River Runner’s Hall of Fame May 15th, Green River Utah


Call for Papers: Tourist studies: Tourism Moralities and Mobilities

Call for Papers – Tourist Studies

Special Issue: TOURISM MORALITIES AND MOBILITIES

Guest Editors: Dr. Bryan Grimwood and Dr. Kellee Caton

Several recent epistemological ‘turns’ within tourism studies have enriched and complicated the landscapes of knowledge produced and used within the field. The ‘moral’ (Caton, 2012) and ‘mobility’ (Hannam, 2009) turns are two examples that, when taken together, produce fertile terrain for generating important questions and new meanings about tourism (e.g., Grimwood, 2014). The purpose of this special issue of Tourist Studies is to examine and critique the intersections of tourism moralities and mobilities. More specifically, we seek papers that contribute to fleshing out, and teasing apart, the conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical nature of tourism moralities and mobilities. That tourism mobilities give shape to diverse spaces and places, including the ‘embodied’, ‘mundane’, and ‘exotic’ (Edensor, 2007; Reis, 2013), is justification enough for thinking through moral questions and perspectives. That moralities are likely to shift or become entrenched as we move through tourism spaces adds additional degrees of relevance to the special issue theme (Mostafanezhad & Hannam, 2014).

The guest editors invite submissions that speak to the intersections of tourism moralities and mobilities. We especially encourage papers that shift consideration away from what morality is to what morality does or can do in relation to tourism mobilities (and vice versa). Potential questions underpinning contributions may include:

  • How do we carry morality with us (in tourism and in tourism research) and to what effect? How does morality become anchored/moored in touristic places, or performed across tourism spaces? To what extent is morality mobile?
  • How are tourism mobilities disciplined/controlled by moralities? What spaces of resistance can be/are being mobilized through the practice and being of tourism moralities?
  • How (or to what extent?) do tourist, community, researcher, and non-human subjectivities move/shift in relation to moralities encountered through tourism?
  • How (or to what extent?) are multiple moralities consumed/performed through tourism mobilities, including those associated with tourism research?
  • In a world increasingly (re)made in relation to various (im)mobilities, what moral positionalities are most productive/destructive?
  • What anchors morality when ontological and epistemological foundations are multiple, hybrid, and/or fluid? As scholars? As researchers? As an epistemic community?
  • What is (or should be) the role of morality in tourism epistemology? What meanings or insights does morality provide in relation to how knowledge moves and changes (or doesn’t) in our field, and how certain knowledge is (or fails to be) legitimized?
  • What can tourism studies learn from inter-/multi-/trans-/post-disciplinary approaches to moralities and mobilities? What contributions do such perspective make to the field of tourism studies?

In addition to those with interests in the intersections of tourism morality and mobility, we anticipate the special issue to resonate with scholars situated within ‘critical’ and ‘hopeful’ tourism studies (Pritchard et al., 2011) and build on recent literatures that have helped contextualize tourism ethics from multi-disciplinary perspectives (e.g., Fennell, 2006; Mostafanezhad & Hannam, 2014; Weeden & Boluk, 2014).

Important Dates:

· Abstracts of 250 words must be submitted no later than May 01, 2015. Please submit your abstract to the guest editors, Dr. Bryan Grimwood (bgrimwood) and Dr. Kellee Caton (Kcaton).

· Authors of selected papers will be notified by May 15, 2015.

· Full manuscripts are due to the guest editors by September 15, 2015. The target length of papers is 8000 words and all style guidelines of Tourist Studies must be followed (see http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201263/manuscriptSubmission). A preliminary review of all submissions will help authors shape and revise papers prior to the usual blind review process commencing.

· We are targeting December 2016 as the final publication date. Tourist Studies has allocated Volume 16, Issue 3 for this special issue.

References:

Caton, K. (2012). Taking the moral turn in tourism studies. Annals of Tourism Research, 39(4),

1906–1928.

Edensor, T. (2007). Mundane mobilities, performances and spaces of tourism. Social and

Cultural Geography, 8(2), 199–215.

Fennell, D. A. (2006). Tourism ethics. New York: Routledge.

Hannam, K. (2009). The end of tourism? Nomadology and the mobilities paradigm. In J. Tribe

(ed.) Philosophical issues in tourism (pp. 101-113). Toronto, ON: Channel View Publications.

Grimwood, B. S. R. (2014). Advancing tourism’s moral morphology: Relational metaphors for

just and sustainable arctic tourism. Tourist Studies, 1–24, DOI: 10.1177/1468797614550960.

Mostafanezhad, M., & Hannam, K. (Eds.) (2014). Moral encounters in tourism. Burlington, VT:

Ashgate.

Pritchard, A., Morgan, N., & Ateljevic, I. (2011). Hopeful tourism: A transformative approach.

Annals of Tourism Research, 38(3), 941-963.

Reis, A. C. (2012). Experiences of commodified nature: Performances and narratives of

nature-based tourists on Stewart Island, New Zealand. Tourist Studies, 12(3), 305–324.

Weeden, C., & Boluk, K. (Eds.). (2014). Managing ethical consumption in tourism. New York:

Routledge.

CFP _ Tourism Moralities & Mobilities.pdf


Colorado Agency now regulating Zip Lines and Ropes Courses in Ohio

From: OPS Amusement Rides and Devices Program [mailto:cdle_amusements@state.co.us]
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 3:26 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Proposed Revisions to the Amusement Rides and Devices Regulations and New Certificate of Inspection Form

Dear Amusement Rides and Devices Stakeholder,

The Amusement Rides and Devices Program hosted a stakeholder meeting on February 20, 2015, to discuss proposed changes to our rules, which included:

  • adding language for the regulation of challenge courses and trampoline parks;
  • improving current language in regulation regarding zip lines;
  • adding language for patron responsibility;
  • clarifying language for reportable injuries; and
  • updating and/or including applicable standards and definitions.

We took all comments and feedback provided during the meeting into consideration and have postponed the effective date of the proposed changes to July 30, 2015, in order to conduct a second stakeholder meeting to discuss the revisions made after the meeting on February 20th. A draft copy of the revised proposed regulations is attached to this email for your review.

The second stakeholder meetings is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1 pm in Conference Room 5C at the CDLE offices (633 17th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202). If you cannot attend the meeting, we encourage you to submit feedback to Scott Narreau at scott.narreau or 303-318-8495. If you plan to attend the meeting:

  • Please RSVP by sending an email to cdle_amusements; include your organization’s name and your contact information in your email.
  • When you arrive for the meeting, please check in on the 2nd floor, and then you will be directed to the 5th floor conference room.

In addition to the rule changes, we have also made changes to our Certificate of Inspection form. The purpose of changing the form is to further streamline the application process by reducing the amount of documentation submitted to our office. With the new form, a Third-Party Inspector can submit inspection certification information for up to 10 devices on one single form. We have attached a draft copy of the new Certificate of Inspection form to this email. We encourage you to review it and advise us if these or other changes would benefit you as either an operator or a Third-Party inspector.

