessary for guiding quality outdoor adventures. Participants are trained in outdoor disciplines such as rock climbing, kayaking, canyoneering, canoeing, backpacking, orienteering, camp cuisine and wilderness medicine. The course also covers a wide variety of other topics such as group dynamics, risk management, leadership styles, professionalism, decision making, trip logistics and even towing trailers.
These leaders in training are considered for a guide position with UCSB Adventure Programs upon successful completion of the course. This is easier said than done, as there are many course requirements and certifications that must be fulfilled by the end of the five months.
One of those requirements is a driving certification through the Smith System for which I am an instructor (random, I know). I used the prospect of receiving a colorful new Vapur Anti-Bottle to coax these newbie guides into listening to a two-hour lecture on better driving habits… I’ll give a bottle away to the person who can make that topic sound even the slightest bit attractive!
As an educator mostly of alluring topics such as rock climbing and canyoneering, I have this compulsive need to make sure everything I teach is engaging and not boring my audience to tears. I also strive to make logical, more-than-commonsensical arguments that are worthy of wholeheartedly buying into. Lecturing already experienced drivers about their driving habits automatically sets me up for failure in this endeavor.
I’m a firm believer that every experienced driver should take a course like this, given that while 90% of people claim to be “good” drivers, 95% of all reported accidents are attributed to driver error. I mean we’re imperfect human beings, traveling way faster than nature had intended for our brains, in gigantic steel death machines. It’s no wonder that tens of thousands of people are killed, millions of people injured and billions of dollars are spent each year in U.S. car accidents alone.
These stats mixed with the fun fact that our guides are driving paid participants in low-visibility 12-passenger vans, towing large trailers, and that the program’s financial security is affected by even the slightest fender bender, oh and just that I hate the thought of wasting two hours of everyone’s time including my own, makes me further poised to ensure that everyone listens.
Luckily, my bribe worked, which means those proud new Vapur Anti-Bottle owners are also successfully certified in the Smith Driving System. You’re welcome, America. The added bonus is that they now have a smarter and sexier way of staying hydrated while on the trail, in the ocean, at the crag, on the river and in canyon this season.
“I had no idea learning how to drive better with the Smith System could be fun,” said Mary Beth Dreusike, Leadership Training Course Class of 2014. “Laura was able to hold my attention for 2 hours before revealing the Vapur prize at the end. As a trail runner, I’m a bit of a minimalist. I like things light and quick. The Vapur Anti-Bottle is perfect for my everyday life when I need to stay hydrated. It will come in handy for quick hikes away from camp or mini excursions where I don’t want to lug my pack around.”