Archive for January, 2011

Traveling to Utah’s Awesome Mountains

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 | No Comments

Following a productive trip to the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, it was time to hit the slopes.  Big Cottonwood valley, less than an hour from SLC, is generally less crowded than nearby Park City.  Large pines, curvy roads and craggy mountainsides make traveling up the valley absolutely beautiful and worth the trip even if you’re not skiing.     

Topping out at over 10,000 feet, the area gets an average of over 500 inches of snow fall each season.  The skiing itself is great with many named runs and fresh snow that dumped on our trip the first time out.  But snowshoeing and cross-country which offered a nice change of pace after a day of downhill. 

Although Utah changed its drinking laws a few years ago, the bars near the mountain closed insanely early at 9pm (“so that people can ski”…the slopes do close at 4pm after all).  So, if you want to party and ski, everybody says you’re better off going to Colorado.

Eartheducation: Neverest supplies expedition to learn about sustainable development

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 | No Comments

Earthducation is a series of eight expeditions to climate hotspots over the course of four years.   The goal is to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.   Understanding connections between education and the natural environment on local scales will enable and empower change in education on a global scale by providing new approaches to education.

Right now, the Eartheducation team is in Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso (see map), where they are interviewing elders, students and others to learn and connect.  Through this expedition, they hope to create a world narrative of the dynamic intersections between education and sustainability.  The current expedition is led by Aaron Doering and Charles Miller, professors of Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. 

Neverest has outfitted them with gear including the Essential Journey’s Kit and On-the-go items.  We hope you find them helpful.  Best of luck and travel safe!

What is “Adventure” Travel?

Posted on: January 6th, 2011 | No Comments

“The word adventure has gotten over used.  For me, adventure is when everything goes wrong.  That’s when the adventure starts” – Yvon Chouinard in 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless (great movie, btw).    

This quote nicely sums up our attitude at Neverest.  It’s the idea that travel is about the journey, not the destination.  It’s the notion that things always will go wrong but that’s where the real challenge as well as the fun and learning begin.  It’s about being prepared, mentally as well as physically (this why we call our great product the Essential Journey’s Kit, not just another “adventure kit”).