As always, we thank you for your participation in our program.

Kind regards,

Division of Oil and Public Safety

Amusement Rides and Devices Program

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American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration call for Papers, winners receive $$ to travel and present their papers

From: Academy of Leisure Sciences [mailto:ALSNET@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Randy Virden
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 5:28 PM
To: ALSNET@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: 2nd Notice of 2015 AAPRA Best Paper Award Competition – Updated Award Amounts – Submissions due April17, 2015

ALSNET Colleagues, Graduate Faculty and Recent Masters and Baccalaureate Graduates:

The American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) is proud to announce its Best Paper Awards for 2015. The Best Paper Award competition rotates every other year between a doctoral dissertation (even years) and a pre-doctoral research paper (odd years). This year the Academy will recognize the Best Master’s Thesis/Project or Undergraduate Professional Paper.

BEST PAPER AWARD One (1) Best Paper Award of $750 plus expenses of up to $500 for the author to travel to the Academy’s Annual Meeting (at the 2015 NRPA Congress in Las Vegas) to receive the award and provide a short presentation the paper. Certificate of Merit awards will be given to the two (2) next Best Papers submitted.

Theses and papers should make a contribution to the scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration. Please review the award eligibility, entry procedure, rating criteria and timeline – see attached. An electronic application/copy of an executive summary (not exceeding 1000 words) is due to the Chair of the Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee by Monday, April 17, 2015.

Please share this information with any recent master’s degree and/or baccalaureate graduates (open to those who completed their degree requirements in calendar years 2013 or 2014) who may be eligible or interested in such a program/award.

You may contact the Best Paper Award Chair, Randy J. Virden with any questions. You may reach him via email rjvirden or by phone at (480) 215-0340.

Sincerely,

Randy J. Virden

Best Paper Award Chair,

American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration

Randy J. Virden, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

School of Community Resources & Development

Arizona State University

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Colorado Roadless Area rules are Open for Comment. Please Review, Read, Understand and Comment.

You are receiving this message because you are subscribed to the mailing list for the Colorado Roadless Area.Dear Interested Party:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA FS) is initiating scoping for a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception of the Colorado Roadless Rule. This specific exception allows for temporary road construction for coal exploration and/or coal-related surface activities in a 19,100-acre area defined as the North Fork Coal Mining Area. The FS will use the SDEIS to address specific deficiencies that were identified by the District Court of Colorado.

We invite your comments on the reinstatement of the exception within the North Fork Coal Mining Area. The scoping period closes 45 days after issuance of the notice of intent in the Federal Register. Comments should be limited to issues related to the proposed action, which is limited only to reinstating the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception of the Colorado Roadless Rule. The Forest Service is not seeking comments on the other portions of the Colorado Roadless Rule, roadless area boundary modifications, or other roadless areas in Colorado.

Due to the extensive public participation process that occurred with the development of the Colorado Roadless Rule, no public meetings are planned for this 45 day scoping effort. However, public meetings may be held in Denver and Paonia, Colorado after the release of the SDEIS and proposed rule.

Background

On July 3, 2012 (77 FR 39576), the USDA promulgated the Colorado Roadless Rule, a state-specific regulation for management of Colorado Roadless Areas. This Rule addressed State-specific concerns while conserving roadless area characteristics. One State-specific concern was continuing exploration and development of coal resources on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests. The Colorado Roadless Rule addressed this by defining a 19,100-acre area as the North Fork Coal Mining Area, and developing an exception that allows temporary road construction for coal-related activities on within in that defined area.

In July 2013, High Country Conservation Advocates, WildEarth Guardians, and Sierra Club challenged the FS’s decision to consent to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) modifying two existing coal leases, the BLM’s companion decision to modify the leases, BLM’s authorization of an exploration plan in the lease modification areas, and the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception of the Colorado Roadless Rule.

In June 2014, the District Court of Colorado found the environmental documents supporting the four decisions to be in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) due to analysis deficiencies. In September 2014, the District Court of Colorado vacated the lease modifications, the exploration plan, and the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception of the Colorado Roadless Rule (36 CFR 294.43(c)(1)(ix)).

Purpose and Need

The purpose and need for this SDEIS and is to provide management direction for conserving roadless characteristics within the area while addressing the State interest in facilitating exploration and development of the coal resources in the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Proposed Action

The proposed action for the SDEIS is to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception as written in (36 CFR 294.43(c)(1)(ix)). In addition, the Forest Service is proposing to administratively correct the North Fork Coal Mining Area boundary to remedy clerical errors.

Alternative to the Proposed Action

The other alternative being considered is the no-action alternative, which is the continuation of current management following the District Court ruling to vacate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception. The Colorado Roadless Rule contains a severability clause (36 CFR 294.48(f)), which allows the rest of the Rule to remain in effect. Therefore, the District Court of Colorado’s ruling only changed management of Colorado Roadless Areas in the North Fork Coal Mining Area. Currently, the North Fork Coal Mining Area is being managed the same as other non-upper tier Colorado Roadless Areas. Valid existing coal leases would operate according the terms of their lease.

Decision to be Made

The Responsible Official will determine whether to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception, or continue to manage the area without the exception. In addition, the Forest Service will determine if corrections to the North Fork Coal Mining Area boundary should be remedied to adjust for clerical errors.

How to Submit a Formal Comment

In order for a scoping comment to be considered and become part of the record for the SDEIS, it must be submitted and received within 45 days of the publication of the notice of intent in the Federal Register.

It would be helpful if comments:

· State each concern, criticism and/or suggestion as clearly and specifically as possible.

· Focus on the issue of reinstating the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception of the Colorado Roadless Rule. Please remember, this supplemental NEPA process will only address the Colorado Roadless Rule. The lease modifications and exploration plan authorization will be addressed in future analysis efforts if needed.

Scoping comments can be submitted electronically through:

1. Web: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=46470

2. Mail: Colorado Roadless Rule

740 Simms Street,

Golden, CO 80401

3. Fax: 303-275-5134

All comments, including names and addresses, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying.

We anticipate completing and publishing a final rule and SDEIS in Spring 2016.

Thank you for your interest in the management of your national forests.

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Application Process Open for 2015 Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant from the American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce a CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2015 ZACK MARTIN BREAKING BARRIERS GRANT. ZMBB grant applications are due, this year, on April 30.. Below you will find grant information and the grant application process (at the bottom of the ZMBB Grant page)

A special thanks to Black Diamond and Petzl for supporting this grant through special merchandise deals for the recipients.

