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7th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour – 11/14/12

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund

Vapur was the exclusive water bottle of the Reel Rock Film Tour screening in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, November 14th.  Organized by award-winning, even Emmy-nominated filmmakers, this climbing film tour has joined the ranks of the best adventure film tours in the world, now even outperforming most of them in its 7th year.

This leg of the tour is hosted by the official outdoor program at the University of California Santa Barbara and has been held in Isla Vista Theater, one of the largest venues of its hundreds of stops worldwide, since the tour’s inception.

“We had a record-breaking year for pre sale tickets,” said UCSB Adventure Programs Marketing Coordinator, Rachel Glago, “and would like to think it had something to do with the promise of free Vapur Anti-Bottles to the first 45 people through the door.”

“Everyone was really excited when they got the water bottles at the beginning of Reel Rock,” said Spencer Owen, who showed up early with his roommates. “We were excited about the portability and possibilities, how they are going to be much better than carrying around heavy, solid bottles.”

Twenty more outdoor Element Vapur Anti-Bottles were given away to a very enthusiastic crowd over the course of the night with one lucky winner received the Vapur “trifecta,” a half liter Reflex, a coveted one liter-sized Element Anti-Bottle and made complete with a “Designed to Perform” Vapur T-shirt.  Needless to say, that guy was STOKED.

Event coordinator, Meagan Gibson commented on how amazingly smooth and well the night went. “It was so great to have Vapur as a sponsor because so many people walked away with a prize!”

“I saw a lot of people hooking the carabiner to their jeans and commenting on how cool and innovative they were,” said UCSB student and Climbing Center employee, Kelsey Hargrove. “I’ll definitely be using it to carry around to classes and work.”

7th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour

Canyoneering: An Element for the Elements ~ October 6-7, 2012

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund

On October 6 and 7, with a little help from the Vapur Element Anti-Bottle, a team of adventurers from the University of California, Santa Barbara braved a few good canyons in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest.

Canyoneering is a sport particularly sensitive to hydration and energy management. Dehydration is cause for many ailments in the human body and we are especially at risk when in the harsh elements of the great outdoors.  A typical canyon route imposes a series of slippery down climbs and steep rappels off waterfalls in a cold, wet environment.  The coordination, physical fitness and knowledge required of executing such tasks assumes that even a completely healthy canyoneer could have trouble getting out safely.

“Hydration is incredibly crucial to physical performance,” says Rod Tucknott, Director of UCSB Adventure Programs and a Wilderness Medical Associates instructor.  “In fact many medical problems that aren’t so obvious, such as hyperthermia and hypothermia, are often exacerbated if not caused by dehydration.”

Prevention of accidents and injuries is key because if anyone on a canyon team goes down, there is usually only one way out.  With steep cliffs on either side making simple egress virtually impossible, the originally intended route must be carried out in sickness or in health.  Neglecting sufficient fluid intake can lead to light-headedness, fatigue and mental impairment, which are exceptionally dangerous conditions to be in.  If left untreated, dehydration can also lead to heat exhaustion and even volume shock.

“The Vapur Anti-Bottles are awesome because they’re translucent,” said trip leader Ben Greiner, “so you can see exactly how much the participants have been drinking throughout the day.  It’s easier to monitor their water intake and prevent any illnesses in the canyon.”

Taking full advantage of the low-profile and light weight nature of the Anti-Bottle, the canyoneers hung them from their harnesses and backpacks, making them incredibly accessible.  With no excuses to not hydrate, this was a successful, healthy and amazingly FUN trip!



With many of the same characteristics as the Vapur Anti-Bottle (adventurous, portable, durable, fun!), we’re proud to introduce the Vapur Pro Team; Eric Larsen, Anna Levesque and Laura Bylund. We just wish we could roll them up and put them in our pocket to pull out whenever we need advice on how to do something epic.

