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Nikwax Guide to Winter Glamping

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If snow caves have no place in your lexicon of outdoor adventure, you’re in the right place. Don’t get us wrong. Many of us here at Nikwax are avid winter campers. But there are just as many for whom “no camping after Labor Day” is as hard and fast a rule as the “no whites after Labor Day” dictum was for our grandmothers.

Alas, missing out on the night sky for four months out of the year is unacceptable. The derisive chuckles aimed at “glampers” in the heat of summer turn to piqued interest as the winter solstice wanes. Perhaps those pleasure pusses are onto something? Luxuries like heat, feather beds and fully functioning wood stoves seem far less superfluous when the Arctic jet stream bulldozes its way into your weather pattern.

Winter camping? Not so much. Winter glamping? You bet! In the spirit of appreciating the great outdoors from a heated and well-apportioned indoors, here are a few ideas for winter vacation spots that will have you reveling in the beauty of nature without fear of frostbite or freeze-dried beef stroganoff.

Whitepod, in the Swiss Alps. If an opening image of a dome-shaped tent high above the clouds in a snow-covered Alpine valley doesn’t sell this place for you, try the first three tabs of the website: Sleeping, Eating and Having Fun. If you’re up for making a few turns, this luxury eco-resort is smack in the middle of the Alps.

Heli-assisted ski touring. The beauty of a helicopter assist is that your trips begins deeper in the wilderness. Even though you’ll be powering your own adventure from there on out, you can relax in the promise of never crossing another person’s track. Lodges range from rustic to 5-star, but either way you’re living in wintertime wilderness luxury.

10th Mountain Division Huts. Colorado’s 10th Mountain Huts range from rustic to very nice. Since you pack in your own food, libations and sleeping bags, the “glamorous” aspect comes from the romance of your very own cabin in the woods for a night or two.

Bon voyage!


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A SUP Adventure on Film

This year our Nikwax Faction Athlete, Norm Hann, has been working on a coastal conservation project called STAND.  It’s a short film talking about the threat of oil tankers to the British Columbia coast and more specifically, the Greatbear Rainforest.  Norm has been a guide, a fisherman, an educator, and leading SUP expeditions in the Greatbear Rainforest in British Columbia since 2002.  Check out a clip of the movie and his blog Mountain Surf Adventures here: http://mountainsurfadventures.blogspot.com/2012/03/standfilm.html


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Michael Down: Awesome Rep of the Year in North America

We here at Nikwax North America have dedicated another ROY (Rep of the Year) award inductee into our hall of fame, naming Michael Down of Mystery Mountain Enterprises as the top dog for 2011.

Each year we award top sales reps with the ROY award to recognize high achievements in sales, number of new accounts and meeting performance targets.  For 2011, Down, a rep in British Columbia, received this high honor during an informal award ceremony that took place at the bi-annual, behemoth outdoor trade show, also known as Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2012.

“In keeping with tradition, we have engraved Michael’s name on our ROY cup, and he will keep it with him all year, much like the Stanley cup,” said Chas Fisher, president for Nikwax North America.  “Michael also risked life and limb to play with Nikwax during the Canadian Cup Hockey game this season, and we appreciate his dedication on and off the ice.”

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Mystery Mountain Sales represents a myriad of premium footwear and gear brands for the active lifestyle, including SCARPA, Wigwam and Innate to name a few.

Prior to entering the sales agency business in 1987, Down dedicated his time as a mountain guide and environmental advocate.  Down began repping Nikwax when it first came to North America in 1991.

“It only took 21 years to win the ROY Cup, so I’m particularly proud and pleased to have been associated with one of the original green companies in the outdoor trade, and all the great people that make up Nikwax,” said Michael Down, founder and president of Mystery Mountain Sales.


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Standing Up for the Greatbear Rainforest: Nikwax Faction member Norm Hann

When a Canadian energy company made a proposal to start routing oil tankers through the Douglas Channel and Greatbear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada,  the birds, whales and other wildlife endemic to the area couldn’t stand up for themselves. So Norm Hann stood for them.

Norm and his partners traveled the 400 km tanker route by standup paddleboard, connecting with the Native people that have lived for generations in this pristine wilderness and raising awareness of the impacts of the proposal. His efforts remind us all that there is ALWAYS something we can do and one person CAN make a difference.

For more information and to support Norm’s efforts, visit Standup4GreatBear.

If exploring incredible terrain via paddleboard (or just taking a few lessons) is EXACTLY what you were hoping to do this summer, Norm’s your guy – Mountain Surf Adventures.

This is their story:

Thank you Norm.

Kelsey is the Technical Field Service Rep for Nikwax North America. She travels the country preaching the gospel of gear care as the Nikwax Nerd. Prior to working for Nikwax, Kelsey spent 7 years working in outdoor industry and footwear retail. She welcomes your gear care questions at kelsey.hulse@nikwax.com. Follow her on Twitter @nikwaxnerd.