Regards
“JP” John Parsons
john.p.parsons
720-254-6165 cell

The AAC Grants Webpage

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant Page

The Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant (ZMBB) is a dual-purpose grant fund. The primary objective is humanitarian and the secondary objective is climbing, alpinism and/or exploration in the natural environment. The grantee must meet both objectives and is strongly encouraged to obtain additional funding. The humanitarian objective must be reasonable, and sustainable. Objectives that continue after implementation will receive the highest level of consideration. Focus the objective to affect the greatest human change. The alpine objective should focus on climbing and/or exploration but need not be at the leading edge of climbing or alpinism.
Zack Martin died just before his 25th birthday on Thanksgiving Day 2002. He was a recipient of AAC grants, the Anatoli Boukreev grant and others. Zack was concerned about the general arrogance and self-serving aspirations of climbers and explorers. He committed that on all future expeditions he would not only climb and explore but more importantly he would perform humanitarian service in the local community. He would “break a barrier” in the alpine environment and “break a barrier” in the heart of man. As Zack often said, “The only barrier holding you back is yourself.”

The American Alpine Club Webpage

The Donate To The Zack Martin Fund

American Alpine Club

c/o Donations—The Zack Martin Grant Fund

710 10th St

Suite 100

Golden, CO 80401

Include on check:

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Fund

(all funds are tax deductible)

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For you law students out there, Law Student Writing Competition

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3rd Annual Sports Lawyers AssociationSubmission Deadline Extended to March 20th!
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Writing CompetitionLaw StudentWriting Competition

Theme: Current Issues in Sports Law

Deadline for submissions: March 20, 2015

Submit papers to: mpomerene

Winning Authors to Receive:

*$5,000 will be awarded for first place selection and submission will be published in the Sports Lawyers Journal (subject to SLA’s editorial standards)

*$3,000 awarded for second place selection

*$2,000 awarded for third place selection

*All three finalists will receive a complimentary registration for the 2015 SLA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, May 14 – 16, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, (recipients recognized and order of awards presented at the SLA Annual Meeting in Baltimore). Winners need not be present at the announcement.

* Winners are solely responsible for taxes on their prize winnings and must provide a social security number for tax reporting purposes.

Criteria and Submission Instructions:

* Choose a current issue in Sports Law and Advocate a position.

*Each entry is limited to 3,000 words maximum, not including title of reasonable length (footnotes and references included).

*Must be submitted in Microsoft Word or equivalent Google Documents file format, via email to Melissa Pomerene, with subject line “SLA Writing Competition”.

*Each entrant must be a current law student enrolled at an ABA accredited law School, US resident 18 years of age or older, and member in good standing of the Sports Lawyers Association. LLM candidates are not eligible.

*Paper(s) must be received by March 20, 2015 at 5 pm Pacific time (no exceptions).

*Entrant warrants that the submitted entry is original and unpublished.

*Co-authorship of a manuscript is not permitted in the contest.

*Each author may submit only one entry.

*Previous winners and/or finalists are ineligible.

The entries will be judged anonymously by members of the SLA Writing Competition Committee. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

1.Creativity and clarity of the submission

2. Organization

3. Quality of the analysis and research, including supporting references

4. Grammar, syntax, and form that support a scholarly submission

All decisions of the judges are final.

Consent For Release:

The writing competition is open to current law student members of the Sports Lawyers Association aged 18 or older who reside in the United States of America. By submitting an entry, each entrant warrants that his or her entry is original and unpublished, and grants to the Sports Lawyers Association an irrevocable license to reproduce and publish the entry in any medium, as well as an irrevocable license to use the entrant’s name, likeness, and other personal information (hometown, law school attended, class year, etc.) in any medium, for the purpose of promoting the Writing Competition and/or the SLA.

Questions:

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12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130

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703-437-4377 ext. 4085, 4070 or 4071

or go to:

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Great Opportunity for Graduate Student to Study in Colorado at Grand Sand Dunes National park and Preserve

Social Science Park Break – Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Dates: October 11-16, 2015

The opportunity:

The George Wright Society and National Park Service Social Science Program announce an exciting opportunity for graduate students. Applications are being accepted for participation in a social science focused Park Break Program at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (GRSA). The objective of this program is for students to understand a variety of applied social science methods to collect information about visitor activities, attitudes, and travel patterns in GRSA, and how these results integrate into planning across a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. The park unit is ramping up efforts to conduct a backcountry management plan in the coming years, and has initiated collections of visitor use and social science information in the summer and fall of 2015. As part of this program, students will understand protected area management issues and questions that exist in relation to resource protection and visitor enjoyment, and how social science information can benefit this planning effort to prescribe backcountry management direction into the future.

What is included?

Park Break is an all-expenses-paid, park-based field seminar for graduate students who are thinking about a career in park management or park-related research and education. Park Break puts you in a national park unit for five days of field and classroom activities in close collaboration with park scientists and scholars, managers and administrators, and partner organizations.

Who is eligible?

Graduate students (Ph.D. or Master’s level) who are studying in fields related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites.

Park Break puts you on the path to success:

Several Park Breakers have been hired by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Other Park Break alums have embarked on Ph.D. programs. Park Break makes you and your skills visible!

For more information and how to apply:

Visit http://www.georgewright.org/parkbreak to learn more about the opportunity, and http://www.georgewright.org/parkbreak_apply to apply. Deadline is May 15, 2015.

Contact Ryan Sharp (ryan.sharp) with questions.


Get Outdoors Colorado now has a Summer Job Center

Let Get Outdoors Colorado help you find the best candidates for your seasonal and summer jobs! The Get Outdoors Colorado Job Center was launched in 2014 and has been a huge success. The Job Center is quickly becoming the premier place to post and search jobs in the natural resources, environmental education and outdoor recreation fields.

Here are a few tips to be sure you are maximizing the benefits of the Get Outdoors Colorado Job Center:

· Be a Partner – If you are not a partner yet, click here to sign up. It’s free and so are all of your job postings!

· Post Your Jobs – Our spring marketing has begun and is focused on driving job seekers to the site so be sure that your jobs are posted throughout the season. Click here for more information on how easy and quick it is to post a job.

· Like & Share – Social media seems to make the world go ’round these days. We’ll be using #GetOutdoorsJobs to draw people to the Job Center and track traffic. We’ll also be posting on Facebook, Twitter(@GetOutdoorsCO) and Instagram (@GetOutdoorsCO). Be sure to like and follow us on these platforms and share our posts or create posts of your own to let people know that your job opportunities can be seen on the Get Outdoors Colorado Job Center. Don’t forget, all your postings will link directly back to your site so traffic for the GOC website is traffic for your website.

Have questions about the Job Center or posting a job? Contact us at info.


