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.

Monday, June 13, 2011

RMTV - POV Whitewater Kayak Race with Tips on what NOT to do

This point of view is so fun. It feels like you are the paddler.

Looking for a virtual experience?

Sit on your coffee table, use a broom as a paddle, hit play on this video, and have a friend throw buckets of freezing water at your face, while you are air paddling for 5:47. Good times!

Alaska: Our Connection to the Arctic

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Croakies Partners with Bonnaroo

Croakies is proud to announce that we will be a partner for Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival, June 9-12, 2011.

What is Bonnaroo? Bonnaroo is a music & arts festival, located on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN, which is about 60 miles southeast of Nashville and northwest of Chattanooga. Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles.

Bonnaroo will be selling a limited number of Bonnaroo Croakies at their merchandise tents during the festival. Get there early to get yours! Croakies will also have a booth in the Centeroo retail area at the festival, where we will be selling other Croakies products including the introduction of the Croakies Tie Dye Belt collection. Bonnaroo will be the first place that the Tie Dye Belt collection will be available.

Friday, May 20, 2011

America's Most Endangered Rivers™ : 2011 Rivers

American Rivers released it's list of America's Most Endangered Rivers. You can help support the work of American Rivers, by purchasing American Rivers Conservation Croakies. $1.00 of each purchase is donated by Croakies to American Rivers.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Preparing for Kayaking, Canoeing & Paddling

This time of year has got me thinking about the water this summer and upcoming river adventures. The mighty Yellowstone River is my favorite place to be in the summer and I can't wait to float it once again. 1 thing I always keep in mind is that the Yellowstone is a very powerful river and must be respected. That means preparing myself and my equipment ahead of time. Preparation is essential for safe & fun river trips, and now is the time to prepare yourself and your equipment. Here are a few tips and handy links I've put together to assist.

#1 Practice Swimming!
Swimming can save your life!
Strengthening exercises
Inspect and Clean Boat & Equipment
Kayak & Canoe Safety & Rescue Equipment
River Rescue Training
Take a First Aid Class
River Clothing
Trips & Outfitters
Study your water

Monday, April 25, 2011

Outdoor Magazine features Croakies Vaughn Cochran Belt Line

Thanks Outdoor USA Magazine for featuring our Vaughn Cochran Belt Line. We love these prints, and think fisherman or fans of Vaughn & Black Fly will enjoy them too.

Friday, April 22, 2011

NASA - The Home Frontier

What does NASA's exploration of Earth means to you? NASA's Earth Day Video Contest.

White Water Rafting Coming Soon

Spring is taking it's time showing up in Wyoming this year, but our thoughts are beginning to drift towards the rivers and spring run off. We are anticipating a big run off this spring, from the heavy snow winter that continues into April. Now is time to make your water adventure plans for summer rafting trips. There's no memory like a hair raising ride on world class rapids, or a scenic float through Grand Teton National Park. Here is a list of white water rafting companies in the area, compiled by Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide.

Yellowstone Region Whitewater Rafting Companies

Mad River Boat Trips • (Jackson Hole) When you head down the Snake River with Mad River, you're traveling with more than 100 years of river guide experience. Guides are knowledgeable in local lore, Wyoming's rugged and beautiful waters, and advanced rafting safety. You'll find our entire crew prides themselves in providing the very best, most exciting river trip you can take in the Jackson area. Come, grab a paddle and take a trip with Mad River. We guarantee it will be one you remember for a long time.

Jackson Hole Whitewater • (Jackson Hole) Voted The #1rafting company in Jackson Hole by our local newspaper the "Jackson Hole Guide." That says it all. We have been in business for 35 years and were the first company to have permits on the Snake River. We are a small company by choice. We have had the chance to expand but feel that "small is better"! Visit our website to find out why...

Wyoming River Trips • (Cody Wyoming) Wyoming River Trips was founded in 1978 with Rick and Ron Blanchard personally escorting trips; a practice that is still carried on today. Our Company has been featured on ESPN and Outdoor Life television network; along with national publications such as Travel and Leisure, Better Homes and Gardens, and Mature Outlook Magazines. Wyoming River Trips is the only continually owned and operated company in the historic Cody Area running the Shoshone river. The Shoshone river is the main eastern drainage of Yellowstone National Park. It reads like a flowing history book with almost as many scenic vistas as the colorful people and cultures who explored it. This river was used as a trade route during the fur-trading era for the mountain men and Native Americans who entered the "Yellow Rock" country in pursuit of its abundance of wildlife. This pursuit of adventure continues today.

