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When I first heard of Adventure Fest, I was skeptical. Long bike rides, partially supported but not led. No planned clinics, not a lot of structure of any nature to speak of. There was a strong feeling of “if you build it, they will come.” It was a leap of faith in cyclists’ willingness to get together for a shared experience of a fairly individualized sport, and was certainly putting a lot of optimism in the sky, in a region that only has sun for 45% of its daylight hours. When I was asked to be an ambassador for Thick Bikes, where I work, I cautiously said yes. When Swift Industries, a sponsor of the event, invited my bike shop to share tent space and come up with a way to represent what we envision as the best of freedom on two wheels, we jumped at the idea and knew it was going to sweeten the festival; if nothing else, it’s more fun to show up to a party with a pal. I know the folks at Bicycle Times, the publication behind Adventure Fest. Their sister publication, Dirt Rag, puts on a similar event, Dirt Fest, at a nearby campground....
Renowned as one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country, Telluride Blues & Brews takes place every September in the world-famous resort town of Telluride, Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
LOCKN’, a 4-day music festival, with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food and sustainability is held at Oak Ridge Farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia.
Camp Barefoot celebrated its eighth year this weekend and this time around, it was exceptionally magical. Thank you to the Camp Barefoot team for having us be part of it.
Is it a space worm? Is it a sparkling oversized burrito? Is it a shiny, glamorous cocoon? No, it’s the Disco Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters, in conjunction with online clothing community Betabrand. A year in the making, the adapted DoubleNest is constructed from Betabrand’s home-grown disconium – an absurdly shiny material created specifically for the lifestyle company – with ENO’s industry-leading hammock pattern. A true collaborative effort, the idea was originally conceived by Robbie Wiedie, Betabrand’s Community Manager, through their Disco Open Source Project, and given life by ENO’s Head Developer, James Frinak. “I was first introduced to ENO hammocks while working for the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter,” said Wiedie. “There was something enamoring to the thought of wrapping myself up like a hanging space work in complete juxtaposition to the natural surroundings of the woods.” The juncture will be the first partnership for ENO with a lifestyle clothing company, and the co-branded Disco Hammock emits a different (sparkly) vibe from their other predominantly outdoors-focused in-line products. “In general, outdoor gear is so utilitarian it doesn’t give us the opportunity for playful and whimsy products,” said Frinak. “The Disco Hammock is exciting because it brings together utility...
This Monday is Labor Day, which celebrates the workers of America and their contribution in bettering our nation. This holiday was created by the labor movement, celebrated in New York for the first time in 1882, and officially made a national holiday by President Glover Cleveland in 1894. Originally, Labor Day was celebrated through public street parades and festivals. Today, it has added cook-outs, retail deals, fairs, and a long weekend to the mix. On this first Monday of September, we commemorate the end of summer, the beginning of football season, and a fabulous reason to barbecue every night! A long weekend just screams mini getaway. The schedule is perfect – leave on Friday and come back on Monday. This gives you two whole beautiful days just for activities! So what to do??   If You’re On the East Coast:  Hang out in Virginia Beach for 3 days of music and a half-marathon! From Friday to Sunday, more than 30 local, regional, and national bands will perform at the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival, the largest outdoor music festival on the East coast. Hang out oceanfront by the main stage to see bands like Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, Barenaked Ladies,...
ENO breaks onto the festival scene with innovative festival entertainment. ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 30,2012 – The creative minds from Eagles Nest Outfitters, industry leading hammock designers, launch the newest piece of festival entertainment – the Lotus Lounge. The Lotus Lounge, modeled after the iconic Lotus flower, is a breathtaking, silver, circular sculpture aimed at the festival scene. ENO has been present on the festival circuit for over ten years, but the Lounge is their debut into the entertainment market. “It’s a mobile concept offering something for people at different functions to be involved with the lifestyle and not just buying a hammock,” said Pete Pinholster, co-owner and president of ENO and the brains behind the cutting-edge structure. Focused on being an area of relaxation, the curved design mimics the shape of a hammock, and the framework is able to hang a combination of ENO Hammocks and Loungers, with the possibility to add a large tent, a 5000 watt sound system and a professional lighting. The center of the Lounge is outfitted with a unique and innovative DJ booth. Aside from the hammock-hanging-stations in the Lounge, the package includes up to 25 three-way hammock stands named Enopods, patent pending. The Enopod...

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