3 Great Updates from Bicycle Colorado, June 24, Colorado Bike to Work day

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Carlton Reid, author of Roads Were Not Built for Cars doing Book Tour in the US

Kickstarter

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Roads book live tour

Posted by Carlton Reid
If you enjoyed the print and digital versions of Roads Were Not Built For Cars perhaps you’ll be interested in the live tour? Yup, I’m going out on the, er, road, and will be appearing in a wide variety of venues over the next few months. I’ll be in the UK, Canada, France and both US coasts, including giving a talk to the Congressional Bike Caucus in Washington, D.C.The tour details can be found on roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com and on Facebook (where you can even “track” me – yoiks). If you fancy coming to any of the talks make sure to hit the “like” buttons or click on the RSVP boxes.Later in the year there will be more UK dates announced, and one in Germany, too. I’m also back in the US in June so may give talks in Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Track me to plug in to these updates.

Cheers.

Carlton

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The second free chapter of the book goes online tomorrow. The first went out last week. The URL will always be the same: roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/fulltext

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New Bicycle Standards coming from ISO: ISO 4210:2014

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Within the standard’s introduction it states “…that it was developed in response to a demand throughout the world. The aim is to ensure that bicycles manufactured in compliance with the International Standard will be as safe as is practically possible. The tests are designed to ensure the strength and durability of individual parts as well as of the bicycle as a whole.”

ISO 4210:2014 is scheduled to be adopted in more than 30 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in August of 2015, and highly probable to be adopted by many other ISO participating countries like Japan, China, Israel, and South Africa. More information about the standard may be found by visiting the Online Browsing Platform (OBP) of the ISO website.


USA Cycling Announces Centers of Excellence

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Seventeen Centers of Excellence named for 2015-16
(March 24, 2015) – USA Cycling has designated 17 outstanding cycling programs as Centers of Excellence for the 2015-16 seasons. Center of Excellence programs have demonstrated the consistent ability to develop Junior and U-23 riders into nationally competitive athletes. The USA Cycling Development Foundation will grant a total of $50,000 in 2015-16, the largest amount awarded to COEs since the program’s inception 15 years ago.USA Cycling’s 2015 Centers of Excellence are:

Bear Development (Calif.)
Boulder Junior Cycling (Colo.)
BYRDS (Idaho)
Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (Conn.)
Durango Devo (Colo.)
Front Rangers Cycling Club (Colo.)
KMS Cycling- Killington Mountain School (Vt.)
Limitless Cycling (Calif.)
LUX/Specialized (Calif.)
National Sports Center Velodrome (Minn.)
Revel-Rad Racing (Wash.)
Star Track (N.Y.)
Team Rokform Junior and U23 Development (Calif.)
Team Specialized Juniors (Calif.)
Team Swift (Calif.)
Team Twenty16 Juniors (Calif.)
The Young Medalists (Pa.)

In addition to being a COE for the last three years, Team Rokform Junior and U23 Development (Foothills Ranch, Calif.) has also been named USA Cycling’s “Junior Club of the Year” during the same period. They have developed what was once a small group of bicycle enthusiasts into a 600-member club, becoming one of Orange County’s largest cycling organizations.

Team Swift (Fulton, Calif.) made a lot of noise last year by winning three USA Junior National Championship Road events and medaling in the U23 Nationals. They also had 80 top-three podium finishes at the NCNCA District Criterium and Road Race Championships. With a strong support system in place for increasing their rider resources, they are highly focused on winning individually and as a team.

Another California program that has experienced great success is Team Specialized Juniors (Fremont, Calif.). In 2014, they sent four of their junior riders to Regional and National USA Cycling camps, and another six qualified to travel with USA Cycling’s National Development Programs racing internationally.

Boulder Junior Development (Boulder, Colo.) has been a designated COE for the last seven years and has grown their program to over 100 junior members. This year Boulder Junior Cycling aspires to upgrade road racers, develop a track program at the Boulder Valley Velodrome and qualify for USA Cycling’s National Development Program activities and UCI World Championships.

Team Twenty16 Juniors (San Anselmo, Calif.) started off as a grass-roots program and is now in its eighth year of operation. In addition to their elite development team, Twenty16 continues to support top junior women ranging in age from ages 11-18. Along with National and World Championships, their goal for 2015 is to add a nationwide club ambassador program, increasing their brand reach and fan interaction.

USA Cycling Development Foundation is also awarding a special grant to the National Sports Center Velodrome (Blaine, Minn.). The support will be used for critical track improvements that are required in order to maintain operations. The NSC Velodrome is home to two different junior teams and a U23 team.

BYRDS (Boise, Idaho) is being recognized for the third year in a row, and Team Director and Coach Douglas Tobin has seen a big shift in junior and U23 funding over the years.

“This is a very beneficial designation for our program and strengthens our ability to continue with our mission,” said Tobin. “Additionally, it is great to see the number of programs across the country that are involved with juniors and U23 development and recognized by USA Cycling. There is a lot of good work going on in youth and U23 cycling across the country, thank you again for helping to promote those efforts. ”

To learn more about the Center of Excellence Program or about other USA Cycling Development Foundation supported programs, please visit the Foundation webpage. To make a donation and support this and other Olympic athlete development programs that the Foundation funds, visit the donation web page.

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Do You Go Outside in Winter? Are You a Member of the American Avalanche Association? You Should Be!

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E-Newsletter
March 2015
The American Avalanche Association promotes and supports professionalism and excellence in avalanche safety, education, and research in the United States.
Hello AAA Members & Friends,
Well, spring seems to have sprung here in the Tetons… or maybe winter never fully came? While I am hoping for a little more powder this season, I’ll be honest and say I’m not holding my breath. We shall see what the next month or two bring.
In part, we hope this e-newsletter provides you with some useful information and reminds you about all that the AAA does for YOU as we pursue our mission! This is certainly a two-way street; we highly value active engagement and demonstrated commitment to our organization and the industry from our members. We also recognize that it’s easy to forget or overlook all the ways that you benefit from being a member of the AAA.
So, here are some reminders… The Avalanche Review, support of regional professional development events, leadership in revising avalanche education in the U.S. to benefit professionals and recreationists, work to expand special deals and offers for members from our industry supporters, the annual AAA AVPRO course, research grant opportunities for academics and practitioners, access to a valuable online resource for avalanche info across the country (avalanche.org), and occasional chances to win cool stuff as you help support the AAA in various ways. Please remember these things when we next request your engagement with the AAA and the avalanche industry as a whole… and be willing to step up to help us.
Read on for more details on some of the latest happenings at the AAA, and of course, be in touch if you have thoughts, feedback, questions, or ideas to share. Happy Spring!Jaime Musnicki, AAA Executive Director
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On safari w/ Mom in South Africa, March 2015. Didn’t miss much in terms of winter!
Education Committee News
And The Winners Are…
AVPRO 2015 – Breckenridge, CO.
IMG_2966.JPGAVPRO Coordinator Dallas Glass once again organized a high caliber AVPRO training this winter, which he instructed along with Patty Morrison (Northwest) and Andy Lapkass (Rockies) during the final days of February and start of March down in Breckenridge, CO. The course was full with 18 students – heavy CO representation, as well as AK and the Northwest! Student outcomes were high, and the feedback passed along by students, instructors, and guests has been overwhelmingly positive. Dallas is already working on plans for next season’s AVPRO, so stay tuned for info on location and dates.
A huge thank you to Dallas, Patty, Andy, the CAIC, Tom Murphy, Dale Atkins, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge Resort, and all the students who contributed to an excellent AVPRO course this season!Pro/Rec Education Proposal Feedback
Don’t forget – March 31st is the deadline for submitting your thoughts and input on the current iteration of the AAA Pro/Rec Education Proposal. a3educationcommittee.
In addition to collating and integrating your feedback on the proposal in the coming months, the next big step in the project will be an inaugural AvTech Trainers’ Workshop. This three-day event will be hosted by the AAA and facilitated by Colin Zacharias at Snowbird, UT during the final weekend of April. The workshop roster of participants for this first go-around consists of key professionals from across the industry – educators, forecasters, highway folks, guides, and patrollers. This group will work together striving for consistency in the proposed AvTech course and refining the details of the core curriculum.AAA Begins Work w/ The Outlaw Partners of Big Sky, MT