Flying Pig Adventure Company • (Gardiner Montana) Ride the river with us! If you're looking for raft trip with exciting whitewater, breathtaking scenery, and safe and knowledgeable guides - our raft trips are for you. The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone River, offers fun and exciting white water rafting for all ages and experience levels. Slam through the waves of the Gardiner Town Stretch while helping to navigate your raft through the notorious rapids; Man Eater, Pickets Wave, Creighton's Hole, and Sleeping Giant in your white water rafting adventure near Yellowstone National Park.

Gallatin River Rafting • (Big Sky Montana) We offer canoe, kayak and rafting trips on rivers, creeks, streams and lakes near Gallatin River. You can experience rafting trips ranging from a brief two hour tour to a wilderness adventure lasting several days. Our guides are fully licenced and are carefully chosen on the basis of their skill and experience, their ability to make sound decisions and their ability to communicate and identify with our clients. We're experts in organizing family and group-travel! If you have any questions that are not addressed on this website, please call one of our friendly and knowledgeable whitewater rafting agents today!

Don't forget to stock up on floating retainers, to keep your glasses from becoming river trash.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The supposedly protected Wyoming Range faces new energy development — High Country News

Roughnecks and hunters are fighting plans to drill for natural gas in the Hoback-Noble Basin of the Wyoming Range.

Jackson Hole Bike Rentals & Pedicabs

If you've ever been to Jackson Hole in the summer, you know how small the town is and how choked with traffic we become during the summer tourist season. On your next visit, embrace the lifestyle Jackson has to offer and rent a bike or hail a pedicab from Jackson Hole Bike Rentals. Take a minute to slow down to Wyoming time, enjoy a nice ride, and get to know Jackson Hole.

Missing Skiers Update

Grand Teton National Park reports that 'Missing Skiers Not Found Despite Extensive Search on Wednesday.'

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

It's EARTH WEEK at Croakies® and we will be posting news and events from our conservation partners through out the week. This article by Jessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers, is about the FRAC Act re-introduced to the U.S. Senate.

The FRAC Act would do the following:

Require disclosure of the chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction, but not the proprietary chemical formula. Disclosures would be made available to the public online.

Protect proprietary chemical formulas– much like the way Coca-Cola must reveal the ingredients of Coke, but not their secret formula; oil and gas companies would have to reveal the chemicals, but not the specific formula.

Enact an emergency provision requiring proprietary chemical formulas to be disclosed to a treating physician, the State, or EPA in emergency situations where the information is needed to provide medical treatment.

Repeal a provision added to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempting the industry from complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), one of our landmark environmental and public health protection statutes.

more at FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

America's Most Endangered Rivers 2011

On May 17, American Rivers will release this year’s list of the ten most threatened rivers in the United States.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wind Paddle Sails

So often I've been blown across a lake or pressed against the bank of a river, while paddling with all of my might agains the wind. It looks like those frustrating epic struggles can now be turned into fun with these paddle sails. I was thinking of how perfect this would be on the Puget Sound, with a sea kayak. I would think having a pontoon or outrigger for stability in big bodies of water, might be prudent, I'm not the most stable paddler ; ). I could see these sails being a great friend on a long river journey or boundary water adventure.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Last Iceberg, Camille Seaman Photography

Camille Seaman chronicles a handful of the many thousands of icebergs that are currently headed to their end.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Southern California Gets Marine Protected Areas!

We're proud of our partnership with Ocean Conservancy and their conservation efforts. Our Ocean Conservancy screen print Croakies and XL Croakies, gives $1 from each purchase to this organization. With your help in the purchase of these products, we can help their efforts.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Burton's Craig Kelly Proto Factory

Looks like we found our way onto an important piece of snowboard history. We spotted an old Croakies sticker on "the most influential single board in the history of snowboarding." 

It's a proud moment for us! 

Much Respect to the memory of Craig Kelly!

Thanks Burton!!

Gisele and Balenciaga Make Croakies

Can Gisele and Balenciaga Make Croakies Happen?

Well, well well, Croakies made it's way to the New York fashion scene, and look.... it's the next big thing in fashion.  Sounds good to us!!!  We love to see fashionistas fighting over the coolness of our eyewear retainers.  If these are making the scene, wait until our belts make it on their radar.