Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yellowstone River August Float Trip

Floating the Yellowstone River through the Paradise Valley is wonderful during the summer.  My Dad and I recently spent two days and two nights floating most of the Paradise Valley.  Hot and windy weather made the fishing slow, but the scenery and birds were the highlight of the trip.  The water level is noticeably lower than years past and the moss was prolific.

The high water visibility and green moss made for a cool water color, but I felt for the fish who are competing for that oxygen in the warm river. I think it's about time for any angler to hang up their rod until we get some cool weather and the water temps cool down.
I outfitted my Dad's sunglasses with the ARC Endless, and brought along my favorite Ray Ban's with a trusty emerald color Suiter.  It felt so good to use the products that I make at work every day in my own back yard. Not too many people get to do that.

- C. Schultz - Croakies Designer

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Croakie Retires After 10 Years of Travel & Play

We usually don't post customer letters, but this one is the exception, because of how cool it is.  Imagine  one Croakie manufactured, sold, and shipped from Bozeman, 10 years ago.  Landing in the hands of Norrm, a bona fied river rat and travel enthusiast, who will end up testing this product for 10 years.  Oh the adventures this Croakie went on!  It fills us with pride to know that our product was so useful, and proved to last.  What a great story and awesome customer. 

Thanks Norm! We love ya man!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Phase II Pathway along Highway 89 Opens in GTNP - Grand Teton National Park

Wonderful news for Jackson!

Just in time for summer, construction of the 6.5 mile pathway, from Gros Ventre River to the Moose Junction finished this week, and is open to the public tomorrow, Wed. May 23, 2012.  This connects with the 12.5 mile  pathway from the Dornan's to the south of Jenny Lake.  Over 20 miles of multi use public pathways, through the Elk Refuge and well into Grand Teton National Park.  Let the adventure begin!

Phase II Pathway along Highway 89 Opens in GTNP - Grand Teton National Park

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

String Cheese Incident vs. Ticketmaster

String Cheese Incident and some fans take on Ticketmaster by scalping their own tickets with no service charge.  See the NY Times article here...  We are a big fan of SCI, and even make some of their swag.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sven Brunso Pro Skier - Highlights 2010 & 2011

We are proud to introduce Sven Brunso, professional free skier, and Croakies product tester. Sven contacted us last year, as he was spending 6 days a week in the backcountry, hiking, skiing, and photographing his adventures. He was nice enough to bring Croakies belts & the new ARC along with him to see how they held up to his rigorous adventures. We appreciate his involvement with our products and are continuously inspired by his travels, hard work, and experience. Look for more stories, pics and videos from Sven as the ski season approaches.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Croakies at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Croakies is gearing up for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, in Salt Lake City, coming up August 4-7. Look for the Croakies Tent at the Open Air Demo at Jordanelle State Park, in Heber UT. Come grab a FREE BELT CARD from our tent, good for one free Artisan 1 or Artisan 2 belt. We're giving away 500 belts, first come first serve. Croakies OR Booth # 21027 will be showcasing some of our newest print collections, including Tie-Dye, Nautical, AD Maddox, New Fish prints, and more. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

News in the Croakies Area

There are 2 regional news stories that have made national news in the last week, that are worthy of a blog post. First, the Yellowstone Oil Spill, that happened last Friday July 2nd, and the recent Bear Attack in Yellowstone.

This article from Forbes talks about the recent mauling in Yellowstone Park. A bear attack is really a very rare event and an unfortunate incident. Although we are sad the hiker died, we are glad that park officials have decided not to kill the mother bear, because it has been determined that she was acting to protect her cubs. Bear awareness is key to visiting the park and safely enjoying the trails. Carry bear spray on you at all times in the backcountry.

The Yellowstone Oil Spill is deeply upsetting to me personally, because I'm very familiar with that area and understand what has been effected. This winter was a big snow winter in this area, and the Yellowstone River has been in a larger than normal flood stage for quite some time. The pipeline was severed by the high water and debris. This is going to have a large impact on many acres of wetlands and farm fields, where the crude oil has bee pushed into from the high water. I hope as much can be cleaned up as possible and the ecosystem rebounds after time. There are lessons to be gained from this and my hope is that we rethink our current view of flood plains and we move oil infrastructure out of dangerous areas.