The AAA recently selected The Outlaw Partners, a branding and marketing firm located in Big Sky, MT, to help us in honing our message as we look to expand our ability to positively impact the snow and avalanche industry. Look for some exciting visual changes and increased efforts at building our network of members and industry connections in the coming months. Our ultimate goal in doing all this is to improve our ability to serve our members and to help create and support productive change within the avalanche community in the U.S.

AAA Supports Project Zero

Project%20Zero.jpgThis winter the AAA Governing Board decided to offer support to Project Zero as they work to reduce avalanche fatalities and promote a responsible backcountry experience. Here’s an update on recent Project Zero accomplishments from Project Zero Project Manager Rachel Reich:
“After a successful launch of Backcountry Starts Here at SIA in January, I’m excited to say we’ve seen great buy-in over the past few months and have had good exposure with the IFSA Jr Freeskiing tour – educating up and coming riders on backcountry safety in partnership with BCA and SASS Global Travel. Look for us at Silverton Splitfest this spring as well, which takes place in Silverton, CO April 9th – 12th. As we move into next year – we’re working on the best events to be involved with and how to be creative with activation to reach out to riders and local communities. We’re bringing on Dakine as a partner and it looks like the AAI will be joining us as well. It’s pretty neat in my mind to see all these organizations working together. We’re also working with Dynafit to create a summer Symposium over summer OR to keep the conversation going. Lots of exciting things on the horizon, so stay tuned and keep in touch at backcountrystartshere.com.”

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Remember those raffles the AAA was running this fall and early winter?? Donate to the AAA or apply for membership and be entered to win one of a number of AAA Patagonia puffy jackets? Well, real people actually won these things and were psyched. Check out their photos in their new jackets and little bit about why they support the AAA…Screen%20shot%202015-03-18%20at%202.11.47%20PM.pngKeith Rousch, Durango, CO – Lifetime Member & 2014 Donor.
Keith writes: “I donate to the AAA because it is the only resource in the country that provides information on research, education, professional development and industry news within the avalanche community.”Larson%20AAA%20jacket.JPGEric Larson, Hydrologist, Bozeman, MT – Member Affiliate applicant.
Eric writes: “I am applying for membership with AAA for a couple reasons. My passion for skiing is an easy excuse. I want to know what’s happening with avalanche research so I can make better decisions in the field. Also, working as a Hydrologist for the USDA-NRCS Snow Survey Program I look at Montana and Wyoming snowpack data daily, and I would like to become more connected with the snow science community so I can provide better support to users of SNOTEL data.”

Liz%20Meder%20AAA%20Jacket.jpgLiz Riggs-Meder, Mom & AIARE Online Programs Project Manager, Seattle, WA – Member Affiliate applicant.
Liz writes: “I’m applying for membership with the AAA because The Avalanche Review is a rich resource on avalanche research and programs across the country. Reading incident reviews and articles on risk management behavior helps inform what I do as an avalanche educator and curriculum designer.”

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Van writes: “As snow safety industry workers and avid backcountry users, we need an organization dedicated to pursuing knowledge in the avalanche field and advocating for us on important issues. The AAA is that organization. I applied for a professional membership to gain access to the knowledge and community provided by this organization.”

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Rob writes: “I enjoy donating when able because I see the AAA as extremely well-managed and as making very wise use of funds to encourage strategic research for avalanche science and safety.”

The Avalanche Review Update
Upcoming TAR Submission Deadlines.
As we wrap up winter 2014/15, the final issue of TAR this season is about to head to the press. Start checking your mailbox that first week of April for TAR 33.4.
Submission deadlines for the next volume of TAR are as follows:
TAR 34.1 – August 1st
TAR 34.2 – October 15th
TAR 34.3 – December 15th
TAR 34.4 – February 15thNew Benefit for Pro Members: Promotive Account Access!Professional Members, look for an email coming soon with more details on how to create your NEW Promotive account to start saving on gear and equipment.
NOT a Pro member yet?? Check out whether you qualify for Pro status with the AAA, then consider applying to start receiving these and other benefits!
TAR to Receive Facelift This Summer.
After many decades of newsprint, The Avalanche Review will be undergoing a bit of a facelift this summer. Lynne Wolfe, TAR Editor, McKenzie Long, Graphic Designer for TAR, and the entire AAA are excited to work on these changes over the summer. We plan to unveil a newly re-designed version of our beloved trade journal for the Autumn 2015 issue. If the anticipation of a re-designed TAR doesn’t help you make it through those long, sunny, dog-days of summer, I don’t know what will!

Reminder: AAA Professional Development Workshop Grants

Grant applications for events during the 2015/16 season are due March 31st. For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, visit the AAA website.


For You Colorado Locals: Down River is having its Spring Sale April 10-12

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Support Environmental Education and call your Represenative to get their support.

Congressional FY 2016 Appropriations Support Letters

for Environmental Education

Action Needed Now: First Deadline Thurs., March 18th

Details at

www.naaee.net/advocacy

As with the excellent ongoing efforts to gather cosponsors for the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI), outreach to ask our legislators to sign letters of support for environmental education appropriations holds great opportunities this year, and some big challenges, and the deadlines for various funding items are all before the end of March.

Congressional appropriations committees and subcommittees will be considering the FY 2016 budget shortly, so now is the time for all of us to advocate for the environmental education programs we know are critical to our communities and the country. The primary way our voices are heard by decision-makers in Congress is via a set of letters we ask our legislators to endorse that are addressed to the appropriations committees. We all need to ask our Senators and House members to sign these letter by the mid- to late-March deadlines.