This inaugural Vapur Pro Team will now be sharing their tales on the VapurTrail Blog, inspiring all of us to roll up our own Anti-Bottles and set out on an adventure.

These three well-known voices in the outdoor sports world strike the perfect chord between adventure, environmental stewardship, and mentorship of Quencher-aged kiddos. We can (and will!) learn a lot from these three, whether it’s how to set a new route you’ve eyed but haven’t attempted or if it’s taking a paddling trip to one of America’s best river towns; each Vapur Pro is an inspiring example for how to live a life dedicated to your passion.

As Vapur Anti-Bottles are put to the test, Eric, Anna and Laura will offer invaluable feedback that will help Vapur products evolve throughout the R&D process.

Vapur Pro Team profiles:
Eric Larsen, a modern day explorer and expedition guide, has spent the last 15 years traveling the most remote and wild places on earth. Eric was the first person to ever paddle through the North Pole in the summer and then to the South Pole. He is also one of a few Americans to have skied to both poles. The seasoned backcountry ranger has dog-sledded in the Canadian arctic and summited Mt McKinley, among many other expeditions. He has been named an Outside Magazine Eco All Star.

Anna Levesque is a world-class whitewater kayaker and instructor dedicated to enhancing the lives of women through kayaking, yoga and travel through her company, Girls at Play. Anna has over 15 years of experience as an accomplished international kayaking competitor, instructor and guide, making her a leading expert in her field. She was a member of the Canadian Freestyle Kayak Team from 1999 to 2003 and earned a bronze medal at the Freestyle World Championships in 2001. She placed in the top 3 in several freestyle competitions and extreme races during that time and has paddled in over 10 countries around the world.

Laura Bylund is a dedicated Outdoor Rope Rigging Professional Specializing in rock climbing, canyoneering and rope rescue systems. Laura shares her enthusiasm for climbing by educating students as Climbing Program Manager at University of California, Santa Barbara  (UCSB) Adventure Programs. As a freelance guide, certified instructor and stunt rigor, Laura lives her passions daily.

For more information, visit http://vapur.us/proteam.

Climbing Adventure for Kids at UC Santa Barbara ~ August 6-24, 2012

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund

The Vapur Anti-Bottle’s colorful presence graced the Climbing Adventure for Kids this August at UC Santa Barbara.  This 3-week climbing camp serviced over 40 young climbers of all skill levels between the ages of 6 and 13 years.  Vapur was there each of the three weeks keeping them hydrated and fit for climbing through the summer heat.

The climbers learned the ever important skills of how to conduct a thorough safety check before leaving the ground and how to communicate so they can focus on their movement on the wall.  They engaged in a multitude of exercises to help them move up in climbing grade, with much focus on the most important thing and what is often forgotten in good climbing, their feet!

The kids learned the proper orientation for placing their toes on the wall, how to effectively grip climbing holds, techniques for best preserving strength and energy and shifting their weight for lateral movement.  They put these new skills to the test while bouldering, traversing through hula hoops, playing wall twister and braving their project route on the high wall.

“This was the most successful year by far,” said Luke Hetzel, the camp’s founding Lead Instructor. “It feels we have finally been established as a reputable and desirable kids camp and having a company like Vapur provide a quality product for everyone made it feel even more official.”

Many of the kids had their light weight Anti-Bottles conveniently hanging from their shorts or harnesses while traversing or going up the 30 foot sections.  With all of this exhausting climbing activity, it was good to have Vapur kids water bottles there as a bright and accessible reminder to keep drinking water.

It was all the more fitting to promote an environmentally friendly product in the first ever LEED certified recreation center, 100% powered by 816 photovoltaic solar panels on its tall roof, the UCSB Multi-Activity Center.

“It was a lot of fun, ” Hetzel said, “and was really special to be able give the kids a useful and sustainable gift.”


Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund, in coordination with Vapur, made a contribution of Anti-Bottles to the kids involved with the camp.