The materials you will need – detailed instructions for you, the appropriations letters for the legislators’ endorsement, background briefings and instructions for them, and an update on NCLI – can be downloaded from www.naaee.net/advocacy. We have not gotten all of the materials from the Legislature yet, so do check back on Monday and Tuesday, and we’ll email you when we post more… but don’t wait to get started!

And it’s very important that we advocate for our cause with all legislators, even those who we know will not sign these letters. Reasons include: they are in the appropriations leadership and have policies not to sign any of these letters; they don’t want to go on record supporting these items; or they have a less than positive view of environmental education… but they none-the-less really value the good work your local EE institutions and schools do. Engaging these non-signing lawmakers, to make sure that they at least understand what environmental education looks like in their community is as important as getting the needed signatures.

This is also a great time to ask for No Child Left Inside legislation cosponsorship. NCLI and the environmental education appropriations complement each other with the range of programs and audiences.

Thank you in advance for helping to secure the future of environmental education and please pass this on to your colleagues today!


Colorado Avalanche Information Center Kow Before You Go campaign kicks off

The 2014/2015 season has been very interesting so far. We have had some great powder days as well as weeks of high pressure and no new snow. However, our snowpack is hovering around average and there is plenty of skiing, riding, and snowmobiling to come!

Today we are launching our 6-week Know Before You Go campaign! Donate now. This is our annual fundraising drive that allows us to be creative and expand the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s operations. The money raised during this campaign will go toward the following goals.

1. Create and launch Know Before You Go Colorado. This education initiative will be modeled after the Utah Avalanche Center’s model but will be focused on Colorado’s snowpack and avalanche problems.

2. Improve the CAIC’s backcountry forecast program. More forecasting staff means more people that are part of a statewide avalanche safety effort. More forecasters will mean more local field data, which in turn will create more accurate, and timely avalanche forecasts for you, the backcountry user.

3. The expanded resources also mean expansion of our IT infrastructure. Last season we asked you to invest in the development of a mobile app. You responded and we launched V1 in January. We are excited to continually develop the capabilities our website as well as of the app and we need your help to do that.

You want your forecast center, the CAIC, to be the best. Donate today and help us grow and give you the best center in the United States. Once again, I feel so strongly about bringing Know Before You Go to Colorado that I will kick off the campaign with my own $200 donation.

Starting today and for the next 6 weeks the Friends of CAIC will be offering prizes, challenges, and incentives, to anyone who donates $25 or more. Click here for more information or to DONATE NOW!

We will be accepting donations in the following ways:

Donate on Crowdrise: https://www.crowdrise.com/knowbeforeyougo

(Remember you don’t have to pay the “Optional Processing Fee”. Click on the text and select 0%.)

Mail us a check: PO BOX 140817 Denver, CO 80214

Donate ONLINE on our website: http://friendsofcaic.org

Hand us cash!

We are looking forward to your support over the next 6 weeks!

Sincerely,

Aaron Carlson
Executive Director
Friends of CAIC

Ethan Greene
Director
Colorado Avalanche Information Center


ABS Airbags invented Avalanche Airbags 30 years ago, Celebration with chance to win an ABS Airbag

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Hallo James,30 years ago, the first fully functional airbag system was unveiled at the ISPO trade fair. The development from a niche product to a recognized emergency equipment was a long way. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will refund one customer in every 30 the full purchase price of an ABS Twinbag.
Take advantage yourself or forward this offer to your friends.

You will find more information in this newsletter.

Best regards

Your ABS Team

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Update: Clean Trails, you should join

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Trail Talk
We’re growing by leaps and bounds! Our volunteer drive is proving to be more than fruitful; in the last month we have added 9 new positions to our roster and we would like to recognize and thank these individuals for offering their expertise in fulfilling the Clean Trails mission.

  • Lara McLaughlin, San Francisco – Webmaster
  • Gina Zanutto, Denver – Facebook Channel Manager
  • Megan Young, San Diego – Pinterest Channel Manager
  • Nate Hawkes, Salt Lake – Utah State Coordinator
  • Ku Mei Kern, Salt Lake – Salt Lake Trails Manager
  • Colby Corso, San Diego – San Diego Trails Manager
  • Chris Iorio, Los Angeles – L.A. Trails Manager
  • Michael Panter, Las Vegas – Las Vegas Trails Manager
  • Mido Assran, Saskatoon – Web Applications Developer

Thanks to ALL our volunteers; YOU ROCK!

Join us in keeping our nations’ trails litter free: We know you identify with our mission; if you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience building a nation-wide network of volunteers, email our Interim Executive Director your resume and we’ll find you a great organizational opportunity. rsolosky

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Congratulations to Brandon Reidhaar our Idaho State Coordinator! He’s been busting collaborative moves all over Boise lately. His latest effort was in coordination with the Boise Trail Heads, Idaho Hiking Club, and the Milestone Hiking and Recreation Club presenting at their event “Everything You Wanted To Know About Hiking But Were Afraid to Ask.” His presentation was well received garnering several new Clean Trails supporters while focusing on litter reduction while backpacking. Nice job Brandon! You can learn a bit more about Brandon and others on our management team here.

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Many of us have not stopped moving despite the polar vortex and for others the winter thaw is still months ahead. Our Web/Blog Editor Tim Brown provides his thoughts on how to knock off some of the dust and start moving again.

“Now is the time of year when we end our Winter hibernations. We begin our thaw for the year that lies ahead (sorry, Boston). We knock the dust off of ourselves and start moving again. For some, this time of year is a rebirth; for others, it signals metamorphosis or change. For all of us, it means more sunshine and increased outdoor activity. Forget what Punxsutawney Phil said, Winter is on its way out; Spring is on its way in! (Again, sorry, Boston.)” Read More Here…

We’re really interested in your stories, send them to info

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LOVE THE LAND | LOSE THE LITTERStudy after study shows the highest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter. That’s because peer group norms are more powerful than incentives, and when worked in concert with each other, they can provide impressive behavioral change impacts.

ENLIST YOUR FRIENDS, SEND THEM THIS EMAIL AND ASK THEM TO JOIN TOO!

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MassBike Bills Receive Substantial Sponsors

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THANK YOUMassBike Bills Receive Substantial Sponsors

March 9, 2015

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The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (“MassBike”) is deeply appreciative of each of the state legislators that sponsored bills to make our roadways safer and more convenient for bicyclists. As the newly appointed executive director of MassBike I want to acknowledge and thank them for showing the political courage to support cycling and cyclists in Massachusetts. Please join me in thanking your senators and representatives for sponsoring these important bills. You can find out how here, or look for your districts below.

Apparently things are changing for the better for bicycling here in the world’s largest college town, Massachusetts. Working with our former executive director and current government affairs advisor, David Watson, we filed two bills for the new legislative session on Beacon Hill. The first was a Bike Lane Protection Bill, which makes it illegal for motorists to block established bike lanes. Every cyclist has experienced frustration with those hard-won bike lanes being used for everything from deliveries to taxi lines to double-parking spaces.

The second piece of legislation is a Vulnerable Road Users Bill, which brings together pedestrians, cyclists, road workers, tow truck operators, police officers, and emergency personnel as vulnerable road users and defines what is a safe-passing distance. This is landmark legislation that makes our entire state safer.

We had 42 lawmakers sign on as sponsors or co-sponsors for each of these bills. This represents 25 percent of the State Senate and 21 percent of the State House. This support will not go unnoticed. For too long, bicyclists have been simply tolerated by the transportation system. This legislation, if passed, will show that the Bay State – which has so much to gain by integrating pedestrians and cyclists into its streetscape – is not looking to just tolerate bicyclists but also to welcome and protect them as an important part of the transportation grid.

These lawmakers recognize that for the Bay State to be a leader in transportation, the bicycle is an important part of the streetscape, roadways, and transportation grid.

In the Senate

Sponsoring Both Bills
Michael Barrett, Third Middlesex
William Brownsberger, Second Suffolk and Middlesex
Sonia Chang-Diaz, Second Suffolk
Sal DiDomenico, Middlex and Suffolk
Kenneth Donnelly, Fourth Middlesex
James Eldridge, Middlesex and Worcester
Brian Joyce, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth
Jason Lewis, Fifth Middlesex
Joan Lovely, Second Essex

Sponsoring Vulnerable Road Users Bill
Anne Gobi, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex

In the House

Sponsoring Both Bills
Ruth Balser, 12th Middlesex
Gailanne Cariddi, 1st Berkshire
Marjorie Decker, 25th Middlesex
Daniel Donahue, 16th Worcester
Shawn Dooley, 9th Norfolk
Carolyn Dykema, 8th Middlesex
Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex
Kenneth Gordon, 21st Middlesex
Jonathan Hecht, 29th Middlesex
Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex
Peter Kocot, 1st Hampshire
Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk
Timothy Madden, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket
Elizabeth Poirier, 14th Bristol
Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex
Angelo Puppolo, 12th Hampden
David Rogers, 24th Middlesex
Jeffrey Roy, 10th Norfolk
Paul Schmid, 8th Bristol
Frank Smizik, 15th Norfolk
Aaron Vega, 5th Hampden
John Velis, 4th Hampden
Chris Walsh, 6th Middlesex

Sponsoring Vulnerable Road Users Bill
Daniel Cullinane, 12th Suffolk
Josh Cutler, 6th Plymouth
Carole Fiola, 6th Bristol
Leonard Mirra, 2nd Essex

Sponsoring Bike Lane Bill
Christine Barber, 34th Middlesex
Danielle Gregoire, 4th Middlesex
Bradford Hill, 4th Essex
Michael Moran, 18th Suffolk
Paul Tucker, 7th Essex

Yours Truly,
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Richard Fries
Executive Director, MassBike

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UIAA Ice Climbing News

Ice Climbing News

 

Experience the thrill of the Speed Duel during UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship (Speed) in Kirov, Russia

3 March 2015, BERN – Switzerland: The thrill of the Speed duel comes alive this weekend (6-8 March 2015) during the UIAA Ice Climbing World Speed Championship in Kirov, Russia presented by The North Face Korea.

Once every two years athletes on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour compete for the title of “World Champion” and the opportunity to called the fastest ice climber in the world is a coveted title for athletes who gather in Kirov, Russia for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Speed Championship.

The Speed Wall in Kirov, Russia

“Watching a Speed duel, and especially in Kirov, Russia, is something that is unique, spectacular and worth experiencing,” said UIAA Ice Climbing President Urs Stoecker. “This is one event not to be missed.”

The sight of ice climbers powering their way up an ice wall, ice flying, with picks and crampons will be available through live streaming at the www.iceclimbingworldcup.org

Located about 1,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Kirov is considered the home of competitive ice climbing in Russia and boasts a spectacular Speed wall situated against the backdrop of a ski jump.

The UIAA World Speed Championship competition in Kirov, Russia will see the likes of Vladimir Kartashev and Ekaterina Feoktistova of Russia compete with athletes from around the world such as Kendra Stritch from the U.S.A., Yann Gerome of France and Samuel Clavien from Switzerland.

Kartashev, Feoktistova, Gerome and Stritch will be joined by competitors from countries such as Ukraine, Switzerland, Mongolia, South Korea, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Canada and Azerbaijan in Russia.

UIAA Speed demons (Photo: David Schweizer for UIAA)

Earlier this year in February, Rabenstein (Italy) held 2015 World Championships in Lead (difficulty). That competition was one by WoonSeon Shin of Korea and Maxim Tomilov of Russia.

Please click here for the full event schedule

Please click here for the local organizer website

Please email iceclimbingfor more information

About the UIAA

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation was founded in 1932 and has a global presence on five continents with 82 member associations in 63 countries representing more than 3 million people. The organization’s mission is to promote the growth and protection of climbing and mountaineering worldwide, advance safe and ethical climbing and mountaineering practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection in mountains. The organization operates through the work of its commissions that make recommendations, set policy and advocate on behalf of the climbing and mountaineering community. The UIAA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee for climbing and mountaineering.


Volunteers Needed for the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival to Support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

We are still searching for volunteers for the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for an event that supports avalanche forecasting and education throughout the State of Colorado.

The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival will be held Saturday April 11th from 12-5pm on Ridge Street in downtown Breckenridge. There are la lot of shifts still available. All volunteers will receive a commemorative event volunteer t-shirt and the option to purchase a $15 tasting mug after their shift. We can also sign off on volunteer hours needed for various reasons. The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

You can find the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival volunteer sign up sheet HERE.

Please let us know if you have any questions and we’d love to see you this year!
Cheers,
Friends of CAIC


Another Bike Book Coming from Carlton Reid about Cycling after the 60’s. A follow up to Roads Were Not Built for Cars

Kickstarter

First two stretch goals added

Thanks to 206 backers – as of this second on 27th Feb – my project is £897 over the funding target. This means I am now locked in to researching and writing Bike Boom. However, the campaign is still live and there’s another 17 days available for people to bag rewards. With more funds I can add more stuff – such as new features for the digital versions of the book. But I’m going to start with doubling the pagination of the colour plate section.That is, if I reach £10,000. This, in Kickstarter parlance, is a STRETCH GOAL.Such goals add value for both the existing pledgers and those thinking of jumping on in.If I reach £15,000 in pledges I’ll produce a poster, for all except the first two levels, featuring a huge number of people on bicycles with a headline calling for more cycling facilities to be provided in order to cater for the growing demand.

If you have other ideas for possible stretch goals please let me know.

Thanks.

Carlton


Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education is losing State Funding for its Executive Director

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) has always been politically correct. so I thought I would interpret. The CAEE is losing the funding for its Executive Director. The opportunity for this funding has allowed the CAEE to accomplish amazing and astounding things for the careers and profession of Environmental Educators.

This is going to be a set back for Environmental Education in Colorado.

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CAEE Board of DirectorsMichelle FinchumFort Collins Utilities

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Mo’ Betta Green Market

Joel Koenig

Sarah Johnson

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Deb Matlock

Wild Rhythms

Barbara Patterson

Front Range Community College

Laura Roberts

Xcel Energy

Janna Six

Prentice Foundation

Melissa Yoder

Colorado State Land Board

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DearCAEE Members and Supporters,Ensuring that Colorado has environmentally connected and informed decision makers is a collective effort and our impact grows as we mobilize partnerships. One of our keystone partners, the Colorado State Forest Service, has had a profound impact on environmental education in Colorado through their long standing support of CAEE.The Partnership has evolved over the last 20 years from providing staff and expertise to create the first Colorado Environmental Education Master Plan to fully supporting the executive director position at CAEE. Our partnership continues to evolve and beginning in 2016 our partnership will shift from the Colorado State Forest Service supporting the executive director position to partnering in other meaningful ways to advance environmental education.

CAEE recognizes the critical and important role the Colorado State Forest Service has had enabling CAEE to take an active role in:

  • Creating the first Master Plan for EE in Colorado to help create a common agenda for environmental education
  • Advocating for the inclusion of EE in our State Academic Standards
  • Passing the first Colorado Legislation supporting EE in 2010
  • Supporting the passage of the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2012
  • Leading the Careers in Natural Resources Initiative with the Colorado Youth Corps Association to ensure that all Colorado youth and young adults have access to career pathways in Natural Resources

Without the State Forest Service, the landscape of environmental education would not have its current impact and CAEE would not have achieved the same level of growth and success. As we continue to build EE in Colorado in 2016 and beyond, we are focused on building new opportunities for partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service and new partnerships that will continue to grow the impact and build capacity for environmental education in Colorado. If you have any questions, please contact me at director or 303-273-9527.

Sincerely,

Katie Navin, Executive Director

and

CAEE Board of Directors

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education152060 S. Golden Rd.Golden, CO 80401

303-273-9527

www.caee.org

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Dolores River Boating Advocates needs another Board Member: Join and maybe save a river

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Wanted: DRBA Board Member!
5d9a53e1-c120-445d-bc63-272e65b0f512.pngAre you interested in joining this lively crew?

Dolores River Boating Advocates (DRBA) is seeking a new Board of Directors’ Member who is interested in helping support and further our mission, which is to “optimize flows, restore the natural environment, and permanently protect the Dolores River for whitewater boating.”


 Currently DRBA has a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are very active in the forward movement and efficacy of DRBA. At this point in time, our board consists entirely of boating and river enthusiasts. And while we feel this is important to our mission, we are also open and interested in adding a Board Member who appreciates our work but who may not necessarily belong to the “boating community”. We feel we are at a point in our organizational growth where a Board Member with particular expertise in non-profit budgets is of utmost importance to our continued progress. In particular, DRBA seeks someone with the following qualifications:

· Experience with non-profit budgets
· Financial reporting and bookkeeping knowledge and experience
· Familiarity (and preferably competence) with Quickbooks 2012
· Critical thinking skills
· Open-mindedness
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
· Honesty and confidence, especially in a group setting
· Passionate about conservation of rivers and wild landscapes

We at DRBA have a lot of fun, and we also work very hard to attain our goals. All board members are active in our meetings, events, fundraising, and various planning and outreach activities. This commitment is appreciated and expected from our Board Members. We work closely with our paid staff person, Lee-Ann Hill, who serves as our Program Coordinator. Ms. Hill is a consummate professional, steeped in the skills and knowledge needed to lead DRBA as we venture into several stout and vital projects in 2015. Our most prized project for 2015 is the creation of a documentary film about the Dolores River. We believe that our work is making a difference in boating and river awareness related to the Dolores River. Below is a list of our accomplishments in 2014 and a list of goals for 2014 and beyond.

All interested parties are encouraged to contact myself, Sam Carter, DRBA Board of Directors President, via email (sam) or phone (907-739-3275) at your earliest convenience. We will begin a conversation to see if there exists a potential match between yourself and DRBA.

We are proud of and excited about the work we are doing at DRBA. Consider joining us as a Board Member!

Sincerely,
Sam Carter


DRBA’s Current Projects, Recent Accomplishments and Future Goals

Projects and Accomplishments:

  • Obtained 501 (c) 3 status in 2013
  • Trained a cadre of volunteer river rangers in 2013 to take the place of a BLM river ranger below McPhee Reservoir after federal funding was slashed
  • Worked with the U.S. Forest Service to enhance a current boating put-in and build a new put-in between Dolores and Stoner, CO (where no proper access is available)
  • Worked with an upstream rancher on the Dolores River to build two safe pass-through river fences to keep his cattle contained and assure safety for whitewater boaters
  • Submitted comments regarding the important and emerging Colorado State Water Plan
  • Conducted river clean-up activities in the Town of Dolores and upriver with Trout Unlimited
  • Provided and secured financial support for the operation of the USGS Slick Rock River Gage operations on the Lower Dolores
  • Conducted Tamarisk removal project with Paradox Valley School and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership in the Dolores River Wilderness Study Area
  • Host annual ‘Permit Party’ for regional boating community to promote whitewater access and advocacy
  • Offer Leave No Trace and river stewardship activities to local schools and adults
  • Produce monthly radio show, “The River Trip”, about the Dolores River, including recent interview with river champion Katie Lee
  • Produce monthly DRBA e-newsletters highlighting stories and issues involving the Dolores River
  • Active participant in the Lower Dolores Working Group’s Steering Committee
  • Participate in discussions regarding federal legislation for a National Conservation Area (NCA) for the Lower Dolores River
  • Offer free raft rides to the public at the Dolores River Festival in June every year
  • Sponsor a water quality monitoring site on the Dolores River for River Watch, a national program that monitors the health of rivers
  • Secured grant from Patagonia to produce film about the Dolores River!

Future Goals (2015 and Beyond):

  • Continue our educational, stewardship, outreach, advocacy projects and programs
  • Planning an “Adopt a River Section” program to annually clean and maintain river camps on the Lower Dolores River from the confluence of the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers to the confluence with the Colorado River
  • Production of a new river guide for the upper and lower Dolores River and San Miguel Rivers from their headwaters to the confluence of the Colorado River. Proceeds will fund future DRBA education, stewardship, advocacy, outreach and operational costs
  • Attract national attention to the Dolores River with documentary film sponsored by Patagonia, Osprey and other sponsors.